Eastern Region Sports Hall Athletics, Hatfield Sports Village

Harlow AC provided three athletes for the Essex team at the regional final of the sports hall athletics. The format is very different to traditional athletics and competitors perform in a series of events that link quite closely to winter training activities. All three athletes came from the HAC sprints group, overseen by Vincent Lawrence:
Regan Lawrence, in the Under 13 category, won his sprint and was part of the victorious 4-Lap Relay team. He also won the Standing Long Jump and Chest Push. Dominique Diomande represented the Under 15 age group and was only able to complete the relay and Long Jump events before illness forced his withdrawal; nevertheless, he won the jump. Shemar Boldiszar was a late call-up and described the day as ‘very different’ – perhaps not a surprising reaction from a young man who has performed at a national level already this season. He won the jump and was part of both the Under 17 relay events.  Essex was third overall.
Speaking after Vincent Lawrence said, ‘The boys did amazingly well to really contribute to the Essex team’s final position. Well done to Harlow’s sprints group.’
Steve Lott added, ‘We haven’t really taken Sports Hall (athletics) seriously but with the growing number of youngsters now coming to the club perhaps we ought to. It’s a great way of adding purpose to the long winter night’s training for those not involved in the cross-country teams.’
Meanwhile, Lee Valley hosted the final indoor match of the season. James Petty was Harlow’s only entrant but continued his good start to competitive athletics by finishing fourth in the Under 13 60m event, in a time of 9.16 seconds.

HAC Athletes show Sheffield Steel

HAC sent a small contingent of athletes to the English Indoor Championships for U20, U17 and U15 athletes, held in Sheffield: Naomi Harryman took part in the U20 Long Jump, Dylan Ellis and Mohamed Tambedou in the U20 60m sprint and Shemar Boldiszar and Harry Woodall at the same distance for U17 athletes. Boldiszar also took part in the 200m.

Harryman made her longest jump of the year so far with 5.80m and was placed fifth. Her jump was the same distance as the athlete placed fourth but she missed out on fourth as her second best jump was not as long in the count back. This was an excellent performance and keeps her on track to reach the 6m mark required to qualify for the junior world championships.

Dylan Ellis ran 7.19 seconds in a tight heat, setting a new club record in the process. Agonisingly the photo needed to place the athletes gave Ellis fourth, missing out on the semi final. Not to be outdone, Mohamed Tambedou matched him in the subsequent heat! Tambedou did make it to the semi-finals and went even quicker, clocking 7.14seconds but sadly not quick enough to make the final.

In the U17 event Harry Woodall and Shemar Boldiszar were drawn in the same heat. Boldiszar’s time of 7.41s saw him into the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Woodall’s time of 7.51s was not quick enough to see him through. In the semi-final Boldiszar dropped his time to 7.28s; setting a new PB in the process but missing out on a final spot.

Boldiszar remained in Sheffield to compete in the 200m on the Sunday. His heat time of 23.20s qualified him as a fastest loser for the semi-finals and set a new PB for him. In his semi-final he went a fraction quicker to reduce his PB to 23.19seconds but did not make the final. His time was the twelfth quickest of the weekend.  

Meanwhile, Dominique Diomande and Regan Lawrence have been selected to represent Essex County in the regional Sport hall competition. Dominique will be representing the Under 15 age group, while Regan will be representing the U11. Both boys attended their first County training session this weekend and met up with their new team mates: Tony Benton, Essex County Network Manager, presented both boys with their County shirts in front of parents and athletes. They will be representing Essex County in the Eastern Regional Sport Final taking place at Hatfield on the 22nd of March.

In a week with good news for the club’s athletes Regan also discovered that he is currently the UK’s number one ranked 60m sprinter for the Under 11 age group. 

Speaking after the weekend club coach Steve Lott said, “Naomi has been a standard bearer for some time and now others are beginning to believe that they too can step up and compete on a national stage. I’m so pleased for all our athletes and their coaches. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all connected with the club when I say we’re very proud of them.” 

essex county sports hall finals

Huge congratulations to James Wilson, Regan Lawrence, Dominique Diamonde who had a brilliant day competing at the essex county sports hall finals.
Regan has been picked to represent Essex at the national competition - an amazing achievement-we are so proud of you!
Domique also won all his four events and may still be selected to represent his county.
James had a great day, producing an excellent second and 3rd in two events.
Well done boys - great to see HAC competing so brilliantly in Sportshall athletics



Eastern Young Athlete’s League, 13th April Woodford

News of Harlow’s Louis Harknett’s 17.41 minutes run for 51st place (out of 285) in the London Mini Marathon filtered through to his club mates and helped them to get the track season off to a positive start at Woodford last Sunday. There were some good performances in the younger age groups but perhaps the most notable performances came in the senior age group, Under 17.
Naomi Harryman jumped impressively again and notched wins in the High Jump, 1.71m, and Long Jump, 5.43m. Both performances were befitting an athlete currently ranked 1st and 8th nationally for these two events.
In the field events Hannah Owen, making her Youth League debut, picked up wins in the B Javelin, 14.98m and B Discus, 16.97m respectively. In the A Javelin Ellie Williams took third place with a new PB of 18.37m.
The Under 17 Men were just as impressive with wins for Mohamed Tambedou, 11.57s and Dylan Ellis, 11.69 in the 100m A and B events. Their endeavour was matched in the 200m by Harry Woodall 24.25s (PB), and Shemar Boldiszar 23.68s. The sprinting success was completed with a 4 x 100m second place finish in a time of 46.25s, just .02 seconds behind Woodford.
In the field Will Marklew threw 43.40m for second in the Javelin and jumped 1.75m in the High Jump; beating Tambedou, who jumped the same height, on count-back. Joe Bailey jumped a PB distance of 11.34 for second in the Triple Jump and Adam Defoe, on debut, collected second in the B event jumping 9.47m.
Other highlights of the day were: Lottie Rowedder, making her track debut, taking second in the U 15 Girls 1500m; Lauren Barker winning the U13 Girls Shot Putt and James Murphy and Kai Boggon winning the A and B 1500m for U13 boys.
Afterwards club coach, Steve Lott said, “Today’s results show the quality of the athletes we currently have and reward the endeavour of a hugely committed coaching team. The youth team is all about producing the type of athlete that will enhance our senior sides and on this evidence our Senior Men and Women’s teams can look forward with confidence to the coming season and beyond.”


Essex Athletic Network Indoor Open 16 March, Chelmsford

Harlow AC was well represented at Chelmsford for the local finale to the indoor season and there were some good performances. Almost every performance represented a Personal Best (PB) this was especially the case for track performances. Following their runs Teale Cunningham (8.3s) and Jordan Sheridan (8.2) rose in the age groups nationally and are both now ranked in the top 200 for 60m sprint. Similarly at Under 17 level, and for the same distance, Mohamed Tambedou (7.3s), Dylan Ellis (7.3s) and Harry Woodall (7.5s) all make the top 200; Shemar Boldiszar (7.6s) and Ashley Rich (7.7s) reached the top 300.

In the field events there were some equally pleasing performances, especially in the High Jump: Teale Cunningham’s leap of 1.55m took him to 28th nationally at Under 15 level. Meanwhile, both Tambedou (1.75m) and Will Marklew (1.70m) leapt into the top 40 nationally for their age group.

After the event club coach, Steve Lott said, “The Indoor Open is an important stepping stone for a club such as ours and the fact that so many PBs were set so close to the start of the outdoor season should give all our athletes confidence heading into it. And for a club of our size to have five Under 17 athletes inside the top 300, and two in the top 200 at Under 15, nationally is a remarkable achievement. Not only is it a testament to the athletes’ hard work but to that of their principal coach, Vincent Lawrence, too.” 



Under 15 60m (18 competitors)

Jordan Sheridan(13)   8.2s (2nd) PB

Teale Cunningham (13)   8.3s (4th) PB

Under 17 60m (16 competitors)

Mohamed Tambedou (16) 7.3s (2nd) PB

Dylan Ellis (16)   7.3s (3rd) PB

Harry Woodall (15)  7.5s (6th) PB

Shemar Boldiszar (15)  7.6s (9th) PB

Ashley Rich (16)  7.7s (14th) PB

Corey Harrison (16)  7.8s (16th) PB

Under 17 60m Hurdle (8 competitors)

Teale Cunningham (13)  10.56s (4th) PB

Under 17 High Jump (7 competitors)

Mohamed Tambedou (16) 1.75m (4th) PB

Will Marklew (15)  1.70m (5th) SB

Teale Cunningham (13)  1.55m (7th) PB

Under 17 Long Jump (4 competitors)

Shemar Boldiszar (15)  5.15m (2nd) PB

Ashley Rich (16)  4.39m (4th) PB

Under 17 Triple Jump (11 competitors)

Ashley Rich (16)  9.19m (8th) SB

Under 17 Shot

Calum Bruton (15)  8.43m (5K) PB

Corey Harrison (16)  7.43m (5K) PB

Will Marklew (15)  11.59m (4K) PB