Written by DB
Starting Sunday,Peter Wilkins endeavours to emulate Catherine Sweeney-Reed as he attempts to conquer the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara.He 'runs' for charity for which more details can be obtained from him when he returns,should you wish to support his efforts(see Latest News file for updates).
Also for charity,on Tuesday in North Wales,your Gen Sec tackles,unwisely, the Annual Plynlimmon and Snowdon Summit Trail run - starting at the foot of the former,the early part is steady going uphill,but those daring enough are able to cut their time by making use of the abseiling or hang-gliding facilities on the sheer side of Plynlimmon,then rejoining the trail across country towards Snowdon. Once there the route follows the Snowdon Railway to that summit - update on the April Round-Up
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March(1st) opened with Dave Gibbons racing to 186th(25.55) in the BPTT,but this was only a Heat as he was in action again in the afternoon - The Final being the Open Club match at Thames! Here,Mike Maranzano was 7th(29.27),followed by Matt Hyett(31.44),Bob McDonough,Richard Gooch,Nicky Atkins,Dave G. and Geoff Reed. We were 5/5 in the team but,as Bob says,"Hey! It was a nice day!" Full result,and a piccy of MM & NA,on the Thames site - www.thameshareandhounds.org.uk
Gordon Lester was our Man of the Match at the Surrey Indoor Champs at Sutton Arena,also on March 1st - with confidence high after recently passing the 4m barrier,he again progressed with first-time clearances at 4.11 & 4.20 to take the U17 title and rise to 2nd equal in the UK Indoor U17 Rankings.There was a smattering of K&P in action and there were medal rewards for Tom Parry(2nd U17M 60H 8.78(but 8.63ht) and Adam Wicks(3rd in the same final(9.05),a joyful Harriet Lester(U20W 60H 9.99) and newcomer Megan Phillip(3rd U15G 60H 10.58).Other highlights included Patrick Hillyer leaping to a PB 12.07 in the U17M TJ(5th) and Victoria Douglas taking 4th in the U15G LJ at 4.46.Full results on the Surrey site - www.surreyathletics.org.uk
March 2 saw Nicky Atkins completing the Stragglers TT in 34.41,with son,Tim,doing one lap in 17.59 and,on the 8th,our intrepid lady tackled what was always going to be a real tough 10k,the Guildford G3,at Newlands Corner on the Downs near Guildford - 6th V40 in 59.25.
Molly Renfer ran a stormer for Surrey in the English Schools CC Champs in Sefton Park,Liverpool on Saturday 8th - in a field of over 300 of the best Inters in the UK,she ran into 60th(15.00) and also won herself a team gold as 5th scorer in the winning Surrey team. Though the Senior girls were down the field,Surrey's Junior Girls also won team gold and Jonny Hay won the Inter Boys and Emelia Gorecka the Junior Girls titles.
Indoors(8th),at Lee Valley,Claudia Noakes was successful in winning the Middlesex Under 15 Girls Pole Vault title at 2m40.
At the Banstead Woods TT(15th),Rachel Burbridge was 2nd woman home on 16th overall(20.40).
Earlier in the month at Oxford(5th),Andy Arbour ran a 20.05 leg for Oxford Uni. in the traditional Teddy Hall Relays.
K&P members' results from the last throes of the 2007/8 winter indoor season suggests promise for the Summer -
At the BUSAs in Sheffield(15th/16th),Dominique Blaize(Brunel) surely would have qualified for the track & field equivalent of "Brian Moore's begrudging RBS Man of the Match Award". She dominated the Long Jump competition,leaping out to a PB 6m14,prompting coach Stewart Poulson to predict more these coming months - the more so,since her series included three other 6m jumps all in excess of her previous best. Not content,the next day she obliterated the 200 field,progressing over 3 races to take the Final in 24.64,and picked up a bronze in the 60H(8.65). Four of our men were there - Chris Hall(Royal Holloway) was very lively over 200,winning his heat(22.96) and narrowly missing the Final after a 2SF in 22.69;he also ran a 7.33 60m & leapt to 6.22 in the LJ,but,probably,would have preferred not to have had those reported - Maris Kuklis(Bournemouth) ran a 55.24 400 which did not qualify him - Matt Field(Brunel) did qualify for his 60H Final,placing a useful 5th in 8.68 after 8.86 in the heat - David Cook(Exeter) was only just below his best form with 7m12,just being edged for the LJ bronze after leading going into the final stages and having a long foul in the last round,but,in the EU or not, it could be said to be a mite indecent when you are beaten in the British Champs by the likes of Sven Knipphals & Rainer Groh!
Over in the EU(France to be exact),at the World Masters En Salle(17th-23rd),new President,Pat Logan,ran very fast(7.41,& 7.34 twice) but sadly lost the M45 60m bronze on a photo;our other 60m troopers(17th) - Joan Trimble(9.23),Mike May(8.44SB),David Curzon(8.28) & Chuck Isetts(8.69) - were unable to progress from their heats. Later,in the 200s(18th),Chuck did make the M65 SFs(28.61),but JT(31.72),MM(28.00SB) & DC did not - the latter likely joining PL on the wounded list.
On Wed 19th.,Chuck did not quite make the 200 Final,running 28.49 for 4th in his SF,whilst Mike May clocked 64.39 in the M45 400(20th),a 3rd winter's best and a time with which he will be pleased,but did not progress. Finally,Joan Trimble(W50) & Chuck Isetts(M65) were part of medal-winning GB teams in the 4 x 200 Relays - Gold for Joan & Silver for Chuck.
Back in Blighty,Molly Renfer,in Core Active Tri Club colours,was an excellent 38th(20.01) in the BPTT(22nd),whilst Frank Schubert placed 114th, Susanne Dietrich 130th & Rupert Bole 140th.
Roseanne Mackay,in Camb&Cole colours,jumped 4.85/10.55 at the Herts Pheonix Open at Welwyn(21st).
Though you'd have to be honest and say that there have only been a handful of races so far,Tom Parry heads the Power of Ten U17M 100H list! His 14.36 at our Open gives him that elevated position - his early-season competitive quests continued with a 14.6 win at the Tonbridge Open on Easter Monday(24th).
29th - BPTT - 77 Nikolay Schubert(21.44),100 Susanne Dietrich 22.14(pb);123 Frank Schubert 22.57 and BWTT - 18 Rachel Burbridge 20.20.
Nicky Atkins continued her solo epics by racing in the BMAF CC Champs at Banbury(29th),finishing in 34.06 for the 6k+ womens race over acres of flat windswept farmland.
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