Written by NA & MM
Final SVL reports from Nicky and Mike,plus Nicky's from M3 at Croydon the previous week.
The full match results,subject to a deal of drying out,can be obtained from either of your TMs or DB,and may appear on TPOT sometime.
Womens matcn reports Ms 3 & 4
Match 3 was on Monday 13th June at Croydon Arena on a very pleasant summer’s evening. The team worked hard successfully achieving first and second place positions and by filling up gaps in the declaration sheet, often at short notice with very little or no recovery between events. Susanne Dietrich managed to master the long jump and the javelin throw both scheduled at the same time which was straight after the 100m sprint! Team members who travelled to Croydon amidst rush hour commuters were : Nicki Murphy, Joan Trimble, Rosaline Darby , Maggie Stacey, Susanne Dietrich, Debbie, Singleton and Odette McHenry. We finished 2nd place to Epsom & Ewell after this match and remain in 2nd place overall.
Match 4 was hosted by Hercules Wimbledon a week later at a very wet Kingsmeadow. It was a very busy event schedule and there was something for everybody. Again the team busied themselves by bringing in the nectar and most events were covered. Susanne Dietrich won the women’s over 35 walk, 12.16.4min, almost two minutes in front of Epsom & Ewell’s 2nd place walker, and came 2nd in 200m B 32.2 seconds. Multi-events athlete Nicki Murphy, over 50, won the high jump 1.10m, triple jump 8.53m and ran as a non-scorer in the 200m pushing Joan Trimble, over 55, into a very pleasing 29.8second win. Jo Regan wv40 won 200m A 31.1sec, the triple jump 8.87min and came 2nd in the high jump 1.10m. Camilla Thrush back on form won both the shot putt 10.27 and discus throw 31.45 while Debbie Singleton over 50 came 2nd to Epsom & Ewell in the discus throw 21.43.3m. Our two middle to long distance runners Rachel Disley and Maggie Stacey did well in the over 35, 800m race as it was a fast race won by Epsom in 2.37.7. Meanwhile in the over 50, 800m race Rosaline Darby’s recent return to athletics showed her form by finishing in 2nd place 3.09.2. There was a joint men and women’s 5000m race. There were many athletes and unfortunately there was a confusion during the race as to the number of laps run, and unfortunately some athletes may have run a lap too short which has complicated some race times.
At the beginning of the evening I was hoping for two relay teams but this looked unlikely after Jo Regan withdraw due to a cautionary pain. Rosaline Darby took her place in the scoring team. Fortunately Clare Nelson who had come to support was drafted in at the last moment so we did have two teams. The K&P scoring team was Susanne Dietrich, Rosaline Darby, Nicki Murphy and Joan Trimble who brought the team home exactly 4 seconds in front of Epsom and Ewell. The non-scoring team consisted of Clare Nelson, Maggie Stacey, Rachel Disley and Nicky Atkins bringing the team 11.7 seconds in front of Striders of Croydon scoring team.
We finished 2nd place in this match and finished 2nd overall to Epsom and Ewell Harriers who will be going to the final.
I like to say thank you to the team for their commitment and to everyone who helped officiate and supported us.
Nicky Atkins (joint team manger)
Vets League 2011 – match 4 – Kingsmeadow – 20th June – men
Our final match of the season was held amid torrential rain showers, but with the debut of Mark Roberts (M40) – 1st in M40 High Jump in a club veteran record of 1.50m(equals), who also scored well in the M35 200m and contributed to our winning 4 x 200 relay team – and Phil Bearman – who doubled up in the M40 800m and 5000m coming 2nd in both, and a number of other performances listed later, we came 2nd on the night, and scored so well that we pipped Croydon Harriers for 2nd across the season by 4 match points. Thus every one of you that scored any points in the Vets League this season can be sure that their points were crucial to this excellent result.
Our other event winners that night were David Bell (M45) in the M35 walk, and Draco Mkpa in the M40 200m, who also moved our relay team from 3rd to 1st in the course of running the third leg. We also had 2nd places from Andy Arbour (M35 800m), your team manager in the M50 200m, Jon Cook in the M50 5000m (who managed to exactly equal his time at Croydon the week before), Tony Schwarz in the M50 High Jump, Jack Rutherford in the M50 Discus and Chuck Isetts in the M60 200m (who set a season’s best, like your team manager, despite the wet conditions). We covered all events except for the M60 Triple Jump, and the other members of our team that night were Stefan Skwara, Robin Shaw (who deputised as team manager when I needed to be in more than one place at the same time), David Barrington (who did not compete, but organised our officiating of the Womens’ Shot Putt at the start of the meeting), Cashel Riordan, Bill Trimble and Maurice Joyce, and we also welcomed Richard Gibbins making a non-scoring debut in the 5000m.
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