WINDSOR, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (WSEH) head the Southern Athletics League table after travelling to Harrow for a pivotal fixture in the calendar on Saturday.

The penultimate match of the 2019 season pitched the top three clubs together in a battle that would put the winning team top of the league.

An event ensued which provided great competition for the athletes on both track and field, plus immense excitement for the spectators and club officials.

WSEH had a slight lead after several events and were not to be overtaken, gradually stretching the lead for an impressive victory with a score of 239.5 points. Host club Harrow were second on 213 with Chelmsford in third place on 190.5.

Individual results reflected the overall performance with the team achieving double wins in 10 events.

Amy Herrington and Amy Wright were both victorious in the hammer, Herrington and Suzanne Palmer in the shot, plus Palmer and Sofija Korf in the long jump. The latter gained a new personal best (PB) of 5.78m.

The 100m brought wins to Steph Clitheroe and Kennedy Bays, who produced a seasonal best. Clitheroe and Rachel Melbourne were both first in the 100m hurdles.

It was a truly successful day for the Melbourne family with Rachel joining her sister Sarah to dominate the triple jump and Calia Griffin-Logan for another double victory in the high jump. Brother Abe outclassed his opposition in the pole vault for an impressive win with a new PB of 4.30m.

Heptathlete Palmer and up-and-coming youngster Griffin-Logan took both strings of the javelin, whilst Aaron Richardson and Kieran Shah were victorious in the 100m.

With the experienced James Tidd and talented young athlete Will Goddard doing the same in the 3,000m race, the club's prowess across both track and fiend was aptly displayed.

Under 17 (U17) athletes Rico Lionetti and Eugenio Abruzzini were not phased by their senior rivals in the high jump, the competition spurring them both on to new bests of 1.78m and 1.73m respectively. Inspired Lionetti went on to achieve a long jump best of 6.15m.

A delighted Luke Norris threw 43.05m for a PB and U20 George Smith increased his javelin best to 40.52m. The club has two excellent U20 javelin specialists in Smith and Jude Compton-Stewart, who achieved 51.20m.

Back on the track, U20 athlete Zuri Mullings impressed with her PB of 65.3 seconds when winning the B string 400m hurdles race, while both Jenni Ball and Issy Rayner ran bests in the tough 5k event.

Individual victories and PBs aside, the core of this team included committed senior athletes such as Reiss Durbon-Davison, Adam Carpenter, Harry Barnett and Janet Smith, Emily Barrett & Alice Flint, amongst others. Their team spirit is infectious, is the best example to the up and coming youngsters and is the basis of the club’s ongoing success.