Harrow Athletic Club’s women’s squad made a great start to their UK Women’s League promotion campaign, with a strong second place in the opening round of the League at a soggy Bedford on Saturday.
Inspired by their new team manager, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laura Turner-Alleyne, the team finished just six point behind hosts Bedford, but well clear of third of third-placed Liverpool.
International heptathlete Marilyn Nwawulor was the star of the show, winning the 100 metres and sprint hurdles, in fast times of 11.92 and 14.17. She also placed second in the long jump and anchored the winning sprint relay team.
Emma Gayler made an impressive debut for Harrow, winning the triple jump with (10.85) and the ‘B’ long jump with 5.47. Kat Thomas took the ‘B’ triple jump with 10.56 while Georgia Nwawulor placed second in the high jump with a good 1.65.
Lucy Rann was also on song in her debut, winning the shot with 9.80 and scoring good points in the discus and javelin. Georgie Floyd won the ‘B’ string javelin while Sally Webster took the ‘B’ shot.
Emily Ancliffe showed that she had recovered well from an impressive London marathon debut, where she clocked 3.05, to take second spot in the 3000 metres in a fast 10.40.87. Eva Mack took silver in the 800 metres, with a fast 2.19.32, while Lyndsey Fairweather won the ‘B’ string with 2.25.52. Lucy Spray finished second in the 400 metres hurdles while Rebecca Miles won the ‘B’ string.
Silver medals for Luke Roach-Christie and Marilyn Nwawulor were the highlights of a good set of Harrow Athletic Club results in the British Universities Championships at Bedford last weekend.
Luke took silver in the shot with a solid putt of 15.09, following 15.16 in the qualifying round. Marilyn was second in the 100 metres, a fast 11.83.
Decathlete Saoirse Chinery-Edoo was in great early-season form, setting personal bests in the high jump (1.80) and discus (42.48). He also cleared a useful 3.40 in the pole vault. Ashley Hill clocked a fast 54.20 in the 400 metres hurdles while Andrew Holliman ran well for 1.55.56 in the 800 metres. Jonathan Collier was just below his best in the 5000 metres, with 16.05.91, while Jordan Duvigneau clocked a fast 11.15 in the 100 metres.
Chelsea Shurland showed good form in running 58.56 for 400 metres.
The national league season gets under way this weekend with the men’s British League Division Two team in action at Basingstoke while the women’s National Division Three team, under new manager Laura Turner-Alleyne, begins its season in Bedford.