Athletics: Harryman highlight of Indoor Champs
Athletics / Tue 11th Feb 2014 at 08:33pm
HARLOW AC fielded twenty athletes this weekend at Lee Valley in this year’s Eastern Counties and Essex Indoor Championships: the club’s best showing for many years, and the group certainly showed eastern promise. All athletes automatically compete in the Eastern Counties competition but by fulfilling residency or birth criteria may also participate in the Essex competition.
Naomi Harryman scooped double gold in both the Long Jump (5.50m) and Triple Jump (10.96) in the process she extended her own club record for the Triple Jump. She rounded off her weekend with an unexpected Eastern Counties bronze (Essex silver) in the 60m Hurdles, narrowly missing out on her target of sub 9 seconds for this event, with a time of 9.11.
Further medal success came in the Under 17 Men’s 60m. Mohamed Tambedou picked up Eastern Counties bronze with a time of 7.34. Club mate, Dylan Ellis (7.39) was then promoted to Essex bronze from his fifth place overall finish.
There were no further medals but some very good performances to note: Jack Reed reached the final of the U20 Men’s 200m final, finishing fifth; Joe Bailey was agonisingly pipped to a place in the U17 400m final by just .16 of a second; similarly, Jordan Sheridan held on to a final six qualifying spot, in the U15 Long Jump, until the very last jump of the three qualifying rounds to finish seventh overall and Jessica Parkinson and James Murphy both made impressive debuts in the Under 13s 60m and 800m respectively; James’ time placed him fourth overall.
Speaking after club representative, Steve Lott said “Naomi grabs the headlines, deservedly so, as what she’s achieved already this season is phenomenal and her consistency and drive are to be admired. And, as a club we can be pleased that we are developing athletes who are performing in some of the most competitive athletic events – getting two athletes into the U17 60m final was very satisfying indeed. We can use the positive experience of this weekend to build into the outdoor season where, hopefully, we can be just as competitive.”
Meanwhile, over the same weekend, the Cross-Country teams endured high winds, driving rain and knee-deep mud on Chingford Plain in the final Essex League match of the season. At this final event there was an Under 11 ‘guest’ event in which Harlow’s youngest members fared well: Kai Boggon won the boys’ race with team mates, Joe Morgan and Frankie Edwards taking seventh and sixteenth respectively.
In the girls’ event Charlotte Pratt took silver; Hallie Copping-Jones 4th, Savannah Sirkett 8th, Ellen Savidge 10th, Katie Brennan 15th and Maddie Bailey 21st. Sixty-one athletes completed the course.
In the main league events Harlow were only able to field teams in the Under 13 competitions with so many other athletes at the Indoor Championships or otherwise unavailable. In the Under 13 Boys section, the team finished a respectable fifth, out of eleven. And, Lewis Harknett took individual silver over the 3K course in 11.11 minutes; twin brother, Owen managed a strong run too to finish fifteenth in a time of 12.07 minutes.
The Under 13 Girls managed a creditable seventh with much improved individual performances; Lottie Rowedder finished in 11th place (13.26) beating several members of the Essex girls team in the process, with Zoe Rutter in 27th (14.50) and Asleigh Rowland in 43rd (24.55).
There were some individual performances to note in the older age groups: Donald Campbell, in the Under 17 6K event managed fourteenth in a time of 24.26 minutes; in the Veteran 40 8K category Brett Savidge 41st, in a time of 40.02 minutes, and club coach, Paul Bailey, was 44th completing the course in 41.26 minutes
Full Indoor Results for Harlow AC:
Under 20 Men 200m Jack Reed 24.64 5th in Final
Under 17 Women Triple Jump Naomi Harryman 10.96 1st
Long Jump Naomi Harryman 5.50 1st
60m Hurdles Naomi Harryman 9.11 2nd in Essex 3rd in Eastern
300m Megan Price 46.2
Eryn Madsen 48.31
200m Amy Hunt 28.79
60m Ellie Williams 9.07
Under 17 Men 60m Mohamed Tambedou 7.34 3rd in Eastern Counties
Dylan Ellis 7.39 3rd in Essex
Shemar Boldiszar 7.67
Ashley Rich 7.88
Corey Harrison 7.82
Harry Woodall 7.65
Lewis Wright 9.00
200m Shemar Boldiszar 24.05
400m Joe Bailey 54.16
Shot Putt Callum Bruton 7.44
Under 15 Boys Long Jump Jordan Sheridan 4.67
Teale Cunningham 4.20
60m Jordan Sheridan 8.41
Teale Cunningham 8.47
60m Hurdles Teale Cunningham 10.56
Under 13 Girls 60m Jessica Parkinson 9.36
Under 13 Boys 60m Hurdles Danny Sanderson 11.69
800m James Murphy 2.38.11