British Athletic League – National 3 – Round 1

Yeovil Saturday 6th May 2017





Rugby & Northants



Notts AC



Yeovil Olympiades









Bedford & County






Sixth place in their opening fixture at Yeovil put a dent in any promotion hopes that the Men's British League team may have fostered as injuries and exams left the squad short.


Tom Pitkin bounced back from his hurdles fall seven days earlier to storm to victory in the 400m in a big career best, for fifth on the club all -time Under 20 list.  He also successfully got round in the 400m hurdles for third and ran a great 400m relay leg which ensured that Havering edge Bedford down into seventh place.  Another Under 20 Finn Hutton took full points in the B string 800m and filled a 200m gap.


Top three placings were at a premium. Shandell Taylor, another of the Under 20 contingent, was second in the B long jump and fourth in the high jump. The shot pairing of Emmanuel Quarshie and Graham Holder were second and third respectively, and Holder was also fourth in his hammer speciality, with Quarshie fifth in the B, and fifth in the discus. 


Ben Davis was just outside his 1500m best in finishing third and Paul Grange opened his track season in the 1500m & 800m.  Chasers Rob Warner & Jason Lendon scored well in fourth & second, and both added points in other events, and Jamie Buckley-Stanton showed he is returning to his best form with fourth in the 3000m B.  Nathan Steele, although short of training was fourth in the 100m and B triple jump and stepped up to the A 200m after Lewis Bailey had to withdraw due to injured after his 100m effort. Michael Duncan, sixth in the 400m and seventh in the discus, was another injury affected  athlete, as was Shandell Taylor and John Adekoya - fourth in the high jump, fifth in the long jump & seventh triple jump.


Stalwart Sam Harrison was fifth in the javelin as well as achieving the same place with a nominal pole vault clearance, as A string Luke Williams was fifth..


Team manager Peter Estcourt was disappointed with the final position but full of praise for his squad. "Several of younger athletes couldn't spare time off due to A Level and university exams and several minor injuries on the day had an impact. But as always the athletes showed great team spirit to cover gaps and we hope for an improved turn-out at Chelmsford on 3rd June."

 Individual results