Success in the sun: Summer League review


The Hoops before the final Summer League race of the season at Battersea Park.

Well, summer is finally over and we can look back to a glorious Summer League for Queen's Park Harriers. With the exception of Perivale our attendance broke records again.


Five races in great warm and sunny conditions, starting with our first race at Dulwich where we received the winner's shield and again broke records for attendance. We kept our lead at Harrow and Perivale, lost it at Regents Park before finally triumphing at Battersea.


So next season, we step forward at the end of the first summer league race to take the Winner's Shield again for a third time.


A few facts from this year’s summer league report:


Over the five races 91 different members participated, including 21 who were taking part in their first summer league.


We had two visually impaired runners taking part with members stepping up to guide them. As far as I am aware there is only one other club with a visually impaired runner.


Because of location we have also been allowed to accept runners with buggies. We took taken advantage with several members taking on the added burden.


Thankfully no injuries over the 400ish-metre relays, which were competitive from first to last, even with our reverse hoops non-scoring team.


It’s not just adults, but also the younger runners who have helped us win, with 25 different children taking part in the tenderfoot races. It’s a shame that the summer league clashed with some of the junior track league, but hopefully next year we can get a few more juniors to attend.

Just a reminder that it was your best three scores that counted in the individual awards, and there were individual success stories aplenty with 13 adults in medal positions and

11 tenderfoot in medal positions. Here are those medal winners in full by category


Female 35

Jen Armson squeezed her way past her Ealing Eagle rival to take first place with Michelle Maddick taking third place.


F40

Another first place with Fiona Eagle taking the honours in this age category.


F45

Karima Harris took first place with Sophie Barnard sandwiching another Ealing Eagle to take third place.


F50

Second place for our very own Michelle Ford.


F55

Susan Kennedy took third for the Hoops.


F60

Third for Alice Galal, though we are awaiting final confirmation.


F65

Frances Sutherland took third spot in her debut Summer League.


Senior men

First place went to our very own Matt Kitching with Edwin Mooney in fourth place,pipped to third by just one point. Queen's Park Harriers held four of the top seven places in this category.


M40

Third was Maciej Kolterniak, beating Michal Dmitrzak by two points.


M50

Honourable mention to Peter Reupke who was beaten into fourth place after the final race of the season.


M55

Andrew Jackson finished first.


M65

Dan Levy took second.


For our budding runners in the tenderfoot category:


F6

1st Penelope Heaton

3rd Iris Steer

Then a whole swathe of young harriers swelling our total with much needed points and almost swallowing the age category:

5 Betsy Steer

6 Ella Braine

7 Jessica Braine

8 Jessica Mailer

9 Gracie Green

12 Marissa McCorron

13 Serena McCorron

14 Abigail Cross

15 Emma Ekblom


F7

3rd Eleanor Stuart


F8

1st Bella Harris

Just outside the medals was Evie Green in 4th place


F11

1st Eadi Solanki-Jackson


F13

1st Roisin Quirke


M6

One race only for

James Ekblom and Leo Amlani who finished in 16th and 18th places


M8

1st place for Adam Reupke

Aleks Chajecka competed in the final race of the year and finished in 8th place overall.


M9

1st Laurence Heaton

3rd Sunni Jabar

7th Reggie Birrell


M10

3rd Tom Harris

M11

3rd Fergus Birrill

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