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Southern League – Perivale

Sunday 15th August at Perivale saw the third SAL league match of the 2021 campaign. Like match two, we were lucky with the weather as the rain held off and a good day’s competition took place. This season, due to the pandemic, is very different to usual seasons. We are participating in a local league against 5 other clubs from all the various SAL divisions.

The SAL table itself will be worked out using the “Bromilow” scoring system based solely on the performances of the scoring athletes. Plus, for the purpose of the league, the best match score of the season out of the 4 fixtures will be used. After this third match, we remain in a very strong second place and are very close on the heels of Windsor.

The team performed admirably, especially as we had many athletes pull out in the days leading up to the match due to illness, injury, self-isolating and some athletes ending their seasons early. Within our local league we were pipped by Thames Valley Harriers on the day, but remain a healthy 17 points clear in the overall league.

There were some stand out performances on the day. Owen Heard jumping 6.74 in the Long Jump, Richard Carr jumping a seasons best 6.59 to be close on the heels. Miguel Perera made a welcomed appearance where he easily won the 110m hurdles and made a rare High Jump appearance. Lily Carlaw made her SAL debut.

The stand out event of this match was, however, the Men’s Shot Putt where Marley Young won with a superb pb of 15.19 and had Angus Lockhart hot on his heels with a very credible 14.78 and just for good measure Harrow had two non-scorers – Andy Lewis and Khuwayne Linton who were third & fourth on the day.

The final match of the season is on Saturday 11th September at Parliament Hill where we have one more chance to win the league title.

National League round 3

Full results are now available from all four NAL Premiership fixtures.  They show the overall position of all Harrow athletes and the up-to-date League table with Harrow lying second of the 16 Premiership teams with one fixture, on Saturday 28 August at Copthall, to come.   Congratulations to all team members!

There were some fantastic performances headed by brilliant sprinting in the helpful windy conditions. 

Nia Wedderburn-Goodison celebrated selection for the England senior team by clocking legal 11.66 and 23.83 times.  Jahde Williams roared back to top form with 10.49 and 21.43, while Omar Grant recorded 10.58 and 21.69.   Miguel Perera clocked a fast 13.92 in the sprint hurdles, and will also represent England in the upcoming Manchester International, while there was a PB of 14.71 for Owen Heard.

Dan Howells was the stand-out middle distance athlete, front-running the 800 to win in 1.51.51.   Dan was recently fifth in the final of the European Junior champs in Estonia, a great result.  Ben Waterman chased Dan home with 1.52.54, easily winning the B string.   Ross Connor won his third consecutive NAL steeplechase event.

There was a winning return to Harrow colours for Tony Daffurn, after a three-year gap, recording a legal 14.44 triple jump.   George Hyde is also on the England team for Manchester and he took second spot in a high class shot competition with 16.30.  Conor Martin missed victory in the javelin by just four centimetres while Dave Sketchley won the B string.       

International heptathlete Holly Mills beat her own long jump Club record with a superb 6.32, and also won the shot and B string 200.  Ella Rush won the high jump with a good 1.66 while Megan Bailey took the pole vault with 3.70.   Cathy Coleman set a new PB of 58.35 to win the hammer, and also took second spot in the javelin.

The fourth and final NAL fixture is at the Stonex Stadium (aka Copthall) on Saturday 28 August, when we will try to secure runners-up spot in the League (second best UK club!).

Photos © of Mike Lepps – please credit if reused.

International selections

Four Harrow athletes have been selected to represent England in the prestigious Manchester international on Wednesday 18 August.   They are:

  • Nia Wedderburn-Goodison (100)
  • Miguel Perera (110m hurdles)
  • Efe Uwaifo (triple jump)
  • George Hyde (shot).

Congratulations to all these international Club members.   Miguel and George are also competing for Harrow in Sunday’s National Athletic League fixture at Woodford.

Results catch up

The Club hosted the second round of the veterans league at Bannister stadium last Monday and a few photos below – apologies there are no field events.

We also had a few athletes running in the Watford open meeting last night with some encouraging results for our younger athletes all racing over 1500m: Annabelle Suffield recorded 5:02.3, Luca Matharu ran 4:22.1 and Chris Hudson edged closer to sub 4 with 4:03.5 🙂

English Senior Championships

This weekend saw a great set of results for Harrow athletes with 4 senior titles won from a total of 14 finalists!

Gold medals went to –

  • Nia Wedderburn-Goodison 100m 11.69s
  • Efe Uwaifo Triple Jump – 16.03
  • Miguel Perera 110H – 13.94
  • George Hyde Shot Putt – 16.92
  • Maisie Grice (HCA athlete) 3k SC – 10:15

Bronze medals went to –

  • Efe Uwaifo Long Jump – 7.29
  • Ade Omitowuji Triple Jump – 12.46

Two other finalists

  • Owen Heard 14.92 110mH 6th
  • Dajon Wright 15.11 110mH 8th

Megan Bailey 4th Pole Vault – 3.90

Emma Beardmore 5th Discus 42.06 and 8th Hammer 47.53 

Emily Russell 7th 100H 14.63

Max Schopp 4th 400H 52.14

Omar Grant, Jadhe Williams and Kesi Oludoyi all 100m semi finalists!

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