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Athletics: ‘Relay’ good weekend for Harlow AC

Athletics / Mon 2nd Jul 2018 at 02:17pm

HARLOW’S athletes enjoyed a successful weekend. Kicking things off were the relay teams at the Essex Relay Championships. The club entered five teams at various age groups.

The Senior Men’s and Under 15 Boy’s 4 x 100 teams both suffered disappointment as they dropped the baton on third change. The Under 15 Girls’ team did well to make the final in which they came eighth.

Pride of place for 4 x 100 went to the Under 13 Girls’ team. The team consisted of Eloise Darlington, Rhys Cole, Lizzie Stables and Sophia Bridle. They won their heat comfortably and lined up against two formidable teams in Havering and Essex and Newham in the final. Three slick changes saw them enter the home straight leading, but not by enough to see off Havering’s impressive fourth leg runner. Havering caught Harlow on the line and were awarded the win.

The evening concluded for Harlow with the 4 x 400 relays. A quartet of; Donald Campbell, Jamie Putt, Leo Chashchin and Teale Cunningham stepped up to represent the club as a senior team. They completed the mile in second, not far behind a very strong Chelmsford quartet made up of British Athletic League calibre athletes.

The relays set the tone for the Eastern Region Championships, in Peterborough on Saturday. Times and distances suffered from a swirling wind and blistering heat. Beth Harryman followed up her strong combined events performance from last week by winning the Under 20 High Jump. She then competed in the Shot Putt and was second.

Jamie Putt ran strongly, in a time of 2.04.00 mins, to become Eastern Region Under 17 800m champion. This is his first outdoor title as he continues on his journey to national level performances.

Mia Rowan can consider herself unfortunate as she recorded the same time as the athlete eventually awarded third place in the Under 13 70m hurdles, but was fourth in the photo. By way of consolation she jumped a personal best of 3.89m in the long jump, also for fourth place. Katie Brennan was fifth in the Under 15 discus.

Also on Saturday, Will Snook as Southern Counties Champion ran in the heats of the 800m at the British Championships in Birmingham. His time of 1.52.13 mins was good enough for fourth in his heat but not for the final. Andrew Osagie did make the final and on Sunday was fourth in a time if 1.50.44 minutes.

On Sunday, making his first appearance at a British Championship, was Shemar Boldizsar in the 200m. He was the youngest competitor and his goal was to achieve a time that would qualify him for the Junior World Championships. He now has to wait and see if he has done enough either as an individual or as part of the relay squad. 21.68s is outside his best of 21.36s set earlier in the season.

After the event, Shemar said; “This was a big and new experience for me. Nothing before had truly prepared me for such a process. I was very nervous as I lined up for my heat, especially with the TV camera right in front of me, so I was very happy not to ‘freeze up’. Even the sprint blocks were new and unusual. The procedures and call room was all very different and the crowds were so huge. I have learnt a great deal from this first experience on the national stage, and being on the TV. This will all help me to my aim to train harder, get fitter and stronger so that I can compete with the best of the British athletes.

All in all one big learning process, to take me ever forward and I hope upwards in the British ranks.”

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