British Athletics League Division 4 – Round 4 - Rugby 31st August 2002  

Havering Mayesbrook’s Senior men travelled to Rugby on Saturday more in hope than expectation. They went in to the match needing to finish ahead of Swindon or Bolton, with Blackpool too far behind to catch up.

The team as usual had more than its fair share of absentees due to injury or work demands. But with 16 athletes on display it was the best turn out of the season as they attempted to repeat last years dramatic escape from the relegation zone. On a day when points were vital everyone did all that asked, and more, to retain National League status for another year. The tension grew throughout the day as the points between the three fighting against relegation was never more than 15.

It all started well, with Leo Barker Long Jumping 7.02, his best for 5 years, to claim 2nd place in the first of 7 events. Leo, returning to the form and fitness of 3 years ago, claimed over 50 points for the Club. As well as the Long Jump he Pole Vaulted, threw the Shot and Discus, ran the 110m Hurdles and both relays.

As always Mark Bishop was magnificent, despite dislocating a finger earlier in the week he threw the Discus, Shot and Javelin as well as Long Jumping and Pole Vaulting.

Scott Spencer scored good points in the sprints with Phil Sadler supporting in the 100m and 200m. Under 17 athlete Mark Connelly made his first appearance of the season scoring well in his event, the High Jump. He then volunteered to run the “B” 400m, his determination meant that he snatched an extra point by grabbing 7th place right on the line.

Sam Harrison recorded the only Havering pb of the day, throwing the Javelin 51.32m to gain 3rd place in the “A” string event. Steven Prady added the Triple Jump and a leg of the 4 x 100m relay to his specialist event of High Jump.

Gavin Maley returned from illness only a week ago was unable to be a competitive as usual in the 800m finishing 6th, but recovered to grab 3rd spot in the 1500m. Neill Collins made his British League debut in the “B” 800m. Rob Dickenson ran the “B” 1500m before going on to compete in the 5000m where he was supported by Martin Chester.

Kevin Benton ran the “A” 400m Hurdles (6th in 58.5) and the “B” 110m Hurdles  (6th in 16.8).  The two highest points scoring events were the 3000m Steeplechase with Jason Lendon 4th “A” and Rob Warner 3rd “B” a resulted repeated in the Hammer Danny Gamester throwing 41.53 in the “A” with Keith Robinson claiming 4th “B” with 34.85.

The real drama of the day was yet to come, having gone to the final match the team arrived at the final event of the day still behind Swindon and Bolton. With Bolton 8 points ahead it was too much to make up, but Swindon were only 2 points ahead, it meant that the 4 x 400m relay team had to beat Swindon by 2 places to remain in the League. Scott Spencer ran the first leg in 51.7 handing the baton to Phil Sadler in fifth place. Phil ran 52.1 to edge up to 4th on the second leg with Swindon in 6th place with two more legs to go. Then Leo Barker started his seventh, and most vital event, of the day.  Leo ran a superb leg in 50.7 to move away from Swindon still in 6th and closer to 3rd place Bolton. Gavin Maley ran the final leg needing to stay two places ahead of Swindon, recording the fastest leg of 50.0 he passed Bolton to grab 3rd spot, Swindon unable to improve finished in 6th. Havering Mayesbrook’s athletes snatched 5th place in the match, one place ahead of Swindon who dropped to 7th in the final League table.

Match result

Position

Club

Total points

League points

1

Liverpool

353 8

2

Rugby & Northants

341 7

3

Kent AC

340 6

4

Bolton

262 5

5

Havering Mayesbrook AC

256 4

6

Swindon

252 3

7

City of Norwich

250 2

8

Blackpool & Fylde

141 1

League standings

Position

Club

League points

Total points

1

Liverpool

32

1446

Promoted

2

Kent AC

26

1314

Promoted

3

Rugby & Northants

26

1279

4

City of Norwich

15

1030

5

Bolton

13.5

976

6

Havering Mayesbrook

13

957

7

Swindon

12.5

986

Reapply

8

Blackpool & Fylde

6

801

Relegated

 

A STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist   B STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist
100 Scott Spencer 7 11.6   100 Phil Sadler 4 11.6
200 Scott Spencer 4 23.2   200 Phil Sadler 3 23.4
400 Scott Spencer 5 50.0   400 Mark Connelly 7 56.3
800 Gavin Maley 6 1:55.0 800 Neill Collins 8 2:05.1
1500 Gavin Maley 3 3:56.5   1500 Rob Dickenson 5 4:05.7
5000 Rob Dickenson 7 16:31.9   5000 Martin Chester 6 17:40.6
3000 s/c Jason Lendon 4 9:58.7   3000 s/c Rob Warner 3 10:17.6
110H Leo Barker 3 15.8 110H Kevin Benton 6 16.8
400H Kevin Benton 6 58.5  400H Rob Warner 6 66.4
L.J. Leo Barker 2 7.02 L.J. Mark Bishop 5 6.18
H.J. Steven Prady 6 1.80 H.J. Mark Connelly 4 1.75
T.J. Gavin Maley 7 11.18 PB T.J. Steven Prady 6 10.51
P.V. Mark Bishop 4 3.80 P.V. Leo Barker 4 3.00
S.P. Leo Barker 5 11.72 S.P. Mark Bishop 4 11.22
D.T. Mark Bishop 4 35.17 D.T. Leo Barker 3 31.14
J.T. Sam Harrison 3 51.32 PB J.T Mark Bishop 2 47.93
H.T. Daniel Gamester 4 41.53   H.T. Keith Robinson 3 34.85
4x100 Steve Prady, Phil Sadler, Leo Barker, Scott Spencer 5 44.9
4x400 Scott Spencer (51.7), Phil Sadler (52.1), Leo Barker (50.7), Gavin Maley (50.0)  3 3:24.5
   

 

 

Danny Gamester Keith Robinson
Jason Lendon Rob Warner
Mark Bishop Leo Barker
Gavin Maley Neill Collins
Mark Connelly

 

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