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Vets League(W) report by Nicky Atkins
Our last meeting was on 25th June on home ground. As a team we were still suffering from injuries, especially in the over 50 age group. This affected the 400 & 1500m and the long jump. Unfortunately we still do not have any athletes in the over 60 year’s age group so these events were also left uncovered. However we gladly welcome two new WV35 athletes from Walton, Hannah Channon a sprinter and jumper and Jo Locker, middle distance.
The first event of the evening was a guest 400m hurdle race which was contested by Rosie Marino (SW) (62.6secs) and Susie McLoughlin (wv35)(64.1secs) both from Walton.
Helen Channon (wv35) and Joan Trimble (wv50) both won their 100m events while Clare Nelson who only recently began sprint training ran really well as our B scorer. In the 400m Jo Locker (65.6secs) finished 2nd place to Epsom and Ewell’s Diana Norman (60.1secs) while Nicky Atkins also finished 2nd place to Epsom. Nicky Atkins and Caroline Jeffcote both ran in the 1500m. Nicky was still on her quest for better race times post injury while Caroline Jeffcote gallantly ran to achieve a point for K&P having raced the Richmond 10K the previous day.
Out on the field Clare Nelson won the women’s pole vault 1.12m while Helen Channon again came 2nd to Epsom’s Diana Norman in the long jump. Camilla Thrush won the hammer while Debbie Singleton (wv50) finished 2nd place to Epsom. In the javelin Camilla and Debbie both achieved 2nd place; Camilla concluded with 2nd place to Diana Norman who seems to be leaving her trait as a wv35. K&P’s Pippa Wingate (u20) threw the hammer as a guest while Gill Broderick threw the hammer and javelin as a non-scorer.
There were only two women’s teams in the medley relay, Epsom and K&P. Clare Nelson started off with the 200m and passed the baton to Joan who sprinted past the Epsom runner on the line, handing the baton over to me to run the 400m leg. Unfortunately Diana Norman was also running this leg and the distance between her and I increased to such an extent, that when the baton was passed over to Jo Locker to run the 800m the race was already won by Epsom and Ewell Harriers.
Although we were short of athletes we still finished in 2nd place to Espom and are still 2nd place overall.
Thank you for everyone who competed and helped to officiate at our home match. Our next and final event will be on Monday 9th July at Croydon Arena.
Veterans League 25th June 2012
Only a week after our last match at Ewell, we fielded a nearly full team (only one 5000m runner short of a full card) at our home match at Kingsmeadow. The division continues to be very competitive this year, and we came 3rd this time, but we remain 2nd overall because Hercules Wimbledon, who came 2nd, had a worse start to the season than us.
We had wins from Andrew Gordon (M35), and Pat Logan (M50) in the 100m (plus a non-scoring win by Stuart Channon), Rob Lowe (M45) in the M35 Hammer, David Nourse (M60) in his own age group’s Hammer, while we had good 2nd places from Mark Roberts in the Pole Vault (equalled the winner on 3.50m, but lost out on countback), Chris Taplin in the 400m, Jack Rutherford in the M50 Hammer and Rob Lowe in the M40 Discus, and our medley relay team of Pat Logan (200m), Mark Roberts (200m), Phil Bearman (400m) and Chris Taplin (800m). Phil Bearman (M40) also got good points in the 1500m and 5000m, and Geoff Reed picked up 10 points by doing the M60 400m and 5000m. Our other events were covered by some of the above plus David Bell, Robin Shaw, Frank Schubert, David Greenfield, Chuck Isetts (who also did a non-scoring 100m in 14.3, an M70 PB), Jon Cook and your team manager. Thanks to David Barrington for organising everything, and all the K and P officials who turned out.
The final match is at Croydon on Monday 9th July. Let’s see if we can hang on to second overall with a good turnout. Track events will be 200m, 800m, 5000m and 4 x 200 Relay, Field events are High Jump and Triple Jump, Discus and Javelin.