Katie wins England U23 800m to book GB team place for Tallinn

England U23 Women 800m champion 2015

Herne Hill Harriers’ Katie Snowden will run for Great Britain after she became the England U23 champion over 800m. Snowden will pull on the national colours at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, on July 9-12.

Snowden had previously gained the qualifying time for the international meeting after clocking a personal best and club record time of 2.01.77 in winning a BMC Grand Prix meeting at Sportcity in Manchester in May, but her winning form at Bedford on Sunday 21 June cemented her berth.

Katie’s time was 2.04.68 in windy conditions in becoming the national champion, maintaining even splits across the two laps. The gold medal for the 21-year-old student was another milestone in her 2015, with Snowden currently lying 7th in the 2015 national senior rankings for 800m in Britain.

Competing at Bedford alongside Snowden, Lewis Lloyd was equal fifth in the 1500m in 3.59.5 in a tactical final in what represented a competitive return to racing. Jessie Knight was also fifth in the 400m final in 54.64. Tayo Andrews medalled after finishing equal second with three others as he cleared 2.04m in the high jump.

Lascelles Hussey was 11th in his U20 1500m heat in 4.01.43, which acted as warm-up for the upcoming English Schools Championships. John Tayleur also ran a fine personal best of 10.04.33 in coming sixth in the U23 3000m steeplechase.

Some excellent performances were recorded by HHH youngsters as the club placed 3rd at our Youth Development League match at Lee Valley on Sunday. The undoubted highlight was Mohamed Mohamud’s U15 1500m winning time of 4.13.57 which was a massive performance that places him just over 1 second off the UK lead in his age group for 2015 and currently ranks him 5th in the country. Mohamed’s time is also only hundredths outside a hand timed club U15 boys record of 4.13.5 that dates back to 1973 which must now finally be on borrowed time. At the same meeting Lily Newton ran a 1500m PB by almost 6 seconds clocking 5.04.90 winning the B string behind Kayah Wilks’s 4.55.10, which placed her 3rd in the A event.

On the road, Hayley Munn, a new HHH track team member who wears the colours of Clapham Chasers in road races was a winner at the Ranelagh 10k at Ham, clocking 36.05, with Mel Edwards fourth in 38.29. In the men’s race, Jonathan Ratcliffe was 32nd in 35.24, Matt Munro 50th in 36.13 and Mike Boyle 53rd in 36.17.