Athletics: Superb performances by Harlow AC at Essex Champs

Athletics / Thu 28th May 2015 at 02:51pm

TEN athletes from Harlow Athletic Club entered eleven different events across the age groups at this year’s county championships, held at Chelmsford last weekend:

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Will Snook won his first senior title in the 400m in an exciting race. As the competitors entered the home straight Snook was in third position but looked noticeably stronger than the athletes ahead of him. He picked off Malpass, from Ilford, and reached the line neck and neck with Thompson, from Newham. Photo finish separated the pair with Snook finishing 4/100 of a second ahead of his rival in a time of 49.18 secs.

In a similarly close finish, Dylan Ellis picked up third in the U20 100m. In fact, photo finish could not separate him and Bailey from Havering and both were awarded bronze in a time of 11.11 seconds. This was a tremendous achievement as Ellis is in his first year of U20 athletics beat some older and more fancied athletes.

The good news for HAC sprinting continued in the U17 Men’s events: Harry Woodall reached the 100m final in a new PB time of 11.83 s and then went quicker as he picked up fifth place in the final; dropping his PB to 11.65 seconds.

On Day Two Woodall returned to take part in the 200m with club mate Shemar Boldiszar. Both qualified for the final in which Woodall was sixth in another new PB time of 23.88. Boldiszar won the final in 22.23 seconds which was the fastest time of any age group during the weekend.

Kieran Bull made his first appearance at county level in the same age group and made the top eight for Discus and Javelin respectively. In his preferred event of discus he managed 26.30m and was close to his best in the javelin with a best throw of 28.98m. The discus result in particular is encouraging for next year and beyond.

At Under 15 level there was double delight for the Harknett family. Owen Harknett ran in the 800m and
picked up silver in a time of 2.13.36 minutes. Later in the day Lewis stepped up to the gruelling 3000m. He completed the seven and a half laps in 10.06.14 minutes to claim bronze position.

In the Under 13s all three athletes were making championship debuts: Savanna Sirkett and Katie Brennan both took part in the 800m. The 800m event was run as a series of graded finals based upon the athlete’s best performances in the season to date. Katie was seventh out of twelve in the B final. Her time was 3.05.20 minutes. Savanna was in the A final and ran 2.45.40 to finish fifth overall.

James Petty was fifteenth, out of twenty-two athletes, in the long jump with a best leap of 3.49 m; some way down from his 3.97m set at Cambridge this season. He ran a very creditable 14.77s in a strong field in the 100m but did not make the final. However, he did make the final of the 200m and finished in fourth place in a time of 29.96 seconds, this is very encouraging with another year in the age group to come.

Speaking after the weekend, Steve Lott said; “There were some fantastic performances over the weekend and many congratulations to the athletes. I’m not simply referring to medallists as there were a lot of Personal Bests this weekend; a championship is certainly the place to put in such performances. Well done to them all and to their coaches.”

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