British Athletics League Division 4 – Round 4 Norwich 30th August 2003

After two years of clinging on to National League status Havering Mayesbrook’s Senior Men’s team slipped to relegation in dramatic style on Saturday at Norwich.

Going into the match four points clear of the drop only a wonderful performance by Swindon could close the gap – Swindon performed and Havering were down!!

The team can still look back on the day and reflect on some good performances. They recorded 8 season or personal bests. 

Kevin Tufton gained 2nd place in the Pole Vault with 4.00m, team captain Mark Bishop won the “B” vault with 3.90m, both season best performances. 5000m duo Trevor Keys and Ryan Prout both produced personal bests, but in a high class field were only able to grab a 6th and 4th place respectively. Brett Heath made his first appearance this year to throw the discus over 39 metres. Sam Harrison launched the javelin 51.49 to record a new pb, Matt Russell recorded season best performances with 10.8 for 2nd place in the 100m and won the 200m with a time of 21.7secs.

Des English returned from injury to score well grabbing 2nd places in the 800m and 1500m, he was supported by Rob Dickenson making a rare appearance in the 800 and Chris Coates running his preferred 1500. Gavin Maley picked up points running in the 400m Hurdles and steeplechase in a season that’s been blighted by injury and illness.

Hammer throwers Danny Gamester threw over 41m for 5th place in the “A” but fellow thrower Kevin Deacon injured his shoulder and could only manage just over 37m, but still good enough to claim a 3rd in the “B” string.

The drama of the day unfurled for the final event, the 4 x 400m relay. The points were so close that 3 teams were fighting to stay up, Havering, Swindon and host club Norwich. Last season Havering went in to the final event of a 4 month campaign with relegation dependent on the outcome, this season was the same, but the outcome was dependent on other teams results. From an early stage of the race the teams positions couldn’t be worse, if Norwich beat Swindon – Havering survived, if Kingston beat Norwich - Havering survived, if Havering beat Bolton by 5 places – Havering survived. But after the first leg Swindon were in the lead, Havering in second place – just ahead of Bolton in 3rd with Norwich near the back – and Kingston had been disqualified. Despite the best 4 x 400m time of the season from the local athletes the position remained the same throughout the race.

Although relegated Havering Mayesbrook AC now have a “second chance” the Club have been accepted to compete in qualifier match at Abingdon on Saturday 13th September. The top 2 gain promotion to Division 4 of the British Athletics League. Havering are optimistic of regaining their place in National League Athletics.

Match result

Pos. Team

Points

1 Rugby & Northants 337
2 Medway & Maidstone 308
3 Swindon 304
4 City of Norwich 294
5 Kingston & Poly 278
6 Bolton 259
7 Havering Mayesbrook 251
8 Luton United 165

Final League positions

1 Rugby & Northants 30 1312
2 Medway & Maidstone 28 1267
3 Bolton 21 1151
4 Kingston & Poly 18 1089
5 City of Norwich 15 1055
6 Swindon 14 1072
7 Havering Mayesbrook 14 1043
8 Luton United 4 802

A STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist   B STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist
100 Matt Russell 2 10.8   100 Simon Parker 7 11.5
200 Matt Russell 1 21.7   200 Simon Parker 6 23.4
400 Scott Spencer 7 52.7   400
800 Des English 2 1:57.2   800 Rob Dickenson 7 2:04.6
1500 Des English 2 4:02.8   1500 Chris Coates 4 4:18.0
5000 Trevor Keys 6 15:34.9 PB  5000 Ryan Prout 4 15:42.9 PB
3000 s/c Rob Warner 6 10:30.8   3000 s/c Gavin Maley 6 10:51.4
110H Leo Barker 7 15.7 110H Mark Bishop 5 16.3
400H Graham Pritchard 8 74.9 400H Gavin Maley 6 63.2
L.J. Leo Barker 2 6.81 L.J. Mark Connelly 5 5.73
H.J. Mark Connelly 6 1.70 H.J. Mark Bishop 6 1.65
T.J. Jonathan Buckler 8 11.71 T.J. Simon Parker 8 11.14
P.V. Kevin Tufton 2 4.00 P.V. Mark Bishop 1 3.90
S.P. Leo Barker 4 12.38 S.P. Brett Heath 4 11.33
D.T. Brett Heath 5 39.34 D.T. Leo Barker 5 31.56
J.T. Sam Harrison 4 51.49 PB J.T Leo Barker 4 43.41
H.T. Danny Gamester 5 41.51   H.T.  Kevin Deacon 3 37.36
4x100 Matt Russell; Simon Parker, Jon Buckler; Leo Barker 7 44.9
4x400 Matt Russell, Scott Spencer, Leo Barker, Des English 2 3:23.4