Harriers just love winning
Sunday 15 February 2009
England Athletics U17 Championships
Anesa and Curtis - Uk No 1's
Anesa Wanogho and Curtis Griffith-Parker both won shot putt Gold medals at the Englan Athletics junior championships at Birmingham on Saturday.
Anesa beat training partner Sabine Effianiyi of Blackheath by 19cm with a pb putt of 11.65 to take the Under 17 girls title. Curtis meanwhile won the under 20 men's event by over 2.5metres with a winning putt of 18.51 just 5cm short of his personal best. Both are coached by John Hillier at Sutcliffe Park and have continued to improve year on year under his excellent tuition
Kent Cross Country League
Dean Lacy maintained his two year unbeaten record in the final Kent League race of the season but was pushed all the way by Huw Evans of Tonbridge, writes Mens Team Manager, Mark Cross.
Cambridge Harriers top male distance runner, who has not been performing to his normal high standards in recent weeks and was beaten by Evans in their last two races, was content to share the lead together with his main competitor for almost the entire race before sprinting away up the final hill.
After missing one of the earlier races in the series, Dean was unable to retain his individual league title from last year but can hopefully take confidence from this win into next Saturday's National Championship at Parliament Hill.
Behind Dean, Dave Reader continued his consistently impressive form this winter and the 4-to-score team was completed by Steve Smythe and Mark Penny, the former outsprinting the latter at the end.
With final results and overall team places still to be published, another well supported race by club members will most likely mean that we will finish the League season at the 3rd best club in Kent in both the 4-to-score and 12-to-score team races. Many thanks to all runners who have supported the races this year.
The last fixture of the league series at Parkwood School saw a resurgent Chris Bond take 16th place her best run of the season whilst Marion Evans and Jo Winn Smith backed up well in 28th and 33rd place to earn the club
Kent Indoor Championships
Whilst our young athletes were excelling in Birmingham one of the less young - Clare Elms was setting a new British Masters record as well. Running as a senior at the Kent indoor champs at Lee Valley
Clare covered the 800 metres in 2.19.24 to set the new record and win the title. Lee Coogan made it a Cambridge double over 800 by storming away from the field on the third of four laps to win the senior men's title by over 30 meters in a time of 1.58.6 just 0.3 outside his best.
In the sprints Cambridge came away with seven medals and numerous pb's
Joe Berth Jones took double gold winning both the Under 15 boys 60m and 200m titles in 7.47 and 24.03 respectfully.
Mayo Olawale took gold in the Under 20 60 in a new pb of 7.15
Arthur Tanoh took bronze in the same race with another pb of 7.19
Chanel Hemmings took bronze in the Under 17 60 in a time of 8.19 with Melissa Owusu Ansah 5th in a new pb of 8.24
Omari Markland Montgomery just got pipped for gold in the Under 17 60m setting a new pb of 7.29 for second place
Kate Laidlow earnt silver in the Under 20 400m with a time of 58.81 an indoor pb and a second faster than she was at the same time last year.
Hatshepsut James and Andre Haughton were just outside the medals in their 60m races both placing 4th in times of 8.45 and 7.21 respectively
Melissa Owusu -Ansah added to the 4th places in the Under 17 200 but ran a pb of 26.98.
In the field Charlotte Lucas took gold in the under 20 Long Jump with a leap of 4.63m
Dover Half Marathon
Matt Winn-Smith preparations for the London Marathon took another step forward today with a win at the Dover Half Marathon. In blustery conditions on a tough couse, Matt gained a PB, with his winning time of 76 minutes and 54 seconds.
Martin Asp gained 12th place with a time of 83:47, while Martins fiancee, Caroline Johansson was the next Harrier home, in 1:58:08.
Doug Cullern completed the Cambridge Harriers showing at the race with a time of 2:05:55.
Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon
Three Cambirdge Harriers were among 1604 finishers in this years running of the popular Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon.
Gerard McCann finished in 85 minutes and 45 seconds to gain 49th place, while Alex Hall was next to finish in 1:32:38 (154th).
Jacqueline Shepherd also completed the course in a time of 2:06:20.
Matt Winn-Smith (centre) celebrates his win in the Dover Half Marathon with daughter Lara and fellow Cambridge Harriers Martin Asp and Caroline Johansson.
Kent League - Swanley
Senior Men positions
1. Dean Lacy
17. Dave Reader
31 Steve Smythe
32. Mark Penny
37. Clem Dixon
54. Paul Kent
58. Graham Maynard
61. Mick Ellsmore
62. Mark Cross
64. Mark Ashby
74. Martin Hawkins
79. Alex Hall
84. Mark Newell
89. Keith Tanner
90. Pat Austin
97. Les Pullen