Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Fiona de Mauny a European champion

By Geoff Jerwood

Fiona de Mauny became the European Masters Athletics Championships Indoor W35 800m champion.

It is her first year in that age category, have turned 35 in February, and she produced a perfectly-executed run in Madrid which saw her lead from gun to tape and produce a huge indoor PB of 2:12.28.

De Mauny followed up her 800m win the following day with an understandably tired sixth place in the 1,500m final, still running 4:48.15 for a season’s best to cap a marvellous three days of racing after the 800m heat and final.

Allan Long claimed a European silver medal in the M75 60m final, clocking 8.96 after winning his heat in a season’s best 8.90. Giuseppe Minetti brought home a silver medal as part of the second-placed Great Britain M45 4x200m relay team.

Sunday’s Frank Harmer Memorial 10k race in Brockwell Park saw Nick Bester place second in 34:10, just seven seconds behind the race winner.

It was a comfortable home team win with Jeff Cunningham third in 34:27, Gary Ironmonger fifth in 35:40, Sam Knight sixth in 37.40, Jonathan Ratcliffe seventh in 38:07, Gavern Newsum ninth in 38:55 and James Ward 12th in 39:54 all in the top dozen.

Harriers’ women emulated this feat as they occupied the first three female places courtesy of Karen Ellison (first in 41:40), Monika Gajek (second in 42:52) and Helen Hadjam (third in 42:54), with Abby Pennington sixth in 46.06.

On Saturday in Valencia four Herne Hill runners raced in the Mass Race at the World Half Marathon Championship. Jack Brotchie was 200th in a PB of 75:26, Simon Messenger came 828th in 83:11. Eriç Dol was 2,285th in 92:44 with a good PB for Pippa Messenger (1:45:31).

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