MICK Bumstead and Pat Dobbs added to their already large collection of County medals. Mick won a bronze in the MV60 age group and Pat took the
silver in the MV70 section. Mick was beaten by the world class veteran Dave Butler, who also beat the whole 50+ section and by Dave Cox from Woodford who has been a top class runner for over 40 years.
CHELMSFORD 10k has a reputation of being a really fast course and 6 Thurrock Harriers put that reputation to the test last Sunday afternoon.
Top Harrier performance in the field of 500 came from Jodie Farrell who was 10th in the ladies section of the race and again runner up in the FV45+ age group. More significantly perhaps she lowered her personal best by a massive one and a half minutes to 42m50s. Over the past year at this distance she has improved by 7 minutes.
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THURROCK Harriers from young to old had a successful day at the second round of the Essex Cross-Country League at Basildon’s Gloucester Park. Teenager Gemma Holloway once again stole the headlines by claiming back-to-back league wins, outsprinting Cambridge’s Claire Wilson to win the under-17/20 women’s race.
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LIKE a fine wine, international hurdler, Gianni Frankis seems to be maturing nicely. Gianni had an injury free season that saw him produce a personal best of 13.54 for the 110 metre hurdles.
THE club was well represented in the Billericay 10k on Sunday morning. The race, which is outstandingly organised, was affected by strong winds which slowed the times down. Thurrock’s squad were led in by Antony Tobin in 17th place. His time of 38m04s was an excellent personal best that could have been better if he
had not been impeded by a careless driver in the final few hundred metres. Another pb went to Nick Trencher, also a relative newcomer to the sport. His 39m52s was a welcome breakthrough into the sub 40 club. His finishing position was 28th and he was 8th veteran. Jason Syrett showed a great return to form after a long period of injury finishing 37th in 40m17.
STANFORD athlete, Hayley Mclean is amongst seven gold medallists from the 2013 European Junior and World Youth Championships that have been invited to join the British Athletics Futures Programme for 2013-14 reports Britishathletics.co.uk. The Futures Programme – which underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) – was created five years ago to provide more targeted support for young talented athletes and their coaches.
IN the opening cross country fixture of the Essex League programme, held at the Discovery Centre, Braintree on Saturday, Thurrock Harriers were well represented in most of the age groupings. Outstanding performance came from Gemma Holloway who comfortably won the under 17-under 20 women’s race. This was a particularly impressive performance as Gemma was one of the youngest in the race and it also promises well for the championship races that are dotted through the Winter.
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A HANDFUL of Thurrock Harriers produced some great results at the Southend open on Bank Holiday Monday. Ben Gibbs ran an impressive sub 11 second seasons best and personal best of in the senior mens 100m which kicked off a volley of personal best performances and medal placements from all who attended.
WILLIAM Edwards pupil James Pearson made the grade to enter the England Athletics U15 & U17 National Championships. Pearson was entered in the shot putt, discus and 80m hurdles.
AN outstanding performance came from Jodi Farrell who was 49th overall, 10th lady with a time of 44m38s. 3 minutes faster than her previous best. There was a plethora of pbs from other Harriers. Mark Cable’s breakthrough run of 39m31s took 17th place; Martin Mack performed 40m40s (24th); Nick Trencher 40m52s (26th), Gary Cahill’s 42m51s (40th); Ian Scott 46m31s (55th) were all encouraging personal bests.
THURROCK’S mens section of 8 athletes made heroic efforts to cover all the events in the Southern Athletics League match at Braintree on Saturday. They missed out only on one events and this was because of a traffic jam on the A13 which delayed the arrival of Ben Gibbs for the high jump.
THE YOUNG Thurrock Harrier athletes shone at the last EYAL league match of the season. There were some great performances from every age group with personal best performances being smashed again. Under 13 girls age group lead the charge on the personal bests with some fantastic results kicking off with Kendra Nwaelene in the 100m with a time of 14.0s and again in the high jump with an improvement of 5cm to 1.25m. Lola Omowanile improved her 200m time to 32.7s and Jessica Whitebread set a new pb for the 70m hurdles at 13.4s and a massive new pb in the long jump to 4.16m.
EIGHT men linked up with the senior women to tackle the 4th round of the Southern Athletics League. All of them performed heroically covering all but one of the 38 events and in most cases producing a great performance.
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STANFORD athlete, Hayley MacLean ran the race of her life to win the gold medal in the European under-20′s athletics champs in Rieti, Italy. Hayley ran a storming 400 metre hurdles to clock a personal best time of 57.26 seconds.
IN a busy weekend for the Harriers senior men there were many pleasing results. The senior mens track and field team took 3rd place in the Southern Mens Division 1 Match at Blackshots. There were six teams competing.
Arguably the best performance came from Ben Gibbs who won the 100m in 11.1s. It is only a matter of time before he breaks the 11 second barrier. He also earned good points in several other events, the best of them being 2nd place in 110m hurdles B String and a respectable 28.15m throw in the hammer.
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KHAI Laborde-Riley and Hayley MacLean were just two of the Thurrock stars that shone at the English Schools Track and Field champs in Birmingham at the weekend. In front of the Sky TV cameras, Enfield hurdler Khai produced a stunning piece of hurdling to win the Senior Boys 110 metre hurdles in a time of 13.90.
LAST YEAR, Stanford athlete, Hayley McLean was heartbroken after being disqualified from the UK under-20′s champs and thereby missing a place on the UK team for European champs. That now seems a long time ago. She won this years Euros and, as if to celebrate, has just set a fantastic PB in Germany.
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JON Metcalf won 2 outdoor track championship titles on Saturday at the Eastern Counties Veterans Championships. He won 2 very competitive races to take the 50+ 400m and 800m titles. His times were 60.02s and 2m19.3s. It means he will represent the Eastern Counties at the National Inter Area Championships this month.
ALEX was closely followed by Tom Heslop (33m 34sec) and then Anthony Jackson and the first ladies to cross the finish was Elizabeth Davies, Emma Deary and Samantha Monk. After this grueling event-Trophies were presented to all winners by rotary club president Janice Hills @ The Bell in Horndon. The club would like to thank all the runners for taking part and all club members and their families for their support in the organisation and management of this most successful event…
FORMER Thurrock Harrier (and former Grays Convent student0 Jessica Judd continued her stellar rise in athletics, as she beat a star-studded field to win the womens 800 metres at the Diamond League in Birmingham.Jessica also went under the magical two-minute barrier for the first time, clocking 1.59.85.
THE third combined Southern Athletic League Match at St Ives, Cambridge – with the men choosing to go to the Southern Men’s League Match – left the women to do battle alone again. Despite the heavy down pours and the hailstone storm Thurrock’s Women produced many outstanding performances and dominated the women’s section of the match.
ESSEX Schools Junior Boys multi-events team shone at the competition on Saturday.
Conditions were far from ideal but the team pushed on and finished in first place, booking themselves into the National Finals which will be held Birmingham this September. Thurrock Harrier and William Edwards pupil James Pearson led throughout the competition and finished overall 1st, gaining a personal best time of 11.5 seconds in the 80m hurdles.
THURROCK Harriers tough afternoon of competition in the 3rd round of the Southern Mens’ League Division 1 at Bexley on Saturday was made all the more gruelling by torrential rain and strong winds. However, they battled their way to 2nd place beaten only by the Kent club, Medway and Maidstone.
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HURDLERS Hayley MacLean and Khai Riley-Borde showed their class as they both won medals at the UK National Under-20 champs. Chelmsford AC’s Hayley booked her place for the European Junior Champs with an outstanding first place in the 400 metre hurdles in a time of 58.69 seconds.