Herne Hill Harriers’ athletes continued their promising progress towards summer track success with a series of impressive results at the weekend.
Notably, 16-year-old Lascelles Hussey, racing for Harrow School, broke the two minute barrier for 800m for the first time and did so emphatically with a time of 1.58.2, down from a previous best of 2.03. Hussey then followed up with an 1500m run in 4.14.8, repeating his second placing in his earlier 800m.
Meanwhile, Blade Ashby won the 400m hurdles in a huge personal best of 52.67 at the Kinnaird and Sward Trophy meeting at Kingsmeadow. Ashby’s older brother Thomas also notched a lifetime best, jumping 2.01m in the high jump, while also throwing the discus 43m, a shot season’s best of 13.82m, long jumping 6.75m and clocking 15.50 in the 110m hurdles.
Peter Phillips ran what he described as a ‘relaxed 400m’ in 48.98, while Mike Cummings ran a ‘solid season opener’ in clocking 4.03.97 in the 1500m.
Jessie Knight also began her outdoor season with third place in the women’s 400m at the Loughborough Students’ BUCS Trials meeting, clocking 55.29.
Herne Hill athletes completed a clean sweep of some of the local parkruns. Jonathan Stead won the Bushy parkrun in 16.00, six seconds short of his parkrun best. Elsewhere, Mike Boyle won the Dulwich Park event in 16.43; Jonny Muir was first at Burgess Park in 16.49; Mohammed Ismail claimed victory at Brockwell Park in 17.31.