19 Special Olympic athletes all from Oak Grove College had just one chance of qualifying for the up and coming nationals in Watford and Blackpool. In wet and windy conditions all gave their best, PB’s were broken and 29 medals won, 13 gold 7 silver and 9 bronze. By the end of the day 9 athletes had made the Watford and Blackpool national events. Top performer Jordon Okonta jumped another PB of 1.55m in the high jump with newcomers Oliver Grace and Leon Hess achieving national standards in their first competition.
Chelmsford Grand Prix
In the first Grand Prix of the season Jordon Okanta and Sam Gratton both took 8 seconds off their 1500m PB’s gaining national standards (Jordon 5:21.69, Sam 5:09.55). They also competed in the 800m again achieving national standards (Jordon 2:34.45, Sam 2:28.62). Both athletes have now qualified in all their events for the nationals in Watford on 29th June and Blackpool on 13/14 July. This promising start means they are trying to push for European standards which they hope to achieve by the end of the season. Also competing in the Grand Prix for the first time was Luke Hibberd who achieved national standards of 18.55 in the 100m and 11.88m in the Javelin.
Sunny and still conditions brought several PB’s for runners in last nights Worthing 10K. Congratulations to our race winners Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove AC, and Sarah Kingston of Worthing & District Harriers.
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Well done everyone, and best wishes for a great summer of running.
For runners who missed pre entry, there are places available for the race. The race office opens at 18:00hrs, arrive by 19:00hrs and there will be numbers available.
This weekend was full of fine performances for the Harriers throws squad. Saturday started with the senior men’s Hammer and Matthew Evans taking gold Simon Evans taking the silver and Robert Duke the Bronze. Imogen Marshall competed in the U17 Woman’s shot and took the silver medal.
Sunday the ladies Hammer throwers started their campaign. Julia Williams took gold in the senior group; Eloise Marshall U20 took silver with Emily Baker taking the bronze. New girl to the squad U15 Rosie Forrester had a great competition taking gold with a new PB 28.93m a fantastic achievement considering the time she has been with us.
The U20 ladies shot put had fine performances by all. Eloise Marshall finally got over the 8m mark with a new PB of 8.02m and took silver, Lianne Baker new PB of 7.75m and bronze and Emily Baker new PB 6.73m. The senior men’s shot gold was won by Robert Duke with a new PB of 12.33m and a fine series of throws, Matthew Evans also had a fine series of throws to finish with a bronze and a new PB 10.40m with his brother snapping at his heels with 10.15m.
There were very good results in the U13’s Girls & Boys Minithon. Considering we only had 5 athletes competing this weekend they all did the Harriers proud. Skye Bacon took the bronze medal with a LJ 3.97m, DT 18.74m Run 21.6 a total of 63 points. Lauren Felstead had a LJ 3.37m DT 14.30m and Run 23.1 a total of 41 points to finish equal 16th. The boys, Max Boxhall took the silver medal with a LJ4.39m, Run 21.3 SP6.98m and a total of 64 points. Aiden James HJ1.32m, Run 22.7 and a SP6.06 with a total of 53points to finish 6th. Callum Chalmers LJ3.85m, Run 2.39.7 and DT16.06 and a total of 50 points to finish 8th. Well done to you all a very good competition.
We welcome Southampton, Basingstoke and Colchester to West Park this Saturday for the second match of the Southern Athletics League.
With the latest forecast saying the rain should stay away, and a light Westerly wind forecast for the sprinters we look forward to some good athletics.