Stacey Ward smashes HHH club women’s 5000m record

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Herne Hill Harriers’ Stacey Ward smashed the club’s 5000m senior women’s record at the BMC Grand Prix at Watford. In her first track season for six years Ward clocked 16 minutes, 22 seconds, in finishing ninth in a top-class A-string field, and broke Cathy Ansell’s previous HHH mark by more than half a minute.

Lewis Lloyd was another Herne Hill athlete to clock a personal best of 3:46.34 in winning the D-string 1500m at Watford. The PB times set by both Lloyd and Ward were good enough to earn them invitations to this coming weekends’ British Championships in Birmingham.

Katie Snowden was also in fine form again, as she recorded her second best ever time over 800m. Snowden, who clocked 2:02.99, was fourth in her race won by a New Zealand Commonwealth Games finalist with a Polish athlete placing second, but Katie finished ahead of GB internationals Laura Weightman and Hannah England.

Further Harriers success at the BMC meeting included Jayme Rossiter (first in the F-string 1500m in a PB 3:49.12 and Eric Keogh (ninth in the D-string 1500m in 3:50.44), while Lee van Haeften was eighth in the B-string 5000m in a personal best 14:28.65.

Elsewhere, Herne Hill’s junior girl’s squad were victorious in the latest round of the Lily B league at Walton. Several youngsters also represented the club at the London Inter Club Championship at Allianz Park, with Feysel Nadew (first in the 800m in 2:05.89) to the fore. Senior athlete Rebecca Zelic won the long jump with a leap of 5.08m.