Herne Hill Harriers athletes fight the wind to medal on two fronts

Powering up: Herne Hill Harriers’ Marvin Popoola, second right, storms to victory in the 200m at the SEAA championships in Crystal Palace 									  All pictures: SP81799

Powering up: Herne Hill Harriers’ Marvin Popoola, second right, storms to victory in the 200m at the SEAA championships in Crystal Palace All pictures: SP81799

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Herne Hill Harriers athletes won a string of medals at the South of England and the London Schools championships over the weekend.

The Tooting-based club's hurdlers and sprinters took centre stage at the South of England event, where Marvin Popoola and Rushane Thomas would have run U20 club records had the wind not been over the legal limit.

Popoola won gold in the 200m, clocking 21.06 seconds - which is faster than the club junior record but the wind speed of +3.4 m/s was significantly over the legal limit - on Saturday, before adding the 100m crown in 10.6secs on Sunday.

Popoola continues to chase the qualifying time of 21.0secs0 over 200m for the World Junior Championship.

It was the same story for Thomas who won gold in the 110m hurdles, running a would-be U20 record of 13.69secs, only to be thwarted by the wind gauge.

Jessie Knight, meanwhile, clinched medals in the 200m and 400m, winning the former in 24.36 ahead of Jade Phillips, and racing to silver in the 400m in 54.43secs. There was also gold for Peter Philips in the senior 400m, running a personal best of 47.65secs.

Other medallists included Tayo Andrews (silver in the U20 high jump), Gavin Johnson-Assoon (silver in the senior javelin), Blade Ashby (bronze in the senior 400m hurdles) and Dwayne Dowding (bronze in the senior 200m).

There were also notable performances at the London Schools event at Battersea, in particular a one-two-three of Saskia Millard, Maddie Shaw and Lucy Olsen in the junior girls’ 800m.

Denisha Marshall-Brown was another winner and threw a championship best in the junior girls’ shot, while her brother, Dejean, matched her gold in the junior boys’ shot.

Feysel Nadew’s excellent front running won him the intermediate boys’ 800m, with Paul Burgess winning a tactical 1,500m in the same age category.

Other intermediate winners were Catriona McSorley (gold in the triple jump), Adam Ssali (gold in the 100m hurdles), Michella Obijiaku (second in the shot) and Phillip Thomas (second in the triple jump).

Turkay Korkmaz medalled in second in the juniors boys’ 1,500m, as did Alex Brown in the junior girls’ 1,500m.

Away from the track, Gary Ironmonger was first V50 at the Self Transcendence 10k in Battersea Park, clocking a personal best 35 minutes 50 seconds in finishing 11th overall.

Racing in Llanwrtyd Wells in mid-Wales, Jonny Muir was fourth runner at the Man v Horse 24-mile trail race in two hours, 59 minutes, with Rick Pearson finishing 34th in 3.43:00.

Closer to home, Mohammed Ismail won the Dulwich parkrun in 16.27 ahead of Vic Maughn in second in 17.26.

Action from the SEAA Championships

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