id381-Kinnaird & Sward Trophies April 15th 2006 Report

Written by DB   

Full results likely over the weekend but the Team Scores were : Kinnaird Trophy(track) - 1 Blackheath & Bromley 231 - 2 Achilles(holders) 203 - 3 WSEH 171 - 4 St Marys Richmond 120 - 5 K&P 103 - 6 HercWimb 65 - 7 E&E 50 - 8 TVH 43 and Sward Trophy(field) - 1 K&P(holders) 178 - 2 Achilles 155 - 3 E&E 124 - 4 St Marys Richmond 108 - 5 WSEH 102 - 6 HercWimb 71 - 7 TVH 50 - 8 B&B 38. Though not offering much of a threat to the leading clubs in the Kinnaird(track events),K&P's strength in the field manifested itself again and we won the Sward for the 4th year in a row.

On the track,at 100,James Heptonstall(11.3) & U20 Chris Hall(11.7) would have been reasonably satisfied;Victor Nwagbara settled for just the 200 and won the A in 22.4;at 400 newcomer Adam Bellis(51.3) & Jamie McCullagh(51.1) promised more later in the summer;Alex Thomas ran his PB in the 800(2.05.8) with Aljosa Isakovic gamely clocking a near-PB in the B race;at 3000,we had 5 competitors(things are looking up!),Mark Reed running 9.29.6 for 8th;whilst Andy Arbour took 2nd in the 2k 'chase(6.38.5).With no hurdlers and no relay teams,5th was not our best team placing ever!

Better things in the Sward - Humphrey Waddington cajoled and competed strenuously(of course - and against his Uni. colleagues!),with his 6.27/13.04 LJ/TJ B string double the most noteworthy;James Heptonstall looked in good form for the BUSA in 2 weeks with a 6.78 LJ win(and a very marginal foul just below 7m) and was also runner-up in the A TJ(13.29);Maurice Joyce(M60) was our PV choice(with HW!) scoring valuable points as always;but it was in the throws,where we were some way from full strength,that we pulled out the stops - Gareth Cook opened his 2006 a/c with a fine 56.38 win,with Rob Smith taking 2B in a new 7.26k PB at 37.51;Kyle Stevens,nursing a slight injury,still went out to 15.18 for 2nd SPA behind E&E's rejuvenated Bill Fuller(15.97);Felix Hatton(39.83) and father Les scored OK in the Discus and,to complete the victory,Felix(58.26) & newcomer Chris Dack(53.03) collected max. points in the Javelin,with Jonathan Middleditch in n/s support at 46.62.

Not vintage K&P stuff but,despite the winter creaks,the prospects for the BAL & SML look very hopeful.

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