Sunday, March 26, 2023

Athletics: Back on the track for Gemma

IT IS a track event that catches the eye this week. Gemma Holloway began her Summer programme with an outstanding run at the Watford open meeting. Running in the mixed 3k ‘A’ race she broke the club’s 30 year old record with a time of 9m27.21s, just 9 hundredths of a second better than the previous mark. This was set by Alison Hollington who holds several other club records for road and track events. She was a GB modern pentathlon international.

13 year old Harry Parker produced the fastest time of the day in the Parkruns. In the Basildon event his time of 19m20s was the 4th fastest of the day. Just behind the improving Tony Draper recorded 19m27s. Amber Pullinger’s time was an impressive 19m53s. Veteran John Russell recorded 22m38s.

The Orsett Heath course was wet underfoot and the growing grass slowed times. The club’s fastest time on the day was produced by Jamie Mack (12) who ran well to record 20m27s. Mason Hambleton, fast improving at the moment was 15 seconds behind with Henri Willett a further 14 seconds back.


Various Young Athletes from Thurrock Harriers took part in the Lee Valley Open this Saturday.

Endurance runners took to the track for the open, U13g Demi Eves not only came 1st in her race she brought home a PB in the 800m in a time of 2.34.11s. Scarlett Carter ran in the 70m hurdles race coming 3rd with a PB time of 17.59s. U15g Hayley Instance ran in the 800m mixed with the senior woman and ran very well gaining a new PB time 2.24.99s. Sarah Blockley ran a SB in her 800m in a time of 2.42.85s. U17w Lucie Ball also ran the 800m in a SB time of 2.39.97s.

U17m William Adeyeye also ran well on the day, gaining a PB in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.17s and a SB time of 11.54s in the 100m’s, William is still recovering from injury and did well despite this.

U17w Kendrea Nwaelene gained a SB in the 100m with a time of 12.90s, she also ran the 200m in a time of 26.88s.

U20m Nweike Nwabude came 2nd in his race with a time of 24.27s with a headwind of -5.8s.

Despite the despicable weather they achieved a positive result gaining many personal or seasonal bests.


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