id1239-NJL M1 Hillingdon May 1st 2011 Report

Written by DWH   

David Hillyer's report from Uxbridge


The new NJAL season started at an extremely blustery Hillingdon, where, after a lot of badgering, we managed to put out a team of 18 athletes.

The match position (before the addition of “Officials points” which is unlikely to change positions) was:

1 Harrow AC 524

2 Reading 410

3 Bracknell/Camberley (composite) 328

4 Hillingdon AC 309

5 Kingston & Polytechnic 295

6 Thames Valley Harriers 187

7 Sutton & District AC 108

8 Vale of Aylesbury AC 93

Although the result appears to be a bit disappointing,there were 13 PBs on the day with many other good performances (admittedly due is some part to the strong tailwind). We only managed two individual victories; from Molly Renfer in the Women’s “A” string 800 and Patrick Hillyer in the Men’s “B” string 110 Hurdles. We did suffer slightly from the cancellation of the Women’s Hammer, due to the cage being deemed to be unsafe, where Pippa Wingate was a strong favourite to win.

The team for the day was as follows:

Girls: Alex Bartle, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Nicole Kendall, Emily McIlwain, Gaby Miles, Molly Renfer, Pippa Wingate and Leah Dyson (2nd claim DMV).

Boys: Marc Arrogah, Tucker Bryant, Aidan Fahey, Patrick Hillyer, Oliver Horrocks, Kyan Koranteng, Asher Nelson, Tom Parry, Nikolaj Schubert & Will Trimble.

The top point scorers on the day were Pippa for the girls and Patrick for the boys. The whole team deserves credit however, with many of them competing in events they were not used to, in order to get a few more points. As a result there were many extremely tired athletes at the end of the day. Alex, Nicole, Oliver and Tucker were making their NJAL debuts and it was good to see Tom return after a season out with injury. Well done to Nicole who again improved her U17 Women Club PV Record,this time to 2m45.

My thanks go to our team of officials (Clare Nelson, Camilla Thrush, Susanne Dietrich, Frank Schubert, David Barrington & Maurice Joyce) as well as the parents who gave all the team their support.

The next fixture is on Sunday 29th May at Harrow. If we can put out a larger team (several of our stronger athletes were not available for Hillingdon) we should be able to finish at least 3rd. I will be contacting all eligible athletes in due course.

Full results are available on the NJAL, PoT and Tops in Athletics websites.


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