Saturday, April 20, 2024

Athletics: Very busy weekend for Thurrock Harrier athletes

IT was a very busy weekend for the Thurrock Harriers.


This weekend some of the Thurrock Harriers endurance runners took part in the Orsett and Basildon Park runs.

At the local Orsett Heath park run, Junior Male Sarab Dhillon crossed the line second and gained a PB of 18.42s, closely followed by fellow Junior male Jamie Mack, placing 3rd with a time of 20.04s.

Veteran male, Martin Mack came 4th with a new PB of 20.40s and Veteran Male, Kirk Bundy placed 5th with a time of 21.16s a great result for the athletes out of 43 runners.

There was a much larger turnout at the weekly Basildon Park run, where a total of 207 runners took part. Veteran Male’s, Toby Draper came a respectable 5th with a PB time of 19.02s, Nick Trencher came 7th with a time of 19.42s, John Russell came 27th with a time of 23.08s followed by Junior Male, Henri Willett with a time of 23.19s, Young Noah Trencher came a respectable 97th with a time of 28.47s.

European Veterans

Senior Thurrock Harrier athlete Sue Lawrence travelled to Ancona in Italy this week to attend the four day event, representing Thurrock and the Southern Counties Vets in order to compete in the European Masters Indoor Championships.

Despite recovering from injury Sue achieved 2nd place in the 9.08k Weight Throw with a SB throw of 11.83m, she placed 3rd in the Discus with a throw of 32.44m SB and achieved a further 2 SB’s, with a throw of 10.17m in the shot Putt and 33.53m in the Hammer.

All at Thurrock Harriers are very proud of Sue and her on going achievements.


Havering Open

A HANDFUL of Thurrock Harriers athletes turned out for one of this years first spring opens at Havering, taking part in many track and field events in the hope of achieving the all important Personal or Seasons bests.

Under 20 Males – Nweike Nwabude smashed his long Jump PB, coming first in the competition with a fantastic jump of 6.63m’s, he also gained a SB in his 100m race with a time of 11.7s. Yinka Sodipo took home 2 PB’s after coming first in both his races after gaining a time of 11.3s in the 100m and 22.9s in the 200m race.

Under 17 females – Kendrea Nwaelene placed 1st in the 100m getting a SB time of 13.1s, she jumped a PB in the Long jump placing 3rd with a jump of 4.88m and came 2nd in her 200m race. Rhea Stavri jumped well on the day despite injury and jumped a PB of 8.85m in the Triple Jump, placing her 2nd in the event. Jessica Whitbread placed third in discus with a throw of 19.20m, she placed 3rd in the 80m hurdles with a PB time of 14.3s and smashed her Triple Jump PB coming 1st in the competition with a jump of 10.35m, placing her 5th overall in the East and first in Essex for her age group.

Under 15 Male – Harry Parker placed 2nd in his 800m taking home a PB with a time of 2.16.5s.

Under 15 females – Megan Smith threw well on the day, In the Discus she threw a SB throw of 17.32m, a PB in the Shot Put with a throw of 7.13m and took home a SB in the javelin with a throw of 18.36m. Abigail Pain also threw well on the day, placing 1st in the event and gaining a SB in the shot Put with a throw of 7.78m, she placed 2nd in the javelin with a SB throw of 24.09m and gained a PB in the Discus with a throw of 18.75m.

Under 13 Girl – Demi Eves an endurance runner who is usually at home on the cross country fields, took to the track and ran well on the day taking home a new PB, with a time of 5.15.3s in her 1500m race. Senior man, Micheal Shorthall, placed first in the 300m Hurdles race gaining a SB time of 41.00s.

All at Thurrock Harriers are very proud of the athlete’s and their achievements, it shows that all the hard work and dedication to training is paying off, well done everyone.


Lea Valley Alpha

Saturday saw the young ladies from Thurrock Harriers team together for the Alpha Beta Trophy Meeting at Lea Valley. The team’s competed in various track and field events to gain points for the club. After competition at a very windy track against 7 other large and well established clubs from the Eastern Region, they achieved very good results. The Under 15 girls came a respectable 2nd place behind Blackheath & Bromley with 124 points, the Seniors placed 3rd behind Herts Phoenix 2nd and Blackheath & Bromley 1st with 128 points.

The Under 15 team comprised of Mia Thomas Breen, Ellise Milan-Vega, Tia Vickers, Hayley Instance, Jessica Rowe, Amy Raven, Ruby Bridger,Claudia Lane-Gardiner, Lola Omowanle, Abigail pain and Megan Smith.

Individual Highlights for the Under 15 team included a PB for Ruby Bridger in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 12.94s coming 3rd in her race, Amy Raven who is normally only competing in individual endurance events gained a PB in the 1500m with a time of 5,40,28s. Jessica Rowe who initially came to support, stepped up to gain valuable points by completing in the 800m, achieving 3rd place in her race and took home a PB with a time of 3.15.73s. Hayley Instance also ran a PB in the 800m with a time of 2.27.37s, coming 2nd in her race. Tia Vickers ran the 200m in a PB time of 33.39s. Mia Thomas-Breen brought home two PB’s first the 100m with a time of 14.64s and also came second in the Shot Put with a throw of 6.20m’s. Lola Omowanle not only came 2nd in her 75m Hurdles race but jumped a PB in the Long Jump, placing her 1st with a jump of 4.65m’s and Abigain Pain threw a PB throw of 26.74m in the Javelin coming 2nd in the event. Claudia Lane-Gardiner came 3rd in her event for high jump and gained a PB in the 200m (non-scoring) with a time of 30.86s. The relay team were Elise Milan-Vega, Lola Omowanile, Mia Thomas-Breen & Claudia Lane-Gardiner.

Positions of each event were important with regards to points and Megan Smith came first in her string for both of her throwing events, Javelin and Discus gaining the club valuable points.

The Senior team, who included Lucie Ball, Kendrea Nwaelene, Natalie Lebeau, Amber Pullinger, Lucy Howes, Brooke Mensah, Alex Gordon and Jessica Whitbread, came a respectable 3rd overall with 128 points. Highlights for the individuals – Amber Pullinger who stepped in for the team, usually competes in individual endurance running gained a PB in the 400m with a time of 63.22s and came 1st in her 800m race, Lucy Howes who also ran a PB in the 400m with a time of 73.88s and came 3rd in the high jump. Brooke Mensah who usually only competes in individual endurance runs, stepped up for the team and came 2nd in her race, gaining a PB in the 1500m’s with a time of 5.23,28s. Alex Gordon threw a PB in the 4k Shot put with a throw of 7.95m coming 3rd in this and the Javelin. Kendrea Nwalene came 2nd in the High Jump and 3rd in her 200m race, Lucie Ball who came out to run for the team, despite a tiring week away with school at a sports residential came 3rd in the 1500m. Jessica Whitbread gained valuable points by coming 2nd in her string for Long jump and 3rd in her string for the javelin. The team ended the competition by taking part in the relay – relay team Natalie Lebeau, Lucy Howes, Kendrea Nwaelene & Jessica Whitbread.


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