Athletics: Harlow women impress at Wycombe

Lifestyle / Tue 9th Jun 2015 at 03:42pm

Southern Women’s League, 6 June Little Marlow, Bucks

LAST weekend Harlow’s women were in Division 1 action at the brand new track on the outskirts of Wycombe. With none of the surrounding trees anywhere near maturity, and despite the warm weather, conditions were blustery and tricky for track and field athletes alike.

The Senior Women’s part of the team was depleted as some had been selected for the Hertfordshire Schools’ Championships and others were injured or at university visits. This left five athletes and they performed admirably: Polly Woods put herself under pressure by participating in as many events as the rules allow for. She picked up first places in the high, jump, long jump and triple jump and threw well in the shot and hammer. She even managed to extend her personal bests in two events.

Eleanor Moss threw in excess of 28 metres to win the Javelin and just over 26 metres in the discus. Necessity meant that she also made a rare appearance on the track, running third leg in the 4 x 100 relay.

Chloe Gazzard made her first appearance in over a year and scored useful points in the 100 metres and shot put events and capped her day with a win in the B high jump. Annabel Owen ran the 200 metres and, in the absence of Bridget Owen, ran the 3000 metres, taking third and scoring vital points for the team.

Rosa Huntington had a good day, too, as she took second place in the B long jump, fourth in the B Javelin and fifth in the B 100m.

The team’s success on the day was largely built then on the fact that the Under 15 Girls had two competitors in every event; a fantastic achievement that shows huge commitment by them:

Beth Harryman made her debut and performed very well with first place finishes in her events the high jump, long jump and 75 m hurdles; Ami Ashby made her first outdoor appearance and ran well to win the B 100m and jumped high enough to win the B high jump; Anna Clatworthy won the B hurdles and B long jump and was second in the A 100m; Izzy Brown and Katie Brennan both ran well in the 800m and picked up two second places in the A and B races respectively. They then both went on to throw in the discus and earned third place finishes in that event too.

Harlow AC SouthernsSisters, Eilidh and Grace Malcolm, ran well in the 1500m and also picked up a brace of second places. And, third sister, Mairi, threw well in field events and picked up a useful third in the 200m B race. Claudia Andrews ran the 200 to secure third place and ran an excellent second leg of the relay in a quartet that shows potential. Harlow’s team of Ashby, Andrews, Harryman and Clatworthy powered past South London Harriers to take the win by about thirty metres.

By the end of the match Harlow were in a comfortable second place behind a very strong South London team. Afterwards, team manager Steve Lott said; “Obviously we missed not having all our athletes available but I’m so proud of what this group did today. We’ve had people literally put their body on the line; Annabel, for example, stepping up to 3000 was remarkable as that’s a hard race for anybody let alone an U17 athlete. I’m so fortunate to be team manager at this time as there is a tremendous spirit amongst our athletes and the team probably hasn’t been as strong for quite a while.”

Match Result: South London Harriers 212, Harlow 184, Swale 97, Paddock Wood 87, Chiltern 82, Dorking and Mole Valley 49.

League Table after two matches: South London Harriers 425, Harlow 423, Swale 210, Paddock Wood 194, Chiltern 117, Dorking and Mole Valley, 109

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