id907-NJL Brent Division M2 M Keynes May 24th 2009 Report

Written by DH   

David Hillyer's R2 comments from Stantonbury.

“Lost in Space” - William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Heather Graham and Gary Oldman 1998

“Lost in Milton Keynes” - David Hillyer, Patrick Hillyer, Harriet Lester and Dave Brewer, 2009

Milton Keynes was the venue for the 2nd Round of the NJAL on a glorious Sunday morning. The majority set off early from Kingsmeadow with a full minibus and a car load driven by myself. The minibus found its way to the track successfully but at the time it arrived the 4 occupants of the car were circumnavigating what seemed to be the 21st roundabout on the outskirts of Milton Keynes (actually it was only about the 11th but it seemed more). Eventually we all arrived, uncertain if we could repeat our opening victory at Reading. Doubts were increased as we had 2 less female competitors with only 6 making up the squad of 20 for the fixture due to various reasons.

The doubts faded from the beginning as, after the first few events we were leading the competition (as opposed to Reading where we had been in 6th place at the same stage). From this point on we were never headed and ran out winners for the 2nd match running. This means that we sit proudly on top of the Divisional table at the halfway stage. The match result and Divisional table are as follows:

Match Result

Divisional Table

1

Kingston & Polytechnic

379

8

1

Kingston & Polytechnic

772

16

2

City of Portsmouth AC

321

7

2

Reading AC

674

12

3

Vale of Aylesbury AC

303

6

3

NWC Herts

570

10

4

Reading AC

301

5

4

City of Portsmouth AC

556

10

5

NWC Herts

251

4

5

Vale of Aylesbury AC

552

10

6

Thames Valley Harriers

236

3

6

Thames Valley Harriers

513

8

7

Wycombe Phoenix

151

2

7

Wycombe Phoenix

245

4

8

Marshall Milton Keynes

54

1

8

Marshall Milton Keynes

105

2

The surprising team were hosts Milton Keynes who only had a handful of athletes. One could ask whether the rest of their team had been less successful in finding the track than yours truly!!!

All the results will be found elsewhere on this website and there were yet again numerous highlights, with the men’s 4x100 relay team lowering the club records and several PBs as well.

Performance of the day:

Molly Renfer in the 800 metres who, entering the back straight for the 2nd time looked to be beaten, only to surge past the leader and win by nearly 3 seconds in a PB (2:18.1). Molly then produced a fine 3rd place run in the 200m (27.9) and also managed to finish 2nd in the B sting HJ (1.35).

Also worthy of special mention was Jordan Smith-Bent who set PBs when finishing 2nd in both the Men’s 100 (11.1) and 200 (22.4 ) events (which featured some very fast sprinters) as well as anchoring the 4x100 team (2nd) to a 45.5 Club record..

Hilarious moment of the day:

Adam Wicks strongly encouraging the competitors in the 2000m Steeplechase. Why was this so funny? Well Adam was actually taking part (after being entered less than a minute before the start) and the encouragement came as the rest of the field lapped him at least once. He eventually managed to drag himself across the finishing line 3 minutes after the penultimate runner (but still 2nd in the B competition) to great cheers. There is no truth in the rumour that his lap times were being called out using a calendar.

Nearly beating Adam to this award was Richard Smeaton, who managed to turn up without his shorts. For once team spirit went missing as every male and even female athlete refused to lend him theirs. The only offer was made by Club President, Pat Logan. The Lycra shorts may have been on the tight side, but something in them certainly worked as Richard broke his PB for the 400 metres.

For the second match running the main reason for our success was the fantastic team sprit throughout the day. The team members were:

Girls: Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Harriet Lester, Emily McIlwain, Molly Renfer plus 2nd claimers Leanne Bettis and Amelia Maugouber.

Boys: Elliott Baveystock, Jake Budd, Patrick Hillyer, Chris Jennings, Gordon Lester, Nick Logan, Asher Nelson, Tom Parry, Tom Ratcliff, Richard Smeaton, Jordan Smith-Bent, Will Trimble, Adam Wicks and 2nd claimer Tariq Fadare.

My thanks yet again go to the team, as well as to fellow Team Manager, Michele Wicks who yet again managed to get athletes competing in events apart from their specialities. Also to be thanked are Clare Nelson, Debbie Vernon, Pat Logan and Maurice Joyce who helped to officiate and thus ensured we received the full quota of official’s points. Clare also drove the minibus on a long and very warm round trip. I would also like to thank all the family and friends who turned up to support the team.

The 3rd match in this competition is at Watford on 14th June. I appreciate that this is the day after the Surrey Schools Championships, but it is vital that we send out a strong team. We really need to get more girls competing as the majority of other clubs were better represented at Milton Keynes. We filled only 5 of the 16 individual track places in the girl’s events. Also, we were short of boy’s competing in the longer distances. The other teams have now realised that there are useful points to be picked up by athletes competing in as many events as possible, something we have excelled at so far, so there is likely to be stronger competition in the remaining matches.

We will be checking on availability for Watford shortly and, based on the fact that the minibus was full this time, will need to know your intentions regarding travel. The team will hopefully be strengthened by athletes who took part at Reading but were unable to compete this time. However, if you have not competed, but are eligible and are interested in taking part, please let Michele Wicks or I know as we can supply you with more details. This competition provides the opportunity for U20s and U17s to compete as a non-scorer in all events and several of our team took advantage of this at Milton Keynes.

If we could manage to win for the 3rd match running we would be in a very strong position to lift the Divisional title and qualify for the Promotion match in August. So please do your utmost to turn out at Watford. It’s nowhere near as far as Milton Keynes and even I know how to get there!!!

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