English National Championship Title for Herne Hill’s Ore Adamson and more cross country news


Herne Hill Harriers are celebrating two National age group champions from over the weekend. Ore Adamson won the Under 17 Women’s long jump title at the England Athletics U15/U17/U20 Indoor Championships in Sheffield, while Jaden Kennedy became the Under 13 Boys race winner at the Saucony English National Cross Country Championship in Nottingham.

Kennedy’s fantastic win is reported separately, while Indoors at Sheffield, Adamson underlined her current position as number one in the country at Under 17 Women’s long jump. A talented all round sportswoman, Adamson’s latest personal best mark of 5.89m won the title by a margin of 17cm and she this year finds herself at the youngest end of her age group, which makes her performances all the more remarkable and exciting.

Monae Winston was also on the national podium at Sheffield as her time of 7.85 second saw her place second in the Under 15 Girls 60m final, another fabulous achievement for a Harriers athlete, while Kristal Awuah just missed a medal in fourth place in the Under 20 Women’s 60m final with her 7.51 clocking. The other Herne Hill athlete to qualify for a national indoor final was Lakeisha Owusu-Junior, who finished seventh in the Under 17 Women’s 60m in a time of 7.79 after a PB of 7.69 in her semi-final.

Back to Nottingham cross country, Herne Hill Harriers senior teams performed admirably in Wollaton Park, beating all of our local rivals with the exception of Kent AC. Herne Hill men’s and women’s teams were both ahead of the likes of Hercules Wimbledon, Blackheath and Bromley, Thames Hare & Hounds and Belgrave Harriers as the men placed thirteenth of 131 teams and our women sixteenth of 93 complete teams. Harriers men were led by excellent runs from Lewis Lloyd forty-fourth and Jay Rossiter fifty-fifth of almost 1,800 finishers and Katie Moore was first among Herne Hill women placing seventy-fifth in a field of almost 800.

Our ladies were missing 3 or 4 of our fastest potential team members and with Natasha Lodge gamely soldiering on to place as second counter in our team of 4 having lost not one, but both of her shoes during the course of the race! Katie Moore had another great run in heading our team in 75th, followed by Natasha in 126th, a very welcome return for Karen Ellison in 137th and Julia Wedmore closing our team in 204th. Second claim Hayley Munn, who is hopefully a HHH UK Women’s League track team member this summer placed 36th in the colours of Winchester.
Our men were also superb and I admit to initially being a tad disappointed that our excellent 6 men in the first 250 didn’t yield a slightly higher overall position than 13th, but with 131 clubs closing in teams of 6, this was a better than decent return. Lewis Lloyd was our first man in a very fine 44th place, with Irishman based at Lufbra Jay Rossiter not far behind in 55th. Chris Busaileh continued his good XC form in 117th, Jeff Cunningham was 204th, M40 John Kettle had a top run in 230th and Carl Delaney, in his second ever XC race (his first was at Parliament Hill last month!) closed our 6 men in 250th. We had 19 men racing, with our others being Alex Hobley placing 304th, Alan Barnes 314th, Sean Fitzpatrick 352nd, John Tayleur 389th, Simon Coombes 416th, Matt Munro 452nd, Eric Sapac 526th, Matt Robertson (no timing chip at the finish), Andrew Warburton (looking fine in red and black) 679th, Trevor Chilton 948th, James Ward 1027th, President Waldy Pauzers 1450th and Andy Lea-Gerrard running a couple of laps.  A great all round effort from everyone.
Geoff Jerwood