Narrow miss for Harriers in road relay championships

Herne Hill Harriers finished in 5th place out of 71 teams at the British Masters road relay championships on 21 May missing out on a medal position by a matter of seconds.

The 8-man team completed the 3 mile relay course in a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 58 seconds, just 32 seconds behind 4th spot and 47 seconds away from a bronze medal finish. This was despite recording the 7th and 8th fastest laps on the day.

Team member and former club president, Waldy Pauzers, said:

“Our team put in a tremendous performance on the day and with a single additional fit runner the club would have been able to secure medals.”

Waldy went on to say:

“It was important we completed a team to ensure the club was represented at these major championships.

Elsewhere, the Harriers finished in second place in the second fixture of the Southern Women’s League (senior division 1). With the match taking place in Portsmouth, the Harriers had to contend with a reduced squad but rallied well to clinch second sport.

Final match scores are:

Team Score
1 City of Portsmouth 108
2 Herne Hill Harriers 72
3 Epsom & Ewell 71
4 Dartford 70

In other news, the Harriers finished in third place in the National Young Athletes League (premier E division). It was a big effort from the young athletes to secure 489 points against strong opposition with many athletes missing.

Final match scores were:

Team Score
1 Croydon 602
2 Tonbridge 593
3 Herne Hill Harriers 489