Athletics: Young Harlow AC athletic full of eastern promise

Athletics / Wed 17th May 2017 at 07:34am


Eastern Young Athlete’s League Report

Harlow Athletic Club’s young athletes got their season underway with a good result at Thurrock. Harlow can be considered to be one of the smaller teams in the Eastern League and finished fourth in their match and sit eighteenth in the twenty-eight team league after the first round.

There were plenty of debuts in the Under 13 age group: Mia Rowan equalled her PB in the 70m Hurdles to finish third; Ellie Marklew jumped a new PB in the High Jump and claimed second in the Javelin; Sophie Bridle was second in the 200m and broke 30 seconds for the first time and Annalyse Hassanally took second in her 100m race. Katie Lee, Shannon Waterman and Rhys Cole all enjoyed good debuts for the club and will only become stronger with experience. Abigail Dawson chipped in with some useful performances to pick up points in Shot Putt and Javelin.

The club fielded a small squad of U13 boys all of whom were first year athletes for the age group; Jack Rushworth, Josh Knightbridge, Joshua Philip, Reuben Robinson and Samuel Putt all performed well and turned their hand to a number of events to pick up points.

The club was able to field more in the Under 15s for both the boy’s and girl’s events. Lauren Coldicott achieved a new PB in the 100m, breaking 14 seconds and taking second place in the process; Amelia Loveridge was second in the 300m and in the same event Katie Brennan made a welcome return to team athletics following a long injury lay off; Gabrielle Bridle and Millie Upton both achieved PBs in the High Jump; Lucy Kemp and Mairi Malcolm scored well in the Shot for the team and Grace Iyinbor was third in the Javelin.

For the boys, Regan Lawrence was third in the hurdles; Marley Sarling won his 200m event and was third in the Javelin; James Petty achieved three PBs at all the sprint distances; Eliot Butcher won his 300m race and earned a new PB; James Wilson also set a new PB in the High Jump and the quartet of Petty, Sarling, Butcher and Lawrence came together for a strong third in the relay, narrowly missing second in a close finish.

Where the team has improved since last season was in its ability to field athletes at U17 level. It was fantastic that even at such a busy time, with GCSEs around the corner, such a good number were committed enough to devote time to the event. Georgia Cranfield was sixth in the 100m; Eilidh Malcolm was narrowly run into third place in the 300m; Beth Harryman won the Long Jump with a new PB and was third in the 80m hurdles; Anna Clatworthy managed to achieve a new PB in the Shot and take second in the B hurdles; Breanna Philip won the Triple Jump and for the first time in many years the club had a representative in the hammer competition – Lucy Smith was fourth on debut.

For the men, Dominique Diomande ran a new PB in the 100, to finish second. He also picked up second in the Long Jump; stepping up to U17 for the first time, Benison George gave up his birthday to compete and collected new PBs in the 100m and 200m; Jamie Putt was third in the 800m – Sam Collins was fourth in the B event; Ben Sanderson ran close to 5 minutes for the 1500m in a very competitive race. His time was only quick enough for fifth on the day; Teale Cunningham was third in both the 400m and High Jump. The men managed to put together a quartet for the relay that included distance runners, which made the third place finish in less than 50 seconds all the more pleasing.
Reflecting on the day, Club Chairman Steve Lott said; “For the size of club we are we have to be satisfied with today’s result. There aren’t many more athletes we can call upon in the age groups and those here today performed really well. I’m particularly grateful to the U17 athletes who have given up a day of revision with exams just about to begin.

Their effort is hugely appreciated by us all.”

Match Result

Havering 851, Thurrock 748, Colchester Harriers 443, Harlow 377, Herts Pheonix 371, Colchester and Tendring 324, West Suffok 224

Full results details may be found at www.powerof10.info

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