Athletics: Thurrock Harriers crown a busy year on and off the track

Thurrock Harriers

AMAZINGLY 318 people completed the Boxing Day Crown to Crown, 23 of them Harriers.

Taylor Newell led the field home with a magnificent effort of 17m24. Jack Exley was back to his best in 2nd place with 17m50 while Ben Prior came third seventeen seconds behind him. Two more top ten finishers were Toby Draper 7th and Shaun Brown 10th.

Demi Eves had a magnificent outing in 11th place just dipping under 20 minutes and was second female finisher.

Other finishers include:

17th Keith Willett 20.11
18th Tony Tobin 20.20
20th Henri Willett 20.34
21st Oliver Mann 20.40
25th Dylan Harrod 20.56
32nd Jayne Elvin 21.18
37th Lucy Golding 21.37
55th Lee Wall 22.41
56th Sara Blockley 22.50
57th Phillip Tall 22.50
58th Gary Rowlatt 23.11
59th Emily Fall 23.13
70th Kathryn Spring 23.47
88th Teddy Squibb
101st Alfie Squibb

It was also interesting to see Chris Hardy, now V50, running so well (20.54) and Danny Patten (23.35). Danny has been a professional cyclist since leaving Loughborough. Both were outstanding members of the club.


The South of England Combined Championship were held at Lee Valley 15th – 16th December with athletes from all age groups competing, many in new age groups.

Theo Adesina brought home Gold with 4722 points – this is his new age group, the U20M Heptathlon, in a competition with men two years older than himself. He also achieved a PB, and anew club record of 8.59 in 60m Hurdle, Pole Vault 3.05 PB, Shot 12.14 PB, and 1000m 2.59 PB..

In his first Heptathlon as an U17M was Adepegba Oreofeoluwa, he finished 5th with total PB points of 3921, PB of 7.82 in 60m, PB of 3.07 in 1000m? PB of 9.18 in 60m hurdle, PB of 1.84 in HJ, PB of 2.35 in PV and PB of 10.72 in 5kgs shot.

In the U17G Pentathlon PBs in Shot were gained by Ruby Bridger with 10.63 and Sola Taiwo with 8.89.  Tilly Monk, first year in U17G, gained a total points of 2214 PB.

In the U15G competition Shenaiah Allen-McKenna who came 9th with total PB points of 2373, PBs in Shot 7.60, HJ 1.39, & LJ 4.36.  Jodie Self in her new age group of U15G gained 2233 points and a Shot PB of 6.24.

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