Latest update - 04/04/16
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.
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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.
Minimum age 8 years