HHH athletes at Internationals & Intercounties

Congratulations to Alex Brown and Alfred Mawdsley who represented England at the SIAB Event in Ashford, Kent. The top two inter athletes from the English Schools are selected for this international match against the home nations. Alfred threw a new pb in the discus, 44.56m – a new Harriers club Under 17 men’s record – to finish fourth, a position matched by Alex in the 1500m race. Well done to both of them, who each have another year in the inter age group.

Herne Hill’s Irish international multi event athlete Daniel Ryan was also competing in the European Under 18 championships in Tbilisi.  He finished 11th overall with a mixed set of scores but a PB for decathlon, despite an injury sustained in the pole vault.

A number of the Club’s athletes were representing their counties in the southern inter counties match at Norman Park, Bromley. Results are awaited for this match, but very well done to Katie Balme who smashed her pb running 5.13.72 in the 1500 s/c, to win the race. In so doing Katie beat English Schools second and fourth placed girls, was inside this year’s English Schools National Standard and smashed the club record. Based on the information contained on the Surrey Athletics WWW site (listed as 5.14.41), Katie’s run appears to also be a surrey record, and she has one more year in the age group.

In the U13 and U15 YDL match at Croydon, HHH finished fourth on the day and ended up fourth in the Southern Premier 2 Division, where we will remain for next season. A relatively small number of U15 boys did very well to cover most events, but the standard of competition is such that first and second placed finishes were hard to come by. The U13 boys had more success. Clayton Mytil ran a big pb to clinch second in the 200m B string, 26.8, and there were pbs also for Jacob and Ben Harrison, A and B 800m respectively, running 2.23.9 and 2.30.1.

Unquestionably the performance of the day was by Jaden Kennedy, whose 4.28.6 victory extended his lead at the top of the UK rankings, revised his own club record and placed him in the top 10 all-time list for U13 boys 1500m. Such was his dominance that he won by 200m, and produced a 67 seconds last lap! Jaden was well supported by Callum Balme, brother of Katie, who won the B string.

The U15 girls sprint events were very strong, with a 12.5 100m pb only good enough for third A for Angel Asare, whilst Ore Adamson won the B string in 12.7, close to her pb. Ore also won the long jump, and Jess Collins was a B string winner, having also secured 2nd in the B 75H with a new pb of 13.1. First in the A string 75H was Mallory Cluley, who equalled her pb with 11.4 secs. In the middle distance events, Rosie Hammond had a comfortable A string win, whilst Susannah Hirst was second in the B string.

The U13 girls also contributed very good points to the team’s overall performance. Faith Price had an excellent 1500m win, whilst Natalia Webb was a very good second in the B, with a big pb of 20.4 secs. Natalia also got a big pb winning the girls long jump, 4m39, whilst Farrah Martin was second B string. In the middle distance events, Maisie Collis produced a superb demonstration of front running with a big win in the 800m, 2.22.7. Layla Wilkinson won the 1200m, and for the first time ran sub 4minutes with 3.59.1, and Eva Holland won the B string.

The 4 x 100m teams sharpened their speed for their appearances in the Olympic Stadium by securing second place finishes in the U15G, U13G and U13B, whilst the U15G also finished second.

Well done to all who competed over the four matches.

Keith Newton 17 July 2016