Athletics: Harrier’s Theo is National champ!

IT IS not often in the Harriers history that they amass three medals in National Level Championships but last week saw that happen … a great boost for all involved with the club.

Theo Adesina was the winner. He won the National U-15 Indoor Pentathlon Championship with 3029, just 55 points short of the 10 year old championship record.

His best effort was arguably his 1.71m high jump although the other four events were all county to championship level.

The silver was won by Gemma Holloway in the UK Inter County Championship. She was beaten only by Kent’s Bobby Clay, who had just returned from altitude training in Kenya.

This week Gemma travels to Scotland for another taste of international athletics.

The third medal, a bronze, was won by Jon Metcalf, in the National Veteran’s V55 800m. This was a magnificent effort in a very well supported event. Rather than run heats the race was seeded into two races and fortunately Jon was in the faster race.

Lying sixth at the bell Jon put in a magnificent last 200 to capture third place in a time of 2m 19s. Incidentally the seeders did well – the runner of the ‘B’ race returned 2m26s.Returning to the Inter Counties Cross Country the club had 4 other athletes in county colours.

Amber Pullinger was part of the silver medal winning team in the under 15 girl’s race. She finished 31st, the 3rd Essex scorer, in one of her best races of the winter.

In the same event Hayley Instance was 116th, just outside the scoring team but nonetheless a good performance as she is at the younger end of this age group. Harry Parker should be happy with his 48th place in the under 13s. In the same race Finnlay Lowe gained valuable experience in finishing 212th.

Taylor Newell was part of the silver medal winning under 15s team though again just outside the scoring 4. His 171st finish put him solidly in the middle of the field.

In the weekly round of Parkruns Jason Syrett’s age time ratio was 75%. This effort came in the Chelmsford Parkrun. Sarab Dhillon ran excellently at Orsett Heath to improve by over a minute to 19m8s.

At Basildon it was good to see Ellis Swindell improving to 21m10s. At Orsett other times were Jamie Mack 19m22s, Henri Willett 19m42s and first timer Luke Strudwicke an eye opening 20m16s.

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