New Club Records for Jasmine and Georgie

Another busy weekend of competition at home and overseas saw two new Herne Hill Harriers club records set, one in a young athletes national multi events competition and the other in the Copenhagen Half Marathon.

Jasmine Nkoso won a bronze medal with an overall score of 3,191 points in the Junior Girls Pentathlon at the English Schools Combined Events Championships in Bedford on Saturday and Sunday.

Nkoso recorded four PBs in her five individual events, with her overall score also a PB which now ranks her third in the UK in the U15 girls age group as well as being a new Harriers U15G club record. 

Her individual events performances were 12.05 in the 75m hurdles, 12.22m in the shot, 5.02m in the long jump, 1.50m in the high jump and 2.32.67 in the 800m. As a result of this excellent all round effort she has rounded off her season with selection to represent England Schools in Cardiff in December.

Surrey women’s road 5km and 10km record holder Georgie Grgec has missed a few months of racing this summer with injury, but despite relatively little run training she made a strong return in Copenhagen on Sunday. 

Making her half marathon debut Grgec placed 26th female in a very strong international front end to the field with a new club senior women’s record of 72:58. Grgec will now hope to be able to increase her running volume and push on after last winter’s fine results.

Also in Copenhagen Brandon Dewar ran 70:15, Matt Cartwright 73:47 (PB), Sophie Gunning 83:20 (PB), Adam Westbury 84:37 (PB) and Sophie Kinirons 94:33 (PB).

Across the globe on Sunday in the Sydney Marathon Brandon’s twin brother Nick Dewar ran his debut marathon in 2:33.19.

A warm Saturday afternoon saw the first cross country event of the season, the Will Bolton Relays XC at Sparrows Den, West Wickham, where spikes were not necessary and possibly not even applicable on the very dry ground.

Herne Hill enjoyed a huge turnout for the young athletes races with team silver medals being won by the Under 15 boys, the Under 15 girls and the Under 13 boys. The senior women’s team also claimed bronze medals. 

Before then there were some very good performances at the high quality local Friday Under the Lights 5km road races in Battersea Park.

Sam Bramwell continued his super form with 14:31, just outside his PB for fourth place in the elite wave.

In the first waves half an hour earlier Jack Brotchie ran 15:34, U20 Harry Bell 15:35, Ronan Tanguy 15:52, M50 Ben Paviour 15:54, John Franklin 16:05, Bryn Reynolds 16:06, Seve Loudon 16:09, Harry Roberts 16:18, Ben Millar 16:21, George Melville 16:25, Robin Jones 17:21, Jon Key 17:27, Grace Leyland 17:31, Jenny Nandi 17:49, Cecily Day 18:03 and Megan Gildea 18:47.

There were a good number PBs and near PBs in among these results demonstrating good depth. 

At the Podium Capital Karts Underground races around the go kart track in Canary Wharf on Friday Ryan Willmott won his heat and was then 6th in his semi final to qualify for the final for a successful evening of racing.

Geoff Jerwood