Harriers show strength in depth at Woking

Southern League Meeting

On Saturday the senior men’s track and field team rounded off their league season at Woking when they finished in 3rd place behind Highgate Harriers, Poole Runners but in front of Thames Valley Harriers and Metropolitan Police.

This result confirms a satisfactory mid-table position. This division remains the strongest league in Britain outside the 5 British league divisions.

In a somewhat makeshift team the return on both Houghton twins signalled an upturn in fortunes. Not only do they excel in middle distance running but they can cover several other events. On Saturday Nick returned an excellent 53s 400 metres whilst Alex cleared a height in the pole vault to earn 4 points.

In this match the distance squad made a very strong contribution to the club’s 118 point total. Dennis Cross made a promising debut in the 5K returning 16m50s whilst partnering Alex Houghton who improved to 16m32s. Adam Dowman’s 11m09s steeplechase was a pb. He did this partnering Alex Houghton who returned 10m40s.

Another pb came from Nick Fleming who returned 55s 400m. He also ran 2m13s for the 800m whilst partnering Jon Metcalf in this event. Jon’s time of 2m13s was a season’s best.

Overall the best performance of the day was Michael Shortall’s 15.7seconds 110 hurdles victory. Michael also excelled in the long and triple jumps.

The field events team had a somewhat makeshift look about it but returned very high points score. This was thanks to the efforts of Ben Gibb and Charlie Fitt in the throws whose ‘filling in efforts’ returned an average of 7 points per event. Another highlight in the field events was Jamie Kensey’s long jump which he won with 5.96m.

The promising Tucker Baldwin returned another 65s 400m but there is so much more to come from this 15 year old Tilbury athlete.

With such a promising under 17 squad of athletes Thurrock Harriers can look forward to another successful season in 2012.

Southern Inter-Counties Match at Kingston

Thurrock were well represented in the County team in this match. Tom Richardson won the 1500m with a time of 4m9.75s and he also won the B 800m in 2m1.03s. Another winner was Robbie Claricoats with a win the 100m hurdles in 13.67s. He also finished third in the B triple jump with 11.37m. Khai Riley-Laborde won the B high jump with a height of 1.80m. Lewis King was 5th in the A 400m hurdles, improving to 61.93s. It was good to see the hard working Alec Finch gaining a county vest in the 1500m where he won the A string with 4m25.77s.

Crown to Crown Run

It’s a long time since the Club have finished 1st and 2nd in this regular event at Westley Heights. However, the Houghton twins Nick and Alex achieved this feat last Wednesday. In doing so they beat the County class Chelmsford runner, Steve Williams. Another good performance for the Club was Jason Syrett’s time of 19m54s which was a real land-mark effort for this veteran athlete who has been close to dipping under 20m for some time.

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