There was a great Haywards Heath Harrier turnout for the Sussex County Athletic Association Road Relay Championships on Saturday.
In the grounds of Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham and amid some of Sussex’s best athletes, there were some outstanding individual Harrier performances and the rare chance to compete as a team in this format across the ages from under 13 to veteran.
Best placed Harrier team in fourth place in the V50 age group were Paul Cousins (11.26), Carl Bicknell (13.44) and Tim Hicks (12.54) with their combined time of 38.04 for this 3 x 2.1 mile course. Cousins’ time was the second fastest V50 time of the day.
The Senior Men’s A team were an impressive seventh amongst stiff competition in 66.42, two places higher than in 2014. There were some extremely fast times for this 6 leg race over the same distance, with Phil Radford clocking the fastest Harrier time of the day with a stunning 10.22 anchor leg, ably set up by Tom Mullen 10.58, Paul Tomlinson 11.03, James Collins 11.08, Josh Pewter 11.27 and Rob Watts 11.44.
The Senior Men’s B team, in 71.39 were quicker than the A team two years ago, pointing to the strength and progress of the club.
Best placed ladies’ team were the U13 Girls who finished in eighth in 22.20 for the 3 x 1.1 mile course (Jasmine Mamoany 7.13, Isobel Russell 7.22, Trinity Bird 7.45).
U13 GIRLS (3x1.1Mile) ‘B’ Team - 12th 24.35 - Sophie Hooper 8.03, Isobel Claxton 8.06, Charlotte Cooper 8.26: U13 GIRLS (3x1.1Mile) ‘C’ Team - 14th 25.19 - Lily Bliss-Tomlinson 8.03, Lily Stubbs 8.09, Emma Vince 9.07: U13 BOYS (3x1.1mile) ‘A’ Team - 12th 21.04 Joseph Martin 6.35, Scott Ridley 6.50, Toby Wiles 7.39: U13 BOYS (3x1.1mile) ‘B’ Team - incomplete Tom Spensley 7.12, Ethan Lambert 8.43: U15 GIRLS (3x1.1mile) 14th 26.22 - Katie Grant 7.35, Annabel Peters 10.24, Niamh Lingard 8.23: U15 BOYS (3x1.1mile) ‘A’ Team - 11th 20.35 - Harrison Bird 6.18, Patrick Kenward 6.53, Christian Lambert 7.24: U15 BOYS (3x1.1mile) ‘B’ Team - 12th 22.33 - Jake Ridley 7.07, Oli Bliss-Tomlinson 7.11, Denis Georgescu 8.15: SENIOR WOMEN (3x2.1mile) - 19th 46.43 - Michelle Pearce 14.34, Abigail Redd 14.49, Linda Tullett 17.20:
VETERAN WOMEN (3x2.1mile) - incomplete - Irene Parsley 21.12, Jenny Denyer 21.36: SENIOR MEN (6x2.1mile) ‘B’ Team - Non Scoring 71.39 - Simeon Cousins 11.57, Myles Rice 12.05, Matthew Holbrook 12.19, Daryl Webb 11.24, Barry Tullett 11.55, Josh Pewter 11.59: VETERAN MEN OVER 40 (4x2.1mile) - 8th - 57.43 - Julian Boyer 12.54, Bryan Tiller 14.00, Mike Essex 14.40 Steve Horn 16.09: VETERAN MEN OVER 50 (3x2.1mile) - ‘B’ Team - 15th 45.17 - Phil Scott 13.09, Graham Kenward 15.44, Rupert Purchase16.24.
Track and Field meeting
The Haywards Heath Harriers’ evening Track and Field Meeting is at K2, Crawley on 30th April. The first event is at 6pm and includes races from age 9 upwards. Entry forms can be found on the club website www.haywardsheathharriers.co.uk.