Written by DB
ROSENHEIM LEAGUE REPORT 2004
The men?s & women?s Rosenheim League campaigns again offered a wide variety of fare for the club?s members from the Under 17 groups upwards and over 40 athletes took good advantage of the friendly competition,the varied venues & all sorts of weather - and that?s precisely for what this league is designed.
The women?s team(using 16 members altogether),under the guidance and enthusiasm of Sasha Gordon,again proved too numerous and too good for the opposition and,despite missing out on a 100% record of match wins,still retained their Trophy with aplomb. Above all,everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,and even the mix of standards still witnessed some pbs! Leading exponents were Dominique Blaize(45pts),Rachel Burbridge & Camilla Thrush(42 each),Liz Richardson(38) and Sasha herself,by example,(33); with the latter two attending every match. For next year,there is a proposal to bring back a womens competition in the Eastern Division which will,possibly,mean there will be a Women?s Final in conjunction with the Mens.
The men?s team,who enjoyed a mixed regular season,finishing 2nd overall behind Richmond & Twickenham,?employed ? 28 fellows,and the whole raison d?etre of the league was epitomised by Humphrey Waddington who did twice as many events as anyone else,scored almost twice as many points as anyone else(77) AND produced a number of pbs,at a wide range of events, just when it mattered,not least in the Final where his three 2nd places including a 1m70 HJ & a 12.85 TJ nearly enabled the team to retain the Rosenheim Finals Trophy. Victor Nwagbara,Ant Budarkiewicz,Draco Mkpa & 2nd-claimers,Steve Cotton & Steve Huckstep were on hand at most of the 7 fixtures to enhance the scoresheet.
In the Final at Tooting,which was postponed once following an incident,there was a three-way battle between Herne Hill(the favourites),K&P(the holders) and Hercules Wimbledon(the outsiders), and ,surprisingly,it was the resurgent HW who came charging through with two late wins to annex the Trophy for the first time since 1993.
CLUB TRACK & FIELD RECORDS 2004
There was a whole new complexion to this summer?s Club Record Breakers! - Last year,records were broken or set in almost every group,male & female,but in 2004,the 45 or so new marks were substantially dominated by our Women Veterans - and don?t try calling them the equivalent of Masters,the title seemingly adopted by the men in the UK!
Leading the way,not unexpectedly as she entered the W35 group,was Camilla Thrush who frequently obliterated the previous,and her own,marks - in fact,she set 19 marks in the 4 throws(including a further advance of her own OPEN Hammer listing) and,just to show her versatility,shared in the sprint relay success.Other ?hits? came from Rachel Disley( 1500/3000 4.57.5/10.34.6),Gunhild Vogel(PV 2.10),Nicki Murphy(HJ= 1.30,LJ 4.59 & an inaugural 400Hdls 78.5) & Nicky Atkins(inaugural 10000 46.44.5).Both relays ?went? and as well as the above there were the necessary contributions therein for Joan Trimble,Dina Francis & Jane Searle.
Otherwise,the superlative standards set in recent years meant this year?s,and future,record breakers,had/will have to be of high quality. This was the case,particularly, with Dominique Blaize, stretching out to 6.03 in the U17 LJ, with Matthew Field, clocking 14.51 in the U17M 100H, with Stuart Price, lowering the U15B mark to 11.33 and with Sarah Harris, taking the U17W 300 down to 40.71 - all these marks will make the UK Top Fifty in the respective age groups,with Dominique?s LJ close to the top dozen or so in the Senior UK lists.
The other marks to go were the U17W 4 x 100(Sasha Gordon,Sarah,Dominique & Claire Stonestreet - 50.3),the U17W PV with both Emma Wicks & Dani Ayres over 2.10 and Rachel Burbridge?s 8.01.0,which set an inaugural Open 2000 steeplechase standard .
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