Impressive Weekend Results Create New Club Records and PB’s
Sunday 24 March saw twenty athletes competing at a Development Run Jump Throw competition hosted at the track.
This was a great opportunity for fledgling athletes to gain experience within a relaxed atmosphere. It also allowed Maxinne Simon and Chris Sale, two new Harrier officials, to judge a couple of field events, practising skills gained at last autumns officials course and gaining knowledge as we head towards the outdoor season.
The competition was the culmination of a six- week multi event course organised for Sunday athletes, which saw three of Harriers older “junior” athletes, including top sprinter Rebecca Jeggo, put their coaching assistant skills into very good use during one of the sessions.
Each athlete took part in Long Jump, Shot Put and 100m Sprint, guided by Harriers Youth Ambassadors, Issy Minder, Katie Rice and Megan Stevens. With results for the throw and jump now recorded on Power of Ten, this kick starts a new batch of athletes on their journey and will help team managers in their selection for the EYAL teams heading out in April. Six new juniors were invited to join the club as a result of their performances.
Alongside this, over in the hammer circle, Rob Earle was also running a Throws Competition for his squad and invited guests.
Young Wyatt Larkins produced a huge PB of over 6m to end his competition on 34.38m for a new club record. He currently tops the U13 boys UK rankings in 3k Hammer and will be a fabulous addition to the team.
Billy Praim-Singh threw a PB of 55.20m to propel him to 3rd in the under 23 rankings.
Olivia Simon extended her lead at the top of the UK rankings for U15 girls with a new PB and club record of 42.25m – a throw just outside an English Schools National Standard. Whilst Josephine Larkins 44.46m performance was a seasons best throw which ranks her 4th in the U17W category.
Coach Rob Earle produced a season’s best throw of 53.76m which puts him comfortably at the top of the UK rankings for his age group and is currently a world leading mark for the V55s. It is the 43rd consecutive year Rob has featured in the UK rankings which is quite a remarkable achievement.
Sunday was also the last indoor Open Meet for U13 / U15’s held at Lee Valley. Five junior green vests took part bringing home great results for the Harriers.
U15 Raine Tylor improved her PB in the 60m sprint, winning her heat and clocking 9.18s. Next up was the 200m and U13, Hollie Martin-Whymark should be delighted having improved her time yet again to cross the line in 29.68s, slicing off .79s to duck below the 30s mark for the first time.
Training buddies U15 Talia Wynter and Olivia Gillon found themselves in the same heat. Talia taking almost half a second off her previous best, to clock 29.07s and Olivia crossing close behind in 29.32s.
Rounding off the day was U13 Harry Gillon, who showed great determination in the 800m, where his time of 2:50s, knocked a great 6 seconds off his previous best!
Well done to all these athletes who are working hard towards the new season, with plenty more time to improve technically and physically, to tackle bigger competitive challenges in 2019.