Heart of England Round 3

The Harriers put in another strong performance in the final Heart of England league match at Banbury/ Bicester, despite a diminished squad, finishing in 5th place overall, and building on the 2nd place at the Kettering match, and the third place at Worcester this resulted in the Harriers finishing in a fine 3rd place overall in the league, and will mean the Harriers retain their division 2 status for 2017.

Undoubted highlight of the day was a superb win for Charlotte Cox in the U13 Shot which resulted in her breaking the 31 year old club record with a superb throw of 8.27m which was a near 3m PB for her! Charlotte also ran well in the 100m finishing in 5th place with 14.7, and 4th place in the Javelin with 11.93.

U13 Charlotte Cox with a near 3m PB to beat the 31 year old club record with a 8.27m shot

In the U11’s Alfie Frayne again won the Howler (39.91m) and was just piped for first in the 600m where he again set another PB with 1:49.9. Alfie was rewarded with two medals for the best overall performances this year in the 600m (Silver) and Howler (Gold). The only other win in the U11 was a super run from Lucas Rogers in the B 600m, with a fine 1:57.9.

There were some dominant performances in in the middle distance events with U20 Claudia Nevett in her first race in 6 weeks due to injury easily taking the U17/Women’s 1500m in 5:02.2. The U17 Boys 800m race produced a KTH double win with Thomas Jawad winning the A race in a new PB of 2:07.4, and U15 Dylan Bowley who had opted to race in the U17 AG for better competition, taking the B race and finishing second overall in a new PB of 2:09.2.

Ben Brooker also enjoyed a fine race in the B 800m race winning in 2:41.4, with Brandon Raulia finishing in third place in the A 800m in 2:33.5. Also in the 800m U17’s Charlotte Maywood won the B race in 2:36.7, with Harriett Jolley finishing in third place in the A race in 2:36.5. In the U13 boys 1500m Ollie Read ran well for second place in 5:08.9, and Ryan Raulia was third in the B race in 5.44.7

In the sprints the U13 boys led the way with all three winning their events. Max Mowforth had two superb races, finishing in 12.8 in the 100m, and producing a personal best of 26.3 in the 200m to blow away his opposition. Cole Sinnott won his 100m race in a time of 13.9, while Sam Harrison won his 200m in 26.7. Both athletes showed grit & determination to achieve their wins. All three athletes then joined forces with Brandon Raulia to end the day with an easy win in the 4x100m relay.

Representing the U15 girls, were Alex Beale and Ellen Smith. Alex looked very strong when finishing 4th in her 100m, and 2nd in her 200m in personal bests of 13.5 and 27.6. Meanwhile, Ellen Smith, continued her fine form of producing personal bests every time she has run this season when she reduced her 100m time to 13.5, and equalled her personal best in the 200m.

Lewis-Morgan Barton was the only sprinter to compete in the U15 boy’s age group on the day. He finished 4th in his 200m race in a time of 25.7, and also set a new PB in the High jump when winning the competition with a fine 1.6m

Annabelle Clotworthy stepped up to the U17 age group, for the day. She finished 4th in her 100m in 13.5, but in one of the most exciting races of the day, finished 2nd in the 200m in a personal best time of 27.6. Ellie Boulton also produced a personal best in the 200m, running a time of 27.6 to finish 3rd, while Niamh Ruffles' return from injury continued, with a time of 14.1 in the 100m.

In the longer sprints Niamh Monaghan finished a creditable 4th in her 300m race in a time of 46.7, with 300m debutant Charlotte Maywood running well for third in the B race with 48.0. Thomas Jawad also ran well in the 400m, finishing in third with 56.7.

In throws & Jumps there were some good performances with Cole Sinnott taking third in the U13 high jump with 1.35, and in the U13 75m hurdles Brandon & Ryan Raulia scored good points with a fine 3rd & 2nd in the A & B race respectively, and they also both scored well in the Javelin with a second & third place. Millie Toseland & Matilda Braithwaite both finished third in the U15 A & B Javelin respectively, and Isabelle Thomson finished third in the U15G shot.

This was a fine display from a somewhat depleted squad, and many of the youngsters have shined in this year’s competition and the harriers will look forward to the 2017 league with a potential push for promotion.

Well Done to all athletes who competed throughout the year.