After a long and exciting afternoon Herne Hill Harriers U13/15 team have narrowly avoided relegation from the Youth Development Lower Premier Division.
After a great team effort in which every point was vital the final result was:
Bracknell 494.5 pts
Windsor Slough Eton Hounslow 490
Enfield Haringey 480
Herne Hill Harriers 467.5
Bedford County 418
So once again only 75 points separated all six clubs and in a pulsating match which ebbed & flowed all afternoon we just survived having shown great character after only finishing fifth in match one. We finished only 27 points off winning the match and yet finished fourth after at one stage moving into second place halfway through the afternoon and then dropping to fifth inside the final hour, However some strong 1500ms, good relays and some strong field events in the final hour pushed us back above Crawley and safe from relegation.
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In the final league table Bracknell & Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow are promoted and we are level on points with Crawley but we have seven more match points than Crawley.
Highlights included us having double A and B string wins in four events : Turkay Kormkaz (2.01.2) and Oscar Millard (2.13.0) in the U15 boys 800m, Andre Parker (8.90m) and Zak Chukwuemeka (7.12m) Britli Francis (23.80m) and Felicia Nwosu (23.62m) in the U15 girls discus and most impressively Lulu King & Maisie Collis who recorded the fastest and third fastest times in the country this year when dominating the U13 girls 1200m with Lulu running 3.47.6 and Maisie 3.52.0.
In a very high standard & competitive match the clubs English schools medalist all showed their quality with English Schools champion Ore Adamson won the U15 girls long jump in 5.42m bronze medalist Mohamed Mohamud won the U15 boys 1500m in 4.14.9, silver medalist Alex Brown won the U15 girls 800m in 2.19.5 and silver medalist Alfred Mawdsley won the U15 boys discus and shot in 29.94m and 11.03m. Adam Hawkins was our other A string winner in the U15 boys long jump in 5.49m whilst both our girls relay teams won their 4 x 100m relays with the U13 girls team equaling their club record in 53.7 and the U15 girls winning in 51.2.
Throughout the day as the scored ebbed and flowed there were successes and disappointments with every point proving crucial, in the event the result was only decided on the final event of the day but the teams resolve and sprit shone through and in a nailbiting final half hour the team did enough to remain in the division.