British Athletics League
(Photos: Fred Gamester)
Mayesbrook failed in their attempt to regain the British Athletics League spot
they lost two weeks ago, in a sun drenched finale to the season at Abingdon on
Saturday. Despite seven victories on the day they didn’t accumulate enough points
to overcome some tough opposition.
was at his bullish best, competing to great effect in six events. He won the
“A” pole vault with a mighty 4.10, hurled the javelin just short of 52
metres for second place. He still found the energy to run the 110m high hurdles,
leap 6.45m in the long jump as well as throw the shot and discus - a performance
typical of his efforts for the Club over the years.
immense performance on the day was put in by Matt Russell, beaten in to 2nd
place in the 100m by the thickness of a vest; he recorded his best time for 4
years with 10.7 secs, the same as the winner. An hour later he ran his first
ever Senior 400m, running superbly to get 2nd place in a remarkable
49.6 seconds. Only 40 minutes later he stormed to victory in the 200m with a
time of 22 seconds, he then rounded the day off by running a leg in both relays.
and Matt were the busiest athletes on the day, the others were more than bit
part players. Des English was victorious in the 800m but was squeezed in to 2nd
in the 1500m. Hammer throwers Kevin Deacon and Danny Gamester dominated the
event recording “A” & “B” victories. Sam Harrison was close to his
recent pb when winning the “B” javelin, pole vaulter Kevin Tufton, despite
being under the weather still managed victory in the “B” event.
slipping out the National League there’s plenty of
good young athletes in the pipe line. Sprinters Simon Parker and Jonathon
Buckler worked hard and accumulated plenty of points. High Jumpers Steve Prady
and Scott Keating both performed well on the day.
team gave it their all to overcome the absence of a number of injured athletes,
most notable absentee being multi-eventer Leo Barker, who pulled a hamstring
just a few days prior to the match.
will see the team return to Division One of the Southern League, for the first
time since 1996. But the promise is to overcome this setback and return to
National League athletics for 2005!!
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|A STRINGS||Pos.||Time/Dist||B STRINGS||Pos.||Time/Dist|
|100||Matt Russell||2||10.7||100||Simon Parker||5||11.7|
|200||Matt Russell||1||22.0||200||Simon Parker||6||23.8|
|400||Matt Russell||2||49.6||400||Jonathan Buckler||6||54.1|
|800||Des English||1||1:54.2||800||Rob Dickenson||4||2:01.6|
|1500||Des English||2||3:55.9||1500||Rob Dickenson||4||4:18.9|
|5000||Ryan Prout||5||16:06.9||5000||Trevor Keys||3||17:03.3|
|3000 s/c||Rob Warner||7||10:14.5||3000 s/c||Graham Pritchard||7||11:20|
|110H||Mark Bishop||4||16.2||110H||Steve Kearns||5||18.1|
|400H||Steve Kearns||7||63.7||400H||Rob Warner||6||69.1|
|L.J.||Mark Bishop||4||6.45||L.J.||Jonathan Buckler||7||5.51|
|H.J.||Steve Prady||4||1.90||H.J.||Scott Keating||4||1.80|
|T.J.||Dave Leonard||6||11.99||T.J.||Jonathan Buckler||5||11.66|
|P.V.||Mark Bishop||1||4.10||P.V.||Kevin Tufton||1||3.60|
|S.P.||Brett Heath||4||11.88||S.P.||Mark Bishop||4||10.95|
|D.T.||Brett Heath||3||39.01||D.T.||Mark Bishop||3||33.99|
|J.T.||Mark Bishop||2||51.94||J.T||Sam Harrison||1||51.73|
|H.T.||Kevin Deacon||1||44.85||H.T.||Danny Gamester||1||44.30|
|4x100||Matt Russell; Simon Parker, Steve Prady, Jon Buckler||6||45.8|
|4x400||Jon Buckler, Simon Parker, Matt Russell, Des English||3||3:29.8|