Written by DB
At Copthall(2nd),in the U20 Inter-Territorial,Chris Hall(Wales) ran in 4th over 200 in 22.99 and jumped 6.45LJ & took a token one trial at TJ(12.16).
TTs results(1st) - WCTT 65 John Atkins 33.35---BPTT 83 Oliver Garner 21.15PB;129 Susanne Dietrich 22.26;159 Frank Schubert 23.18;379 Nikolay Schubert 33.16;380 Maurice Joyce 33.24.
On the roads of Devon,Ross Shaddick ran into 8th place in the Torbay 10k in 35.16(26th Aug) and then picked up 4th in the Saltram 5k in 16.42(1st Sep).
At the Woking YA Open(2nd),Claudia Noakes improved significantly in the Shot(6.77) winning a bronze medal as well as reaching the 70H Final(13.80ht/13.37F) and vaulting 2.30 again(5th in U15). Lucy Clacher(U15 75H 14.02) & Natalie Ellis(U17 DT 22.92) also competed.
First news from the Adriatic(6th) - In the M65 100 heats, Chuck Isetts duly qualified for the semis(2ht 13.94). In the M45 100,Mike May was 5th in ht2(of 9) in a season's fastest of 13.31 but did not progress.In the M75 100s,the indomitable Charlie Williams qualified comfortably for his semis in 2nd place in 15.06. Camilla Thrush was 8th in the W35 Discus at 33m29,just short of her 2007 best.Moving to Friday(7th),Chuck exited the 100 in the SF(7th 13.91),but Charlie eased into his 100 final,winning his semi in 14.34,the fastest time of the 8 qualifiers & THEN,yet again,romped to a World Masters Championship title,taking the Final comfortably in 13.98. Phenominal!
Moving to Sunday(9th),Charlie Williams duly qualified for the Semis of the M75 200 as the fastest(30.07);sadly,Chuck Isetts,running 28.43,missed out in his M65 200 Semis. Mike May would have been quite pleased with his 26.97 200(6th in his heat),but,with 12 heats,he did not progress. Over in the throws,Camilla Thrush was near but not quite,reaching an excellent 12.82 in the Weight Throw for 4th place behind 3 Italians.
Maurice Joyce,improving to 30.58(393rd) & John Atkins(32.40 - 402nd) were in the BPTT(8th).
In Italy,Germany's Wolfgang Reuter "risked his life" in the M75 200 SFs by clocking a sub-30sec win,whilst Charlie Williams was "content" with a win in the other SF in a mere 30.55! In the Final,though,Herr Reuter prevailed,running 29.38 to Charlie's silver time of 30.36.
Meanwhile in Blighty,a,shall we say,rather experienced team again contested our first outing on the roads this semester,the River Relay from Virginia Water to Ham,promoted by The Stragglers(9th).The legs vary from 3.5m to 7.5m. The full results are on their website(www.stragglers.org),but the team,which has to be mixed,consisting of Graeme Horstead,Geoff Reed,Mike Maranzano,Nicki Murphy,Nicky Atkins & Andy Arbour,ran in 17th of the 24 teams.Andy ran the fastest on leg 6 into the Hawker Centre.
Also on the 9th,Ross Shaddick took 55th in the Bristol Half-Marathon(76.17).
In about the last Open Meeting locally,at Twickenham,Jason Bernard improved to 11.7 over 100 to encourage a good,hard winter;Claudia Noakes again equalled her PV best at 2.40;others to take this last opportunity included Gareth Cook,Rob Smith,Ollie Garner,Francesca Currie & Gordon Lester - results at www.smrac.org.uk
Back in Italy(11th),Camilla Thrush would have been very disappointed with her 34.06 in the Hammer,good enough for only 10th overall in the W35 event.The next day(12th),she equalled her best Shot for 2007 of 10.77,which placed her 7th overall.Meanwhile,Mike May would have been delighted with his 63.75 in the M45 400,easily his best this summer,but such was the standard over the eleven heats that it gave him only 6th in his,with just three to progress to the 2nd round.And,finally from Riccione,Chuck Isetts grabbed a MEDAL in the GB M65 4 x 100 team,which finished 3rd behind Germany & Australia(15th). Well done,that man!
In the BPTT(15th),Susanne Dietrich(183rd 23.10) & Dave Gibbons(274th 25.33) both ran PBs,with Francesca Currie(196th 23.25) doing likewise,of course,in her first outing in the event.
Belatedly,it is confirmed that Andy Arbour WAS the Surrey 3000 Steeplechase title-winner on the 8th at Horsham where the 'chases were held in conjunction with the Combined Events Champs this year as an experiment. He took 4th place in a joint race with Sussex in 10.19.14.
22nd - WCTT - Julie Garner(21.34) & BPTT - Simon Croall(20.47),Francesca Currie(23.33) and Maurice Joyce(30.19) were in action.
Gordon Lester & Claudia Noakes travelled to Bromley(23rd) for the Jim Day Memorial PV Meeting but were below their season's bests at 3.51 & 2.31 respectively.
The last September BPTT gave us Susanne Dietrich 93rd(22.31),Frank Schubert 103rd 22.48 & Maurice Joyce 229th in 30.01.
With Felix Hatton(62m.61) and others throwing short at Grimsby(29th),the apres-ski fish and chips on Cleethorpes Prom. were decidedly better end-of-season fare,apparently.
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