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  • Noel Carmody

Club Weekly Report

Cross Country

Three Cambridge Harriers represented their school counties at the 61st English Schools Cross Country Championships held at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood. Conditions were favourable with glorious sunshine and a flat relatively dry course.

Sam Scrase-Field competed in the junior boys 4.1km race and possibly had his best race of the season, placing 45th (14:21) and first London out of 330 finishers. Sam Holloway, also running for London, finished a respectable 178th (15:11).

Iris Williams, competing for Kent in the junior girls 3.2km race lined fourth in the starting pen so was always playing catchup on the rest of the field. She finished 79th of 340 finishers, but more importantly was fifth scorer for Kent and first U13, winning team bronze as part of the Kent team.

Sam Scrase-Field and Iris Williams

Race Walking

Warm blustery conditions greeted the race walkers in Coventry for the Molly Barnett Open Track Walks, inc. England Athletics 10,000m Senior Championships. In the men's race Luc Legon, due to a lap scoring error, completed an additional lap. Fortunately the error was identified and Luc was accredited with the correct finishing time of 47:24.27, a new personal best. Christian Hopper (U20) also recorded a personal best of 49:37.36.

In the women's race Hannah Hopper (U20) made her debut over the 10,000m distance on the track and clocked a time of 53:14.06, taking silver in the England championship.

Road Running

Four club members travelled to the Sussex coast for the Hastings Half-Marathon. Clem Dixon (M60) finished in 218th position from nearly 2000 finishers with a time of 1:36:45. Keith Dungate (M70) recorded 1:59:47, Maria Macdonald (W65) 2:14:09 and Stephanie Dungate (W65) 2:26:37.

At the Hampton Court Half-Marathon, Emma Stormont finished in 283rd position in a time of 1:36:12.

Indoor Track & Field

The Kent County Championships at Lee Valley are late in the indoor season but always a good event to compete in and be part of.

The club’s sprinters dominated the sprints winning four out of the eight titles on offer in the 60m and getting a 1-2-3 in the Under 15 girls 200m as well. Dante Legister was half a second clear when winning the Under 17 men’s 60m in 6.87, a feat nearly equalled by Doyin Aderinto when winning the senior women’s event in 7.73. Chichi Cooper won the Under 20 women race in 7.98 and also took silver in the triple jump with a leap of 11.13m whilst Nuriah Orhurhu added the 4th title winning the Under 15 event in 8.01. Our 60m medal haul also included silver for Kema Jr. Onyemaechi (U15B PB of 7.65), Amira Mohammed-Hassan (U20W bronze PB of 8.06) and Derin Aderinto (SW bronze with 8.27).

Doyin Aderinto wins senior women's 60 with sister Derin in 3rd and Rachel Taylor in 5th

Over 200m Emily Cadman led home the 1-2-3 in the Under 15 girls event ably backed up by Nuriah Orhurhu and Gabby Noyce. Gabby also picked up bronze in the 300m and 60m hurdles. Dante Legister added the 200m title to his collection easing through the line 22.73.

Gabby Noyce, Emily Cadman and Nuriah Orhurhu

In the field Hannah Bridge completely dominated the field in the Under 17 women’s shot event winning with a put of 14.64 which places her 3rd in the UK rankings. Natalie Mann picked up a silver in the senior event whilst Amira Mohammed-Hassan took 3rd in the Under 20 women's triple jump

Back on the track it was good to see the club featuring more in the hurdles events and this should bode well for the summer season to come

Over the longer distances there was silver for Iris Williams in the Under 1500m recording 4:59.24 which is just outsider her PB and not bad as she competed in the English Schools Cross Country just the day before.

Over 300m there was a gold medal for Elijah Olaleye (U15B) and silver for Keziah Olaleye (U17W) in 42.13 and 43.34 respectively and a bronze for coach Fuad Busoir in the 400m (54.25).

Elijah and Keziah Olaleye with some of their medals from the weekend


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