SAL – Battersea Park

Harriers latest fixture saw them compete in Battersea Park with a somewhat depleted team, and several athletes covering many events, but sadly there were not enough, and despite some excellent personal results, and with much frustration for team managers: Helen Holdsworth and Linda Garnham, too many events were left unsupported.

Club all rounder, Matt Rose led the challenge by covering nine events. His results included a win in the Triple Jump with personal best of 12.37metres. Followed by 2nd places in the Pole Vault [3.60] B string Discus and 110 metre hurdles, the latter saw him pitched against multi international Will Sharman. In the B race reliable Rob Smith recorded a win.

The 200 metre events proved the most successful event of the day for the club with Rebecca Jeggo and Charlie Dobson recording A string wins with 25.31 sec and 22.84 sec respectively. And Heather Rose and Connor Oliver gaining B wins, ensuring maximum points and a clean sweep. Heather went on to finish winner of the 100 metre Hurdles, and 2nd in the A 400 Hurdles. In addition Jeggo gained a win in her 100m A race [12.36] And Callum McKay and Murafo Shava gained two second places in the male events.  In the 400 metres Jake Young produced a personal best of 51.07 sec and an overall 1st place. In the womens equivalent Helen Bloomfield ran in 2nd, supplementing a 1500 metre B race runner up spot.

The highlight of the middle distance races were double second places for Jordan Rowe and Oscar Dawson in the 800 metres. 1.58.63 and 2.02.1 respectively.

The throws proved to be useful source of points with Catherine Holdsworth winning the Shot with 12.02 metres and finishing runner up in the Discus, Hammer and Javelin. These performances were backed up with wins in the Shot and Javelin B events by Jade Morgan, who also had solid 2nd places In the Long and Triple Jumps. On the Male side Rob Earle had a win in the Hammer [50.13] and a second place in the Discus. Matt Rose also scored well in the Discus with a B string 2nd place.

In the Relays the Womens team gained a battling win in the 4×400 with the men finishing in second place. In the mens 4×100 the team made up of under 17 athletes were pipped at the post for 2nd place by a fast finishing Will Sharman.

Other contributors to the points score included Nicola Martell-Smith Hurdles and High Jump. Millie Belbin B string runner up spots in the Triple Jump High Jump and Long Jump. Colin Ridley and Arthur Wiston  5000 metres the latter with a PB. Stacey Eyers 800 metres.

Final Score: Southampton 190.5, Belgrave 185, Dartford 183, Colchester Harriers 176.5

4x100m team (all U17s) pictured with GB international Will Sharman

Nicola Martell-Smith and Heather Rose in the 100 hurdles

Rob Earle