Written by DB
Despite the heavens opening,the K&P BAL team again found the Rugby arena to their liking,taking a fine 4th place in the first match of the 2006 campaign - and it was the first time we have topped the 300 point mark,too. Team scores were - Gateshead 327/Derby 308/Notts 307.5/K&P 304.5/Basingstoke 294/Rugby&N 228/Southampton 221/Medway&M 191. Full results - click on the Main Menu.
The early field events saw us out in front and,though we slipped late on to 5th,we recovered to 4th and,as can be seen from the eventual scores,were within grasp of second place at the end!
The match marked the K&P BAL debuts of several members - Alex Thomas;Andre Nembhard;Adam Bellis;HCAs Toby Ulm/Martin Marshall/David Taylor & Chris Dack;Ron Taylor and Chris Hall - and the mix with the seasoned campaigners was well worth the trip for the K&P supporting entourage - wet as it was!
The conditions were not really condusive to extravagant performances,but it was yet again abundantly clear that our seasoned campaigners use their experience to good effect time and again. There were those heartening PBs,though - Alex Thomas(800 2.02.1/1500 4.27.5);James Heptonstall(6.91 LJ -3rd of the infant summer/200 22.8);Andy Arbour(10.09.8 3k Steeple - and he's not an infant);though best of all was U20HCA Toby Ulm's 400H victory in K&P colours in 53.4 which,coupled with a 48.5 relay stint,won him the new £100 BAL Man of the Match award.
Toby Ulm apart,individual winners were not for the first time the preserve of our redoubtable throwers - doubles at HT(Gareth Cook & Kyle Stevens) & SP(Kyle Stevens & Nic Owen),both arriving just when we needed points to emphasise our presence. And there is no substitute for experience - Mark Roberts & Nic Owen taking full advantage of deteriorating conditions in the vault;Jamie McCullagh never out of the hunt over 400/800;Felix Hatton & James Heptonstall taking time out from crucial exams.
And there's always the joy of the unexpected - Ross Shaddick driving 250 miles from Plymouth only to find he was asked to do 400H/3000ST instead of 5000 and Ron Taylor turning up after frantically e-mailing and phoning the world - NEVER trust a Team manager.
Now for the home match at Kingsmeadow on June 3rd.
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