Report from the Men’s League B team Division 5 match at Yate, 2nd June, 2007
With the A team fielding nineteen athletes at Worcester the B team would normally have been struggling for athletes, but the lure of a home fixture and fine weather ensured a turn out which exceeded expectation with seventeen athletes competing. This commitment was rewarded by victory in the match in which we dominated the track by winning both A and B string in all the flat races except the 400m whilst in the field we had two firsts and a string of 2nd places. Is Bristol & West close to having a track & field squad rather than just an A team and a handful of others who call themselves the B team?
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Chris Millard, Steve Spiers and newcomer Rich Austin led the way in the sprints whilst the 400m saw sprinter Simon Park and distance runner Iain Stuart on the track; Simon, who looked comfortable at 200m, seemed to run in slow motion for the last 50 metres as he was overtaken to finish fourth. Controlled runs from Harry Preston, Patrick Wooddisse, Nick Todd, Iain Stuart (who ran the 1500m just 10 minutes after his 400m), Daniel Randall and Jerry Hogan all gained victories in the distance events whilst our lone hurdler, Dave Austin, clocked a PB in the 400m H and then followed up with another PB in the 3k chase.
In the field, juniors John Attwood and Ben Coghlan won the A & B string long jump with John then agonisingly losing the triple jump by 1cm. Mark Spivey had to be the most disappointed athlete on the day; arriving full of enthusiasm to re-start his athletic career for B&W with the pole vault, he failed at his opening height – Mark, there’s always the next match.
The throws saw Murray and Bill take vital points (as usual) with consistent seconds and thirds in the hammer, shot and discus despite strong competition whilst junior Chris Harvey threw over 40m in the javelin A string with good support from Dave (another PB) Austin.
After success in the individual sprints there was great anticipation for the 4×100 relay and the team didn’t disappoint; drafting Ben into the relay team, the quartet were clear winners from Kidderminster & Stourport and when the middle distance boys secured second place in the 4x400m relay it ensured the match was won by 2 points.
Elsewhere, guest appearances in the 100m by Rich Gwynn (11.8) and Ben Coghlan (11.3) shows the strength in depth of sprinting and even a scratch guest 4×100 relay team of Gwynn, Park, Stuart and Wallis came in fourth.
Finally, many thanks to the tremendous efforts of the helpers and the officials without whom the day would not have been a success.
Rick Wallis – B team manager