Written by MM/NA
Mike and Nicky's words on our 2012 Opener
Veterans League 2012
Tooting 21 May 2012
Late Change on 27th - An initially-missing Croydon M35 LJ scored 5 pts,pushing K&P down to 4th.
We had a pretty good turnout at the first match of the season, but things were so tight between 2nd and 4th places that we could have come 2nd instead of 3rd if we had had an M35 (or M40-49 running as an M35) 1500m runner. Epsom won the match with 165, but the next three places were Striders of Croydon 133, Kingston and Poly 130 and Croydon Harriers 126. Hosts Hercules Wimbledon were 5th and Dorking and Mole Valley had only one athlete, so even people coming last were picking up 3 or 4 points. Therefore anyone who competed can congratulate themselves on saving us from 4th place. Apart from the 1500m our only gap was a complete lack of race walkers, though it’s unlikely we could have closed with Epsom even with a full team sheet that night.
Our sprinters were out in force with Stuart Channon (also Walton), Ollie Oladele, Pat Logan and Chuck Isetts picking up almost maximum marks with 31 out of 32 points available. Only Dan Donavan of Epsom (formerly nationally ranked as a senior) stopped Ollie making it a clean sweep. In the 4x 100 relay, Andy Gordon, Draco Mkpa, Pat Logan and Stuart combined to win by a wide margin.
At 400m, Chris Taplin (also Walton) and Phil Bearman came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the M35 and M40 events before your team manager limped round the M50 race to gather points. Phil then ran the 1500m 20 minutes later and in a scorching finish held off a rival to get third again in the M40 event. In the M50 and M60 1500m David Greenfield and Geoff Reed finished fourth and third respectively.
In the field we had a full card. The highlight(hyperbolic! Ed) was David Barrington (M70) winning the M60 High Jump before going off to capably organise the officiating of our field event assisted by Cashel (thank you both). Stuart Channon won the M35 Long Jump and Rob Lowe got good points for us in the Javelin and Shot in the M40s, while Robin Shaw got third in the High Jump in the youngest age group. Frank Schubert made his debut as an M50, coming third in the High Jump and the Javelin before also Long Jumping, while Maurice Joyce (M60 Javelin) and your team manager (M50 shot) covered the rest of the slots. Horace Nelson, non-scoring, managed to come just behind Rob, so would have made a good substitute if Rob had been unavailable.
Only five women athletes made it to Tooting Bec track to compete for the 1st Southern Veterans League but even these athletes were dubious as to whether they were able to compete to full capacity.
The first track event was the 100m and Susanne and Nicki Murphy stormed off to gain us 7 & 8 points while yours truly, B race, felt her injury and settled for striding 100m earning 7 points in the process! Unfortunately the sprint made Nicki’s already swollen Achilles Tendon sore but there was no stopping Nicki as she strapped an ice pack to her heel and proceeded to gain 8 or 7 points in 400m, triple jump, javelin throw, shot and high jump. Meanwhile apart from the 100m, Susanne walked to victory in the 2K walk, threw in the shot and javelin, and jumped the high jump. Caroline’s debute in the triple jump earned the team 7 points and her 400m saw a new PB while Rosaline Darby walked in the over 50 walk scoring 7 points and joined me in the 1500m where we were unfortunately slaughtered by Epsom and Ewell.
As team manager I made the decision to put off Joan Trimble , who was also returning from injury, from making the journey to Tooting Bec for the 4 x 100m relay as I really didn’t think that we would have a relay team but Nicki Murphy, Susanne and Rosaline were up for it, so I completed the team. We came 2nd to Epsom and Ewell.
At the end of the evening K&P came 2nd to Epsom & Ewell which was very impressive with a team injured/ coming back from injury athletes! Thank you team for filling nearly every event! It was hard work and very tiring but we all had loads of fun. Our 2nd meeting will be on Monday 18th June at Epsom and Ewell’s track in Ewell.
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