HHH news – July 4-5

Herne Hill Harriers’ Gavin Johnson-Assoon recorded his greatest success on the national stage in winning a bronze medal at the British Championships.

The 32-year-old’s javelin throw of 64.30m in Birmingham was good enough for third place – a year after he came fifth in the same championship. His best throw – which was some four metres shy of a personal best set earlier this year – was just 11cm further than fourth-placed thrower Greg Millar.

Gavin J-A GB Bronze javelin
A clutch of Harriers were represented in the 400m, with Nicholas Atwell progressing to the semi-final stage in which he finished eighth in 48.34, following a fifth-place finish in his heat in 47.26. Peter Phillips was fifth in 48.23 and Isaac Ogunlade seventh in 48.66 in their respective first round heats, with neither posting qualifying times for the semi-finals.

Blade Ashby ran a season’s best time of 52.55 for 400m hurdles in his first round heat and Ogunlade was fourth in a later heat in 52.98. Lewis Lloyd was eighth in his 1500m heat in 3:52.45. Sprinter Jonathan Grant was third in his 100m heat in 10.78 in a race won by Croydon’s James Dasaolu. Racing in the 5000m, Stacey Ward was 12th in 16 minutes, 25 seconds.

Away from the track, Herne Hill had a strong contingent at the Bewl 15. Matt Munro was eighth in one hour, 35 minutes and 13 seconds, with Robin Jones 10th and first V40 in 1.35.54. Jonathan Ratcliffe was 21st in 1.42.02 and Andrew Grigg 104th in 1.55.19.