Harriers in action in Midland League & Mid-summer XC

Midland Senior League Match

Cool conditions and a damp track didn’t spoil the ambitions of the athletes who competed in their first league meeting of the season hosted by Banbury AC. The Harriers despite the usual struggle of getting all the events filled fared well finishing in 2nd place overall behind the host club and ahead of local rivals Corby AC who finished in 5th place, with the women finishing in 3rd and the men in 2nd place. The next event see’s the Harriers hosting where we will be hoping for a better turnout.

In the women’s 100m, Harriet Cleaver breezed to an easy win in the A race in a time of 13.0 seconds.  Jasmine Anderson was in a close run race in the B race but was given the nod over Isabella Howcutt of Abingdon in a time of 13.5 seconds, to Howcutt’s 13.6 seconds.

In the women’s 200m, Harriet Cleaver completed a double by winning the A race in a time of 27.4 seconds. Meanwhile in the B race, Jasmine Anderson was in a close run race with Cleo Martin-Evans of Daventry and finished 2nd in a time of 27.9 to Martin-Evans’ 27.7 winning time.


Harriet Cleaver - first in A stream 100m and 200m

In the men’s 100m, Ryan Amesimeku also had an easy ride to victory in the A race in a time of 11.3 seconds.  Max Mowforth, in the B race also saw daylight between him & his closest competitor to win in a time of 11.5 seconds.

There was drama in the men’s non scoring 100m with Joshua Wenje, and one other athlete, not hearing a late recall gun and running at least 60m before stopping and having to re-run the race.  Whereas he had led that race, it had taken a lot out of him and he ended up finishing 3rd behind team mates Luke Riches and Jack Abbott, with Luke winning in a PB of 12.1 seconds, and Jack given the same time in 2nd place.

In the men’s 200m, Cole Sinnott and Ryan Amesimeku both had untroubled runs to win their races in 23.3 and 23.2 respectively, with Ryan running a PB in the B race.  Luke Riches completed a double by winning the non scorers race in 24.8 seconds.

In the field events, Joshua Wenje debuted in the men’s long jump and finished 3rd in 5.37 metres, while Natalie Short & Scarlett Maxwell-Munn both competed in the women’s long jump.  While Natalie competing in the A stream produced a jump of 4.24 metres to finish 4th, Scarlett finished 2nd in the B stream with a jump of 4.03 metres.

Personal bests were achieved by Alice Grant and Toni Robinson in the high jump with 1.35 and 1.25 respectively. While Reinis Batna was just outside his PB with a jump of 1.65 in the men’s event.


Reinis Batna - great effort in the high jump

For the middle distance events, Rio car had a bust day finishing in third place in the 1500m (4:32.4) and 4th in the 800m (2:16.4). Josh Cannell ran the 3000m and finished in third place in 10:15.1

In the women’s shot, Annabelle Udo, throwing the senior weight for the first time, produced a throw of 8.01 metres to finish 4th, while in the men’s discus, Alfie Cope, also debuting with the in senior weight,  produced a throw of 23.72 metres.

The day ended with the relays with the men and women both winning their races in the 4 x 100m, and the men setting an U20 record of 45.3 seconds.  The men’s 4 x 400m team comprising of Caleb Corstin, Josh Cannell, Rio Carr, & Cole Sinnott finished in a creditable 2nd place in a time of 3.56.6 with an outstanding final leg by Cole in a split of 51.6 seconds.


The winning 4 x 100m relay teams

Well done to every on who competed.



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Open National Cross Country Meeting

In a complete change of focus from the frantic track & Field season there was a National cross country meeting, held in mid-summer at the Market Harborough showground, in as expected warm and firm condition underfoot. There were 11 Harriers in action with two fine podium finishes.


Bella Lamb followed up or her victory in the National Primary schools XC event in October 2020 with another fine run to take a superb Silver medal in the y4 girls race, Lamb ran a fine race to finish the circa 1km course in 5:19 some 40m behind the winner. Harris Ellwood was also in action finishing in a solid 22nd place.


Bella Lamb best result on the day with a Brilliant Silver medals in the yr4 girls race

Tiggy Guthrie-Brown competing for the harriers for the first time over cross country showed her fine improvements since joining the Harriers with a fine 3rd place holding off a strong challenge to the line in the yr5 girls race, Gutherie-Brown finished 18th at the previous event in October.  In the y5 boys race, Rafferty Davey was just out of the medals in a fine 4th place, battling for a silver Rafferty lost his footing and slipped over just before the finishing line, so was issued with a bronze medal by the organisers in respect of what would have been a medal winning performance.  


Tiggy Guthrie-Brown with a fine Bronze medal & Rafferty Davey who earnt a medal for his brave finish following a fall

Jess Lamb rand solid race to finish 10th in the y6 girls race , with Harlee Hooker finishing in 14th in the boys equivalent race. In the Y7 race, Iona Ellwood finished in 21st place, and there was a cluster of Harriers in the boys yr7 race with Finn Currie in 17th place, Finley Brooker 18th & Zachary Scott in 2oth all running well. The final Harriers in action was Evie Brooker who finished in 29th place in the junior girls race.


Most of the Harriers who ran enjoyed the change in distance and terrain, it remains to be seen if this becomes a regular summer event?


Well done to everyone who ran.