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Athletics: Hard working women shine in final track meet of season

Athletics / Tue 12th Aug 2014 at 10:46am

THE final Southern Women’s League match, at Wimbledon last weekend, concluded the summer team programme for Harlow AC. Harlow was third in the match and maintained the 59 point advantage over Dorking and Mole Valley to guarantee third place overall in the final standings.

Several regular members were missing but the team was bolstered by the return of some Under 17 athletes. The holiday season took its toll on the Under 15 turnout with only three athletes available; fortunately for Harlow, other teams were similarly affected.

For the Under 15s there was an impressive debut for Anna Clatworthy who jumped 1.31m in the High Jump, ran 15.2s in the 75m hurdles and claimed second in the U15 100m A race; Katie Champion picked up three third place finishes in the A Long Jump, 200m and 800m respectively. Louise Owen was second in the B 200m race, third in the A javelin and fourth in the shot putt – these last two performances are noteworthy as she is an Under 13 throwing heavier implements.

In the senior competition Eleanor Moss was first in the javelin, throwing over thirty metres several times in a good series of throws; Amy Hunt secured three third place finishes and Eryn Madsen two seconds and a third, both making their first appearances since their exams; Rachel Kyobe, Ellie Williams, Hannah and Annabel Owen all performed solidly and showed the same wholehearted commitment they have shown all season. They were ably supported by Bridgett Owen and Isobel Moss who were willing to take on the endurance events and fill in wherever possible.

Speaking after, Team Manager Steve Lott said, “Over the season there have been some very good performances but there hasn’t been consistency in the team. So I’m particularly grateful to the Owen family, Rachel (Kyobe) and Ellie (Williams) who have been ever present. With everybody fit and available we could be challenging for promotion to the Premier Division. For now we must be satisfied with a strong third place and will just have to think how we go about encouraging more commitment to the team over the winter in readiness for next season. We do have the talent within the club to match bigger clubs such as Hercules and Haywards Heath.”

Match Result:

Hercules Wimbledon AC 263.5, Haywards Heath Harriers 215, Harlow AC 178, Paddock Wood AC 148.5, Chiltern Harriers 129, Dorking & Mole Valley 120, Swale Combined AC 30

Southern Women’s League Division 1 Final Table:
Haywards Heath Harriers 1110, Hercules Wimbledon 974.5, Harlow 751, Dorking and Mole Valley 632, Paddock Wood 491.5, Chiltern Harriers 300, Swale Combined 168.

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