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

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


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


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


Second place for our very own Michelle Ford.


Susan Kennedy took third for the Hoops.