Blackheath and Bromley Harriers take centre stage at Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

PUBLISHED: 07:53 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 07:54 30 July 2013

A year on from the London Olympics, the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games took place over the weekend at the Olympic Park and Blackheath & Bromley are very much part of the legacy with four members of its members taking part.

First up on Friday was Adam Gemili in an all domestic field in the 100 metres B race. The European Under 23 champion did not have the best of starts but powered through to pip Sutton’s Harry Aikines-Ayreetey on the line with both timing 10.16.

This was a seasons best for Adam by two hundredths of a second. Harry contests the 100 at the World Championships in Moscow in two weeks time while Adam goes in the 200 metres.

Joining them in Russia will be Dina Asher-Smith, who at 17 is the youngest member of the Great Britain Senior party.

As European Junior 200 metre champion she will be a great asset to the squad and showed this as she was part of the GB 4x100 team who ran the fastest time by a British quartet for 12 years.

They won the race in 42.69 seconds and this was nominated as the British performance of the night.

The 4x100 did not go so well for the men on the Saturday as they did not get round. The change from Adam on leg two to James Ellington saw the baton fall to the track and the GB challenge was over.

Meanwhile in the field Lorraine Ugen leapt 6.44 metres in the long jump to finish in third place, just two centimetres off the winning distance but some way further than Olympic Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis Hill.

At the same time Izzy Jeffs was finishing in eighth place in the javelin with a throw of 51.65 metres.

Izzy will be in action for the Club this Saturday as Blackheath & Bromley make a small piece of athletics history as they host the first ever UK Womens League match at Norman Park Track.

It is not just a National League match, it is a Premier Division match featuring the top eight clubs in the country with many internationals set to compete.

Among those returning to the Norman Park track where they trained and competed for the Harriers as youngsters will be senior internationals such as UK record holder for the 100 metres Montell Douglas, plus club record holders Shaunagh Brown (discus and hammer) and Serita Solomon (100 hurdles and 4x100).

To add to the celebrations the Club will be providing a beer tent and barbeque. The first field event is at noon with the action starting on the track at 1pm. Admission is free.

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