Harrow Athletic Club completed its Southern Athletic League season with a massive victory in Hemel Hempstead but results elsewhere meant that promotion was missed by just one place, writes Tony Bush.
Harrow scored a handsome 244 points to beat nearest rivals St. Albans by 89 points, with Newham and Dacorum trailing, to record its fourth consecutive victory but a disappointing first round result at Oxford in April meant they were always playing ‘catch up’ and they finished the season in third spot with only the top two being promoted to Division One.
Tom Nichols and Richard Carr both enjoyed double victories, with Tom taking the high jump and sprint hurdles, and Richard winning both long and triple jumps. There were also field event victories for Dave Sketchley in the javelin and Dave Norris in the hammer.
On the track, Omar Grant took the 200 metres but damaged his back doing so and was unable to join Harrow’s winning sprint relay team. Philip Benson won the 800 metres, Andy Holliman led all the way to dominate the 1500 metres and Chad McLeod took the 400 metres hurdles, while the 4 x 400m relay squad completed a comfortable victory.
There were fewer victories in what was an excellent all-round performance from the women’s squad. Sarah Brown won the 1500 metres, held during torrential rain, and also took second spot in the 3000 metres. Lucy Rann won the javelin and also took second place in the shot.
Harrow’s 2014 League campaign concludes with the final round of the men’s British League in Bath on Saturday (9 August), with a strong squad seeking to consolidate its fourth position in the eight strong National Division Two.
Harrow Athletic Club continued its solid British League National Division Two campaign with a second successive fifth spot in round two in Southampton on Saturday.
In a remarkable coincidence, Harrow’s elite men scored 257 points, exactly the same as round one, finishing behind the hosts Southampton, Basingstoke, Bristol and Kingston but well clear of Nottingham, Derby and Southend.
Tony Daffurn set a personal best of 15.36, to win the triple jump, and is now only 11 centimetres behind the 35 year old Club record. Chris Alexis made it a double victory for Harrow by taking the ‘B’ string with a good 13.70.
Dave Sketchley won his sixth consecutive British League javelin event, recording 59.25, to beat his nearest rival by just over a metre. Luke Roach-Christie placed second in the shot, with a good 14.73, and also set a new PB of 38.44 in the discus.
Tom Nichols equalled his PB of 2 metres, for third in a high quality high jump, while Noel Reid set a season’s best of 1.85 for second in the ‘B’ string.
Stephen Mears produced his best BAL performance in finishing second in the 1500 metres in a fast 3.54.78. Matt Carey had to settle for second in the steeplechase despite running faster than his wining time in round one with 9.18.03. Ashley Hill ran a fast 54.52 for fourth in the 400 metres hurdles.
Harrow’s next British League fixture is in Derby on Saturday 5 July.
Harrow Athletic Club made a solid start to its 2014 British League National Division Two campaign with fifth spot in the opening fixture at a squally Basingstoke.
We finished behind Basingstoke, Southampton, Kingston and Bristol but ahead of Derby, Nottingham and Southend.
Felix Maisey-Curtis was in superb form, winning the long jump with a big new personal best of 7.72, just five centimetres behind Dean Macey’s club record and only six centimetres behind the League record. Richard Carr took second spot in the ‘B’ string with 6.62.
Tony Daffurn also set a new personal best, winning the triple jump with 15.24. He is closing in on Harrow’s 35-year-old Club record of 15.47. Chris Alexis took second place in the ‘B’ string with 13.69.
Tom Nichols took second spot in the high jump with 1.95, despite disruption from a heavy downpour, and later finished second in the ‘B’ string sprint hurdles.
Dave Sketchley extended his British League winning streak to five matches, mastering the tricky wind to record 56.07. Luke Roach-Christie took second spot in the shot with 13.79.
Matt Carey produced the best track performance, easing to steeplechase victory in 9.26.31. Stephen Mears took second spot in the ‘B’ string 800 metres.
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.