Written by PW
A double success! Full Results from your TMs.
ROSENHEIM – St Mary's, 20th JUNE
A double victory at Twickenham gave both our Men's and Women's teams victory and kept them well in the hunt for the Western Division titles. Both teams had a great turnout, with quality performances in scoring and non-scoring events.
The Men extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches, with our hosts surprisingly pushed into 3rd place by a Walton side that is gaining conviction as the season progresses. Phil Bearman Senior set the tone with a strong run in the steeplechase, which moved him top of his M45 age group rankings. Jamie McCullagh then dominated the field with a comfortable 800m win, followed by further track victories for Aidan Fahey (100m), Justin Green (200m), Gordon Pearce (1500m and 3K) and the 4x200m relay squad (Justin Green, Aidan Fahey, Adam Bellis and Jason-Louis Bernard). Adam Bellis found himself in another decent 400m and was disappointed with 3rd, but he's getting closer and closer to his best form.
In the field, Chris Dack had a solid Shot competition (2nd), to warm up for a narrow Javelin win against the very useful Grant Bridgeman from St Mary's. Gordon Lester, looking tired after a heavy working week, finished 2nd in Pole Vault, where the effervescent Bilen Ahmet pipped him in their ongoing struggle to be K&P's number 1. Chris Hall also started to show some of his old Long Jumping form, finishing 1st with 6.45m, which bodes well for the BAL trip to Glasgow.
Amongst a wealth of great K&P non-scoring performances, it was very nice to see something old and something new! We'd like to welcome top ultra-endurance runner, Harry Johnson, who made an auspicious debut over 3K, and, on the old side, to welcome back the prodigal Richard Solomon, a Club stalwart when a schoolboy, who marked his return after several years of absence with a 400m win!
Our Women were less dominant, but did very well with a team full of youthful energy plus a few older heads! Layla Thompson was our sole individual winner, posting a gutsy 800m/3K double. Her sister Mae was unlucky not to add to the family victories, but stumbled and fell in the 200m when well ahead of the competition. Mae not only picked herself up to finish that race, but then gamely helped the 4x200m relay squad to our only other win on the night. Elsewhere, Lauren Edwards, Laura Cook, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Natalie Sacre, Nicky Atkins and Nicole Kendall all put in fighting performances to keep us ahead of Walton and still in with a good sniff of the championship.
The Women's team is now just 1 point behind Walton with 2 matches to go. If we beat them in both, we'll emerge victorious. The Men have now gone 18 matches unbeaten, if we can continue the run to the end of the season it would be an incredible achievement and a great credit to all the athletes who have been part of it over 3 and a bit seasons. The next match is at Eton, 4th July - it's not easy to get to, but we need a good turnout from both teams to keep up our winning momentum!
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