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Full Name: Joanne Harvey
Lives: Devon
Event: Middle-distance/Cross country
Club: Exeter Harriers
County: Devon

Personal Bests:

800m 2:12.10 10 July 2004 Gateshead, GBR
1500m 4:34.82 15 Aug 2004 Birmingham, GBR
1 Mile      



Joanne Harvey becomes English Champion


Joanne Harvey produced a storming finish to claim the English Schools' under-15s cross-country title in Maidstone at the weekend.

The exciting 14-year-old prospect had been lying in third place out of 352 competitors at the Mote Park meet with just 200 metres of the two-mile event left to run.

But Harvey, representing Devon, changed up a gear and pipped old rival
Sarah Hopkinson on the line and also edged Rachel Pounds into third place.

Harvey and
Hopkinson both finished the gruelling contest in the same time of 11 minutes 29 seconds, with Manchester's Pounds a further two seconds behind.

But for Harvey the victory was a case of sweet revenge, as Gloucestershire's
Hopkinson had beaten her only two weeks earlier in U15s National Indoor Championships at Birmingham's NEC.

Hopkinson, who trains with the highly-rated Emily Pidgeon, won the 800m event with Harvey claiming bronze, and in a personal best time.

Harvey will now be among the favourites for a medal in the Home International Cross-Country Championship, which will be held in Ayr on Saturday, March 27.


Joanne Harvey won the Junior girls' race at the  Home International Cross-Country Championship, in Ayr on Saturday, March 27.


Joanne won the English Schools Junior Girls' 800m in a time of 2:12.10. She won her heat in 2:14.50.


13 July 2004 - thissisexeter

Devon athletics chiefs celebrated the county's commendable showing at the English Schools' Track and Field Championships this weekend - before branding 2004 "a good year". Devon's brightest teenage prospects were among the hundreds of young athletes who took part in the English Schools' Athletic Association event in Gateshead on Friday and Saturday.

And the county's youngsters put in some tremendous performances to earn two gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes, as well as a string of other finals appearances.

Devon ended the weekend with 103 points, which was enough to earn them eighth place in the Bradford Cup for counties with a schools population of between 100,000 and 225,000.

And Devon Schools Athletic Association secretary Eileen Mander said the 34-strong squad had done themselves proud.

"We were pleased with the team. To get six medals, including two winners, and a fair few finalists was a great result," she said.

"We had a strong year last year, but this was also a good year for us.

"I think the team probably exceeded expectations this year."

And the success enjoyed by many of Devon's competitors in recent years makes Mander believe that athletics is growing more and more popular in the county.

"I think we got a creditable score this year and it shows athletics is on a high in Devon at the moment," she said.

"We have been looking strong for the last few years and we've really got a depth of talent.

"We've got good athletes across the board in both track and field events. There was a fair distribution of athletes this year, which is good."

On the English Schools' competition's second day, Devon claimed their second gold medal when Ivybridge's cross-country champion Joanne Harvey convincingly won the junior girls' 800m in a personal best time of 2mins 12.10secs.

Devon Schools' Athletics Association chairman Terry O'Brien agreed the competition was a success for the county's athletes.

"Overall I think we did very well - it was a very successful weekend," he beamed.

"We got more medals than I thought we would and most of our athletes performed beyond expectations.

"It was pretty well on a par with recent years and it was good to score more than 100 points for about the fourth year running. That's a great standard to reach because for several years we were stuck around the 70 or 80 mark.

"The standards are pretty good in the county at the moment. It's going well, but I would like more boys to take part - we only had nine in the team this year."

After completing a successful weekend of competition, the Devon team then had the honour of meeting former West Buckland School pupil and Olympic and world triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards.

The retired world record holder was a member of the Devon schools' team when he was learning his trade back in the 1980s.



08 September 2004 - thissisexeter

Devon came out tops at the South West Inter-Counties Championships at Exeter Arena, beating Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Devon women won their section. Joanne Harvey ran 2.21.7 to win the under 15 girls 800m, well inside the elite standard time of 2.25.0 for her age group.


Joanne was second in the under 15 girls end of season track rankings for 1500m with 4:34.82, behind only Gloucester's Sarah Hopkinson. She was 3rd in the 800m rankings.


Joanne ran the fourth fastest time in the under 15 girls Southern Road Relay Championships at the end of September, with a time of 11 minutes dead, running the second fastest time on the third leg of the race. 

The Exeter Harriers team also just missed out on the medals, finishing in fourth place.


Devon's Joanne Harvey from Ivybridge was the Intermediate Girls' winner at the English Schools Cross-Country Cup final in Oswestry. Close runner-up was Gloucester's Sarah Hopkinson.



Adapted from thissisexeter

Joanne Harvey produced an impressive victory for Exeter Harriers in the Devon Cross Country Championships in Whipton. The talented youngster, competing n the under 15 age group,made easy work of the hilly two-lap course - just over 4,500m -and took the extremely muddy conditions very much in their stride.

After 500m, Harvey, the current English Schools cross country champion, a pupil at Ivybridge Community College, was in a breakaway group of five which also included Exeter's Garnet Mackinder, who eventually took the bronze.

Harvey pulled clear of the pack on the steep hill on the first lap, and once a commanding gap had opened up she looked comfortable and in control.

Harvey will be in action again next week in the Devon Schools Cross Country Championships in Plymouth. Here, in an older age group, she will find herself up against Sunday's under 17 winner, junior international Kirsty Hamilton from North Devon AC.


12th March English Schools XC Norwich Intermediate girls 5th






World Cross-Country, Fukuoka, Japan

The 6km race was dominated by African athletes with Kenya taking all three individual medals. Pauline Korikwiang won in 19 minutes 27 seconds in a sprint finish against Veronica Wanjiru with Mercy Kosgei third in 19:45. Edwards’ time was 20:10.

Kenya took the Team Gold medals with only 10 points. Ethiopia were second with 29, Japan third with 58, Eritrea fourth with 83 and Norwich Union GB fifth with 116 – 17 points ahead of Russia – Sian Edwards (Kettering Town Harirrers) 10th in 20:10;  Stephanie Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) 31st in 21:14; Non Stanford (Swansea Harriers) 37th in 21:24; Danielle Sale (Orion Harriers) 38th in 21:24; Jessica Sparke (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) 44th in 21:41; and Joanne Harvey (Exeter Harriers) 51st in 21:59.

Non Stanford (Swansea Harriers), who turned down the opportunity to go ‘On Camp with Kelly’ to Melbourne so that she could make her major championships debut at the age of 17, also carried out to perfection Team orders to avoid going out too fast and fading. She was 60th in 3:29 at the first checkpoint, but up to 36th in 9:46 by halfway. She picked up two more places in the next section, passing the checkpoint in 17:07 as the Norwich Union GB athletes continued to work off each other.

Joanne Harvey (Exeter Harriers), the UK Inter-Counties Under 20 Silver medallist making her Norwich Union GB debut at the tender age of 16, was 65th in 3:30 at the first checkpoint, 45th in 9:54 at the second, 52nd in 17:39 at the third and maintained her form by picking off one more rival on the run-in.

She said: “It was a really good experience. I didn’t run as well as I thought I could. Training has been going really well but this week I’ve had a few problems. I don’t want to talk about them but I just wanted to finish the race.”

Norwich Union GB Junior Women’s Team Leader Stella Bandu summed-up: “The whole team did absolutely fantastically in a highly competitive race. By finishing fifth, they have beaten a lot of very good teams. It’s been a real privilege to be their Team Manager and I hope what they have gained from this will help them towards fulfilling their long term goals and potential. It’s been a good learning experience.

“The policy of enabling young athletes to compete at occasions like this can never be under-estimated. If they were all asked to write a short essay on what they have learnt, I think they would end up with very long essays!”



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