Fastest young runners in the Harriers

May 31 2017

Two young athletes showed their senior club-mates clean pairs of heels to scoop awards.

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Two young athletes showed their senior club-mates clean pairs of heels to scoop awards.

Dalis Jones and Abdi Hasan left the more experienced runners trailing behind them as they took the top gongs in the Westbury Harriers Athletics Club annual awards.

They were both celebrating after being named the Bristol-based club’s two athletes of the year thanks to their impressive efforts – including last month’s London Mini-Marathon.

Dalis, 13, won an array of under-13 girls winners’ medals, led from the front, finishing first in the Gwent League after winning every fixture and also repeating the achievement in the Gloucester League.

The Tockington Manor School pupil, also finished runner-up the Midlands and nationals cross-country championships, and finished sixth, representing the South West of England, in yesterday’s London Mini-Marathon.

Abdi, who attends Cotham School, was second place in the South West Championships, third fastest at the Midlands Road Relays, and 12th in the English Schools – despite being a year younger than his rivals.

And, he finished his winter campaign on a high by winning bronze medal in the London Mini-Marathon

Abdi, 15, also led the Under-15 boys team to success in the Gwent League along with fellow Westbury Harriers Greg Hayward, James Harrod, Fred Stewart, Johan Hobbs and Bryn Davies – which saw them scoop the club’s team of the year
 award.

Hannah Hobbs, who won the girls under-17 runner of the year award, has also had a season to remember, culminating in her fourth-placed finish in the London Mini-Marathon, which doubles as the British Three Mile Championships.

She also won every Gwent she’s entered this year, was second in the Midland XC Championships and seventh in the National XC Championships. 

The awards were handed out at the club’s presentation night, which took place at the Coombe Dingle sports complex, by club stalwart George Blackburn who joined Westbury Harriers in 1960.

George, who represented Ireland at the 1967 world cross-country championships, coached a number of Westbury runners that went on to represent their country including Simon Mugglestone, Chris Buckley, Robin Nash and Maurice Cowman.

“It’s great to see that there are clearly a lot of talented and committed young runners at Westbury Harriers,” George said. 

“The club is in really good health and I’m not going to name names but some of the runners have what it takes to reach the very top.”