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Brilliant Gilling in UK’s 100m top five

PUBLISHED: 10:18 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

TREMAYNE Gilling opened his domestic racing programme with an outstanding victory at the British Universities Championships at Bedford, writes Pat Calnan. The Blackheath and Bromley athlete, who is at Middlesex University, won the 100m in an impressive 1

TREMAYNE Gilling opened his domestic racing programme with an outstanding victory at the British Universities Championships at Bedford, writes Pat Calnan.

The Blackheath and Bromley athlete, who is at Middlesex University, won the 100m in an impressive 10.49s. His 10.48s in his heat ranks him fifth in the country this year.

There was more success for Brunel sports scholar Pamela Hughes as she enjoyed her second British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) victory of 2010 in the high jump with a superb clearance of 1.78m in blustery conditions. The Ben McIlroy/Jo Jennings-coached Irish international said of her efforts: "I'm absolutely delighted and can't wait to compete again in some decent weather."

Fellow Brunel student Amy Godsell won bronze in the 100m in 12.03s. As well as finishing fourth in the 200m, she was also part of the winning 4x100m team. Serita Solomon (Middlesex) won bronze in the 100m hurdles in 13.99s and there were many other good performances and personal bests.

OUT in the United States, Michael Skinner, a former Brunel student, set a new personal best over 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational Meeting at Stanford. He finished in 13th place in 28:58.43s.

THE CLUB enjoyed a narrow victory in the opening Southern Men's League, Division Two match of the season at Battersea Park.

They finished four points clear of Hillingdon and six ahead of hosts Herne Hill, with whom they were promoted last year. Best performance came from Jermaine Olasan, who leapt 7.02m to win the long jump. There is more to come as he had one no jump in excess of 7.30m.

Other 'A' string wins came from Dan Putnam (400m), Phil Sesemann (800m), Ben Harding (1,500m), Simon Lloyd (110m hurdles and 400m hurdles), Allan Williams (pole vault) and Richard AlAmeen (hammer). The club's athlete-of-the-match was Michael Champion, the women's team manager, who competed in nine events and achieved 'B' string wins in the 110m hurdles and long jump.

THE YOUNGSTERS won the first UK Young Athletes match of the season at Norman Park. The torrential rain and windy conditions made the fixture difficult for those competing and officials alike and, after six hours of non-stop action, the team enjoyed a narrow victory over the City Of Norwich. Despite the success, it is clear that the Harriers need to recruit more young talent. Those interested in becoming involved should use the contact details at the foot of this report.

ON BANK Holiday Monday, the club hosted the Annual Ted Pepper 10km road race at Beckenham. First Harrier home was Ian Frith in third place on 34:44s, with Jamie Darling just 10 seconds down in fourth with 34:54s. Youngster Rob Yates was next home in 12th in 36:55s.

First woman for B&B and second overall was Jane Bradshaw with 39:25s in 29th place. She was followed by Sarah Dowling in 40th (41:17s) and Julie Reynolds in 45th (42:07s).

Fuller details of these matches will appear on the club website at: www.bandbhac.org.uk.

The Club is always looking for new members of all ages, abilities and disciplines. Email: enquiries@bandbhac.org.uk to be put in contact with the appropriate club officer.

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