There was an incredible day of success for Harrow as both the men's and ladies' national league teams were promoted for the 2016 season!
The men's final match at Kingston was a tough competition (as always!) with Thames Valley Harriers pulling out all the stops to win but Harrow edged ahead of hosts Kingston to finish second in both the match and final league position.
Team manager Tony Bush commented:
"Congratulations on achieving promotion after a strong second place in the final BAL fixture at Kingston yesterday. We just missed out on the League title but we can all be proud of what we have achieved over the past three seasons. In 2013, we scored 14 league points for sixth place, last year was 21 league points for a distant third, this year we scored 28 points to secure promotion. Many thanks to everyone who contributed."We had five A string victories yesterday; a double sprints victory for Omar, a massive 50cm victory for JJ, a PB on his BAL debut for Jack and a win for Tony at the back end of an injury-wracked season. PBs also for Shane on his debut, Jonny on his debut, Neil in the 800 and Harry in the 1500."
For the womens national league team, an ecstatic Laura Alleyne proudly said:
"Just to let you know that the ladies are DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS and have won promotion to Division 1 next season, a first for the ladies side. It was a really close match and I do not have results as we had to rush to get our taxi to the station. We have celebrated with Champagne on the train home!! Thank you for supporting us. Big thanks to officials (Sylviane, Ian and Mike) and Tim for all their help this season."
Season's reports to follow.
Harrow Athletic Club’s elite women strengthened their promotion prospects with another good second place in the UK Women’s League National Division Three fixture at Stevenage on Sunday.
Heptathlete Marilyn Nwawulor led the way with a triple win, taking the sprint hurdles in 14.44, the long jump with 5.67 and the shot with 11.13. She also anchored the sprint relay team to victory. Gemma Malster finished second in the 100 metres and third in the longer sprint while Eva Mack‘s fast 2.16.19 gave her second spot in the 800 metres.
Veteran Angela Mitchell won the discus with 36.47 while Emma Gayler took second in the triple jump.
Harrow are in second spot in the League table, five points clear of third, with one fixture remaining.
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.