Athletics: Harlow AC take part in London Games

Athletics / Mon 22nd Jan 2018 am31 09:46am

London Indoor Games

A handful of U17, U15 and U13 athletes from Harlow took part in the London Indoor Games this weekend. The competition had an international flavour this year with guest athletes from Israel, Malta and Lithuania all participating over the two days.

On the Saturday the Performance of the day for Harlow had to be Jamie Putt, who was third in the U 17 800m final and dropped his PB by almost a full second to 2.04.73 minutes. It is early days in the season, but this performance currently ranks him as eighth in the country.

Grace Malcolm competed in the U17 Girl’s 800m and was 7th in her race in 2.44.47s. Her time was a new Personal Best.

All the short track races were run as time trials in round one leading to graded races in round two: Grace Iyinbor was 2nd in Race 2 of the 60m Hurdles. Her time was 10.16s. In the same event, Alex Gamzekova was 6th in Race 5 in 11.84s. These were good performances by two athletes preparing for multi event competition later in the season.

Amelia Loveridge was in Race 5 of the 300m and ran 47.85s for 5th place. And at the end of a long day, Mairi Malcolm doubled up in both the 300m and 60m. She ran 53.47 in Race 7 of the 300m and then 9.77s in Race 9 of the 60m.

Day Two was just as good for those Harlow athletes who competed as Day One had been. Mia Rowan got Harlow off to a good start with just a single throw in the shot, before dashing off to the hurdles. She managed a PB of 4.33m and looked capable of more. In the hurdles she ran 11.13 which qualified her for Race 2 of the seeded races and she ran even quicker. She ended in second place with 10.86s, a time that would have secured fifth place in Race 1.

Next it was the turn of James Petty in the 300m and he was in the first race. 40.35s was just outside of his PB but the time was enough for third overall.

Alex Gamzekova went next in the U15 shot, an event she’s really only just started to practise. Her distance of 8.78m was a long enough to secure fifth overall, in a field large enough to warrant two pools.

The afternoon was full of heats and graded races for 60m sprint. Freddie Henderson and Marley Sarling both had extremely good days. Freddie ended up in Race 3 and achieved a new PB of 7.83s in the process. This would have been a new club record had it not been for Marley’s 7.76s in Race 2: his time eclipsed James Petty’s performance of only two week’s ago.

The day ended with the 200m with Mia Rowan back in action in the U13 girl’s races. She was in the second race and smashed her PB, taking it down to 30.62s. James Petty went in Race 2 and ran 25.65 for a new indoor best; Marley Sarling was in Race 3 and his 25.27s was a new PB indoors or out. And finally, Freddie was in the next race and set himself an impressive PB of 25.87s as he’d never run the distance before.

The results bode well for the season ahead and reward a winter of hard work for the athletes involved. Next week, it is the turn of the U20 and senior athletes as the London Indoor Games series moves on to these age groups.

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