The track brings further glory for Haywards Heath Harriers

Jack Chivers won gold in the 800m and 5,000m on the track this weekend.
Jack Chivers won gold in the 800m and 5,000m on the track this weekend.
  • Jack clocked 2:23 for the 800m and 18:09 for the 5,000m
  • In Saturday’s Clair parkrun, Harrison Bird was first Harrier home
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Harrier Jack Chivers won 800m and 5,000m gold medals in his age group in the Southern Counties Veterans Athletics Club Track & Field Championships at the Julie Rose Athletics Stadium in Ashford on Saturday.

Jack clocked 2:23 for the 800m and 18:09 for the 5,000m, excellent times for his first competitive races in the events on the track. Jack was delighted with his performance: “As well as picking up medals, it was useful practice for the Masters World Championships in Lyon in August.”

As well as picking up medals, it was useful practice for the Masters World Championships in Lyon in August

Jack Chivers

Closer to home in the Southern Athletics League at Lewes on Sunday, there were several winning performances and top three placings as the Harriers took on club athletes across the South. A Haywards Heath Harriers and Lewes combined team finished third overall in a great team display with Laura Penfold, Katie Grant, Abigail Redd, Lucie Venables and Tom Mullen winning their events. Full results are at the end of this report.

With the South Downs Relay just around the corner, many of the Harriers spent their weekend and evenings testing their form on their respective legs.

Ahead of that, attention turned to the West Sussex Fun Run League’s 10km Trundle Hill Run last Wednesday - also an ideal test given its off-road and hilly route.

Just back from crossing the Sahara Desert in the Marathon des Sables, Phil Payne (43:07) shook off injury to finish in 19th and first Harrier home, an impressive time on this tough course. Passing this test confirms Payne’s spot in the South Downs Relay team. There were also good runs from Mark Armitage (51:14), Steve Horn (59:23) and 1:00:58 Michelle Holdstock (1:00:58), who was first lady amongst the Harriers.

Rupert Purchase (1:02:44), Natalie Chivers and Jenny Denyer (1:21:10) rounded off a good day for the Club.

In Saturday’s Clair parkrun, Harrison Bird was first Harrier home and third overall with an excellent debut time of 19:52. Bryan Tiller clocked a solid PB of 22:25 as did junior Millie Francis (32:08), with Ben Swarbrick (26:48) also running the course for the first time.

RESULTS – SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE

MATCH RESULT

1st ​Kingston & Poly AC​ 289 points

2nd​ Havant​ AC ​245

3rd ​Haywards Heath/Lewes ​225

4th​ Swindon AC​ 96

5th​ Holland Sports AC​ 91

HAYWARDS HEATH HARRIERS RESULTS

WOMEN

100m B String Laura Penfold 1st 13.7

200m A String Laura Penfold 2nd 28.4

200m B String Katie Grant 1st 28.3

1500m B String Abigail Redd 1st 5:55.7

100mH B String Lucie Venables 1st 20.0

400mH A String Lucie Venables 2nd 77.5

400mH B String Brittany Croydon-Kempster 2nd 85.5

1500m S/C A String Lucie Venables 2nd 6:53.8

1500m S/C B String Abigail Redd 2nd 7:09.7

High Jump B String Laura Penfold 3rd 1m30

Long Jump A String Laura Penfold 2nd 4m72

Long Jump B String Lucie Venables 2nd 4m17

Discus B String Jenny Denyer 3rd 14m29

Hammer B String Jenny Denyer 2nd 17m26

4 x 100m (Laura & Katie) 1st 53.3

Non Scoring

100m Katie Grant 14.0

MEN

3000m B String Tom Mullen 1st 10:05.2

3000m S/C A String Paul Cousins 2nd 11:35.7

3000m S/C B String Tom Mullen 1st 12:04.2

Long Jump A String Ben Radcliffe 4th 5m46

Triple Jump A String Ben Radcliffe 4th 10m68

Shot Putt A String Tim Popkin 5th 5m80

Hammer A String Tim Popkin 5th 13m73

Non Scoring

800m Tim Popkin 2:42.4

400m Tim Popkin 66.5

3000m Paul Cousins 10:46.0

1500m Tim Popkin 5:23.3

3000m S/C Tim Popkin 14:47.8