Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Huge medal haul at Surrey County Championships

BY GEOFF JERWOOD

Herne Hill Harriers won 41 medals at the Surrey County Championships at Kingsmeadow – 15 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze.

One of the highest-quality track races of the weekend witnessed a Herne Hill one-two and a championship-best performance from winner Alexandra Brown (4:28.55) in the U20 women’s 1,500m.

Charlotte Alexander (4:35.72) bagged the silver medal.

The U13 boys 800m featured another gold and silver double for the red-and-black vests as the James McDonald-coached Joshua Lee Baum took the win ahead of team-mate Keeran Sriskandarajah. Both recorded PBs of 2:15.88 and 2:16.52 respectively.

Memphis Ayoade became Herne Hill’s only double champion of the weekend as he was victorious in both the U17 men’s 200m and 400m. Over 200m Ayoade gained a new PB of 22.57 and then won the 400m in 50.27.

Fiona de Mauny, 36, won a full set of senior women’s gold (3,000m, 9:27.38) silver (1,500m, 4:44.46) and bronze (800m,  2:17.20) medals.

Eleanor Smith-Hahn won a senior women’s silver in the 100m (12.59) and Esther Fuja claimed senior women’s 200m bronze (25.98).

In the senior men’s events, Byron Robinson won gold in the 200m (22.05) on Saturday and 100m bronze (10.89) on Sunday. The other senior gold medallist was Rushane Thomas (110m hurdles, 14.51).

Ore Adamson won the U20 women’s long jump with 5.84m and was third in the 100m (12.74). Eve Hepworth won the U15 girls discus (26.74m) and placed third in the shot (9.95m).

More medals were picked up by U20 women as Phoebe Anderson won the 3,000m (10:09.71) and Annabel Hobday took silver in the 400m (60.92). Both ran PB times.  The U17 women’s 1,500m final saw Poppy Craig-McFeely finish second (4:48.82) with Maisie Collis third (4:49.85).

There was a silver for Tiarnan Matthews in the U20 men’s shot put with 13.28m. In the U17 men’s events Mackenzie Laban threw 42.79m for silver in the hammer and 33.13m for bronze in the discus. Kai Broadbent and Ignatius Abebrese came second in their respective events, the shot (12.37m) and long jump (5.76m).

Alie Sesay was Harriers’ only U15 boys gold medallist as he won the shot (12.48m), while in the javelin Dominik Krammer was second and Andrew Barrett third with throws of 24.85m and 22.33m.

Je’nae James claimed the U17 women’s shot gold medal (12.65m). Mabel Smith was a clear winner of the high jump (1.69m) and Emily Callaghan placed third in the javelin (35.31m) in the same age group.

James Brookes won the U13 boys high jump with a clearance of 1.35m and Alexander Abebrese was yet another shot put winner (11.42m). Lily Rose Brown’s PB of 2:22.78 left her with the silver medal in the U13 girls 800m.

Zachary Crowther won bronze in the U15 boys 800m final (2.08.48). Phoebe Bowen placed third in the U13 girls 1,500m (4:49.94). Saskia King was third in the 100m (12.75).

Lily Newton won silver in the U20 women’s 1,500m steeplechase at the Kent championship at Ashford  (5:22.32). This is a PB by six seconds and edges her closer to the qualifying time needed for the English Schools Championship.

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