Beccy breaks her own record

Athletes from Stevenage and North Herts AC competed at three venues, setting one new club record and at least three personal bests. Beccy Knapp, competing at Copthall Stadium, Hendon, in the National Junior League, beat her existing club record for the ha

Athletes from Stevenage and North Herts AC competed at three venues, setting one new club record and at least three personal bests.

Beccy Knapp, competing at Copthall Stadium, Hendon, in the National Junior League, beat her existing club record for the hammer throw with a performance of 35.56m.

Together with Cameron Webb, Callum McKechnie, Frankie Witney, Tilly Scheuber, Bunmi Awokoya and Loren Scanes, she was part of the 'NWC Herts' team unsuccessfully attempting to gain promotion to the Southern Premier League.

The club's men's and women's teams competed in the British Athletic League's plate final at Bedford, surpassing their expectations with their finishing positions in the eight-team matches.

The men finished in fourth place - a remarkable performance as they compete in the lowest of the leagues compared to the other finalists.

Elior Harris, recently returned from a few years of not competing, triple jumped 13.13m, beating his previous best by 40cm, winning the competition in the process.

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The club's other winner was the talented Zimbabwean athlete, Tonderai Tomu, clocking 48.72 to win the 400m race.

Long-time member Laurie Pirie was just below his best, finishing in third place in the high jump with 1.85m.

The other team members were Nick Stoppard, Jamesdean Atkins, Sean Pollen, Barry Mainstone, Patrick David (veteran) and Chas Allbrighton (veteran). Elior, Jamesdean, Laurie and Ton combined in a medley relay, taking fifth place.

The women's team went one better by finishing in third place; Bunmi Awokoya was the star with a shot putt of 11.52m for first place, a personal best by 55cm.

Emma Kemp was second in the 800m and third in the 1500m, Sandra Reed (veteran) was third in the 400m hurdles, as was Moe Sasegbon in the high jump and Loren Scanes in the discus.

The team was completed by Joylyn Saunders-Mullins (veteran), and Bethan Scanes.

More club members were in action when Ridlins Stadium in Stevenage played host to the Eastern Counties inter-county trophies meeting.

The three trophies for senior men, senior women and under-17 men were all won by strong teams from Essex; Hertfordshire's men's and women's teams finished second and the under-17 men were fourth.

Ten club members were in the senior women's team and collected three first places between them.

Louise Shortland cleared 3.60m to win the pole vault A, Shelley McLellan won the shot putt A with 11.47m and Moe Sasegbon won the 400m hurdles race B race.

Third placers were Moe Sasegbon (400m B), Chloe Vernon Hamilton (800m A), Chris Feely (veteran, 1500m B), Charley Nightingale (triple jump B) and Frances Gross (hammer B).

Vernon Hamilton was also third in the javelin B event, throwing 28.23m for a new personal best.

The club's other competitors were Sandra Reed (veteran), Bethan Scanes and Anne Rees.

Four senior men were in the senior men's team. Tonderai Tomu was on his second individual 400m race of the weekend - he also ran in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, making a total of five races in the two days.

Two more winners for the county team were Laurie Pirie in the B high jump and Neil McLellan in the A javelin. Sean Pollen was the other club member in the match.

Four more members competed in the under-17 match; Connor Winters winning the B pole vault. The others were Tan Choudhury, Nick Stoppard, and Lewis Keeble.

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