Herne Hill Harriers’ Katie Snowden sets new indoor PB in Belgium

By Geoff Jerwood

Katie Snowden ran her first 1,500m race of 2018 and produced a very good performance to finish in second place behind a good Ethiopian junior athlete in Belgium. 

Snowden’s time of 4:10.09 is a big indoor PB, easily the fastest indoors ever run for the distance by a female club member and is a qualifying time for the World Indoor Championship which take place early next month in Birmingham, should she achieve selection.

After Chloe Tighe’s excellent outdoor race win last week in Sydney, the Herne Hill 2018 women’s 1,500m top-end rankings are already looking good. Both will be in National Championship action this weekend, Tighe in Birmingham for the British Indoor Championship and Snowden in the Australian Championship on the Gold Coast.

The club’s under-13 girls cross-country team enjoyed another win in the final round of the Surrey League races in Richmond Park. Phoebe Bowen recorded a superb individual race victory and was backed up by Lois Levy (fifth), Hebe Hunter (sixth) and Johanna Nicholson (seventh).

The under-15 girls team placed second. Poppy Craig-McFeely was third – followed by Isobel Penniceard (seventh), Tilly Stevens-Cox (11th) and Maggie Fairn (17th).

Herne Hill senior women and men finished fourth overall in their respective final Surrey League Division 1 tables of the season. The women placed third at Richmond, a result which ensured they leapfrogged Ranelagh and Belgrave.

Georgie Grgec finished fourth of the 233 finishers, followed by some great team packing courtesy of Karen Ellison in (20th), Sarah Grover (25th). Herne Hill debutante Sophia Tucker was 27th with Fiona de Mauny (37th), Suzanne Swaine (39th), Shannon Sinclair (48th), Lara Langston (50th), Stacy Wheat (54th) and Monika Gajek (71st).

The men’s team were involved in one of the strongest ever Surrey League races and dwere only able to place equal sixth of the nine Division 1 teams on a muddy Wimbledon Common.

Lewis Lloyd provided real quality leadership. His third-place finish was beaten only by the current and previous South of England XC individual champions in a top-class field. The remaining members of the ten man scoring team found themselves in positions lower than which they are accustomed to, but they stuck well to their task with Richard Henderson running well for 27th, followed in by Andrew Warburton (57th), Jeff Cunningham (59th), Chris Busaileh (63rd), Mike Cummings (75th), Simon Coombes (76th), Bryn Reynolds (85th), Jack Brotchie (112th) and Matthew Robertson (120th).

In the age categories within the overall races the 11th Herne Hill man on Wimbledon Common – Jack Dickenson – was the second under-20 over the course of the league season. Simon Coombes was second over-40. Harriers president Valdis Pauzers was the second over-60 in that age group.

At the Active Wandsworth Awards for 2017, which took place last Friday evening, Pauzers, along with David Wilson was one of those club stalwart volunteers who were honoured for their services to the club and the sport with a presentation for Voluntary Services to Sport and Physical Activity.

Long-time Harriers sprint and jumps coach Ivor Northey was the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity Award.

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