UK womens league report & top 400m running

Jess on Olympic Stdium track

It was a good weekend for HHH 400m racing, headed by Jessie Knight’s fabulous PB and senior women’s club record time of 53.48 in Geneva on Saturday, a big breakthrough after 3 years of relatively small incremental improvements until now.

At our men’s BAL match at Southampton Nicholas Atwell won the A string (48.33), Peter Phillips was 2nd in the B string (48.88) and a quartet of Blade Ashby, Isaac Ogunlade, Peter Phillips and Nicholas Atwell won a hard fought 4 x 400m relay to clinch our 5th place position in the match.

Then at today’s UKWAL match win at Kingsmeadow Liz Donnelly and Hannah Edwards both ran PBs in their respective strings of the 400m races, with Liz 3rd in 58.92 in the A race and Hannah a strong B string victory in 59.19. Then another thrilling 4 x 400m relay win with Liz Donnelly, Hannah Edwards, Steph Mitchell and Jessie Knight combining to cap off a great afternoon.

Steve Bosley’s full report on UKWAL team victory:

Herne Hill Harriers womens team burst into promotion contention by winning their second UK Womens League match at Kingsmeadow which included some excellent individual and team performances.

The team were inspired by Jess Knight in the opening track event the 400m hurdles who won in 61.57. Jess had run the previous day in Geneva setting a new PB and club record 53.48 for 400m which ranks her in the top twenty in the country.

The team dominated the track events and enjoyed double string wins in the 100m (Shanice Harrison & Jade Phillips), 800m (Hannah Edwards & Stephanie Mitchell) & 1500m (Stacey Ward & Stephanie Mitchell) with Stacey completing a distance double by winning the 3000m in 9.48.42 and Hannah Edwards the B string 400m in 59.19. The club also won the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m setting seasons bests in both relays.

In the field there were second places from Louise Capicotto 30.61m in the discus, Rebecca Zelic 5.24m in the long jump, Michella Obijikau 12.07m in the shot & Jade Phillips 9.45m in the B string shot.

Our win puts Herne Hill Harriers second in the division one point behind Harts Phoenix with one match at Wigan in August remaining and needing to beat Herts Phoenix or host club City of Liverpool to gain promotion.