Written by DB
On April 1st Downunder,Mike May ran 13.8/63.71 at the Victoria Masters Champs in Melbourne,whilst some old fool ran a 53.9 300H at Crawley.In the morning,Ron Taylor & John Atkins again contested the Bushy Park Trail run though were off their best- fullest results you could ask for are on the Ranelagh site.Closer to home,but still an away-day - Johanna Gibbons placed 367th female in the Hervis Prague Half-Marathon,just missing a sub 2 hour effort with 2h.00.59.
On the 2nd, in darkest Rotherham,Felix Hatton would have been disappointed with a 56.13 hurl,though enough to win,whilst Ross Shaddick ventured out at the Plymouth Open over 400(58.9) & 1500(4.45.2). Going a bit further,at the Kingston Breakfast Runs were Graeme Horstead and David Greenfield,who were 426th(2.04.13) & 868th(2.16.21) respectively in the 16 Miles. In Exeter,Ross Shaddick ran a 4.34.9 1500.
U17 Neal Renfer,with a 13.0/26.7/4.76 treble, was our only rep.at the HerculesWimbledon YA meet at Crystal Palace on Sunday,the 9th.
A March result which had escaped the net - in the Reading Half-Marathon on Mar 11th,Mark Reed took 23rd(74.27),Steve Wright was 242nd(85.50) & Peter Wilkins 402nd(88.50).
Back to April,at the Sportshall National Finals at Birmingham's NIA on Sunday 9th,Surrey's only reps,the Girls Under 15,triumphed by just 1pt from Hertfordshire - Surrey's 6th win in this group in 7 seasons. Mary Iheke & Lucy Jones were in the very small team and contributed in no small part to the win,and,with Gillian Libretto,the County TM recuperating,it was extremely good of our President,Mary Waddington,to step into the breach on behalf of the County and guide the girls to victory.
On 12th,Draco Mkpa(M35) debuted at the 1st VAC meet at Battersea,winning easily with 12.0/37.5 - M45 Mike May (13.3/44.3) & M60 Chuck Isetts(13.9/45.9) followed.
Now the summer league season etc is underway,most club fixtures will have their own reports,with non-club stuff analysed here and on subsequent monthly round-ups!
Over in Hilversum,in the Netherlands on Easter Sunday,Matthew Field & Lucy Jones accompanied their Ewell Court-based hurdles squad to an inter-club fixture,starting the summer well. Matt won all his 3 events - HJ 1.75/200 23.4/110HU20 15.5,whilst Lucy clocked 11.1 over 80m,15.1 at 80Hurdles and 27.8 over 200.
Midweek,a foul day(the 100s were abandonned!) at Edgbaston prevented James Heptonstall in his further quest for that 7m jump(6.61),whilst at Haringey on the 22nd,Victor Nwagbara's deliberately deliberate start to the season gathered momentum with an 11.01/22.16 double in the London ICC. At RAF Cosford the same day,Humphrey Waddington(CUAC) jumped 6.34/13.21 & threw 42.31JT & James Heptonstall(BUAC) did 11.8/6.49
London Marathon News - W40 Nicky Atkins was the 'star' K&P performer in the London Marathon,with a fine 3h.42.12(a large pb and a Club Vets record) for 1011thW/7011th overall placing -- Graeme Horstead placed 6738th male in 3h.46.30 and David Greenfield(M50) was in 12378th at 4h.15.26(also a PB) - which all means that Nicky leads for the 2006 Mabel Winter Bowl,though a birdy tells me one Mark Reed is going for the Stockholm Marathon on June 3rd(close your eyes all you BAL blokes!)
In the Wheelchair event,VWC's David Weir surpassed himself and the course record with a superb victory over pre-race favourites,Ernst van Dyck(RSA) & Saul Mendoza(MEX),in 1h.29.48,a pb by over 5 minutes.
On the 23rd.,Camilla Thrush celebrated with a fine 3166pts score in the SECTA Throws Pentathlon Champs. at Ewell Court,highlighted by a further Open/Vets Club Record 38.63 Hammer - together with 10.59SP/32.48DT/24.73JT/12.46WT.
On Apr 30th,Ross Shaddick won a Devon League 5000 easily in 17.13.0.
For BUSA results(Apr29-May1),see May Round-Up.
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