British Athletics League – Abingdon – Saturday 8th June 2013

Abingdon saw another strong performance from the Club’s Senior Men and although the final team result is still awaited we don’t think we quite did enough to win overall. Once again there were some great performances on the track with some good performances in the field but we would certainly welcome back James Preston and Liam and Simon Biddlecombe who were such prolific scorers in the throws last season.

The track was again very strong with Greg SMITH taking second in the A 100 metres in 11.55 and Romaine HYMAN running 11.77 for sixth in the B race. Omar SIMPSON was a clear winner in the A 200 metres stopping the clock at 21.93 and Scott BAJERE was second fastest 200 runner of the day as he won the B race in 22.22 both of them running into 3 metre per second plus head winds. In the 400 metres Theo CAMPBELL’s 48.10 PB was only good enough for third place in a tight race. Andrew DEAN-YOUNG stepped down from the 800 metres to take the B 400 metres in 50.20.

Steve MITCHELL picked up where he left off at Cardiff – this time doubling with a below normal race distance 800 metres as well as his main event the 1,500 metres. He showed a good turn of speed in the 800 to win the A race in 1:52.88 where he was backed up by Dan STUDLEY who won the B race in a good 1:54.83 to lower his PB over the distance. In the 1,500 metres Steve was content to use his speed over the last 400 metres (apparently 55.5) to take the race in 3:54.30. Again it was maximum points as Adam SPEAKE took the B race in 4:01.30 for a season’s best that wasn’t too far short of his PB. Now his University exams are over I anticipate seeing him run sub-4 minutes again before too long.

Oli MOTT was third in the A 3,000 metres in 8:42.2 which was frustratingly less than a second outside his PB. In the B race Rob BUGDEN took the win in 8:45.49 – some way short of his PB – but it was great to see Robbie back on the track competing for the club after a lot of problems with ankle injuries. Charlie MACLEAN showed that he is returning to form clocking 9:23.43 for a 25 second win but there must be a story in the B race where Mat Bradley finished fourth in 12:06.73 over 2 minutes shy of his season’s best which would have seen him challenging to take the B race.

Will HARTLEY was fourth in the A 110 metres hurdles in 16.64: Oliver JEFFRIES was quicker winning the B race in 15.99. Over the longer hurdle event Will HARTLEY was third in 55.92 and Caspar ELIOT held the same position in the B race in 57.28.

Adam WALL and Will HARTLEY took the A and B high jump with Adam clearing 2 metres and Will 1 metre 80 centimetres in what was becoming a busy afternoon for him. Both jumpers were close to their PBs and Adam’s 2 metres 01 must be in his sights.

The Pole Vault is usually a source of good points but third place from a disappointed Luke BAILEY (4 metres) in the A competition and a no height from Rhys LLEWELLYN-EATON meant that our points haul was less than usual in this event.

James DIAMOND found 6 metres 31 centimetres was good enough for fourth in the A Long Jump and his season’s best saw him move back within range of his 6 metre 51 centimetre PB. Rainer GROH jumped 5 metres 66 centimetres for sixth place in B competition but at his best Rainer has jumped 7 metres 80 centimetres. Will HARTLEY jumped 12 metres 88 centimetres for fourth place in the A string Triple Jump while another multi-eventer Rhys LLEWELLYN-EATON jumped 9 metres 98 centimetres for seventh place in the B string. Rainer GROH threw 9 metres 86 centimetres for seventh place in the A shot putt and Rhys LLEWELLYN-EATON finished in the same position throwing 9 metres 23 centimetres in the B string. Rainer GROH finished fifth in the A discus with a throw of 34 metres and 11 centimetres with Gary BARRETT sixth in the B string throwing 28 metres 61 centimetres.

Matt SPICER was fourth in the A Hammer with a throw of 49 metres 62 centimetres and Jack Cullinan earned good points as B string runner-up throwing 40 metres 37 centimetres. Will HARTLEY launched the Javelin to a PB of 50 metres and 3 centimetres for fifth in the event and Rhys LLEWELLYN-EATON took second place in the B string with a season’s best throw of 46 metres and 27 centimetres.

As ever the relays provided excitement and after the disappointment of a dropped baton in the 4 x 100 metres the team concluded the day with a narrow victory in the 4 x 400 metres where it took a club record to defeat Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers by three hundredths of a second.

Full individual results can be found at:

http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=80865&pagenum=1

but the official team result is still awaited.