Written by TM
K&P's Men make a promising start
2013 Kinnaird & Sward Report
In a rewarding contrast to a decade or more in which our throwers',jumpers' and vaulters' 9 Sward successes in 11 years have dominated the Club headlines at these historic contests,it was the tracksters who stole the show at Kingsmeadow last Saturday by wresting Lord Kinnaird's bequest from their opponents for the first time in 22 years. It was back in 1991 that K&P had last claimed this trophy. Mind you,the jeweller will have to continue relentlessly engraving the Club's name on the Sward,as those field eventers wont give up! It's also 13 years since a team,Achilles,claimed the same double.
It was an all-round performance though there was a certain rustiness abroad with a number of the team making their first appearances of the season,as expected at this early-season fixture.
On the track for the Kinnaird,Jordan Smith-Bent brought his indoor form to a rather uninviting spring day at Kingsmeadow,with his 10.94/22.55 double warming things up for the Club. Our seasoned sprinters were mostly in action and should form a fair 4 x 100 squad come the first BAL in 2 weeks time in Cardiff. Jonathan Darby and Jamie McCullagh claimed a comfortable maximium at 800,Danny Eckersley opened with a useful 400 hurdles,we had THREE steeplechasers,but it was left to Chris Bannon,fresh from the Achilles US Tour,to convincingly take the 3000 in 8.35.81,arguably our best track performance of the afternoon
Our field eventers lacked some recent star turns,but the throwers in particular were in no mood to relinquish their hold on the Iwar Sward silverware - Chris Dack had an especially handy day,taking 2nd in the Javelin at 51.03,ahead of William Trimble(50.85),and heaving the SP and DT out to respectable marks of 13.16 and 36.48. Nick Owen took the Shot at 13.20 and Gareth Cook the Hammer with 51.39.
In the Jumps,Chris Hall(LJ/TJ) and Gordon Lester went well and it was fitting that the team won both trophies as the team all-rounders,Bilen Ahmet and Loic Malroux,each kept themselves busy.consistent and effective across a number of events.
Bring on the BAL.
But before that!!
There was further icing on the cake with Dominique Blaize starting her summer season as a guest in the Long Jump,and reaching out to just one cm short of her legal PB with a leap of 6.44. Whilst it's early doors,that catapults her to Number Two in the UK Rankings this summer - OR,Number One,if you have misgivings about so-called 'plastic brits' .
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