On Saturday the 20th July, we welcomed the 1st, 3rd and 4th teams in the league to a match at Perivale and it turned out to be very close. Starting out with the women’s hammer, we saw Debbie McCaw and Tara Morawska win. Debbie followed that up with wins in the shot and discus, supported by Afiya Williams winning both B strings. Tara’s brother Raf was second in the men’s hammer, with new member Richard Jones (taking time off from his wedding preparations) throwing a PB to come 3rd. Raf also threw shot with Martin Densley, who went on to win the pole vault, with brother-in-law Paul Gibson coming second in the B string. Paul also competed in the discus with father-in-law Bob Densley. One of our middle distance runners, Nick Landeau, threw javelin together with Kartikay Kochnar.
On the track, our female sprinters won both strings of the 100m and 200m; Eldika Edwards won both A’s, supported by Angelique Avery in the 100 and Adwoa Amankona in the 200m. We welcomed back Jason Carty who ran 11.3 in the 100m, placing him second in the country in his age group (40’s). He went on to finish second in the 200m, supported by Sean Buckeridge in the 100m and Michael Obiri-Darko in the 200m, both winning their events. Also back from university, Hannah Pollak ran 400m & 800m, with Nicki Shelley running 400m and 1500m, Kath Mertens winning B string 800m and Sarah Gerrie winning B string 1500m. Pat Thomas came 3rd in the 3000m and the hurdles were covered by Shim Amin, Besirat Tesfu and Djeeneigh Kacorowski. In the men’s middle distance races, Josue Ngandu and D’yon Christopher ran 400m, Ben Waterman and Nick Landeau competed in the 800m, while Chris Hepworth and Mo Hassi covered the 1500m. Rob Wilson achieved a significant PB in the 3000m, supported by Steve Elson in the B string. Tom Yates and Rob Brown covered the 3000m steeplechase. Matthew Clampin and Szymon Swigon did both 110m and 400m hurdles.
The jumps were weaker than normal, however Besirat and Djeeneigh did well in the long and triple, with Eldika and Angelique winning both strings of the high jump. In the men’s long jump we had Jovan Watty and Jamal Clarke, Jovan also doing the triple with Matthew. Matthew also did the high jump with Chris.
In the relays, we took victory in the women’s 4x100m and finished second in all the others.
Overall we finished second to the league leaders, and maintained our second place in the league.
The final match is at Braintree on the 10th of August and we need everyone to turn out so we can gain promotion to division 2 next season – e-mail Bob (men) or Nigel (women) to tell them you are coming. Non-scorers are welcome so all will get the chance to compete.