Written by DB
Reports on the various league fixtures during the month appear separately,as well as the Surrey Schools(10th).
Meanwhile,Bob McDonough,back in action,placed 2nd M60 in the Dorking 10(70.16),which was also the County Champs - and 124th overall.
At Watford on the 10th,at a BMC event,Jamie McCullagh continued his return to 800m form with a 5th in 1.52.36.
Dominique Blaize lifted the AAA U20 Heptathlon crown at Stoke(10th/11th),notching up 5164 pts,to improve her best by 140. Her individual marks were - 14.63 100H/1.69 HJ/11.98 SP/25.19 200/5.93 LJ/30.86 JT/2.39.38 800.Not surprisingly,as previously,in doing so,she set new Open club records over 200 & for the Heptathlon plus U20 records at 200/SP/LJ & Heptathlon! Next Heptathlon target will be in Switzerland in July.
Felix Hatton threw another PB,at 64.02,placing 5th in the Invitation JT at the Bedford International Games(Sunday 11th).
Several are doing David Denton's very popular 5-Day Tour of Epsom this week - inc Rachel Burbridge,Nicky Atkins,Debbie Raymond,Mike Maranzano & Dave and Johanna Gibbons.
Up at Milton Keynes,Mike May,Pat Logan,Chuck Isetts & Jane Searle collected deserved medals at the Eastern Vets AC Champs - PL M45 100/200 1/1 12.0/24.1---MM M45 400 2 62.9---CI M60 100/200 1/1 14.1/28.8---JS W45 800 2 2.47.1.
Back on the 3rd,Catherine Sweeney-Reed again improved her PB and the Club SW Record,running into 75thW in the Stockholm Marathon in 3h.29.08. Sadly,Mark has been injured and could not make his debut over the distance.
Bob McDonough discovered the delights of the Bushy Park TT,finishing 35th on his debut on the 10th(20.06),a little way behind new course record-holder,Craig Mottram(14.00).
Jamie McCullagh returned quickly to Watford(14th) to lower his 2006 800 best to 1.51.87,finishing 4th in a BMC race.
There was success in the 5 races in 5 days Tour of Epsom with victory in the Womens section,and 15th overall of some 150, from previous winner,Rachel Burbridge(116.05) ,with Nicky Atkins taking silver in the W40 category((131.38 40th overall). Debbie Raymond placed 50th & 4thW in 136.44 and Johanna Gibbons was 76th(149.53).On the male side,Mike Maranzano mixed it at the front,ending in 6th overall(104.19),heading fiance Jessica Richards(27th 123.07),whilst Daddy Gibbons took 65th(143.15).
At the Southern Sen/U20 Champs at Crystal Palace(17th/18th).,Felix Hatton's last round throw gained him the JT bronze(62.93);James Heptonstall had a fine series in both LJ qualifying and final(6.93) but still found that 7m mark elusive;Victor Nwagbara qualified through his heat over 200(22.38) but jogged his SF after a recurrance of recent hamstring trouble;Sarah Harris ran 2 excellent 400(58.38ht & 58.19F) to claim 5th;whilst Craig Price continued his rehabilitation with a solid 2.00.4ht.
Over at Tooting,Jamie McCullagh ran a lonely 400,but he did break the 50.0 barrier at last with a 49.7 clocking.
Then,down on the South Coast at Southampton(17th),several of our youngsters represented Surrey Schools - Mary Iheke staked her claim to be our most improved 2006 performer,going through the 40s barrier with a PB/Club record 39.8 to take the A race;Lucy Jones(4A 75H 12.5),Amy Simmons(5B DT 18.81 plus HT),Harriet Lester(2B 80H 12.5) & Roseanne Mackay(5B 300H 50.5) were the girls. In the boys,Gordon Lester was another barrier breaker,taking his PV PB over the 3m mark(2A 3.05),an improvement of 25cms on his best;whilst Richard Smeaton took 4th at 400 in 56.5.
The clash of the BMAF Weight Pentathlons at Milton Keynes with the SCVAC Champs at Battersea(18th) tested the patience of that group(not to mention some SV League fixtures on the 19th)! Camilla Thrush chose the BMAF event and convincingly won the W35 group with 3160pts(inc 38.74HT & 12.54Wt). At Battersea,Messrs Logan,Isetts,Joyce & Barrington and Jane Searle were the only K&P entered - results to come.
The bi-annual visit to the UK of Penn & Cornell Universities to match BUAC on June 21st(and OUAC/CUAC later) gave James Heptonstall another chance to go over 7m - sadly,he did not but his 6.83 was enough to win and "I beast the Yanks" is some consolation - he also ran 2nd over 100 in a PB 11.11.
In Tavistock,on 22nd,Ross Shaddick ran a 4.59 mile on the road,taking 3rd,in preparation for another long trip from Devon to Ashford,Kent for the BAL on July 1st.
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