Athletics: Harlow AC take third in Southern Athletic League

Athletics / Mon 16th Aug 2021 at 07:38am

Southern Athletics League Match 3, Braintree

HARLOW were a distant third in the latest match of the Southern Athletic League, held at Braintree. The team, already depleted due to injury, isolation, and holidays, was reduced further as athletes and officials were stranded in the aftermath of a crash that closed the A120. 

Despite this, there were some good performances on both the track and field:

In the flat sprint events, the team only fielded three athletes over all three distances. Millie Upton, running her first flat 100m for three years, recorded a 14.1s PB and was third. Marley Sarling was second in the 100m and won the 200m, both into strong headwinds. And Asa Fletcher-Snow recorded two PBs at both 200m and 400m distances.

Beth Harryman won the women’s hurdles comfortably and Glen and Carl Paxman contested the men’s 110m hurdles. With only five competitors in total, Glen’s third and Carl’s fifth on the track were good enough for third in the A and second in the B string events respectively.

There was only one competitor, male or female, in the middle-distance events, Sharon Wright. She was fourth in the 800m before stepping up to her preferred long-distance event.

Longer distances are fast becoming a strength for the club and the day’s events were well-supported. In the men’s 5K Lee Wood secured a huge new PB, by almost six seconds, with a time of 16.34.5 minutes. He was backed up by Donald Campbell who claimed second in the B string race.

For the women, it was 3K distance and Sharon Wright took third in the A race and Erin-Louise Francis won the B race.

It was the 2K distance for the men’s Steeplechase and Campbell once again took to the track. He was fourth in the A race and James Malyon ran a strongly for third in the B race. 

Field events proved to be just as productive:

In the long jump, Beth Harryman’s 5.33m proved to be a winning jump. In the same event for the men, Glen Paxman was agonisingly knocked into fourth position by just a single centimetre. Brother, Carl, was second in the B event.

Millie Upton and Dawn Jones, making a welcome return to team athletics, picked up both third places in the triple jump. Three was the magic number in the remaining jumps as the Paxman twins repeated the women’s feat in the men’s events and then doubled up by doing the same in the high jump. Ellie Marklew and Jones then did the same in the women’s high jump. Jones completed the set of threes with a third in the pole vault. The ubiquitous Paxmans broke the sequence by recording first and second in the men’s pole vault.

Dave Bauer had a personally successful day in the shot, hammer, and discus, taking two thirds and a fourth. There was controversy for him in the discus as he was ‘no throwed’ for leaving the circle before the implement had landed but appeared to leave the circle with control with the disc down. The throw looked considerably longer than the 33.43m that was recorded as his best result.

He was ably assisted by Glen Paxman who gained two thirds and a second in the B events. His most notable performance was a PB of 32.43m in the hammer.

Beth Harryman was second in the women’s shot with a throw of over 10m and Ellie Marklew was third in the B event with a PB of 7.59m

Her good day continued with a throw of close to 30m in the javelin for second place. Millie Upton was just shy of 20m for third in the B competition. Katie Brennan was the sole discus thrower in a very competitive competition. She ended the day in fourth with a best throw of 19.98m

Harlow conclude their SAL season with a match at Basildon in September.

Match result:

Chelmsford 830

Basildon 626

Harlow 216

Braintree 184

Colchester 167

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