Weekly Roundup – 17th July

A Little late on the report this week but we’ll make up for it with some great success stories! Wednesday saw our home race of the Notts AAA Summer League at Worksop College as the Worksop Harriers competed with many clubs from the Nottinghamshire region in 4th of 5 races. The home race meant we got a bumper turn-out of 25 men and 16 women which we turned in to success with the Men finishing 3rd on the night from 27 teams. The men’s team was led home again by James Lonsdale in 28:18 and the ladies by Charlotte Rushby 35:36

Turning to the weekend, saw great success for our Junior athletes. On the 12th & 13th July the English Schools Championships were held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, the intended location for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Worksop Harriers had two athletes competing for the Nottinghamshire Team, Emily Race and Savannah Storey. The selection standards for this National competition are very high, and only the best athletes in England are chosen to take part. For Savannah, competing in the Inter Girls Long Jump, it was her first appearance at these championships and, although she did not get in the medals she performed well, with a jump of 4.84m, gaining a lot of valuable experience for the future. Emily, however, was making her 6th appearance, having made the finals of the sprint hurdles on several occasions and last year, becoming the English Schools Senior Girls High Jump Champion. This year the defence of her high jump title did not start well, with a very shaky third time clearance at her opening height of 1.58m and unconvincing clearances at 1.63m and 1.66m in the very windy conditions. Emily then started to draw on her major competition experience and showed what a true champion she is, with first time clearances at 1.69m, 1.72m and 1.75m, being the only athlete to clear this height, and successfully defend her title. She then went onto clear 1.78m and narrowly missed achieving a lifetime best at 1.82m. Emily’s next competition will be for the England U23 team at the Welsh International match in Cardiff, on 24th July. As well as our juniors we also had involvement from James and Josh Charters who provided one of the most important services to make these events possible by officiating at the games.

Lucy Forrest also continued her excellent form, taking part in the English Schools Championship in the Hammer following on from a season that has seen continuous improvement!

Still with the Junior this weekend, they took part in their final Notts T&F Mini League at Newark which included high-jump PB for Teegan Page of 1.50 m and a special mention for Freddie Marks for achieving ‘Athlete of the Match’ for best percentage achievement in the high-jump.

Finishing of the weekend, we had match 3 of the Northern T&F League at Cudworth with a strong turnout and the Harriers taking part in everything from sprints to 5,000 m to jumps and throws, as well as finishing by taking part in the relay. A special mention again goes to Charlotte Rushby who following on from her Summer League success achieved her bronze standard in the 1,500 m in 5:42 after narrowly missing it at the last match.

At the opposite end of the spectrum to T&F, Thomas and Emma Shaw took part in the Snowdonia Trail Half and Full Marathon on Sunday, which includes summiting Mount Snowden on both routes. The views are as spectacular as the climbs (and descents!) are brutal with the marathon having over 5,300 feet of elevation gain and the half gaining around 4,000 ft. Emma managed to knock 2 minutes off her 2018 time to complete the half in 3:49:57 and Tom squeezed in under the 5-hour marker with a time of 4:56:59.