Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Three national medal winners at England Indoor Championships


Three Herne Hill Harriers athletes claimed national medals at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships in Sheffield.

Dante Clarke leaped to a new personal best of 6.33m as he won a dramatic U15 boys’ long jump competition – his final round effort taking him into first place.

Clarke’s PB sees him firmly as the number one in the country in his age category as he has enjoyed a superb winter, having already won the South of England and Surrey indoor long jump titles and he sits at the top of the UK rankings for 2020.

Brothers Ignatius and Alex Abebrese both claimed medals in the U17 men’s triple jump and U15 boys’ shot. Ignatius jumped a new PB of 13.59m when placing second.

Alex, last year’s top U13 boy in the country, threw 11.78m to win a bronze medal in his first national championship experience.

The U20 women took third place at the English National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

They were led by a superb individual run from Yasmin Marghini in fifth place. Phoebe Anderson placed 21st and Liv Stillman was 39th.

The trio added bronze medals to the gold ones they had won last year when Marghini and Anderson had formed part of the winning U17 team and Stillman had been in the victorious U20 team. Annabel Hodbay placed 92nd.

The U13 boys’ quartet of Fabien Whitelock (28th), Josh McGuire (60th), Fred Hake (101st) and John Goldston (106th) finished seventh. Archie Penniceard was 141st.

Herne Hill’s next highest individual position after Marghini’s fifth, was 17th – achieved by Poppy Craig- McFeely in the U17 women’s race.

Harriet Alexander (122nd) was the only other Harriers athlete in this age group on the day.

The U13 girls finished 13th were led home by Lily-Rose Brown, 11, who finished 34th in her first national and was followed in by Grace O’Hanlon (69th), Vivi Marshall (122nd), Anna Forster (125th), Rosalie Laban (137th), Eva O’Hanlon (152nd) and Isabelle Brugnoli (222nd).

The senior women placed 18th team.

Julia Wedmore (107th) was unlucky not to squeeze into the first 100 due to a fall in the finishing straight with Sarah Grover (113th), Karen Ellison (146th) and Shannon Sinclair (216th). Katie Kedward (255th) and Evie McDermott (435th) completed the tough 9km course. Arlo Ludewick was the sole Herne Hill athlete in the U20 men’s race and placed 41st.

The U15 boys placed 23rd thanks to Zac Crowther (107th), Harvey Kande (113th), Alex Spaul (236th), Robin Bebbington (238th), Diego Lister (244th) and David Aisa-Miller (271st).

The U17 men were incomplete as a team, but were represented by Dylan Sweet (156th), Sam Camenzuli (247th) and Jacob Alley (248th). Likewise the U15 girls – Hebe Hunter was 154th and Sophia Ezeh came 351st.

The men finished 20th in a race over 13km which saw 1,715 runners complete the gruelling course.

Carl Delaney led the team home in 150th, chased home by Andrew Warburton (218th), Jeff Cunningham (248th), Brandon Dewar 268th, Jack Dickenson 291st and then Joe Elliott winning a very close battle to close the six to score team as he placed 353rd just ahead of Eoin Brady 355th and Jack Brotchie 362nd.

The remaining finishers were Matt Cartwright (393rd), Andrew Grigg (427th), Simon Coombes (431st), Alan Barnes (433rd), Oliver Walker (533rd), Henry Brown (585th), Richard Keeble (597th), Trevor Chilton (833rd), Duane Matthews (864th), Ben Lidgard (985th), Keith Newton 1,004th (in his sixth decade of competing in National Cross Country championship races) and Andrew Simms (1,286th).

Jonathan Ratcliffe and Eriç Dol travelled to Seville to race the marathon, with the ever consistent M50 Ratcliffe clocking 2 hours 47 and Dol smashing his PB (2:50).

Nick Bester travelled to Hampton Court to finish second in the half marathon in 72:44, with next Sunday’s London Big Half in his sights.

Indoors W35 Fiona de Mauny was at Lee Valley for the Southern Masters Indoor Championship where she put in a great day’s work to run a PB 200m of 27.92, then was timed at 59.48 for 400m and rounded off with 1,500m in 4:45 to combine speed with endurance in the same afternoon.

Both W45 Nikki Sturzaker and M55 Gary Ironmonger ran 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m successfully with very short recoveries.

Kwei Sankofa (over-60 men’s) won a silver medal in the 60m with 8.03, gold in the 200m in 28.11 and gold at 400m in 58.81.

Vanessa Grant won bronze in the W35 60m and silver in the 200m.

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