Herne Hill Harrier Snowden gets among the fastest in Great Britain
9:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
Katie Snowden's track season reached new heights as she bettered her own Herne Hill Harriers' club record over 800m.
The 19-year-old clocked a personal best of two minutes, 4.99 seconds in finishing second at the BMC Standard Races at Watford.
The time eclipsed her previous best of 2:05.26 set in June 2011, also at Watford, and bettered her previous club records for the distance at U20 and senior level.
Snowden's record-breaking showing came a month after she had claimed another personal best and a club record (also in the U20 and senior categories) over 1,500m.
On that occasion, she won the South of England AA U20 Inter County Championship at a windy Barnet Copthall stadium by 14 seconds in 4:27.15.
Snowden is now the second fastest British U20 woman over 800m in 2013, with only Great Britain international Jessica Judd quicker, while the Balham athlete also jumped to 17th in the senior rankings.
Herne Hill coach Geoff Jerwood said: 'Katie's season has been a story of perseverance.
"She came very close to her personal best in adverse weather conditions and with the season drawing to a close, we kept things going into September and finally got the break Katie deserved for her hard work and persistence.'
Middle distance athletes Michael Dyer and Mike Cummings also benefitted from ideal conditions at Watford to post strong times. Dyer finished third in the men's 1500m A race in a personal best time of 3:47.33, a huge jump from his previous best of 3:54. Cummings ran in the 1500m B race, placing fourth and running a season's best and a personal second fastest time of 3:56.62.
Harriers' junior athletes were also in action at the Surrey County Combined Events Championships at Carshalton.
Gold medals were won by the 4x100m squads in the boy's/men's U15, U17 and U20 events, as well as the U15 boy's 4x200m quartet.
There were second places for Harriers' squads in the U13 girl's 4x100m and the 4x200m, while the U15 girl's 4x100m foursome won bronze medals.
A further medallist at Carshalton was Breagha Campbell who struck gold in the U15 girl's pentathlon.
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