Monthly Archives: August 2011
Worthing Harriers senior team of 24 athletes finished a close 2nd in the final match against Nene Valley, Walton and Ealing, and with results at other matches going our way moved out of the relegation places to finish lucky 13th and ensure Division 1 status of the joint men & women Southern Athletics League.
In the High Jump the club’s international athlete Emma Perkins, Kayley Alcorn, Dean Storry and Aiden Coree took a winning clean sweep, with Emma also doubling up with Kayley to win the Triple Jump & 100m Hurdles and Laura Duke to win the Long Jump. Laura also gained double wins with Alison Duke in the Pole Vault, Caroline Garratt in the Javelin (during monsoon conditions) and Joanne Davison in the Shot Putt and Jo also won the Hammer. Overall the ladies only dropped 6 points out of the 64 points available in the field competition.
Last run in the previous Millenium! ‘The Ray Thorne Club Handicap’ was resurrected on Tuesday evening in Shoreham-by-Sea. The weather brought nice running conditions as 26 Harriers headed out for the 5.5 mile course along the River Adur.
As the timekeepers waited with anticipation for the big finish over Shoreham footbridge it was Anne Belchambers who appeared looking fresh and full of running to come home in first place. New Harrier Jon Hardy was second, with Mark Watson making the top three (Getting closer Mark!).
A special mention To Ray Thorne who was unfortunately unable to make it on the night, get well soon Ray and we hope to see you at the club awards evening next year to present Anne with the trophy.
Well done to everyone, the final club handicap of the summer is ‘The Honeysuckle’ on Thursday 22nd September where there is yet more silverware up for grabs.
Positions and Times (actual times in brackets)
1. Anne Belchambers – 52:51 (48:14)
2. Jon Hardy – 53:46 (40:01)
3. Mark Watson – 54:45 (45:00)
4. Dave Howarth – 55:30 (38:55)
5. Gill Lister – 55:32 (38:52)
6. Lin Venis – 55:36 (43:16)
7. Adam Stephens – 55:44 (34:24)
8. Nick Murray – 56:06 (38:51)
9. Susan Scott – 56:08 (34:33)
10. John Crosbie – 56:10 (46:25)
11. Pete Lay – 56:36 (34:11)
12. Grant Patterson – 56:47 (36:22)
13. Russell Hite – 56:49 (43:29)
14. Pete Seth – 56:52 (37:07)
15. Jon Austin – 57:06 (34:41)
16. Deborah Cawdery – 57:20 (37:35)
17. Darren Lodge – 57:24 (37:49)
18. Wayne Mortiboys – 57:27 (37:02)
19. Bob Thomas – 57:29 (47:44)
20. Howard Bailey – 57:35 (39:50)
21. John Raeburn – 57:37 (46:22)
22. David Sidonio – 57:46 (44:16)
23. Lesley Tugwell – 57:49 (44:01)
24. Guy Coombes – 57:58 (42:28)
25. Angie Hibbin – 58:43(45:53)
26. Rebbeca Nicholson – 1:02:52 (46:02)
Well done to Anna Short who in her first season of focusing on long jump brought home a silver medal from the Southern Championships on Saturday with a jump of 5.39mtrs. Anna also received a commemorative plate for achieving a AAA Grade 1 performance and her jump was only 16cm off the the club record of 5.55m which has stood since 1978!
There was also a good performance from Beth Close just missing out on a medal in the U17 80m hurdles, running into a strong headwind Beth finished fourth in 12.22secs.
Well done girls!
The Worthing Harriers had three of their heavy throws squad competing in this competition. As usual it was lady’s first with U15 Imogen Marshal taking part in the Shot put. Hoping to improve on one of her new pb’s of the week before where she put 10.03m and high jumped 1.51m in the SEAA Combined Event at Abingdon. However Imogen could not improve on the Shot Put and had a best of 9.37m finishing in fifth place.
The U17 woman’s hammer also took place at the same time, which made it a bit of a headache for the coach as to what end of the field he should be. Eloise was competing in this one and struggling with her three turn throw started steady with two turns and progressed to the three turns towards the end of the competition. Eloise almost had a new pb but it was not to be today and had a best of 38.65m. A good effort considering she has lost some confidence at the moment and an even better confidence boaster as she took the Bronze medal. This is the second time she has competed in this competition and the second time she has come away with a Bronze. Well done.
The other thrower was U15 Woody Cox. Looking so relaxed I thought he was going to fall asleep, made the competition his with a best of 52.82m to take the Gold Medal and the title of U15 South Of England Champion. Also receiving a beautiful silver plate for a AAA Grade 1 performance.
Worthing Harriers senior team enjoyed their best competition of this first season of the joint men & women team format, finishing a close 2nd in the match against Luton, Chelmsford and Enfield & Haringey.
There were excellent debut performances on the track from this season’s under 17 athletes some of whom will be moving up to the men’s ranks next year, with 3rd places for Craig Dummer in the 100 metres (11.8), Charlie Baldwin in the 400 (53.1) and Ryan Todd in the 800 (2:08.6) and on the field Scott Courtney won his high jump with a new personal best (1.85) and Aiden Coree set a new personal best long Jump (5.93). In the women events Eloise Marshall and Charlotte Barnett-Cottle debuted in the sprints supported by Lauren Bourne who smashed her 400 best (65.8) and Under 20 Amber Wallace who also won her 1500 metres.