Written by DB
Club Chairman & Double Decathlon specialist,John Ratcliff,kicked off the month,with a win in the Somerset Champs in his first Multis contest in 5 years.
With an age-related score of 4296pts,M50 John eclipsed his rivals with particularly encouraging performances at 400(61.4) & 1500(5.15.0) though elsewhere it was a struggle.
After Victor's 10.97 100m pb & 5th place in the Final on Sat.at the BUSA Champs at Scotstoun,Glasgow, similar goals were achieved by Felix Hatton( JT 60.26q AND 61.75F for 4th),and by James Heptonstall(LJ 6.75q). In the 200,Victor was 4th in his SF in 22.47,a season's best,whilst,at Copthall,Peter Walsh also clocked a 2005 best of 22.73.
See separate reports for SWL at Eton & SVL at Crawley.
Jamie McCullagh opened his 800 account in a BMC race at Watford on May 4th,winning in 1.54.24 before pacing the first lap of a 1500 5 mins later!
Chuck & Mike were out,as well, for a 2nd successive evening,at a gunless VAC meet at Kingsmeadow,though there was,with respect,nothing scintillating to report.
On the 5th,Rachel Burbridge(29th-2ndW-19.15),Peter Wilkins-back in action(35th-19.53) and Johanna Gibbons(90th-22W-24.24) contested David Denton's Morden Park 5k
Big weekend approaches with BAL at Abingdon & SML at Kingston on Sat.,and Boys & Girls NYAL at Perivale on Sunday,plus the opening Rosenheim League on the following Wednesday - there will be separate reports as and when on Latest News
The Kingston Schools Champs on May 11th,from which selections for the Surrey Schools will be chosen, produced some useful performances - individual results are not usually immediately forthcoming but will be reported as and when. The main Surrey Champs on May 14/15 will be covered separately on Latest News(q.v.).
At the VISA Paralympic World Cup In Manchester on May 15th,David Weir(VWC) was edged into 4th place in the T54 100m(15.16),but came back to win the 200 in 26.31;Tushar Patel,also representing GB,placed 4th over 1500(3.23.74).
On May 19th,Sarah Atkins won both 100/200 at the Central Surrey Schools Champs(13.4/27.0) & Stuart Price ran 2nd in the IB 100H(14.8) to Kieran Edward.
See separate Reports on Latest News Menu for SWL/SML & Ebbisham matches over the May 21/22 weekend.
However,there was also the 10th running of The Green Belt Relay in which Bob McDonough again took part successfully,the Millennium Group winning the Vets Trophy for the 2nd year running,and placing 6th overall of the 34 teams from the UK and the Continent. This race consists of some 210 miles around the shape of the M25 and is mostly offroad.Teams of 10 each run one stage each day and legs start at the same time for all runners - thus it's 20 separate races really with a cut-off time spread over two days.Times are aggregated.Bob ran twice for the Millennium Group,firstly on the Saturday on Stage 8 from Little Berkhamsted to Enfield Lock(11.3M) and on the Sunday on Stage 16 from Merstham to Box Hill(8.9M) and was fastest M60 on both legs. Millennium Group is a veterans team from different clubs loosely connected with training/competing at Kingsmeadow.This year,one runner cried off very late,but someone had heard that Sonia O'Sullivan had withdrawn from the Manchester 10k and managed to persuade her to turn out. It would help,would it not! At that Great Manchester event,Tushar Patel,the UK record-holder at the distance,won the Wheelchair title.
At the Surrey Vets Champs at Kingsmeadow on May 28,county titles were won by Chuck Isetts(M60 100),Jane Searle(W45 800),David Barrington(M60 300H),Camilla Thrush(all 4 W35 throws with a Club Vets record DT 33.69),Mary Waddington(W55 SP/DT/HT) & Les Hatton(M55 JT in a CBP 42.93).In addition,Gunhild Vogel(W35 PV) & Roger Bartlett(M65 SP) also won their events as guests. Mike May ran his fastest as a vet with 61.7 over 400 and,in all,15 K&P members partook.Congrats to Maurice Joyce for organising this event - it was noteworthy,as well,that at least 10 members were in some official capacity in support of MJ and the County vets.Results at Kingsmeadow.
Bank Holiday weekend featured the CAU & SoEAA U20 Champs - at Portsmouth in the Southerns,Craig Price ran into a fine 4th in the U20 800(1.55.74 after winning his heat but at the cost of a gashed foot) & Harriet Lester came right back to form with 6th in the U15G 75 Hurdles(11.84 after a 11.71 heat win which equalled the Club Record(sadly,brother Gordon missed out on a rare PV comp.having broken his arm in a soccer accident).Harriet also took 7th in a season's best of 4.87 in the LJ.Jamie McCullagh(Surrey) was also marginally out of the medals at Bedford where,after taking a comfortable 2nd in his heat(1.55.90) behind eventual winner Sam Ellis(Yorks),he was just edged in a very tactical and wind-swept final into 4th(1.57.05) whilst Ross Shaddick was 23rd in the Plymouth Half Marathon on Sunday in 1h.17.40.
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