Athletics: Haul of medals for Harriers at Essex Champs

Days 2 and 3 of the Essex County Championships saw some fine performances from the Thurrock Harriers athletes that competed there.

Damien Nugent ran a pb of 12.59 in 100m for the U17m and was followed by James Pearson who also ran a pb 12.07 in 100m for the U15m winning the final. Shannon Jameson ran 100m U15w and came 4th in her heat with a time of 13.38. Lyn Talbert ran a season’s best performance in 15.38 for the V50 and a pb in the 300m 48.77.

Jack Farmer ran a fantastic 400m just outside his personal best to come 4th in the final for the U17m with a time of 52.95 and running for the senior women V35 Sarah Driver completed the 400m in a personal best time of 68.89.

Alec Finch pulled a pb performance out of the bag with a time of 2:02.70 in the U20 800m and Jody Meridith ran the distance in 2:17.04 U15w along with team mates Chaima-Sarah Allil (2:37.50) and Elle Smith (2:38.78). Another pb and another personal best performance came from Gemma Holloway running for the U17w with a time of 2:17.52. Anna Stancombe finished with a pb of 2:31.32.

Sarah Driver ran another personal best in the 1500 V35 with a time of 5:29.75 and the U20m were not to be out done. All 3 producing personal or seasons’ best times. Thomas Richardson SB 4:06.74, Alec Finch PB 4:16.058 and Dennis Cross SB 4:34.90. Gemma Holloway ran a personal best time finishing in 2nd with 4:42.90. Gary Cahill ran the 300m U15m in pb time of 10:28.55 which puts him 48th in the UK rankings.
Shannon Jameson ran a pb in the U15w 75H with a time of 12.42 and was followed by team mate Amelia Sumun in the U17w 80H in a season’s best time of 13.36. Michael Shorthall ran a fine race with a time of 16.51 in the senior means 110H and a time of 61.05 in the 400H.

Damien Nugent equalled his personal best of 3m in the U17m pole vault and Beth James jumped 4.0m in the U15w long jump. The triple jump proved to be a good event for the Harriers producing two medals. The first going to Shannon Jameson U15w for a jump of 9.39m and the pb was enough to win the gold. The second medal came from Amelia Sumun in the U17w for a pb jump of 10.27 winning the bronze medal.

U15m shot putt was won by James Pearson with a distance of 12.17m and James also won the U15m discus with a personal best throw of 37.42m. Beth James threw a pb in the U15w discus with a throw of 20.29m. Alice Martin threw 18.82 in the U15w javelin which was enough to win her a bronze medal.

All in all the Thurrock team put in some fantastic performances are looking forward to their next events.

Team coaches Gerry Heapy, Karl Sumun and Paul Barnard were all there on the weekend with their athletes and confident that Thurrock Harriers are going to go from strength to strength this season.

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