British Athletic League – National 2 – Round 1

Yeovil Saturday 5th May 2018








Newquay & Par



Basimgstoke & Mid Hants



Kent AC






Glasgow City



Rugby & Northants



Runners up spot in their opening National 2 fixture at Yeovil set up the promoted Men's British League team for a promising season, despite exams and the clash with the British Universities’ Championships leaving the squad short of full strength.


Shandell Taylor was in superb form, placing second in the long jump and beating the 7m barrier for the first time, to move up to fourth on the club all time Under 20 list. He also set a new 100m best in third and was also third in the high jump and fourth in the triple jump.


Duane Jibunoh earned the only A string victory in the discus and Emmanuel Quarshie won the B shot, as Laurence Goodacre was third in the A.


The middle distance events brought a good points return. Paul Grange held on for fifth in the 800m A, despite straining his calf on the first lap, and Finn Hutton was third in the B. Basildon’s Max Jones, competing for Havering under the Higher Claim Athlete (HCA) rules, was third in the 1500m on his debut and Ben Davis was runner up in the B event. Grant Twist was a fraction outside his career best in placing third in the 3000m on his track return to club colours, and Jamie Buckley-Stanton’s PB placed him second in the B. The chase also brought good points with Rob Warner & team captain Jason Lendon A third & B second respectively.


Lewis Bailey was close to his best in placing fifth and fourth in the short sprints, and Karl Tucker nursed a hamstring niggle to post 200m & 110m hurdles season’s bests, both in fifth.


HCAs Graham Holder, who was second in the hammer and fifth in the discus, and the busy Baddar Echakhch who scored well in the javelin, hammer, long & triple jumps on his debut, and Luke Williams was fourth in the vault and sixth in the B sprint hurdles. Stalwart Sam Harrison was fifth in the B javelin.


Another debutant Kieran Riddell was fourth in the B high jump after seventh place in the 400m hurdles and Tom Keevil scored in the 400m and was part of the fifth placed 4x400m squad  


Team manager Peter Estcourt was delighted with the result from his scratch line up and hopes to be able to call on those athletes who were unable to make the trip to the West Country, as he knows that the opposition will be much stronger at Rugby on 2nd June and the two other fixtures which follow.

 Individual results

Full results