Team manager Tony Bush has been busy again compiling stats on the mens British League team and highlighted the following noteworthy performances:
The Club was a member of the British Athletics League (BAL) for 34 years (1986-2019) until it was replaced by the National Athletics League (NAL). Attached are the top ten performances in all events, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of Harrow’s international athletes, including decathletes Dean Macey (4 entries) and Jamie Quarry (5), and middle distance stars Andy Baddeley (2) and Adam Bowden (4).
Middle distance coach Damian has been busy both organising and running in the 5km time trials for squad members and the first of these was held yesterday at varous athlete chosen locations – stats below:
Damian Nevins 16:13
Luke Hunt 16:24
Phil Benson 16:40
Micheal O’Sullivan 17:02
Adam Towle 17:21
Dave Branfoot 17:22
Curtis Stevens 17:40
Luca Matharu 17:49
Reece Freeman 18:05
Malik Johnson 19:25
Nick Andrews 19:41
Jared Richard 19:56
Sofia Latham 19:57
Jason Kabel 21:28
Hollie Ford 23:20
As Damian suggests: These are a good opportunity to keep in touch with your competitive juices! There are unlikely to be any races in the near future so I have set some Saturday sessions as time trials. Find a good fast course on road and repeat the course to track your progress! I would like to everyone to share their times with the group.
First a Happy New Year to all our members, friends and families and hopefully 2021 will see us return to some semblance of normality over the coming year – vaccines permitting!
This year is also special as the Club reaches the ripe old age of 100, having first formed in 1921. Membership back then was originally comprised exclusively from the “Old Boys” of what was the Harrow County Grammar School (now Harrow High). The school spawned a number of Old Boys associations with athletics being one of many popular sports featured.
We will celebrate this year with a number of special occassions and momentoes still in the production phase but including –
National League home fixture at Allianz Stadium on 4th July
Celebration dinner at the Grange, Northwood on 4th September
Commemorative booklet recording the Club history
2021 will also see the delayed start of the National Athletic League (NAL), the new elite joint-scoring Club competition for women and men. Harrow is in the Premier Division, which features the top 16 clubs in the UK and will host the Allianz Stadium fixture.
The Club was also a member of the UK Women’s League for ten years before it was replaced by the NAL. The Club’s best UKWAL performances in the ten years from 2010-2019 are shown in the attachment. The Club’s NAL team manager, and former international, Laura Turner tops the sprint rankings.
Over the coming weeks and months we will share further plans and information with our members in what promises to be a truly special year as we return to full competion and celebrate our unique history!
Club president Tony Bush has reviewed the 2020 season to look at UK ranked performances and produced the attached summary:
Despite the negative effects of the pandemic, many Club athletes produced excellent results in 2020. Twenty three male performances, and 20 by women, achieved spots in the top 51 in the UK senior rankings. Congratulations to all these athletes.
The Club has 22 entries in the UK 2020 age-group rankings. Congratulations to all these athletes, especially Lewis Byng (U20 shot), Taia Tunstall (U20 discus), Nia Wedderburn-Goodison (U17 100 metres), and Lily Carlaw (U17 shot), who are ranked number one in the UK. Also ranked first are Dave Sketchley (M40 javelin) and Andy Lewis (M40 long jump)
Seasons greetings to all our members and supporters!
Appalling weather greeted the athletes for some of the early races at Merchant Taylors school yesterday for the first ATW event to be held there. Final results now posted here plus photos from the day here.
Senior Ladies match report: “The race was started in waves as part of the covid mitigation measures which gave it the slight feel of XC relays rather than the traditional XC mass charge start.
Heavy rain during the week and earlier on during the day gave large sections of the 8k course a very muddy feel. Overall it was a great performance from our women’s team with all three athletes running well.
Eilish O’Grady was first home in her first race since March, finishing very strongly as 18th woman in 34:20. Evie Grice was next, in a very different race to her usual 400m on the track, for a very good performance as 27th woman in 35:59. Jennifer Keal continued her run of consistent XC performances for the club to complete our trio in 32nd place with a great time of 36:53.
The senior mens team report just added below:
A solid run for Damian Nevins who placed 14th. Declan Traynor showed he had recovered from his knee niggle to race strongly coming home in 37th just pipping Micheal O’Sullivan (38th) who displayed his improved fitness from a recent period of solid training.
Peter Butler had a great time in his first cross-country run for the club sealing a top 100 place ahead of Jason Kabel. Jag Matharu ran well in 107th place whilst Rob Hawkes was happy to finish in one piece in 112th just one place ahead of Kevin Concannon 113th. Stalwart Tom Morris came home in 137th.
Congratulations to our Harrow men and junior teams for their performances today and thank you to ATW for organising the event”.