After a promising opening match in the Southern Athletics League last month, we faced much tougher opposition at the second fixture at Harrow on Saturday. We only finished third on points, but it wasn’t for lack of effort, as we grabbed second place in a large number of the events. There was also a great team spirit on the day, with athletes, (and one or two coaches!), competing outside their usual disciplines to maximise our coverage across the event programme. A further positive was the warm weather, which helped the sprinters and field athletes to a good number of PBs.
Mukhtar Farah was the only male winner on the track, securing a comfortable victory with 4:28.3 in the 1500m B race. D’yon Christopher was among those performing to the best of their ability, despite not winning his events. He continued his steady progression with three more PBs: 11.7 in the 100m B race, 23.4 in the 200m A and 52.9 in the 400m A.
In the field, Martin Densley took the honours in the pole vault with a season’s best of 4.20, while Joel Wynter produced his best long jump to date with 5.89.
For the women, victories and PBs all came in the field events. In the jumps, Emma Gayler scored a convincing victory in the triple jump with a PB of 11.06, while Kamile Bykovaite also won the B competition with a season’s best of 10.57. Angelique Avery high-jumped a PB of 1.35, while Grazina Narviliene was pleased with her PB of 1.80 in the pole vault. Among the throwers, Tracey Gould showed good early season form with a winning PB of 36.06 in the hammer throw B competition, and also threw a PB of 7.70 in the shot put. Sioban Drummond produced a PB of 33.23 in the discus. Debbie McCaw notched up valuable points by competing in all four throwing events, her hammer throw being deemed one of the best performances of the match.
The next match is at the Linford Christie Stadium (Wormwood Scrubs) on June 21st.
100m: A: 2 Michael Obiri-Darko (U23) 11.1; B: 3 D’yon Christopher (U20) 11.7; 200m: A: 3 D’yon Christopher (U20) 23.4; B: 2 Kema Egbunike (U20) 23.5; 400m: A: 3 D’yon Christopher (U20) 52.9; B: 3 Chris Hepworth 53.4; 800m: A: 4 Angelo John 2:02.7; B: 2 Mukhtar Farah (U17); 1500m: A: 2 Chris Hepworth 4:16.7; B: 1 Mukhtar Farah (U17) 4:28.3; 3000m: A: 3 James Steel (M40) 10:40.8; B: 3 Rachid Afouzar (M40) 11:08.6; 110Mh: A: 4 Szymon Swigon (U23) 18.8; 400mH: A: 4 Szymon Swigon (U23) 69.0; B: 3 Phil York (M50) 100.6; 3000mSC: A: 3 Rob Brown (M45) 11:37.8; B: 3 Phil York (M50) 15:00.0; HJ: A: 4 Chris Hepworth 1.60; B: 4 Szymon Swigon (U23) 1.35; PV: A: 1 Martin Densley 4.20; B: 2 Bob Densley (M60) 1.80; LJ: A: 2 Joel Wynter (U17) 5.89; B: 2 Szymon Swigon (U23) 5.41; TJ: A: 2 Martin Densley 11.59; B: 2 Joel Wynter (U17) 10.79; SP: A: 4 Pat Cornell (M60) 5.34; B: 4 Phil York (M50) 4.67; DT: A: 4 Martin Densley 24.05; B: 4 Bob Densley (M60) 16.96; HT: A: 4 Bob Densley (M60) 20.96 ; B: 4 Karolis Narvilas (U17) 3.33; JT: A: 3 Martin Densley 35.83; B: 3 Angelo John (M40) 30.89
100m: A: 2 Eldika Edwards (U20) 12.6; B: 2 Tabita Botuli (U20) 12.9; 200m: A: 3 Eldika Edwards (U20) 25.9; B: 2 Tabita Botuli (U20) 26.5; 800m: A: 4 Pat Thomas (W45) 2:48.0; 1500m: A: 3 Courtney Marshall (U17) 6:03.1; 3000m: A: 4 Grazina Narviliene (W40) 11:43.1; 400mH: A: 2 Alexi Ramskog (U23) 73.3; B: 2 Shim Amin 80.1; HJ: A: 4 Angelique Avery (U17) 1.35; B: 4 Emma Gayler (U20) 1.30; PV: A: 3 Helen Leadbetter 2.30; B: 2 Grazina Narviliene (W40) 1.80; LJ: A: 2 Emma Gayler 5.28; B: 2 Helen Leadbetter 4.28; TJ: A: 1 Emma Gayler 11.06; B: 1 Kamile Bykovaite (U20) 10.57; SP: A 2 Debbie McCaw 10.06; B: 3 Siobhan Drummond (U20) 8.02; DT: A: 2 Siobhan Drummond (U20) 33.23; B: 2 Debbie McCaw 28.53; HT: A: 2 Debbie McCaw 42.93; B: 1 Tracy Gould (W35) 36.06; JT: A: 3 Debbie McCaw 24.41; B: 2 Siobhan Drummond (U20) 24.06