Chelmsford AC hosted a true ‘top of the table’ clash in the Southern Athletics League Division 1 on Saturday. Going into this third of a five match season, Chelmsford and visiting Harrow AC were equal on points at the top of the league, both clubs having won their opening two fixtures. Also involved were sixth placed Blackheath & Bromley, and newly promoted Eastbourne Rovers, who won the Division 2 East title in the last full season in 2019.
The closeness of the clubs’ league positions was mirrored during the match, with the lead changing hands regularly throughout – and Chelmsford and Harrow impossible to separate for long periods. In the early stages, Blackheath & Bromley’s strength on the Track had them in the lead, only for Chelmsford and Harrow to fight back with some excellent results in the Field and greater coverage across all disciplines.
Going into the last few events the result was too close to call, but with some excellent results in the Women’s High Jump and Women’s Steeplechase, Chelmsford finally edged the closest finish in many years, winning the match by just 7 points:
- Chelmsford – 227
- Harrow – 220
- Blackheath & Bromley – 197
- Eastbourne – 106
In the Southern Athletics League, match points are also scored by officials, and huge credit must also go to Chelmsford’s team ‘off the track’, who worked tirelessly in very hot conditions, to out-score their Harrow rivals by a crucial 10 points.
Full report here.