National Junior Gold for Aisha Naibe-Wey

Aisha Naibe-Wey provided the highlight of a busy week for Herne Hill Harriers when she won the National Under 20 400m hurdles title at Bedford on Sunday. Aisha was awarded the title when Hayley Mclean who crossed the line first was disqualified for an infringment. This win was a fitting reward for Aisha who has improved by nearly five seconds this summer after training with Linford Christie’s group at Brunel University.

Jessie Knight won a bronze medal in the Under 20 womens 400m final. Jess ran under 56 seconds for the first time in winning her heat in 55.55 and then ran 55.72 in the final, her second fastest time ever. Shola John-Olojo and Julien Allwood both set PBs of 15.22m when 4th and 5th in the under 23s National championships.

It was a busy weekend for HHH youngsters with many competing at the London & Surrey Schools Championship meetings in their attempt to qualify for the English Schools championships in July. Fifteen young athletes from the club have been selected for the London team in the first wave of selections including Michella Obijiaku who improved her club record in the under 15 girls shot putt to 12.76m.

At the UK Young Athletes League meeting at Harrow on Sunday Herne Hill Harriers young athletes team were battling for a play off place for the regional qualifiers but our close fourth place makes it unlikely they will get a play off slot. Highlight was a new club U13 girls 800m record for Saskia Millard with 2 mins 24.9 seconds which puts her in the top five in the national rankings this year.

At the start of the week and at the other end of the age scale the clubs veterans men’s and women’s teams performed well in the Southern Vets League matches with the men winning our fixture and the women finishing second. In midweek our Men’s Rosenheim League team won our match to move up to second in the Eastern Division table after 3 of 5 fixtures, while our women placed second, largely courtesy of good race wins from Hannah Edwards (400m) and Cathy Ansell (1500m).