Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Charlotte Alexander underlines potential with big performance in Ireland

Herne Hill Harriers’ rising middle-distance running star, Charlotte Alexander, represented her country for the second successive Saturday – this time in Belfast.

Still aged only 16, Alexander made her Great Britain U20 age group debut racing for the GB juniors cross-country relay team in Stirling on the previous Saturday, writes Geoff Jerwood.

Last summer, she represented GB U18s at the European Youth Championship on the track in Hungary.
In the BBC-televised Stirling races, Alexander ran in the 4×1,500m relay and was in the finest of company, as Laura Muir was running the same stage for the winning GB senior team – each quartet comprising two men and two women.

Alexander’s GB junior team placed sixth.

Then, at the Northern Ireland International cross country meet, incorporating the IAAF World Series and the Home Countries Championships, Alexander followed up with an excellent fifth place in the U20 women’s international race, wearing an England vest.

In the senior women’s international race, Northern Irish Herne Hill members Jessica Craig and Katie Moore placed 28th and 42nd respectively in a very strong field.

The South of England Indoor track and field championship took place at Lee Valley, and Herne Hill athletes brought home two area championship medals, with another three athletes finishing in the top six in their events.
A gold medal was won in the U20 women’s 60m event, as Lakeisha Owusu-Junior ran progressively faster through the rounds of heat, semi-final and final, dominating the latter with a classy winning time of 7.59 seconds. The other medal won by a club member was in the same age group in the 60m hurdles final – Mallory Cluley claiming a silver with 8.69 seconds.

The club’s 100m record holder, Marvin Popoola, ran 6.97 to place sixth in the senior men’s 60m final, after running 6.93 in his heat and 6.91 in his semi-final. Sebastian Wilson Dyer Gough leapt 6.77m to finish sixth in the senior men’s long jump.

Eleanor Smith-Hahn clocked 26.00 to place a good fifth after a semi-final time of 25.94 in the senior women’s 200m final.

In a much stronger than usual senior women’s 800m, Sarah Grover just missed out on qualifying for her final, as she place second in her heat with 2:16.00.

Other semi-finalists were David Ryan, third in the senior men’s 400m in 51.48, and Cheyanne Evans-Gray, fourth in the senior women’s 60m semi in 7.68. Michael Miller was fifth in the U20 men’s 60m semi, with 7.04 and Esther Fuja came sixth in the senior women’s 200m semi in 26.71.

Jordan Foster ran her second PB in as many days, as she followed up being the fourth-fastest overall female nationally in all of the UK’s Saturday parkruns, with a first place at the Folksworth 15 on Sunday, with a time of 95:44.

Although there is still a lot of training to be done in the coming months, her time here would project to sub 2:47 for a marathon, if she could nail those remaining 11 miles.

Along with Stacey Ormerod and Steph McCall, she could form a strong Harriers team for the London Marathon at the end of April.

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