12/07/16 - From our chairman
I hope that you will have seen the picture of Beth Harryman sporting a rather splendid medal from the World Catholic Games on our Facebook page. She won the silver medal for High Jump and today she goes in the Long Jump. We wish her well.
We also had two young men competing for Hertfordshire and Essex respectively. Many congratulations to Mohamed Tambedou (U20) and Charles Tankeh (U20) who both performed well at their inter-county match. We can now add to the selection of Regan Lawrence at U13 level, for a match later this month, the name of James Petty (U13). Again, congratulations to all of them and good luck to James and Regan who are yet to compete.
We also had the fourth round of SAL and were third in our match. I think this is a good result considering the number of athletes unavailable to us. It was fantastic to have Naomi Harryman back after a very long injury lay off and I gather from conversations with athletes that a number of PBs were set – my apologies for not remembering who and in which events!
What I did take away from the day was the fact that there is tremendous commitment and determination in our athletes, Hannah Owen literally gave blood for the cause and I hope she is making a speedy recovery. This is an extreme example but once again everyone played their part stepping up and doing as many events as possible even when those events were unfamiliar just for a point.
All of which means that there will be some very tough decisions to be made as we head towards our awards evening in November. I attach the flyer and ask you to put the date in your diary.
06/07/16 - EYAL & SAL results
Our junior team enjoyed a fantastic result, earning 473 points and coming 4th in the latest round of the EYAL. Looking at the breakdown congratulations goes particularly to our U17 Men and our U13 girl’s; both of whom were second in their sections of the match.
As ever such achievement doesn’t just happen it requires support and dedication from parents and volunteers. So, thank you to the coaches who are beginning to bring through athletes who will be a credit to the club and themselves. And, thank you to the parents who gave up their Bank Holiday weekend to go and get qualified as officials. Not only did you look fantastic in the new HAC official’s kit but you did a superb job on the busiest round of officiating.
I am really sorry that there will not be a press report for this match this week. I’m afraid my day job has been rather hectic and it wasn’t written in time for publishing deadline. It should still be in next week’s editions or online by Friday.
This weekend sees Round 4 of the SAL league and we need to get the team-sheet off to their scorer by the end of Friday. I will bring a team-sheet down to training on Thursday but if you are not going to be there, ladies, please e-mail me availability and events asap. Cath has already sent a similar reminder to the men. There is a coach from Tesco Church Langley, leaving at 10 am. Please be there promptly and let me know if you need a space or if you’re making your own way.
We then have the tricky final round of matches in August – EYAL on 7th August and SAL on 20th – everybody goes off on their holidays and we will be depleted. If you are available please do get out and compete, the points you earn could be crucial!
Finally, we can excuse Beth Harryman’s absence this weekend as she heads off to France for the Catholic World Games. Really good luck for this and please send us back updates as I’m sure we’d all love to know how it’s going.
20/06/16 - Club news
The week began well with Richard Chiassaro performing so well at the IPC European Games – four individual gold and silvers plus a relay in a new best time is outstanding.
Then this weekend we had hopefuls for future international call-ups running at BIG (Bedford International Games) Mohamed Tambedou ran the 100m in 11.09 for 4th and Charles Tankeh 11.84 for 6th. Sadly, Shemar Boldiszar withdrew through injury.
Whilst they were away we still had a league match to contend with. I’m delighted to report that HAC won its third SAL match in a really tight contest. There were just too many performances of note to mention all here. There were also some spirited performances just for points and I’m in awe of the team spirit and sheer doggedness displayed by all.
The team success was complimented by news of further individual success as I learned that Bethany Harryman has been selected by England’s Catholic Schools to represent them at the World Catholic Games in France next month.
Then on Sunday we had some good performances by individual runners at the junior end of the spectrum at the Hatfield Fun Run – in case I miss anybody I’ll refer you to the Facebook piece for details!
I can’t really express just how proud I am of all the athletes and volunteers who are really helping to put us back on the map.
Many thanks and best wishes,
14/06/15 - From our chairman
I have been snowed under in my day job with exams and reports and have rather taken my eye off the ball. We have the third round of SAL fixtures at Braintree this weekend.
The gents are shaping up nicely but the ladies are a bit behind – we have two massive gaps with neither Polly nor Dawn available. I will be bringing an SAL team sheet to training tonight and urge as many/all U17 upwards to get involved please! For those not at training, please email me availability and events.
There is a coach from Tesco at Church Langley for 10am. I WON’T be on it as I have a school function to be at and will be at the match asap thereafter.
It was fantastic to learn of Richard Chiassaro’s success in Italy this week: 200m Gold and 400m Silver and in good times too. 25.14 was a Championship best in the 200 and 46.46 was a new PB in the 400. Many congratulations and good luck today in the 800m and with the relay later in the week!
Young Athletes Star Awards
The Star Awards is a long running scheme aimed at encouraging young athletes to challenge themselves. They are presented annually at the club’s Award Night.
I have been asked to remind everyone of a decision made at the AGM, to encourage participation. For U13 athletes upwards it was decided that to achieve the award the performance had to have been set whilst representing the club. This could be an individual event such as County championships, an Open match where you had to enter from a club or an EYAL fixture. With only two fixtures left time is running out for those wishing to gain a Star Award. (You need a minimum of three events and must have a performance on track and field)
For U 11s we will put on some trial nights in early September.
06/06/16 - Results
I have just received the provisional result from Southend and we finished 5th overall with 379 points – which moves us on to 1092 points for the season. It doesn’t move us up the table much but represents massive improvement for the club. Well done to all of the athletes who have made this possible.
Also, for the second match running, we achieved maximum points for our officials. I’m truly grateful for all of the help and for those who have recently completed the Official’s course. It was fantastic when the High Jump was overrunning that we were able to get down to the shot with an entirely different crew and keep the match running! Wayne probably didn’t want to but was also able to help out an understrength team. This is also a huge stride forward for the club and is much appreciated.
Finally, Tom Miller’s results from a really good Saturday for the wheelchair racers at Stoke Mandeville, was missed: he competed in the 100m and achieved a time of 27.5 secs – my apologies as I haven’t been given the category this was in.
Ipswich 778, Stevenage and North Herts 696, Southend 484, Colchester 476, Harlow 379, St Albans 368, HAWCs 207
01/06/16 - Nat Fisher
It became clear last night that not everyone had received news of the sad passing of Nat on Sunday. As Chairman, I have received e-mails from across the county and beyond from members of the athletic community wishing to pay their respects. There has also been a tremendous response to the Facebook page, with so many postings suggesting the love and respect with which he was held. A local journalist, and former club member, picked up on the news and spontaneously wrote his own obituary.
It is true to say that the athletic world has lost a ‘great’ and he will be missed by us all. Amongst the closest to him at the club his athletes, Polly and Alex, are in the process of making a book for his family and have invited those wishing to sign pages to be early to training on Thursday to do so. Alex has posted a message on Facebook, too, with further information. The club’s tribute will follow this very personal response.
Our love, thoughts and wishes are with Maureen, his family and his extended family of athletes.
Latest Update - 02/05/16 - Flying start for Harlow’s young athletes
Eastern Young Athletes – Watford 17/04/16
Harlow’s young athletes got their season underway at Watford on Sunday and it proved to be a very good day for them
In the Under 13 age group there were several debut performances: Annalyse Hassanally ran well in the 100m, recording a time of 14.7 seconds; at the same distance Lauren Coldicott clocked an impressive 14.2 to take third place in her race; Rhiana Noble threw the shot putt 4.88m to take third place, Mackenzie Cranfield made her debut in the 800m and Molly Womack ran her first 1500m. The quartet of Hassanally, Noble, Coldicott and her sister, Ella, combined to run a very strong 4 x 100m. They were second in a time of 59.3 seconds.
It was disappointing that the club could only muster three Under 13 boys but they acquitted themselves well: Regan Lawrence ran smoothly over the hurdles for second place in 13.4 secs; Harry McRae was placed fourth but achieved the same time as the third placed athlete in an exciting 1500m race and James Petty made a case for performance of the day with a mightily impressive run in the 200m in a time of 27.8 seconds.
The Under 15 boys were similarly short of numbers but the girls were strong: Jamie Putt, making his debut was second in the 800m; Sam Collins won the B event at the same distance and Ben Sloan stepped up to run a competitive 1500m.
Faith Ogengdenbe led the way with a blistering run in the 100m. Fractions of seconds split the field in a tight finish in which she was placed fifth in an excellent time of 13.7 seconds; Ami Ashby (13.4), Anna Clatworthy (13.2) and Lucy Smith (13.6) put on a great display in the hurdles. All three times rank in the country’s top 100 performances of the year so far; Charlotte Pratt and Grace Malcolm ran strongly in the 800m, taking third and first respectively in the A and B event; Zoe Rutter and Savanna Sirkett shared the gruelling 1500m duties and picked up useful points. Similarly, Melody Langson and Lucy Smith stepped up to the equally taxing 300m and scored points in an event rarely covered by the club. Pride of place went to the 4x100 team of Ami Ashby, Faith Ogengdenbe, Anna Clatworthy and Breanna Philip. Their time of 54.6 currently sits in the national top twenty.
Breanna Philip also had a good day in the field taking claiming second in the high jump with a jump of 1.40. Jasmine Johnson, making her debut, threw the shot well to take fourth place. Amelia Loveridge, also making her debut, threw the discus to take fourth place. Mairi Malcolm picked up crucial points in the shot, discus and javelin.
The Under 17 age group, whilst small, was better supported than in previous years and they turned in some quality performances: Georgia Cranfield ran well on her debut; Eilidh Malcolm equalled her 300m PB; Lottie Rowedder ran away from the field in the 1500m, a full ten seconds ahead of her nearest rival; Lewis Harknett ran a strong 1500m having already done so the previous day for the men; Bethany Harryman ran the 80m hurdles in a time that is in the current top fifty times nationally; Izzy Brown picked up third in the B 300m; Dominique Diomande broke twelve seconds in the 100m and Teale Cunningham broke 25 seconds in the 200m.
In the field events Ruvimbo Mukachana won the B shot on debut; Kieran Bull threw very well for third place in both the Discus and Javelin and Leo Chashchin smashed his Triple jump PB by 39 centimetres.
After the event new club chairman Steve Lott said, “This was by far the largest team we’ve turned out for the best part of a decade and there have been years when we’ve scored 300 points in the entire season. Today alone we scored 309 and I’m immensely proud of what our young athletes have done today. They couldn’t have done it without a strong team of coaches and volunteers behind them and I’m very grateful for all of their support. I think those in this league who’ve come to view us as an easy victory will be surprised this year.”
FULL HARLOW RESULTS:
Annalyse Hassanally 100m 14.7, 200m 31.8, LJ2.41; Lauren Coldicott 100m 14.2, 200m 30.9, LJ 3.63; Rhiana Noble 200m 32.4, SP 4.88; Mackenzie Cranfield 800m 2.54.6; Molly Womack 1500m 5.52.4; Ella Coldicott 100m 15.9
U13 BoysJames Petty 100m 13.7, 200m 27.8, LJ 3.93; Regan Lawrence 100m 14.6, 75mH 13.4, LJ 3.99 Harry McRae 800m 2.41.6
Faith Ogengdenbe; 100m 13.7, LJ4.17 Ami Ashby; 100m 14.5, 200m 29.9, 75mH 13.4 Melody Langson; 300m 53.3 Charlotte Pratt; 800m 2.34.2 Zoe Rutter; 1500m 5.29.7 Anna Clatworthy; 75mH 13.2, HJ 1.35 Breanna Philip; 200m 30.2, HJ 1.40 Jasmine Johnson; SP 5.16 Mairi Malcolm; SP 4.40, JT 8.06, DT 10.34 Grace Malcolm; 800m 2.43.6, JT 9.06 Lucy Smith; 75mH 13.6, 300m 51.7 Savanna Sirkett; 1500m 5.44.4 Amelia Loveridge; DT 9.88, LJ 3.15 Maye Ukuti 100m 14.8
Sam Collins; 300m 47.2, Jamie Putt; 800m 2.19.0, JT 16.76 Ben Sloan 1500m 5.17.2, SP 6.96, JT 16.85
Eilidh Malcolm; 100m 14.4, 300m 47.2, Lottie Rowedder; 1500m 5.07.0 Bethany Harryman; 80mH 13.6, SP 8.97, JT 19.65 Izzy Brown; 300m 53.8, DT 8.04 Ruvimbo Mukachana; SP 6.52, JT14.64 Georgia Cranfield; 100m 16.0, 200m 32.4
Under 17 Men
Dominique Diomande; 100m 11.9, 200m 25.4 Lewis Harknett; 1500m 4.27.4, LJ4.21 Teale Cunningham; 200m 24.9, 100mH 16.5, HJ 1.65 Leo Chashchin; LJ 5.18, TJ 11.05, HJ 1.55 Kieran Bull; SP 9.70, JT 26.35, DT 27.60
04/04/16 - National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
On Saturday 12th March 2016 five super talented young athletes from Harlow AC (HAC) travelled to Cofton Park in Birmingham to compete for their County Teams at the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships following their selections earlier in the season.
Bright sunshine greeted the athletes on the day and the courses at Cofton are extremely challenging with long hilly and undulating sections although conditions underfoot were fine.
The event sees the cream of Britain's endurance club athletes compete against each other and athletes have to be selected by their counties to compete, so the standard is fierce. This really is the 'best of the best'.
In the U13 girls 3k Savanna Sirkett was 165th (14.15) and Charlotte Pratt who was still suffering with a heavy cold was 251st (14.54) from 302 finishers. Both girls were representing Essex. It was touch and go as to whether Charlotte would compete but she bravely chose to 'give it a go'.
In the U13 boys 3k Joe Morgan was 160th (13.01) from 306 finishers, representing Essex.
In the U15 girls 4.5k, Hertfordshire's Lottie Roweddwer had a terrific run to finish in a highly respectable 55th place (18.29) from 302 finishers.
In the U15 boys 5k Lewis Harknett had a tough day at the office to finish in 82nd place (17.19) albeit with a very fast time.
The HAC junior endurance team will be helping out at the Harlow Primary School XC Champs on Monday 14th March 2016 at Parringdon acting as 'hares' for the races. HAC Coach Paul Bailey has been asked to start the races on the day.
Meanwhile, HAC superstar Dawn Jones was in stellar firm at the British Masters Indoor Champs at Lee Valley on Sunday 13th March 2016. Dawn secured a fantastic silver in the W45 60m hurdles. Dawn was 4th in the finals of the 60m sprint and 400m sprint also.
Photo below - National Inter Counties XC Champs (HAC athletes and their coach)
L to R; Charlotte Pratt (Essex), Savanna Sirkett (Essex), Lottie Rowedder (Herts), HAC and Essex Coach Paul Bailey, Lewis Harknett Essex), Joe Morgan (Essex)
County Schools Success
Three elite young athletes from Harlow AC's junior endurance squad competed for their County Schools teams at the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 5th March 2016.
For our athletes to even be selected to compete at these races, they have to endure hard qualification rounds through their schools championships, local district championships and then finally have to qualify for the County Schools teams - which is really hard!! This is not easy and so many athletes never make this level, so I'm so proud of them to just get to compete against the 'best of the best' is a real honour and I'm really proud to be their coach.
All our athletes were competing against athletes who are older as they at the bottom of their age groups.
In the Junior Girls Race, Charlotte Pratt, who was suffering with a heavy cold had a tough day at the office to finish in 246th place from 339 finishers.
In the Intermediate Girls race, Lottie Rowedder had a storming run to finish in 88th place from 343 finishers and was not far behind the leaders at the finish.
In the Intermediate Boys race, Lewis Harknett ran bravely against really tough opposition to finish in 156th place from 355 finishers. Lewis was part of the 8 strong Essex boys team who won the 8 scoring team race to be crowned English Schools Team Champions for 2016 - this is a huge achievement !!!
Photo below: the pride of HAC L to R; Charlotte Pratt, Lewis Harknett (in the Essex Schools vests) and Lottie Rowedder (in the Herts Schools vest)
Also, on the 12th March 2016 our young elite squad of; Charlotte Pratt, Savanna Sirkett, Joe Morgan, Lewis Harknett (Essex), Sam Sloan and Lottie Rowedder (Herts) are heading off to the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham and we are all behind them 100% and wish them well.
At HAC we strive to provide a safe and secure platform to develop young athletes from our community with expert coaches and we are able to provide access to international coaching and competition - but our focus has always been about team work, fair play and the retention of local talent and giving back to our community.
For All of the latest club information and discussions, please visit our club facebook page. This is also the best place to get in touch with us, and keep up to date with club news.
The HAC AGM will be held in the Clubhouse at 11am on Sunday 21st February. We would love to see as many of you there as possible - it is your club.
The Harlow Primary Schools Cross Country will be held on the 23rd February at Paringing Sports Club. HAC will be supplying the hares for the event and helping with the running of things on the day. Any information, please speak to Paul Bailey or Phill Pratt.
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Unfortunately the Challenge Cup Harlow is not taking place this year. Mark Hall Athletics Facility in Harlow has lost their Competition Licence, so we are unable to organise a competition there until the licence has been renewed. Our aim is to hold an open competition next yearat the track (forall abilities) however this will rely on the track being certified.
Welcome to Harlow Athletic Club
Whether you’re a newcomer, youngster, veteran, or finely tuned athlete Harlow Athletic Club is the perfect place for you to improve your athletic ability or to just keep fit in a friendly, sociable environment.
All Ability coaching for those with additional needs is on
Monday 5.30 – 6.30 pm (10 – 14 yrs) and 6.30 – 7.30 pm (15 – Adult)
at Mark Hall Sports Centre
Spaces are available
General training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30 – 8.30 pm at Mark Hall Sports Centre.
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