id1408-BAL Nat Two M3 Derby July 28th 2012 Report

Written by TM   

Report from Moorways

A strong display from our Field Event squad,as ever,where we outscored all but one of our 7 rivals,could not make up for an enormously depleted track selection,and we had to settle for 7th place again. We were only a few match points adrift of a couple of teams,as in the Basingstoke M1 fixture,but,as the saying goes,a miss is as good as a mile,and we are very much in need of a substantial injection of 'missing persons' in order to avoid dropping back into Nat Three for 2013. The full results are on the BAL site - www.bal.org.uk

Victor Nwagbara,our leading remaining top sprinter,and newcomer HCA,Linus Field,found life very difficult in the 100s,and the same was the case in the 200s,though VN ran a SB(22.50),with Jason-Louis Bernard taking on a scoring role for a change. Over 400,Linus(51.31) & Jonathan Darby(52.38) both ran up to SB level but were equally adrift of the top placings,whilst,again,Jonathan posted his 2nd best-ever 800(1.56.96) for a useful 5A,with James Robertson gamely joining the host of "double-uppers' and picking off one B string entrant. At 1500/3000,it was the turns of another duet - Gordon Pearce(A) ran a PB 3.59.46 for 5th/9.06.80 for 6th,whilst M45 Andy Robinson was able to pick off a few in both B strings. The Hurdles & Steeplechase were more productive - Toby Harris claimed two good 4th places in the A Hurdles races(57.07/16.67),with Loic Malroux 5th in the B Highs;Danny Eckersley,claiming his B 400 slot back,was a handy 3rd in the B,and then went on to take 6th(10.22.25) in the 'Chase,a notable double,only achievable really in a Double BAL Timetable,whilst James Robertson grabbed 3rd in the B(10.36.52).We had to settle for 6th/5th in the two relays using very willing but tired runners.

In the Jumps,Bilen Ahmet and Loic Malroux were up against it in a field of six 1.90 performers,whilst vaulters Bilen and Gordon Lester were again well-placed,both at 3.80 taking 5th and 2nd. Loic Malroux(6.54) and Chris Hall(6.52) picked up good Long Jump points in 5th/1st,with the latter posting a SB in the Triple(13.18),with Patrick Hillyer 4th in the B.

The throws were our saving grace - Nick Owen took his 3rd straight A string win(14.64),and our only top score of the day, in the Shot,with Chris Dack 3rd at 11.90. Andy Wheble was also on form in the Discus,taking 2ndA just short of his Brighton PB with 43.92 with Nick holding 2ndB at 38.29. In the Hammer,Gareth Cook and Andy W were both 5th at 48.06 and 37.53 respectively;and at the Javelin there were good points from Chris Dack(3A 51.59) and William Trimble(2B 49.07).

A fine afternoon weatherwise,a very pleasant and condusive Moorways Stadium,stacks of good endeavour and no serious alarums and excursions with the travel and admin sadly could not make up for the absence of so many team members - there have been many better days,and some worse,but it would be nice if we concluded the season at Bromley on August 18th with a flourish.

Can we give it a go?

The Crystal Ball suggests that,if we are in Nat Three in 2013,then our likely opponents will be Trafford,Exeter,Havering,Victoria Park,Bristol,Reading and either Swansea or Yeovil.

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