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Athletics: Busy start to year for young Harlow AC athletes

Athletics / Fri 17th Jan 2020 at 09:06am

THE year got off to a busy start for athletes with indoor action in Sheffield for the National Indoor Multi-Event Championships and the Southern Counties Indoor Championships for U17 and U15 athletes.

Beth Harryman and Leo Chaschin were in senior action in Sheffield. Chaschin had competed at senior level before Christmas but for Harryman it was her first taste of senior competition. Chaschin’s weekend was curtailed after he sustained a nasty gash on his thigh in the hurdles. Despite not completing the indoor heptathlon for men, he could console himself with finally breaking the 4 metre mark in the Pole Vault; achieving 4.03m and stretching his own club record.

Harryman finished eleventh overall. This is especially impressive as since her move to Loughborough, for university, she has been without a regular coach for multi-events. Her overall score for the Women’s pentathlon was 3140 and this was a new PB score. She ran 60m hurdles in 9.7s; jumped 1.66m in the high jump and threw the 4kg shot a distance of 9.66m. She finished her day in the afternoon session with a 5.03m long jump and an 800m run in 2.46.0 minutes.

Meanwhile, at Lee Valley, several athletes were involved in junior competition. On the Saturday, Freddie Henderson and Marley Sarling took part in the 60m sprint: Henderson recorded a time of 7.51s to record a new PB, but this was not enough to advance to the semi-finals. Training partner, Sarling, did make the semi-finals, running 7.33s in the heat and 7.31s in that semi-final, this was a new PB.

Pride of place for the day came in the field where Sophia Bridle was in Long Jump action. Her best jump of 4.90m was good enough for Bronze.

Sarling returned on the Sunday, along with James Petty, to compete in the longer sprints. Sarling made the semi-finals once again, and frustratingly for him 23.5s would have seen him qualify for the final had he been in a slower heat. Petty was in 400m action and he recorded a time of 53.1s to finish second in his heat. Sadly a subsequent heat was slightly quicker and saw him eased out of the top six qualifiers.

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