HARLOW Athletic Club began their season in encouraging fashion by taking second place in a keenly fought contest at Lee Valley. The result was all the more satisfying as on Easter Saturday so many athletes made themselves available to represent the club.
The match began with Women’s Hammer and Men’s Shot Putt. Dave Bauer began well with a strong second placed showing with a throw in excess of ten metres. Glen Paxman also took second in the B competition. In the hammer, Polly Woods threw close to thirty metres for third place and Bridget Owen secured a valuable three points with a fourth place finish in the B event.
Meanwhile, the track programme got underway with 400m Hurdles. Glen and Carl Paxman went for the men, Glen was second in the A event with Carl taking first in the B competition. In the women’s competition, Annabel Owen was fourth in the A race and debutant Anna Clatworthy claimed second in the B race.
The second round of field events proved to be strong for the team as Leo Chaschin and Teale Cunningham picked up second places in both men’s High Jump competitions. Whilst over in the pit Beth Harryman was first with a jump of 5.04m and Polly Woods was second in the B event.
Harlow’s men showed strongly in the 100m with both Shemar Boldiszar and Harry Woodall taking second places in their respective races. For the women, Annabel Owen and Georgia Cranfield managed a fifth and fourth place respectively.
The Pole Vault was a strange event, in as much as the competition had to be moved indoors due to faulty equipment outside. Harlow fielded no women in the competition but multi-eventers Glen and Carl Paxman played their part in a good men’s contest. Carl won the B string and Glen was second, not quite able to match the 3.40m posted by the eventual winner.
Back outside the field was busy with women’s shot and javelin and men’s hammer. In the hammer Dave Bauer again showed strongly to take second in the A competition. Spectators were treated to the unusual spectacle of Glen Paxman flitting between the hammer outside and the pole vault inside. Despite this inconvenience he still threw far enough to secure second in the B competition. Beth Harryman and Polly Woods clinched a third and second place respectively for well-earned points in the shot putt. Woods then made her way to join Hannah Owen in the javelin, where both women were fourth.
Next, on track came two distance events. Donald Campbell and new boy, Jamie Putt ran the 800m. Both men were fourth in the two races; Putt set himself a new personal best in the process. Another first-timer, Laura Kulagowska was the club’s only representative in the women’s race and she performed well in a very competitive race for fifth in a close race.
Soon after came the men’s 5000m and the women’s 3000m races. Campbell once again represented Harlow, alongside newcomer Mark Moulds. Unfortunately, Moulds dropped out with a calf injury. And, Campbell did enough for fifth in this gruelling event. Once again Harlow only had one woman in an event: Bridget Owen ran determinedly to take fifth and pick up two valuable points.
Soon after followed the 200m, where again Boldiszar and Woodall shone. Woodall equalled his second from the 100m and Boldiszar went one better, picking up the victory. Eilidh Malcolm was fifth in the A race and debutant Ami Ashby was also fifth in the B event.
Back on the field, the Paxman brothers were involved again this time in the long jump. Glen jumped over 6 metres which in a very strong competition for this level of athletics was only enough for third place. In an equally tough B competition Carl was second.
At the same time, women’s discus was underway and Polly Woods once again stepped up for the A competition with fifth place. Louise Owen also managed fifth in the B event. This was all the more remarkable as she has only recently been in a surgical boot due to long term injury and wasn’t expected to take any part in the match at all.
Another medical tale was unfolding on the track as Dawn Jones stepped on for the first time in over a year following a major Achilles tear. The team was delighted that she completed the 1500m race in sixth place.
The third good news story came in the 400m as Claudia Andrews made her first appearance in over two years following injury. The Paxmans were given some respite as youngsters Teale Cunningham and Benison George stepped up for creditable third and fourth place finishes respectively.
The women’s high jump was an excellent event for the team as both Harryman and Clatworthy won the A and B events. Both women came in at heights above the rest of the field and look set to have a good season.
Over in the cage, Bauer completed his day with yet another second place in the men’s discus. Glen Paxman was also second in the B competition.
Events concluded on the field with triple jump. Polly Woods was the women’s only representative and she was third. Glen Paxman concluded his day with second in the men’s B event and Leo Chaschin was fourth in the A competition.
The match ended in the traditional way with the relays and steeplechase. The men’s 4 x 100 was pipped to the post in an exciting race where less than half a second covered the top four teams. The women’s quartet nearly clawed their way back to third but couldn’t quite make it. Sandwiched between the relays was the steeplechase. Carl Paxman replaced Moulds as A runner and finished fourth. Remarkably, Moulds ignored the pain of a damaged calf to contest the B event and finished second, securing valuable race points. The day concluded with the 4 x 400, the men were third and the women sixth.
Reflecting on the day, club chairman, Steve Lott said; “We aren’t a big club so today’s result is huge. I congratulate the athletes for their hard work and commitment in achieving such a good result. And as our home track isn’t fit for league athletics, I’m thankful for all the volunteers who came down to contribute to the smooth running of our ‘home’ match. With such spirit we will surely punch above our weight this season.”
Match Day Result:
Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets 312, Harlow 277, Colchester and Tendring 236, Enfield and Haringey 231, Huntingdonshire 204, Ilford 115
Full individual result details can be found at www.thepowerof10.info
Full league standings can be found at www.southernathletics.org.uk
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