British Athletics League – Round 1 – Crawley 5th May 2001

Havering Mayesbrook’s British League team started their 2001 at a cold and windy Crawley on Saturday. Already weakened by athletes moving on to other Club’s after relegation last season, they suffered further blows with injuries to major point scorers Phil Sadler and Brett Heath during the week leading up to the match.

But with some new recruits and the return from injuries of some old campaigners they put up a good performance.  None more welcome than the return of veteran Hammer thrower Keith Robinson. Keith was injured for all of last season but returned to the team to record his best throw for a number of years to gain 3rd place in “A” string with a throw of 46.50m. Mark Bishop, who is now passing on his expertise by coaching, showed that he’s not lost the ability to lead from the front, competing in 4 events and scoring 26 valuable points for the team.

Also returning was Leo Barker out injured for nearly 2 years, looking to regain fitness, he took the first steps back to competitive athletics taking part in 3 events and picking up 2 second places on the way.

Newcomers Stephen and David Kearns were thrown in at the deep-end, and did more than make up the numbers accumulating some 36 points between them.  Irish decathlete Joe Naughton only arrived back on Thursday from a month in South Africa training with Olympic Champion Erki Nool, but put fatigue on hold for the day to contribute 42 points to the total.

Scott Spencer, the only specialist sprinter in the team took 2nd place in the 400m, 3rd in the “B” 200 and anchored both relay teams. Sam Harrison recorded the only Havering win the day by throwing 46.33m in the “B” string Javelin.

The 800m saw Gavin Maley placed 3rd in close finish and Rob Dickenson fight his way to 5th in “B” string. The same duo took on the 1500m with Gavin claiming 4th in the “A” race and Rob again in 5th place in the “B”.

Several athletes gained points by taking on events to help the points tally, Kevin Benton long jumped, ran the 400m and took on a leg of the sprint relay and 5000m runner Graham Pritchard long jumped.

It is hoped that more athletes will be fit and available to make the long trip to Blackpool on June 2nd for the next match.

A STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist   B STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist
100 Leo Barker 8 12.2   100 David Kearns 7 12.0
200 Mark Bishop 8 24.0   200 Scott Spencer 3 23.0
400 Scott Spencer 2 51.2   400 Kevin Benton 5 55.0
800 Gavin Maley 3 1:55.9   800 Rob Dickenson 5 2:03.4
1500 Gavin Maley 4 4:11.3   1500 Rob Dickenson 5 4:17.4
5000 Graham Pritchard 8 16:26.8   5000 -----
3000 s/c ----   3000 s/c -----
110H Joe Naughton 2 15.3 110H Stephen Kearns 2 16.8
400H Stephen Kearns 2 58.2   400H David Kearns 5 63.1
L.J. Kevin Benton 8 5.01 L.J. Graham Pritchard 7 3.20
H.J. Joe Naughton 4 1.85 H.J. Mark Bishop 3 1.75
T.J. ---- T.J. ----
P.V. Joe Naughton 4 4.20 P.V. Kevin Tufton 2 3.20
S.P. Mark Bishop 8 10.59 S.P. Leo Barker 2 10.54
D.T. Joe Naughton 5 37.29 D.T. Leo Barker 2 32.50
J.T. Mark Bishop 4 47.94   J.T Sam Harrison 1 46.33
H.T. Keith Robinson 3 46.50   H.T. Simon Kilminster 5 33.62
4x100 Kevin Benton 4x400 Gavin Maley
David Kearns Stephen Kearns
Stephen Kearns David Kearns
Scott Spencer 7 47.7   Scott Spencer 4 3:32.3