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Athletics: Middle distance success in season finale

Sport / Tue 5th Aug 2014 am31 10:28am

Middle distance success in season’s finale

THE season ended for Harlow’s young athletes with the final youth league match at Watford on Sunday. Once again the turnout was small; but on this occasion the same was true for most teams with the fixture being on the first weekend in August.

The strongest performances came in the middle-distance events in all three age groups: Zoe Rutter and Grace Malcolm picked up fourth place finishes in the Under 13 Girls 1500m A and B races respectively. At the same distance in the Under 15 event Katie Champion was second and Eilidh Malcolm first in the B race, reducing her personal best by nearly five seconds, and Owen Harknett and Christian Barker took third and first in the boys’ A and B races. In the Under 17s Donald Campbell turned out for a second consecutive day, having run for the Senior Men’s team, and ran strongly to take second place also in the 1500m. Finally, in the Under 15 800m for boys Lewis Harknett and Sam Law took first and fourth in the two races.

Meanwhile, over at Barnet, three of Harlow’s young athletes were selected to take part in the Under 15 and Under 20 Southern Counties Inter-County matches. Teale Cunningham was selected for Essex in the Under 15 High Jump and was fourth, helping Essex to first place in the sixteen team competition.

In the Under 20 competition, representing Essex, Will Snook qualified for the final of the 400m but withdrew: on Saturday he had run two hard races for the Senior Men’s team and had left that fixture feeling tightness in his hamstring. Representing Hertfordshire, sixteen year old Mohamed Tambedou received a surprise call-up to the Under 20 team following the withdrawal of the selected athlete on the morning of the match. He was thirteenth overall; Essex were third and Hertfordshire eighth in the match.

Speaking after the weekend, Team Manager Steve Lott said, “Reflecting on the junior season as a whole we have to be satisfied despite the frustrations along the way. There has been the phenomenal success of Naomi Harryman, resulting in international recognition, Will Marklew’s rise to prominence in multi-event competitions and five county vests at Under 15, 17 and 20 levels.

We have been punching above our weight and the success is testimony to the athlete’s own hard work and the support they’ve received from family, friends and coaches. I am sure that we have the talent within the club to ensure that success isn’t just a satisfying blip but becomes normal for us.”

Under 15 Southern Counties Inter-County Result
Essex 113, Surrey 98.5, Kent 95, Middlesex 92, Berkshire 91, Hertfordshire 82, Dorset 67, Sussex 63, Hampshire 59, Buckinghamshire 37, Oxfordshire 28.5, Cornwall 24, Cambridgeshire 22, Norfolk 20, Suffolk 17
Teale Cunningham (Essex) 1.60m 4th in High Jump

Under 20 Southern Counties Inter-County Result
Middlesex 132, Surrey 116, Essex 110, Kent 102, Berkshire 94, Hampshire 76, Sussex 71, Hertfordshire 63, Bedfordshire 51, Buckinghamshire 50, Cornwall 48, Oxfordshire 46, Norfolk 39, Dorset 34, Cambridgeshire 31, Suffolk 28
Will Snook (Essex) 50.27 – 4th in 400m heat but did not start final
Mohamed Tambedou (Hertfordshire) 1.75m – 13th in High Jump

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