Written by NA/MM
End of term reports from your Teachers…sorry Team Managers,Mike May and Nicky Atkins.
Vets league match 4 - Men's team
Croydon Arena 8th July
It's just as well for us that the Vets League doesn't have European Team Championship style real time score updates or nerves would have been shredded. Apart from Epsom none of the away teams had strong turnouts. Striders and Croydon Harriers took full home advantage to come 2nd and 3rd in the match, while Hercules and Walton who had been ahead of us slumped to finish 5th and 6th. This left us, Croydon Harriers and Striders finishing the season on equal league points and split only by cumulative match points, with K and P in 4th for the year.
The match was so tight that had we finished with 2 less match points we would have tied with Hercules and lost half a league point finishing 6th for the year.
We were short in the 800 with only one athlete (Andy Arbour - a good 3rd) out of a possible 4, and we had no one in the m35 walk, the m35 5000 and the m35 triple jump, but Andy Gordon (1st M35 Discus) and Ollie Oladele (4th M40 High Jump, 3rd M40 Javelin) filled in for the non appearance of a couple of athletes to good effect. Even if we'd won the match we could not have reached 3rd unless Hercules had finished behind Walton in 6th.
We had track wins from Adam Bellis (m35 200m) and David Bell (m50 walk) and another field win Renzo Di Libero in the M50 Discus. Renzo was a Surrey AC member in his teens and is returning to the sport and the successor club after more than 30 years.
We had good second places from Draco (m40 200), and Jon Cook (m50 5000m), and the 4 x 200 team of Andy Gordon, Ollie, Adam and Draco. Thanks to Maurice Joyce for coming to help with our field judging, so David Barrington could do the m60 discus (also triple jump). The rest of our team was Frank Schubert, David Greenfield, Cashel Riordan and myself
SCVAC match 4 report by Nicky Atkins
A blistering hot day turned into a warm but rather breezy evening at Croydon Arena and one could hear the wind whistling around the stands. Injury and other appointments meant that only a few ladies made it to this venue which isn’t the easiest of journeys on a Monday evening. However Clare Nelson, Helen Cook, Rosalind Darby, Susanne Dietrich, Nicki Murphy, Liz Richardson and I did.
Susanne Dietrich was our top scorer (38 points) who competed in 6 events plus the 4th leg of the 4 x 200m relay – more about that a little later.
Highlights of the evening included Susanne’s nail biting 2000m walk as both K&P & Croydon Harriers battled the final lap for 1st place position which they both achieved both in time and age group scorings.
Liz was pleased with her 5000m time as it was her fasted time ever on a very warm and breezy evening and yours truly won the B race. In this match Nicki Murphy successfully threw the discus and finished 2nd place in the over 50 age group. We had many 1st and 2nd place finishing positions but everyone's scores mattered and accumulated in the final finishing position which was 3rd place in this match.
Relays are always exciting and this 4 x 200m was of no exception with Susanne sprinting as 4th leg down the home straight and winning by 1.1 seconds from Epsom and Ewell Harriers. The relay team consisted of Clare Nelson, Rosaline Darby, Nicki Murphy & Susanne Dietrich.
So this concludes this year’s SCVAC meeting with K&P again finishing 2nd to Epsom & Ewell, as they have athletes to cover all the age group events. Thank you to all K&P’s athletes who took part and competed in a multitude of events as we wouldn’t have finished 2nd place overall. Thank you to everyone who supported or officiated during these 4 meetings.
There is just one more thing as team manager to organise and that is our end of season meal which may be a end of season/beginning of cross country season meal – watch this space.
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