Anderson hails Highgate Harriers clubmate after finding a new gear

Highgate Harriers’ Nina Anderson has credited her clubmate Ryan McKinley for helping her to post two season’s best times at the Southern Track and Field Championships at Lee Valley.

The 43-year-old clocked 26.68 as she came third in her 200m heat. And, although her 400m final then followed rather swiftly after being brought forward, she recorded another season’s best of 59.20 to finish third again and take bronze.

Anderson went on to finish seventh in the 200m final and said: “Training is going well but racing wasn’t, so Ryan McKinley has kindly been pacing me for a number of sessions, which has been extremely useful and has definitely helped to bring along my speed.”

Meanwhile, Highgate’s Jahziah Williams won the T37/F37 category of the Under-17 100m, for ambulent athletes with cerebral palsy, and Gemma Rous set a personal best in the 400m hurdles en route to claiming bronze.

Rous clocked 59.79 seconds to win Saturday’s heat and returned the following day to finish third in the final in 1:00.10.

Under-20 runner Georgia Fear was among 10 athletes competing in the combined junior and senior 3,000m race, and she took the bold approach of leading for the first four laps.

She was overtaken but still finished fifth overall in 10:10.75 while taking second spot in the Under-20 category to claim the silver medal.