Athletics: Harlow athletes get back on track at Covid Games

ATHLETICS is slowly emerging from the Covid gloom and the first large scale event, organized by Southern Counties Athletic Association, took place at Chelmsford over the Bank Holiday weekend. A small number of Harlow athletes were fortunate enough to secure places at the event.

Edward Brown, who made his debut for Harlow at a test event last week, ran well as an Under 20 in the 100m and secured a time of 11.27 seconds. Whilst this was not as quick as the 11.23s he ran at the test event, the wind speed was legal and so represents a personal best.

Brown will be competing again at Chelmsford at a county senior event next week. Shemar Boldiszar, who ran 10.87s at the same test event as Brown last week, withdrew from the Covid Games as he nursed a niggle ahead of the British trials, in Manchester, on 6 September. Boldiszar will be competing in the 200m.

Marley Sarling competed in the 100m at Under 17 level and was delighted to record a new PB also. He ran 11.28s with a legal wind and followed this up with 11.5s in the semi-final, which was not enough to progress to the final, won by Zac Ngogwugwu, form Blackheath and Bromley in 11s exactly.

On the field, Amelia Loveridge made the step up to Under 20 level and was 15th in the discus, with a best throw of 17.06m. Samson Brichieri-Columbi competed for the first time as an U15 in the boys’ competition. Moving up to the 1.25kg implement is not easy and as he had only been able to manage a few training sessions, his performances were creditable indeed. He made the top eight and progressed to the final throws but did not improve upon his 8th overall. His best performance was 23.06m.

In what proved to be a good day for Brichieri-Columbi, he also made the top eight in the shot putt. Again he ended the competition in 8th spot and narrowly improved his PB with the heavier 4kg weight from 9m indoors to 9.03m.

The season has been extended into October and Harlow has athletes competing in a number of events including ambulant and wheelchair athletes at Stoke Mandeville and in Notwil, Switzerland.

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