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Events coming up

   Sat. 20 Sep., SEAA Women's 4-Stage Road Relay Champs, Rushmoor Arena, nr Aldershot.

   Sat. 20 Sep., Belgrave Harriers Awards Evening. Details

   Sun. 21 Sep., SEAA Men's 6-Stage Road Relay Champs, Rushmoor Arena, nr Aldershot.

   Mon. 22 Sep., EGM & AGM of Belgrave Harriers, Belgrave Hall, 7pm.

   Sat. 4 Oct., ERRA National Men's 6-Stage & Women's 4-Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park.

   Sun. 5 Oct., UKA/RWA 79th National 50km Championships, Hillingdon Cycle Track.

   Sat. 11 Oct. 2XU Women's Surrey CC League Race 1, Kingston Gate, Richmond Park.

   Sat. 11 Oct. 2XU Men's Surrey CC League Race 1, Farthing Downs Coulsdon.

   Sat. 18 Oct. SEAA Cross Country Relay, Wormwood Scrubs.

Surrey 5k Road Champs

In a sharp pre-season loosener the Bels got a stark warning as to the ever increasing strength in distance running in the Surrey playground.  A strong team of Owor, Upton and Cockerell headed to the county road 5k champs scenting gold, but only scraped bronze with a single pip to spare over Guildford.  Silver was just two pips away in the form of the Irrepressibles, and three points further along was an ever-strengthening Clapham.  Paskar won a fine duel with Andy Maud to take individual gold.

Results

William Sharman (second from right) recovers to take silver medal in the 110 metres hurdles final in Zurich.

European Championships - silver again for William Sharman

Oooh!  So close again!  William Sharman had a terrific start in the final of the 110 metre hurdles, edging out a lead from Shubenkov the Russian and holding that advantage 'til over half way. But that quest for the elusive perfect race was yet again to be unfulfilled. Now running faster than ever, barrier seven came up a bit quick for Will who struck it with his trail leg, and after that set back he couldn't avoid hitting the next barrier with his lead leg. Recovering well, he had nevertheless been knocked back into the chasing pack and it was only a huge final lunge that gained him the silver medal. William's winning run in his semi-final was clocked at 13.16 - yet another advance on his personal and club record.

Qualifying for the final in 9th position Goldie Sayers languished at the back of the field in the 12 woman final with a 55.81m effort until her third throw moved her up to 8th to gain three further throws. But that was her last valid throw and she remained in 8th until the competition end. It must have been very frustrating for Goldie, Team Captain, knowing that in her last decent throw before injury and surgery she had hit a British Record of 66.17m and earlier this year had managed to reach out to 62.75m in the trials - but that's athletics and she will no doubt bounce back.

Another frustrated Belgravian will be Dwain Chambers. Conserving energy in the 100 metre semi-finals he placed 2nd and as a result was drawn in the outside lane for the final, away from the action in lanes three to six. Nevertheless a great early phase of that final seemed to have him just ahead or very close to the lead but instead of that high knee-lifting run in to the finish, concentrating only on his own run, our man seemed to tighten dramatically as he became aware of the tussle a few lanes to his left, and suddenly a metre and a half was lost.  Fourth place - that cruellest spot in any final.

100m: (13) -0.4 1 J Dasaola (GB&NI) 10.06; 2 C Lemaitre (France) 10.13; 3 H AAikines-Aryeetey (GB&NI) 10.22; 4 D Chambers (GB&NI) 10.24 (2s3 10.25/-1.1, 1h2 (12) 10.18/-0.4).

110mH: (14) 0.5 1 S Shubenkov (Russia) 13.19; 2 W Sharman (GB&NI) 13.27 (1s1 13.16/0.4, 1h3 (13) 13.29/0.3); 3 P Martino-Lagarde (France) 13.29.

JT: (14) 1 B Spotakova (Czech Republic) 64.41; 2 T Jelaca (Serbia) 64.21; 3 L Stahl (Germany) 63.91; 8 G Sayers (GB&NI) 58.33 (9Q (12) 58.07).

Rosenheim League Final

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A silver lining at Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Our four Commonwealth Games athletes were mostly at the sharp end of the competition in Glasgow and William Sharman came away with a silver medal in the sprint hurdles, but itís probably safe to say that all were disappointed with their results.

End of the road for Marty?

First in action was Marty Dent for Australia (pictured right). Four years ago on the dusty roads of Delhi heíd placed 6th in his first Commonwealth marathon; hopefully Glasgow could provide another step along the Ďfriendly gamesí path as he harboured ambitions to compete again at the next edition of these championships, as a 39-year old, when they are held in 2018 at Australiaís Gold Coast.

But things didnít go right and the Sydney Morning Herald quotes Marty:

ďI retired halfway around the race, itís really hard when youíve got that long to go and you know youíre not feeling good enough to really push for a challenge. Youíre fading; youíve got three guys coming past you that are not running that fast anyway.

ďI went out conservative and then died, so itís not a real great performance. Itís a shame because the pace probably wasnít too bad for me but I think I just wasnít quite in as good enough marathon shape as a I thought I was. ... Iíll keep running around, Iíll probably hit some local races but I donít think Iíll be spending three weeks overseas preparing for a big meet like this again.Ē

Well, he didnít actually say, ĎNever againí, and tough cookie that he is weíll not be surprised if we see Marty take a final tilt at Commonwealth Games selection in 2018.

The gold that could have been William's

One of the favourites after his scintillating season so far, William Sharman (left) would surely get a medal. He was comfortable enough in his heat of the 110 metre hurdles, running second and just 1/100th of a second in arrears of Barbadian Ryan Braithwaite, youngest ever winner of the IAAF World Championships back in 2009. Come the final later in the day, it wasnít the former global champion that took the glory though. William Sharman was away ok but running a ragged race clipping several barriers as he attempted catch and hold on to Jamaicaís Andrew Riley. There were only four hundredths of a second between them at the finish and one could see the disappointment on the face of Will, knowing that if he had run in the manner of any of his earlier efforts this summer, the gold could have been his. Thereís no doubt that he is now hungrier than ever for success at the forthcoming European Championships will be exciting.

Goldie named Captain of European team

It would have been a fairy tale if javelin star Goldie Sayers could have got on the podium at Glasgow after injury ruined her 2012 Olympic ambitions. The British Record holder had shown signs that she was well on the road back to glory with a 62.75m to take the British title back in June but, unable to breach the 60m barrier here in the Hampden Park arena, a last round improvement of a few centimetres could only take her to 57.68m and 7th spot. Goldie has been named Captain of the British team for the European Championships.

Flashes of brilliance had come from Phillips Idowu, back into athletics after a break from the sport. In Australia, in May, Phillips was just 1 centimetre shy of 17 metres when winning the Queensland All-Comers Meet, but just one valid effort of 16.45m was not enough to make inroads into the triple jump field at Glasgow and the Belgravian had to settle for 5th place. We understand that he has now pulled out of the European Championships.

Men. 110mH: (29) 2 W Sharman 13.36/-0.3 (2h3 13.49/-2.4). TJ: (2) 5 P Idowu 16.45/0.0. Marathon: (27) 19 M Dent (Australia) 2:19:22. Women. JT: 7 G Sayers 57.68.

Southern Athletics League

The final match of the season saw another good team performance from the Bels. We couldn't match Crawley AC - at home and with their UKWAL and BAL squads both eligible for the SAL match - but we placed second on the day and as a result moved fractionally nearer the top of the league, defeating Dartford but remaining just two match points behind them in the division. 

The day was notable for the turn out of TWO Olympians in our team. Not only was the ever-reliable Paskar there to support us, but also Justin Chaston, competing in his speciality, the steeplechase. Matt Chaston was on hand too to add a little more strength to our 5000m line-up.

Just think what we could have achieved had we not placed stone bonkers last in the opening match way back in May! Anyway, it was a hugely enjoyable campaign during 2014 and the team and manager are looking forward to 2015 already.

Final league positions: 1 Crawley AC 20 (1106); 2 Tonbridge AC 19 (1083); 3 Dartford H 16 (997.5); 4 Belgrave H 16 (995.5); 5 Asfford AC 15 (921.5); 6 Worthing AC 13 (845).

Match results

Southern Athletics League

The final match of the season saw another good team performance from the Bels. We couldn't match Crawley AC - at home and with their UKWAL and BAL squads both eligible for the SAL match - but we placed second on the day and as a result moved fractionally nearer the top of the league, defeating Dartford but remaining just two match points behind them in the division. 

The day was notable for the turn out of TWO Olympians in our team. Not only was the ever-reliable Paskar there to support us, but also Justin Chaston, competing in his speciality, the steeplechase. Matt Chaston was on hand too to add a little more strength to our 5000m line-up.

Just think what we could have achieved had we not placed stone bonkers last in the opening match way back in May! Anyway, it was a hugely enjoyable campaign during 2014 and the team and manager are looking forward to 2015 already.

Final league positions: 1 Crawley AC 20 (1106); 2 Tonbridge AC 19 (1083); 3 Dartford H 16 (997.5); 4 Belgrave H 16 (995.5); 5 Asfford AC 15 (921.5); 6 Worthing AC 13 (845).

Match results

Another monster win in the Southern Athletics League

Saturday 12 July. The boys and girls of the Southern Athletics League team travelled to Poole in Dorset for the penultimate match of the season and came away with another resounding win. Already placed fourth in the division this will move us even closer to the leading clubs and we meet the top two of these - Crawley and Dartford - in the final match at Crawley on 2nd August.  Some team could leave the K2 Stadium, Crawley, disappointed at not gaining promotion. Can the Bels turn out the strongest possible team, storm into the top two league slots and go up to Division One? It's all to play for.

Photo from Helen Brown

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