Harriers’ throws squad get season off to a flyer

Harriers' Woody Cox along with Eloise and Imogen Marshall
Harriers' Woody Cox along with Eloise and Imogen Marshall
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WORTHING Harriers’ throws squad dusted off their discuses, hunted out their hammers and shined up their shots to take part in their first competition of the season over the weekend.

A winter of training looked to have paid off, as despite a cold day, the squad performed to their usual high standard for a promising start to the season.

In the hammer, Fleur Dicke started proceedings with a new personal best of 24.79m. Julia Williams had two pbs and finished with 24.51m and fellow left-hander Odette Dicke followed with a 26.64m pb. Laura Duke, who has been struggling of late with her throws, finished with a 43.24m and Jo Davison threw 45.44m.

Simon Evans had a good series of throws and finished with a new pb of 49.70m with the 7.26k hammer. Brother Matthew, coming back from injury, had a good series of throws to finish with a pb of 45.42m, throwing the new weight of 7.26k.

Robert Duke was back in action after having an on-and-off season last year and also had a good set of throws, finishing with a best of 54.37m, which is the ESAA National Standard and a grade 3.

Under-17 Woody Cox, now throwing his new 5k weight, took to the circle and had an amazing series of throws. He threw three pbs and finished with an ESAA qualifying distance of 50.09m and a grade 2.

In the shot, Emily Baker threw 6.26m for a new pb, while her sister, Lianne, finished with a best of 6.84m. Cox had a pb of 10.56m, while Julia Williams had three pbs with 4.68m.

Dicke also had two pbs with a best of 6.66m. Robert Duke struggled a little but still finished with a 12.65m. Laura Duke had a best of 10.35m and Jo Davison finished with a 9.21m.

New under-13 girl, Sophie Wise, in her first competition, had two pbs and finished with a best of 5.82m.

In the discus, the good work carried on with Emily Baker securing another pb of 17.60m, while her sister Lianne had a best of 24.59m. Cox set another two pbs and a best of 27m-plus.

Eloise and Imogen Marshall competed in horrendous weather at Tonbridge on Monday

Imogen has competed in a couple of indoor competitions already this year in her first year as under-17.

Throwing the 4k shot, she has already had a good start to the season with an 8.37m throw at Lee Valley, when she became the Sussex champion by winning the under-17 Indoor Sussex Championship with 8.94m.

She also went to Crystal Palace and won gold in the high jump with 1.50m. Facing the horrid conditions at Tonbridge, she had a best of 8.54m.

Sister Eloise, for the third year in a row coming back from injury, had a best of 32.89m.