Herne Hill Harriers Alex Brown and Alfred Mawdsley were in England colours last weekend, and both come agonisingly close to medaling.

The duo were competing at the SIAB Schools’ U17 track & field International at the Julie Rose stadium in Ashford.

Despite missing out on personal glory, they helped England to win the home nations competition ahead of Ireland in second and Wales in third.

Mawdsley threw a personal best (pb) 44.56m to finish fourth in the discus – two centimetres off a medal place – while Brown ran four minutes 41.14 seconds to finish fourth in the 1,500m.

The club were also in action at the Southern Inter Counties match at Norman Park in Bromley, where the stand-out performance came from Katie Balme, who smashed her pb by running 5:13.72 in the 1,500m steeplechase to take top spot.

In the U13 and U15 YDL match at Croydon, Harriers finished fourth on the day and finished fourth overall in Southern Premier Two Division, meaning they will remain there for next season.

There were U13s pbs for Clayton Mytil in the 200m B string (26.8secs), as well as Jacob (800m A string, 2:23.9) and Ben Harrison (800m B string, 2:30.1).

However, the performance of the day was by Jaden Kennedy, whose 4:28.6 victory in the 1,500m extended his lead at the top of the UK rankings, revised his own club record and placed him in the top 10 all-time list for U13 boys.

Such was his dominance that he won by 200m, and produced a 67-second last lap.

The U15 girls sprint events were also very strong, where Angel Asare claimed third in the A-string 100m with a pb 12.5secs, while Ore Adamson won the B string in 12.7secs.

Adamson also won the long jump, and Jess Collins was a B string winner, having also placed second in the B string 75m hurdles with a pb of 13.1secs.

First in the A string 75m hurdles was Mallory Cluley, who equalled her pb with 11.4 secs.

In the middle distance events, Rosie Hammond had a comfortable A string win, while Susannah Hirst was second in the B string.

The U13 girls also contributed good points to the team’s overall performance - Faith Price had an excellent 1,500m win, while Natalia Webb was a very good second in the B string.

Webb was in winning action in the long jump clearing a pb of 4.39m, and Farrah Martin was second in the B string.

In the middle distance events, Maisie Collis produced a superb demonstration of front running in winning the 800m in 2:22.7.

Layla Wilkinson won the 1,200m, and for the first time ran sub four minutes, clocking 3:59.1 - Eva Holland won the B string.