Indoor Comforts for HHH Track & Field Stars

Herne Hill Harriers’ track and field athletes continued their early season fine-tuning by recording a string of notable performances at the London Indoor Games. Julien Allwood was the club’s leading performer at the two-day meeting for senior and U20 athletes at Lee Valley Athletics Centre by jumping 15.37 metres to win the senior men’s triple jump. Tobi Adeyemi – racing again after missing virtually all of last outdoor season with injury – was in action over 400 metres, running 49:46 to secure second place in the men’s senior A race.

Jess Knight, English Schools’ senior girl’s 400 metre champion and Harriers’ club record holder, placed fifth in the 400 metre women’s A race, clocking 56:58. The 18-year-old’s time was comfortably faster than any of the other U20 women who were all running in their own age group. Hannah Edwards won the women’s D 400m race in 61:76, ahead of club-mate Rebecca Zelic who was third in 62:07.

Three Herne Hill athletes – Blade Ashby, Matthew Walcott and Rushane Thomas – also lined up for the 60 metre hurdle races, with Ashby’s 8:22 the pick of the performances. AJ Boyce, Jonathan Grant, Daryl Thomas, Zanson Plummer, Tshon Carnegie, Royan Moore and Marvin Popoola were also in action over 60 metres. Plummer’s 6:97 lifted him close to the top of the U17 men’s indoor ranking. Thomas and Popoola later raced over 200 metres, with the latter coming third in the U20 men’s A race in 22:72.

Meanwhile in the colder outdoors, 800 metre specialist Mike Cummings won the January instalment of the Brooks Serpentine Last Friday 5km, clocking a season’s best time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds. In other 5km action, Mohammed Ismail was fourth at the Brockwell park run, running 17:27. Fellow Harrier Richard Wonnacott was two places behind in 18.12, with Tommy Haycocks 16th in 19:47.

Jonny Muir.