One Day 3 Club Records! (Weekend Round Up 29-30/1/22)
31 January 2022
The indoor season was in full swing this season and the hard work and dedication of many Harriers was on full display. An incredible day saw three Club records broken, possibly a record in itself!
George Watson got the ball rolling over in America making his 5000m indoor debut. A tough event at the best of times is considerably harder indoors with tighter bends and 25 laps to deal with. Watson had no trouble adapting and not only took a massive 5 seconds off the club indoor 5000m record running 14:13.36, but also took 4 seconds off his 5000m best, indoor or outdoor. This is Watson’s first of what is likely to be many club records.
After a record breaking 2021 season there was much anticipation to see what Jess Duncton could do in 2022. The Harrier didn’t disappoint, kicking off her 2022 year at the London Indoor Games with two club records in one day. Starting out over the 60m hurdles, Duncton flew to a huge 0.44 second PB of 8.66 and lowered the club record by 0.16. Duncton then competed in the 60m flat running 7.78 and knocking 0.01 off the club record. Both records were previously held by GB international athletes and beating them was a tough task, but Duncton took it in her stride, what more can she do this year!? Lily Marchant and Flora Hopcraft also competed over 60m with both running brilliantly. Marchant ran a 0.17 PB of 8.36 and on her indoor debut Hopcraft ran 8.58.
(Photo: Flora Hopcraft, Lily Marchant and Jess Duncton celebrating indoor success)
The following day Jamie Harper competed in the Welsh Indoor Championships where his consistency earned him a superb bronze medal. Harper won his heat with a run of 1:57.55 and remained composed in the final to run 1:57.64 and secure his spot on the podium.
Out in the cold and strong winds Scarlett Eagland and Rachel See competed in the Midland Cross Country Championships in Mansfield. Eagland showed strength to come through to finish 10th in the U13Gs race and Rachel See was 25th in the SW race.
Finally, over the road at the Staverton 10 mile, Rupert Denny was the quickest of the three Harriers finishing 7th overall in 56:48. Steve Bradley ran well to finish 53rd in 69:31 and Mel Schofield was 7th SL in 80:50!