Herne Hill Harriers athletes put in some strong and good quality performances at the England Championship at Bedford this weekend. Although our only medal was claimed by an athlete who represents us under the Higher Competition rule, Adelle Tracey is a valuable and valued member of our promotion seeking UK Women’s League team and it was great to see her return towards her best form on the national stage, placing 3rd in the 800m in what was easily a season’s best time so far of 2.08.24. Getting stronger again following illness, Adelle moved herself to 8th in the UK U20 800m rankings for 2011 to date and will now be looking to better her PB of 2.06.49 set last year.
Also, please see this link to lots of photos from the recent English Schools Championship in Gateshead, including many HHH athletes.
Peter Phillips followed his superb PB win in the British League with 5th place in the 400m at Bedford, running his 2nd best ever time of 48.30 in his heat and then 48.55 in the final. Our other finalist was Denise Osei, who ran close to her best in her 100m heat clocking 11.92 and then clocked a legal wind PB in the final as she finished 7th in 11.88. Robert Graham also ran a legal PB for 100m, but found his excellent 10.61 good for only 5th in his semi final, so missed out on a place in the final, as did Idris Ojuriye in the 200m, despite clocking a very good seasonal best of 21.68 following a couple of days of sickness that had threatened his participation. Matthew Walcott was close to his 110m hurdles PB in his heat as he clocked 14.69, but was also unable to progress to the final. In a different heat to Denise, Michelle Watson equalled her season’s 100m best of 12.36, but did not advance.
Further north, Jonny Henderson placed 7th in the final of the 1500m at the Scottish Championship in what he politely described as “less than perfect conditions”, while our Under 15 and Under 13 girls team placed 2nd in the final of the Lily B League at Kingsmeadow. The match result was Guildford 315, HHH 283, Kingston & Poly 273.5. We suffered a few too many drop outs but this was a very good effort from the girls in a day of all weathers.