Athletics: Golden weekend for Harlow’s athletes

Athletics / Thu 22nd May 2014 at 10:29am

HARLOW AC enjoyed a very busy and ultimately successful weekend in league matches and the County Championships.

The 2014 Southern Women’s League Division 1 got under way with Harlow’s ‘home’ match at Erith, Kent. The first match was well contested with Harlow’s women ending the day eighty four points adrift of Haywards Heath, with Hercules Wimbledon a further seventy points further back.

Such a good showing was largely due to the women and girl’s willingness to fill in events that they wouldn’t normally cover in order to ensure points for the team. Rachel Kyobe, known within the club for throwing, began the day in the 300m Hurdles finishing in second place. This set the tone for the others to follow:

Dawn Jones fulfilled a maximum quota of events (5) and was first in the High Jump and Triple Jump; Abbie Campbell picked up second in the 200m and filled in the 800m, placing fifth; Mel Allam, making her league debut, took first in both the Shot Putt and Javelin; Annabel Owen certainly entered into the spirit and scored valuable points in both Long Jump and 800m in addition to her fourth place in the B 100m; her twin, Hannah, was sixth in the 1500m and claimed second in the 80m Hurdles; Steph Fuller,

Team Captain, also fulfilled her maximum quota and her most notable result came in the Hammer. After nearly two years of injury she returned to throwing right-handed and won the event with a throw of 32.80m. Finally, Bridget Owen ran the 3000m and then participated in the 4 x400m relay.

The Under 15 girls took their lead from the example set by the Women and were just as team-spirited:
Nicole Chambers had a strong individual day with two first places and a second in her three events; Jessie Parkinson made her debut picking up first in the B 100m and threw Javelin and discus too; Claudia Andrews returned to action after a long injury lay-off and acquitted herself well in the 75m Hurdles, 200m and Long Jump; Caitlin Griffin and Megan Reid took part in the Shot Putt and High Jump, taking second and third in the A and B events respectively. Caitlin also ran the 800m for team points and Louise Owen ended the day with first, second and third places in the 800m B, Javelin A and Discus A respectively.

Southern Women’s League (after Round 1)
Haywards Heath 329, Harlow 245, Hercules Wimbledon 172, Paddock Wood 124, Dorking 114, Chiltern 82, Swale 39

The second round of the Soleus Southern Men’s League also took place at the same venue. Harlow were second on the day by a single point but gained a lead in the standings. This was no small achievement as only eight athletes were available! With no restriction on the number of events for men, the Paxman twins, Carl and Glen, covered an incredible nineteen individual events between them; with Glen competing in eleven, winning four and scoring a PB in the 400m Hurdles. Carl took part in eight events, winning two.

Whilst not covering as many events Liam Mistry took on his own feat of endurance by running the 800m, 1500m and 5000m; Craig Snook took on the Pole Vault in addition to his more usual Javelin; Jack Reed made a timely return from injury to double up in the 200m and 400m; Dave Bauer and Chris Clark took responsibility for covering as many of the throws as possible and Ral Onyema made his debut for the team and acquitted himself well in the High Jump with a PB jump and a good showing in the 200m.
Martin Brockman, of Maidstone and Medway was declared Soleus Man of the Match.

Soleus Southern Men’s League Division 1 East (After 2 rounds)
Harlow 462.5, Bexley 409.5, Maidstone and Medway 409, Bedford 235, Luton 263, Swale 249

On Sunday, the Essex County Championships got under way and Harlow had a great day: Naomi Harryman became County Champion for both U 17 80m Hurdles (12.26s) and U 17 Long Jump. Her Long Jump was a new and massive personal best of 5.94m. Her training partner, Will Marklew picked up gold in the U 17 High Jump with a PB of 1.84m and bronze in the U 17 Shot Putt, with a putt of 12.10m. Will Snook went under 50 seconds for the second time in two weeks winning the U 20 400m in a new PB time of 49.81s and Dylan Ellis won the U17 100m with a time of 11.48s.

At the conclusion of the weekend’s event, club coach and Women’s Team Manager, Steve Lott said, “This was a tremendous weekend for the club. The Men’s Team performed strongly and the Paxman’s example spurred everybody on to do more and I was very proud of all the girls and women. A lot of our junior women and men, rightly, prioritised GCSE revision over participation whilst others were saving themselves for the County Championships on Sunday. We also have one or two senior athletes to return from university and injury; we can’t wait to get them all out at the same time and we can only get stronger!

The individual success on Sunday is obviously fantastic for those concerned and is also massively important for the club. It helps to raise our profile and vindicates the hours of dedication put in over the year. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches. ”

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