Southern Athletics League – Final Match of 2018
Apologies for my tardiness with the match report.
Kingston – 231 (4 league points)
Newbury – 203 (3)
AFD AC – 176 (2)
Oxford – 148 (1)
Bad day for Oxford who were relegated on match points. I.e. Points scored by athletes and officials. For anyone those not aware, we can score a max of 20 points with each official scoring 5 pts for the club. So a big thank you to all the club officials who’ve been there all season.
Final league positions for Div 2 West are below.
1 Woking 1200 20
2 Bournemouth 1102.5 18
3 Basingstoke & Mid Hants 1100 18
4 Radley AC 1021 15
5 Newbury AC 1037 14
6 Yeovil Olympiads 891 14
7 Hillingdon AC 912.5 13
8 South London Harriers 940 12
9 Aldershot, Farnham & District 933 12
10 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 921.5 12
11 Walton AC 918.5 12
12 Epsom & Ewell 887.5 9
13 Oxford City AC 868.5 9
14 City of Portsmouth 822.5 9
15 City of Plymouth, Erme Valley and Tavistock 756 7
16 North Devon 577 6
Woking and Bournemouth promoted. Basingstoke missing out on promotion by 2.5 match points. Ohhh that’s got to hurt!
Congrats to Louise Small who won the female athlete of the day. 3000M in a time of 9.49
With team selection hindered by the absence of sprinters, the final result was a pleasant surprise!
SP – Allan with a SBs and Ian were up against some big boys! Jack once again gained some valuable experience. Kingston fielded a strong team as they started the day in relegation position.
HJ – Chris interrupted his University visit to win the A and Mike (I can fill any gaps) Boucher getting his day off to a great start.
400H – Mark and Ian once again showed the quality of multi eventing. (Coaches, surely we must have some youngsters to challenge these old fellas?)
800M – Marcus held off for a tremendous win against the Oxford athlete with the ugliest running style I’ve seen in ages. Making his debut and getting a PB, Gavin Jackman! Barney watch out! Your Dad ran 2.16 and there is more to come.
HT – And he cracks the 40M mark. Not once, but 3 times. Neil gets a new PB (again). Allan nursed himself to score 2 points.
100M – Just outside his PB, George was in some fast company. Well done, that was a quick race. Hopefully the video for the “B” race has been posted on-line by now. As John Coe filled the B slot. You must remember to bring spikes next time chap!
LJ – 2nd in Walton, 2nd in Aldershot and finally a win for Henry and a new PB of 6.22. Mike with his first recorded LJ since 2013 earned 2 points in the B.
400M – Alex (and a few people still owe him £20) Pointon and Gavin (PB) earned a point a piece.
PV – Allan finished 2nd in the A string and Mike won the B!
JT – Different venue, same result. Wins in the A (Joe) and B (Cameron). Joe bettered his PB by 54cm with a throw of 50.54. Jack set a new PB of 36.82 with the higher weight of JT800.
5000M – Bryn took 9 secs off his PB to win in 15.42. Toby won the B in 15.53. This was a race within a race. With Alex assisting several Alex as pace maker. So Robbie (15.51 and a new PB), Richard (16.05, new PB) and James (16.35, new PB) owe him some beers.
110MH – Ian our sole representative completed his 5th SAL of the season in this event. Well done that man!
200M – George looking far more comfortable with a corner to build up some speed ran 24.3 and Henry 24.4.
1500M – While this might not have been his quickest time there was no doubt who’d win. Luke took victory in the A and Phil set a PB of 4.04. With Alex once again pace maker, Ali Smith (4.17 his first time since 2005), Billy (4.24, new PB) and Andrew (5.44, SB) showed our strength in depth at MD.
TJ – Cameron finished a strong second with 11.38 and Mike warmed up for the s/c with earning a point in the B string.
2000M s/c – Mike 3rd in the A and Xavier 3rd in the B were well matched in this race. Mike rounding off a good day.
DT – The ever present Allan and Ian both finished 3rd.
4 x 100M – George gets us off to a good start, Henry powers down the back straight (we’re in good shape), hands over to Ian and within 10M the collective Oooohhh! from the crowd as he pulled up clutching his hammy. However, being an ex roughy toughy rugby player he hobbles round the bend to hand the baton to John. Most of us missed the red flag awarded to Oxford so we finished 3rd. Get in there!
4 x 400M – While they might not have clocked the fastest time this year, the quartet of Alex, James, Phil and Richard were by now a wee bit tired. So well done chaps.
There are some important decisions being made regarding the SAL, so in the next couple of weeks, I’ll send out a note outlining them.
Well done to everyone this season and I look forward to seeing you over the winter months at the mud running events. Good luck to all those heading off to Uni.
Allan Leiper, Ian Jennings, Mark Hyde, Mike Boucher, Chris Horlock, Marcus Shantry, Gavin Jackman, Neil Minchin, George Asprey, John Coe, Henry McGoldrick, Joe Parker, Cameron Zack, The “Smiths” of….Ali, Billy, Bryn and Toby, Luke Van Oudtshoorn, Phil Sewell, Xavier Booth, James Quinlan, Robbie Coupland, Richard Lovejoy, Jack Wise and Andrew Hislop.