Written by DB
See September Round Up
Mike May retained his VAC Gibson Sprints Cup in the latest VAC meet at Tooting(2nd),clocking 13.3/27.8 with Poznan medalist,Chuck Isetts,doing 13.9/28.3. Joan Trimble ran 15.2 over 100.
Late July marks included a 60.55 JT by Felix Hatton at the UKA ThrowsFest at Birmingham(29th) and a 6.68 LJ by James Heptonstall at the LEAP match at Loughborough(26th).
At the AAA U15 Champs in Birmingham(5th/6th),Gordon Lester was 8th in the PV at 2m80 and Lucy Jones 6th in her heat at 75Hdls(12.47).
At Manchester's SportCity at the BMC GP(12th),Jamie McCullagh was a few 100ths short of his PB in the B race with 1m.51.64,but,in winning his 2nd race on the trot in good times,has established a new dimension tactically.
The next day(13th) the scene moves to the K2Stadium at Crawley and Jamie is there again,representing Surrey & taking 9 secs off his albeit rarely contested 1500 PB - running 3.55.42 for 2nd. Yorkshire-born Chris Dack made his debut for Geoff Platt's Surrey squad,revealing his multi-event background with a 12m.38SP,a dabble or two in the jumps but,primarily,warming the cockles of his and coach Les Hatton's hearts with a 2-metre improvement on his Javelin best-ever at 57m.98.
Up at Derby(again on 13th),3 of our U23s,who would have been in the Surrey team,were instead elevated to the South squad for the Inter Area/Home International fixture and right well they did. Felix won the Javelin with 62.09,Kyle Stevens was 2nd in the SP at 15.33 and 3rd in the HT(48.62) whilst James Heptonstall took 2nd in the LJ at 6.77. Conditions,as at Crawley,were testing indeed with varying winds and sporadic heavy rain.
David Weir's imperious win in the 1500 Wheelchair at Gothenburg bodes well indeed for the forthcoming IPC World Championships in Holland in September. Talking to him at Kingsmeadow,you know you are with someone in THE prime form of his life. Tushar Patel's contribution to those Gothenburg events should not be underestimated either - the pair displayed real tactical acumen together - nice work,Chris!!
At Bedford on 19th,Felix threw 62m61 as a guest in the BAL Cup FInal(but he had a 67+ throw just outside the sector);the next day,Mike May ran 13.6/27.2 over 100/200 at Finsbury Park;and U15 Gordon Lester claimed another PV PB at 3m20(4A) for Surrey in the U17 InterCounty at Ashford(feather for coach Maurice);sister Harriet was 2B in the 80H(12.47 into a 1.1w) plus 5A LJ(4.76),whilst Mary Iheke ran into 2nd in the 300(41.75) as well as filling in in the Javelin.
In Berlin(11th-14th),at the German Open & International Deaf Championships,Rob Lowe improved his season's Javelin best(800g) to 43m.85 in taking 5th place.
During the month,the Bushy Park Runs have attracted large fields including Ron Taylor(17.29 PB),Maurice Joyce(31.30 first time out),Edmund Croall(21.13) & his mother Susan Cook(30.28 PB),whilst Ross Shaddick was 11th in the Torbay 10 in 34.53,his best on that course.
Jamie McCullagh completed a hectic August with a 1.51.36 800 at the BMC Meet at Watford(23rd).
The revived Vancouver Trophy(26th),at Parliament Hill, was,as expected,a low-key affair but the 9 team members who travelled produced several Best-Ever marks and seasonal bests. We were never in the hunt for the trophy but our leading marks included PBs for Chris Dack,over 60 in the Javelin for the first time(60.77 - more joy for Messrs.Hatton & Bartlett),for Chris Hall in the Triple(12.87),for Humphrey Waddington in both the Shot(8.37) & Discus(25.43) and for Ron Taylor,fairly obviously,in his first-ever outing over 3000 steeplechase(11.31.4),as well as a 9.46.8 3000. James Heptonstall won the Long(6.85) - with Chris Hall at 6.36 - and also the NS 100 in 11.3 - with Chris home in 11.7;Andre Nembhard took 3rd in the match 100(11.5);Draco Mkpa posted a 2006 best over 200(23.3) with Jason Bernard in at 24.6;and our Lady President,Mary Waddington,our only female rep. was just below her season's Hammer best at 21.48. The Trophy went to Achilles 102pts from NewhamEB 88,WGEL 60,Highgate 54,K&P 42 & B&B 33.
Over at Tooting same day,Nicky Atkins set a Club Open & Vets record in becoming the Surrey 10000m Champion in 44.35.0;without a 400 runner at the Vancouver,we turned out 6 here - Adam Bellis 51.18(also 23.49 200)/James Moroney 51.76(also 23.77 200)/U15 Jake Budd 57.86(also 12.68 100)/U17 Mary Iheke 60.04(also 27.33 200)/M45 Mike May 63.42/Marc Trevisan 64.54;plus Tom Butcher ran 11.37 over 100.
The results of the U20 Inter County at Eton(26th) list Dominique Blaize in the LJ results but she did not compete;it was Shani Rainford(HHH).
At the weekly Bushy Park race(26th),John Atkins ran in at 29.53,passing Maurice Joyce towards the end,but M. duly improved to 31.23.
At the UK Challenge Final for which he did extremely well to qualify,Felix Hatton took 6th in 64.06,less than a metre short of his best,though he was anticipating exceeding that mark.
A blustery,though sunny,day hindered the sprinters at the VAC Champs at Kingsmeadow - disappointing given the good turnout in the 100s/200s - headwinds were up to minus 2.5. K&P interest centred on these events,too! Pat Logan had two competitive M45 races against Eastbourne's Barry Morris,winning in 12.0/24.4;David Curzon pipped Mike May in the same group 13.4/27.2 to 13.5/28.0;Joan Trimble took the W55 100 in 15.1;Chuck Isetts prevailed narrowly for gold in both M60 sprints(14.1/28.4);Cashel Riordan(M55) 29.6 & Roger Bartlett(M65) 15.9 both got silvers and Draco Mkpa took the M35 200 in 23.8.Otherwise,Cashel got silver over 400(70.5),Roger Bartlett grabbed M65 Shot gold(9.71) & Mary Waddington guested to win the W55 Hammer(25.01),thus completing yet another double dose of performing and officiating,mirroring her stint at the Vancouver the day before.
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