Written by DB
Glorious weather for this early season romp at Kingsmeadow enabled several of the 28 K&P athletes to start the summer on a high note,with some of the younger aspirants annihiliating their previous PBs.
Teamwise,despite some particularly partisan efforts,we lost hold of the Sward after 3 years,narrowly,and had to be satisfied with 2nd place again in the Kinnaird.
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On the track(Kinnaird),our sprinters were in fair form but,if as expected Victor Nwagbara has decided to call it a day,we may well be short in BAL terms this summer.Chris Hall won the B string in 11.4,mirroring James Heptonstall's A race time. At 400,however,with Toby Ulm(2A 49.2) and Dave Taylor(1B 49.8),our Swindon HCAs,in good early form,we had the luxury of Jamie McCullagh(51.1) & Adam Bellis(51.6) non-scoring,not to mention Maris Kuklis(52.0) and Jason Bernard(52.5 on his one lap debut) producing evidence of a good winter with Coach Chuck! 15yo U17 Richard Smeaton's 54.7,marginally outside his pb on his first 2007 outing,was also worth a watch.
At 800,U20 Tim Sagar wiped a large margin off his pb with 2.07.6,as did U17 Aljosa Isakovic,down to 2.14.7. At 1500,the ubiquitous Ron Taylor,considering himself out of form,duly sank that myth by reducing his pb by 4 secs to 4.16.5,whilst Ant Budarkiewicz(3k) & Andy Arbour(2kSt) were our only other LD competitors.
Matt Field's debuts at 110 Hurdles(senior height) and 400 Hurdles(first ever) were auspicious - his 16.2 for 3A would have been affected by that prior first 400H and sub 16 will surely be round the corner but to open his lap hurdles career at 57.4 is highly promising,given a pronounced stutter on the final bend(a not unknown phenomenon to this scribe,who also ran that time in his first ever 440y hurdles a while back). And in the relays,we looked OK in the 4x1 and the 4x4 was commendable.
Scores - Achilles 225/K&P 172/HerculesW 155/E&E 136/WSEH 92 etc.
In the Sward Jumps,we were a trifle thin and this is where we probably lost the Trophy - U20 Prath Kaneri(1.80),James Heptonstall(6.66),U20 Chris Hall(6.46) & U17 Gordon Lester(outdoor pb 3.60) delivered but we could not quite match the opposition otherwise.
Pity,because in the Throws we were fairly imperial(if one can be so) - Felix Hatton(62.06) & Chris Dack(58.73) cleaned the Javelin,Kyle Stevens(14.36/38.19/47.33) & Humphrey Waddington scored heavily whilst Gareth Cook(54.03) brought home the goods as usual.
Scores - WSEH 170/Achilles 162/K&P 160/HW 100 etc.
Whilst we were disappointed not to acquire some silverware,the performances of the U20s & U17s promised well - as well as 'established' performers such as Matt Field,Chris Hall & Prath Kaneri,the commitment of Tim Sagar,Aljosa Isakovic,Jake Budd,Oore Sokoya,Patrick Hillyer,Richard Smeaton & Gordon Lester was pleasingly evident
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