id947-SVL SWLondon Div M4 Croydon July 13th 2009 Reports

Written by NA/MM   

Nicky's(updated) and Mike's takes on the final Regular Season matches in the series.

Full results can be found at - www.thepowerof10.info

The Women(NA)

The Southern Veterans League 4th and final meeting was held on Monday evening at Croydon Arena. The event schedule was long with little time for recovery between events and with the absence of Nicki Murphy in Thailand, work related, and with Jo Regan and Debbie Singleton competing with injuries I knew that there would be gaps in the declaration sheet; but thanks to Sue Watson, Susanne Dietrich and Rachel Disley extra events were covered.

Both Susanne Dietrich A string and Gillian Broderick B string scored 1st place in the 2000m walk whilst Joan Trimble stormed to victory in the over 50, 200 meters in 30.8 seconds, 2.6 seconds in front of the 2nd place athlete. Kingston and Poly’s second place athletes were 800m Susanne Dietrich, B string and Sue Watson, over 50 years; 200m Susanne, A string and Rachel Disley B string; 5000m Sue Watson. Out in the field events we again took control with 1st places from Camilla Thrush, shott putt and discus throw, Jo Regan, triple jump,plus a 2nd in the high jump with, and Debbie Singleton (over 50) in the discus throw who also scored second place in the shot putt.

Fortunately we had a 4 x 200m relay team. I started on the first leg, before I had a chance to stiffen up after the 5000m. I was in 4th position, out of 4 teams, as I passed the baton to Rachel Disley who swiftly passed the baton onto Susanne who rapidly passed the baton onto to Joan. By this time we were in 2nd place but a long way behind Epsom and Ewell . Joan sprinted as fast as she could and managed to close the gap behind Epsom and Ewell from 50m to 10m to finish a very close 2nd. Phew! It was an enjoyable evening and we all had lots of fun.

In this match we achieved second place and second overall, 78.5 points behind Epsom & Ewell, mainly because they have a larger squad than us.

I like to say well done and a big thank you to the team and their commitment to cover the events and to gather points and to everyone who helped to make these matches possible.

Nicky Atkins

Women’s Veteran Team Manager

…and the Men(MM)

Veterans League Match – Croydon – 13 July 2009 – Mens’ Team

Another windy day at Croydon, though warmer than the 1st match in May, saw the K&P men seal their overall third place for the season by coming a comfortable third on the day. We were 23 points adrift of 2nd placed Croydon Harriers and 20 points ahead of Striders of Croydon.

We did well in the sprints with Draco Mkpa winning the M35-49 A String in the 200m, and Mike May and Chuck Isetts both placing 2nd in the B String and M50 races respectively. This fed through into the 4 x 200m relay at the end of the meeting when joined by 800m A String winner Chris Taplin and Ollie Oladele, who had run a good non-scoring 200m, messrs May and Mkpa led off and anchored a winning relay team.

Although we had another good result in the M35-49 A String 5000m in James Harvey’s 2nd place, and Cashel Riordan came a creditable 3rd in the M50 2000m Walk, we were mostly point gathering in the distance races and the walk, but those vital points ensured we were only 2 points behind Striders in the track events, and pulled ahead in the throws.

Geoff van Klaveren won the M35-49 Javelin for us, and Graham Huntley came 2nd in the M50s in that event. In the Discus Jack Rutherford came 2nd in the M50s and Maurice Joyce equalled this feat in the M60s, while Rob Lowe came 3rd in the M35-M49 category. In the jumps we were less successful, although Frank Schubert just missed out on 2nd in the Triple Jump and 3rd in the High Jump in the M35-49s, with Graham gamely placing 4th and last in those two jumps in the M50s.

Our vital point gatherers on the track were Geoff Reed ( who came to do the B string walk, but ended up getting the A string points, due to a non-appearance by David Bell due to illness, and then stepped in to do the B string 5000m when Andy Arbour got stuck on a train from Dover), Cashel, Jack Rutherford, and David Barrington in the B String, M50 and M60 800m respectively, and David Greenfield in the M50 5000m.

Thanks also to David Barrington and Cashel Riordan for organising the Womens’ Triple Jump which was our field judging responsibility for the match.

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