Athletics: Double first at Oxford and Coventry for Harlow AC

Athletics / Mon 5th Jul 2021 at 08:27am

THERE was double delight as Harlow AC athletes excelled at the National Junior Para Games in Coventry, and at the South of England Combined Events Championships at Oxford:

Bebe Jackson, who is a T44 athlete, was in action at both 100m and 200m distances. Her preparation had been hampered by an enforced quarantine from her school but nevertheless she went in confident mood after a series of good performances at mid-week events in Chelmsford. In the 100m she was in a race of mixed class athletes and was second on the track, with a time of 14.59s and consequently earned the T44 gold. And in the 200m she doubled up by winning the race in 30.44s. Both times were good enough to earn entry in to the Disability Trials for the Paralympics, to be held in Bedford next weekend.

Meanwhile, in Oxford, Beth Harryman was in combined event action at Oxford. Day one began well with a strong 100m hurdles in a time of 15.3s and then got even better as she jumped a PB height of 1.69m in the high jump. A throw of over 10m was good enough for fourth place in the shot putt and the day ended with a third-place finish in the 200m, to leave her with a narrow lead overnight.

Day two got underway with a strong event for Harryman, the long jump. She duly won the event with a jump of 5.48m. She has been working hard at the javelin and would have been pleased by a throw of 29.76m, good enough for fifth in the event and a valuable 471 points and a nearly three hundred point lead going into the 800m. Such a cushion meant that she could afford to shadow Jodi Benyon, her nearest rival, and ensure the victory. Harryman ended the competition victorious on 4672 points.  

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