HARLOW TOWN completed a great first week of the season with a fine 3-0 win against Tilbury at Barrows Farm. Tilbury have had a dreadful start to the season and were not looking forward to coming to Barrows Farm, where Harlow have already built up a fair reputation.
HARLOW Running Club hosted the second in a series of three Ladies 5K races last week. First to finish was Harlow’s own Julia Gardiner in an excellent 21min 39sec. She was followed home by Catherine Ridge (2nd) in a personal best time for the distance of 22min 49sec, Lyndsey Hodge (4th) in 24min dead also a PB and Janice Page (7th) 1st Vet 50 in 24min 35sec. There were also personal best times for Debbie Smith
(11th) in 26min 54sec and Louise Cootes (13th) in 27min 09sec, and Laura Jephcott (21st) was 1st Junior in 30min 17sec.
HARLOW TOWN made a great debut on their new 3G pitch with a devastating 8-3 victory against new boys Barkingside at Barrows Farm. The Hawks took an early lead in the 9th minute through a Michael Akande header from a corner. But the lead only lasted four minutes as Barkingside were awarded and coverted a penalty in the 13th minute.
HARLOW AC’s Andrew Osagie ran a seasons best 1.44.36 to claim a fifth place in the 800 metres at the World Athletics Championships. Andrew has had an injury ravaged season and so was pleased that he was able to be competitive in the Moscow final.
HARLOW Running Club member Lyndon Cooper finished the Gunpowder Park run 5K at Waltham Abbey in 4th place out of 123 finishers in an
excellent 17min 44sec. He was followed home by Terry Ridge (11th) in 20min 11sec, John Bull (22nd) in a personal best time for the distance
of 21min 29sec and Robin Lozeau (34th) in 22min 44sec (PB). Debbie
Barry (63rd) in her first race for HRC finished in 26min 05sec, Michelle Aitken (70th) 26min 39sec and Alison Bull (71st) 26min 59sec.
Town got off to a great start when captain Ashley Alderson had Nadeem Akhtar and Jibran Azam both caught behind for 8. Two sharp slip catches from Scott Alderson and Matt Hurley had town on top of the opposition. Daniel Farmer picked up the wicket of Shane Vamadevan who made 32 and Shaun Alderson claimed two quick wickets to leave Old Parkonians struggling on 76-6. Town were superb in the field and Old Parkonians needing to dig in to make a defendable score. Shubhang Mehta and Janagan Vijayanathan went about repairing the damage and batted responsibly for their team. Mehta went on to make a very good 50 before he was eventually bowled by Shaun Alderson. Vijayanathan hung around and made a patient 39 to get Old Parkonians up to a respectable total of 205. The home side ended their innings with confidence after their recovery with the bat. Shaun Alderson was the pick of the bowlers for Town claiming 3 wickets off 10 over for just 31 runs.
SOHAM is not the easiest place to go for a draw so Harlow Town will be pleased to have left the Fens with a point in their pocket. And Soham boss Steve Fallon and his young team were frustrated by a well organised and hard working Hawks.
IT HAS been an injury-ravaged season for Harlow AC’s Andrew Osagie so we should not expect too much from Andrew but nevertheless he cruised through his heat in the World Athletics champs in Moscow on Saturday morning. Running in the third heat, Andrew clocked 1.46.16 to finish third and qualify for Sunday’s semi-final.
EPPING made a steady start with the bat and the opening pair managed to get past Towns opening bowlers, after a few chances were dropped in the field. Ramya Upadhyay was then introduced into the attacked and he made the breakthrough with the help of a sharp one handed catch from Ashley Alderson in close. Manni Bawa joined Epping captain Geoff Maynard at the crease and the pair went about building a partnership before Manni was dismissed by Ramya for 31.
HARLOW Running Club held its first of three Ladies 5K Series of races last week on a hilly course through the town park. The winner of this first race was Rebecca White of Saffron Striders in an excellent 20min 26sec. She was followed home by HRC members Paula Reynolds (2nd) in 22min 08sec and Catherine Ridge (3rd) in a personal best time for the distance of 23min 24sec. Lyndsey Hodge (5th) also ran a PB in 24min 31sec, Janice Page (7th) was 1st Vet 50 in 25min 16sec and 13 year old
Laura Jephcott (22nd) was 1st Junior in 30min 23sec. Harlow Running Club won the team prize in this first race.
OLD Brentwoods won the toss and decided to have a bat. They got off to a great start, with 50 runs coming from the first 7 overs. The spinners were introduced and town eventually got the break through when Ramya Upadhyay dismissed Osman Chaudhry for 27. All of Old Brentwoods top 5 contributed with over 20 runs. Abdul Rehman (66) and Khalid Sarwar (73) both made half centuries with Sarwar hitting some big sixes. The spinners where the best bowlers for Town with Ramya taking 3 wickets and Shaun Alderson with figures of 7-1-35-5.
HARLOW Running Club staged the 24th running of the Harlow 10 Mile Road Race on a warm and windy Sunday morning. The course started in London Road, opposite Mark Hayourll Sports Centre, went through Newhall, Church Langley, along Hastingwood Road, Threshers Bush, Foster Street,along Harlow Common, cross Potter Street onto the cycle track, through
Ladyshot along Momples Road, then into Felmongers and finished on Mark Hall track.
Hall athletics track.
HTCC lost the toss and took the field against a strong and confident B&PCC side. Dan Farmer (2 for 30) and Dan Calver (1-51) got the townies off to a good start taking wickets early to reduce the hosts to 62 for 4 after 15 overs. The middle order rallied a little but were kept in check by some impressive fielding and bowling from the Townies before a last wicket stand of 32 helped them post a below par but respectable 218 from 52 overs. All the bowlers picked up wickets but the pick was Ronnie Yates who took 4 for 22 from 7 valuable overs. J Bonnett top scored for B&PCC with 53.
At the Chelmsford Parkrun 5K on Saturday Roy Steven finished in 41st place out of 213 finishers and 1st Vet 60 in a superb 21min 12 sec. He was followed home by Dave Page (96th) in 24min 20sec and Janice Page(101st) 1st Vet 50 lady in an excellent personal best time for the distance of 24min 39sec.
Additionally, the match was halted for the passing of combine harvesters and various other farm equipment. However, the most impressive “delay” was the arrival down the route of a four horse drawn carriage conveying a bride to the adjacent church; play having been suspended earlier by the helicopter arrival of the groom.
HARLOW Town will travel to the Fens for their first game of the season as they travel to Soham Town Rangers. Soham finished strongly last season so the Hawks will need to be on their guard.
Charlie Coleman (picture attached) came to the crease to join Shiraz Ali and the pair put on a batting master class. With some huge sixes from Charlie and cultured drives from Shiraz, the pair put on over 200 run partnership. Shiraz eventually retired ill on 75. Coleman kept going and was eventually bowled for 181 and what is believed to be a club league record. Town declared on 304.
HARLOW TOWN have confirmed that Piers Wixon won’t be re-signing for the Hawks for the forthcoming season. After a recent holiday and talks with various clubs, Wixon has decided to join another Ryman Division One North club.
Opening batsmen Shiraz Ali and Pat Yates got off to a brilliant start for the home side. The pair put on an opening stand of 95 before Yates was out LBW on 29. Shiraz reached his half century and was bowled on 60. Scott Alderson followed him next over for 15 and Town were 133-3 with thoughts of a repeat from the last two weeks batting performances starting to creep in.
HARLOW Running Club’s Paul Jeffrey-Read completed the Coniston Trail Marathon in the Lake District, taking in a complete circuit of Coniston Water on very rough trails and in the heat of the day. He finished in 42nd place out of 255 finishers in an excellent 4hrs 01min 35sec.
Harlow Town have drawn Leatherhead of the Ryman Div One South in the FA Cup. If they beat the Surrey side, then they will go on to play Lewes at the Dripping Pan.
HTCC 1st XI visited high flying West Essex on Saturday and found a patchy wicket awaiting them. Ashley won the toss and immediately put WECC into bat as the clouds drifted past and the sun shone for a change and WECC tried to work out what 11 they had!
HARLOW Running Club competed in the last round of the Herts/Essex Mid Week Road Race League division 2 over a 5 mile course at Welwyn Garden City. The men’s team finished 3rd, the ladies team 4th and Harlow were 4th overall. The final league positions show the men’s team 3rd, the ladies team 4th and overall in 4th place out of eight teams.