Running: Harlow athletes shine at Great South Run

Athletics / Mon 26th Oct 2015 at 11:04am

Jemima and LewisHARLOW Athletic Clubs juniors made the long journey to the City of Portsmouth to compete in the prestigious junior road races at the Morrison’s Great South Run on Saturday 24th October 2015.

Blustery and overcast conditions greeted the athletes on the day and the races which run along the historic seafront at Southsea in Portsmouth were contested by some of the brightest up and comping young distance runners in the UK.

The races were started by international athletes Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon who all posed for photo’s and chatted to our athletes as they have got to know each other after meeting at several races over the past couple of years now.

8 year old Jemima Pratt got HAC’s campaign of the a terrific start with a fine Silver in the 1.5k road race for under 9’s girls. Jemima led the whole race and just lost out in nail biting sprint finish in 5.38.

Next up was Maddie Bailey who finished a credible 26th place in the girls 2.5k for 11 years and under in 11.27.

Lottie Rowedder (14) produced a stunning run the girls 2.5k for 15years and under to finish in 4th place in 8.36 with youngster Charlotte Pratt (12) stepping up in age groups finishing in a superb 10th place in 9.03.

In the boys 2.5k for ages 15 years and under, Lewis Harknett was once again in blistering form taking a superb Silver in 7.39 after breaking away early with the eventual winner, with twin brother Owen running really well for 9th place in 8.14. Youngster Harry McCrae (12) finished in a credible 54th place in 9.46.

Once again the HAC juniors were in tremendous form at these national level road races. It was superb to hear to commentator on the day announcing the “it’s great to see Harlow AC at the Great Run series again, they are a really strong club in the UK with great junior athletes and always feature strongly at these races”. As a coach I was delighted to see so many of our athletes proudly wearing the name of their home town on their vests in the City of Portsmouth, they are a credit to the club, each other, their town and our sport.

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