Written by PJAW
All hands to the Pump at St Marys!
Rosenheim League West
Twickenham June 15th 2011
The K&P Men fought their way to a very narrow victory over resurgent home club, St. Mary’s Richmond, but the Women were too depleted to fend off the opposition and finished bottom on the day.
Despite it being a damp and overcast evening, the steeplechase risked being declared a drought zone, as the local ground staff had neglected to add any water to the water-jump. As a result, the first big event of the evening was a race against the clock to fill the thing in time for the race, with David Barrington doing sterling work wielding a bucket!
Maybe it would have suited St Mary’s to have the race cancelled as they didn’t have a chaser, but K&P Men did, and Tony MacDowall took 2nd, despite looking much less fit than last year. Pole Vault was the only event we couldn’t fill, but we were able to cover the Shot, where Mr Barrington used his water-carrying warm-up to good effect, finishing 4th. Kingston BAL representatives proved the class of the remaining two field events, with Chris Hall taking victory in the Long Jump and Chris Dack edging to a narrower win in the Javelin.
Back on the track, M45 John Wilkinson started the ball rolling on a strong K&P middle distance performance, finishing 3rd in a competitive 800m (2.12.8). He was followed by welcome new recruit Gordon Pearce, who signed his membership forms just in time to win the 1500m in a classy 4.14.3, with Andy Robinson then taking the scoring 3K, although not yet quite able to duck under his magic 9 minute target.
In the sprints, Jason Louis Bernard came 2nd in the 100m, with Nick Logan 4th in the 200m, and Chris Jennings, responding admirably to being press-ganged into the 400m, with another 4th place – importantly ahead of the St Mary’s runner. Those three then combined with Chris Hall to deliver a comfortable 4x200m relay victory.
The Men won by 42 points to St Mary’s 41, and we have now gone 10 matches unbeaten in the Western Division (including last season) and sit 4 league points clear at the top of the table. The scorers were also bolstered by a number of non-scorers, including the Phil Bearmans Jnr(U15,and with a pb over 1500) and Snr(M45,and in his first track race for a year or two),Alex Mackula,U17 Kiran Richards and Peter Wilkins.
Sadly, our Women couldn’t match the numbers of the Men. In fact Tash Cook was the only K&P athlete to brave the wilds of Twickenham(along with acting TM Debbie V) and should be heartily thanked by all of us at the Club for flying the flag. Tash finished 2nd in the 400m and in doing so guaranteed the team 2 league points, enough to keep K&P Women in 1st place, just 1 league point ahead of Walton. Let’s hope she has some support at the next one!
Full results - www.smrac.org.uk
(Thanks to Peter W for standing in successfully as TM - Ed).
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