Harrow AC hosted another middle distance open meeting on Thursday featuring both 800m and 1500m. In quite good conditions a great turnout of Chiltern youngsters ran excellently with a high proportion of PBs achieved.
Marlie Nkoane (U13) made her age group track debut with second place in a promising 2.44.61. Fellow first year U13 Charlotte Grosse also made her debut with 2.58.53.
Two further first year U13s got underway in Race 2 with Zach Cleary seventh in 2.43.71 and Charlie De Sousa tenth in 2.52.51. U15 Savarnah Pandya was ninth in 2.48.63
Second year U13 Lily Jessop-Tranter ran a big 9-second PB to be third in Race 3 with 2.31.94. U17 Charlotte Docwra made her track debut with a good run of 2.34.84.
Second year U13 Olivia Clarke was also in PB form, fifth in 2.33.69.
U15 Lesedi Nkoane was fourth in Race 5 in 2.29.61.
U15 Ethan McCall took a whopping 12 seconds off his PB to be second in this one in 2.18.45.
In-form U15 Isaac Jessop-Tranter won Race 8 with an excellent 2.11.32, four seconds ahead of his recently set PB. Frankie Baxter (U15) was 11th in 2.23.89.
A further Chiltern win came in Race 9 courtesy of Thomas Askey with 2.03.87, again a new PB.
The wins and PBs kept coming in Race 10 with U15 Alden Collier proving his record-setting year in 2019 as an U13 was no fluke with 2.01.42, putting him inside the top four in national rankings.
U13 Emily Ford made an excellent track debut with second place in 5.19.96. First year U13 Katie Allsop made her target with a solid run of 5.50.26.
In-form U15 Ellie Shield was seven seconds inside her previous best to be second in Race 3 in 5.08.69. Fellow U15 Rosa Williams was seventh in 5.18.62.
U13 Alex Hughes ran a PB to be second in 4.56.73. Fellow U13 Daniel Munn made an impressive track debut to be close behind Alex in 4.57.62. U15 Maddie Hughes ran a season’s best 4.57.73 to be sixth in a close, exciting finish.
U17 Will Shield has been away from track racing for a while but put his good training form into practice with a win in 4.34.00, in what was in fact Will’s debut at the distance. U15 Max Baxter ran a PB of 4.47.95 to be fourth. Callum Powell found himself in a race ahead of his fellow U13s Alex and Daniel, but hung on gamely to log a nine second PB of 4.58.87. All three lads are in the national top 30.
U15 twins Euan and Archie Pinder impressed to be second and third in Race 7 with 4.32.02 and 4.32.27 respectively – both PBs by over ten seconds. In fourth was their coach Vet 50 Nick Hughes, running an impressive 4.35.22. Another PB came from U20 Joe Day, tenth in 4.48.82.
U17 Louis Peterson, hampered by illness and injury for a long time, ran well to be third in 4.21.44, just off his PB.
U20 Alex Johnson ran very well to continue his good season be third in 4.05.89.