Three Harriers athletes have recently competed in Internationals with two of George Eccles’ javelin squad celebrating after receiving outstanding results. Jack Moncur rose to the occasion in style following his selection to compete for the Scotland U16 team at the Celtic Games in Colwyn Bay. 14 year old Moncur’s best throw of 52.37 was an official pb by more than 4m and was good enough to win the event. “I was just hoping to perform well and hopefully throw a pb” said Moncur. “I’m extremely happy, a big pb, first time officially over 50m and maximum points for the Scotland team. I came out for warm-up really focused, I was feeling good. In round five some of my Scottish team-mates were cheering me on and that’s when I threw the 52.37.”
Steve Turnock was invited to compete in the javelin as a guest at the Welsh Athletics Senior International in Cardiff and was on top form, coming away winning the competition and leaving some of the best throwers across the home countries in his wake. Turnock’s best throw of 68.65 was just 34cm off his lifetime best and pushed Bonnie Buwembo of England into second place (67.81). “Because I wasn’t competing as one of the Internationals I didn’t feel any of the usual pressure” said Turnock, “I was able to focus on myself and I warmed up feeling confident. I’m very happy with this performance, it showed I’m still in great form which will hopefully lead to a new pb in the coming competitions.”
Miranda Hardacre was unlucky following her selection for the 400 and the 4×400 relay in the U20 Welsh team at the same competition. Unfortunately due to a foot injury during the individual event she had did not finish and took no further part in the competition.