On 27 July 2017 In Athletics News

Track and Field League - Reasons to be Cheerful - Match 3

Finally, I'm able to write up my report on the meeting on Sunday 16th July now that the results are finally available. 

This was a meeting beset by delays; the men's hammer started half an hour late as they couldn't get the cage working properly, the pole vault was delayed even longer as there was a problem with the uprights, the steeplechase water jump barrier couldn't be raised to its full height and the lap count board wasn't working - not so good with a 12.5 lap 5000m on the timetable.

Thankfully the BRAT team somehow managed to circumnavigate these problems and came away with second place - just 9 points behind Abingdon at the end of the day. 

BRAT winners were; Eloise Lee doing the double in the 800 and 1500 B races, and Carwyn Jones doubled in the high jump and triple jump B competitions. Mark Ince won the 1500 B race, Steve Dunsby won the 5000 B. Hurdles success came from Lucy Freer with a pb in the 400 hurdles A and Prince Ayeh in the sprint hurdles A race. When the steeplechase eventually got underway, Simon Lanckham won the A race. Jordan Foley won the A triple jump and throws success came from Jonny Briggs in the hammer A and Mark Lawrence with a huge pb in the B discus. And the women's sprint relay team of Stroud, Tandoh, Bediako and Johnson won easily for the second meeting on the trot. 

However the performance of the day must go to Gordon Ainsley, our lead official, for keeping calm amid all of the chaos.

Making their debuts for the team were Kate Franklin and Christine Bertram who both performed admirably in a variety of events and Megan Thomas in the 3000 metres. 

What all this means is that we are now in second place overall with one meeting left. A top three finish will see us promoted, 4th or even 5th may be enough depending upon where Telford and Coventry finish. 

The holidays are now upon us so can I ask everyone who is still in the country on Saturday 5th August to make themselves available to compete or even pop over to Royal Sutton Coldfield and cheer the BRAT team on. 

Nigel Clegg 
Track & Field team manager 

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