British Athletic League – National 3 – Round 3

Bedford Saturday 15th July 2017

1

Havering

322..5

2

Bedford & County

300

3

Yeovil Olympiades

279.5

4

Rugby & Northants

268

5

Chelmsford

267

6

Notts AC

264

7

Southend

243

8

Derby/Mansfield

239

A second successive victory from Havering’s senior men’s British League squad took them to the top of the National 3 Division table and left them in pole position for promotion, with just one match left.

 

The experimental fixture format saw all 38 clubs in the five divisions compete on the same day which resulted in a late finish as the meeting overran from the 10am start to finish at almost 8pm, two hours later than scheduled. But when the points were eventually tallied up the powerful Havering squad were over 22 points in front and moved from fourth to clear leaders, as league leaders Notts slipped to fourth after a sixth place on the day.

 

Joseph Ramie was again a big points scorer as he won the long jump, was second in both B sprints, fourth in the triple jump and contested both relays. Josh Olawore competed in club colours for the first time this summer after an injury and exam affected season and although not at his best won the long jump and was third in both sprints.  

 

Laurence Goodacre and Emmanuel Quarshie once again made it a shot double and Duane Jibunoh added a win in the discus with Graham Holder second in the B string. Shandell Taylor was third in the triple jump.

 

Tom Pitkin had to settle for third in the 400m after victories in the first two rounds while Lewis Bailey took a second and a half off his best in finishing second in the B.  George Hadler returned to action after completing his Loughborough engineering degree with third in the sprint hurdles and fellow rent graduate Karl Tucker was second in both B hurdles, with a promising PB in the 400m hurdles, as Adam McCarthy returned from injury with fourth in the A 400m hurdles event.

 

Lewis, Karl, Joseph and Tom made up the 4x400m quartet who placed second in a tight finish and the sprint relay team were fourth.

 

Skipper Jason Lendon was third in the B ‘ chase, as Rob Warner was fourth in the A, after setting a career best in the flat 3000m, as did fellow vet Paul Grange in the 1500m. Finn Hutton (800m), Matt Bland (1500m) and Alfie Waithaka (3000m) added middle distance points and Luke Williams and Stuart Tufton added points in a rain-affected vault competition.

 

League leaders Havering need a solid result and face the final match at Rugby on 20th August with a three positions margin over the third and fourth placed teams, in the battle for the top two promotion places. 

 

 Individual results

 Full results

League After 3 of 4

1

Havering

19 915.5

2

Rugby & Northants

17.5 860.33

3

Chelmsford

16 862

4

Notts AC

16 837

5

Yeovil Olympiades

13 793.83

6

Bedford & County

12 790

7

Southend

11.5 804.33

8

Derby/Mansfield

3 647