Harriers star Asher-Smith back on track

AFTER the excitement of attending the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers' Dina Asher-Smith was in action at the Crystal Palace indoor 60m races where she ran the fastest time by an U20 woman this year.

The Harrier improved her best to 7.32s which is the fifth fastest senior time in the country in 2013.

Plenty of other club members set new bests and there was a big breakthrough for Toby Olubi, who clocked 6.82s, the fastest time of the day.

Further bests came from Sheyi Cole, Jed Botham, Cheriece Hylton, Vivien Olatunji, Rachel Dickens, Isabella Hilditch, Megan Beaman-Browne, Natalie Jones, Anastasia Davies and Elizabeth Ibidunni.

Highlight of the Newham athletics network 60m open series was a new personal best of 7.53s for Serita Solomon.

More bests came from Reece Young and Jahisha Thomas and a number of other athletes set bests for the year.

Outdoors, the atrocious weather conditions meant there was a low turn out for the Christmas Yacht Handicap at Hayes.

With the slowest starting first and fastest last, in theory all the runners should finish together.

This did not quite happen on this occasion as the race was dominated by the younger women from the club, with Naomi Kingston first over the line and Jessica Keene second, Amy Leach third and Maz Turner fourth.

Fastest individual of the day was Tom Desborough in 34m32s, with Neil Ayrton secnd in 35m07s.

Jessica Keene was next quickest (36m12s) with both Georgina Taylor and Naomi Kingston timing 36m38s.

This was the fourth contest in the Bennett Cup which is a handicap series of races which take place over the winter months.

Things could not be much closer on the leader board as Steve Pairman leads on 148, but joint second-placers Scott Bulmer and Gareth Evans are just one point behind.

With Austin Adams and Charlie Davis both also over 140 points, the contest is wide open with five races to go.

The next race is included in the Open 10km race at Hayes on January 11.

Peter Hannell finshed sixth in the Surrey Walking Club Christmas Cup 5km at Tonbridge.

He timed 30m43s and had the satisfaction of winning the handicap contest.

David Hoben was 10th in 33m59s and Shaun Lightman 13th in 35m44s.

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