British League Div 2 at Bedford on Sat 7th July 2018
Despite a bit of a disappointing result where several things went wrong for us on the day and two athletes were ill on the day the team scrapped for every point. They were duly rewarded with moving nearer to a promotion slot so it’s all to play for in our last match at Bournemouth.
This was the last time that the BAL are attempting to have all 5 matches at the same venue and despite this meeting being better organised than last year the field events overran as the whole event demands no hiccups on the day.
However our two sprinters did well for us on the day as first Jon Browne ran a solid 10.75 secs to earn a good 4th place in a very high standard of sprinting in the 100 mand coupled with a time of 21.48 secs in the 200 m where he came 3rd in the A string generally had an excellent day. He had great backing up from Nathan Brown who ran a PB of 10.61 secs to earn 2nd place in the 100 m and he then produced a great run to record victory in the 200 m with a time of 21.76 secs.
Ben Harding had a very solid day despite only just making the match through injury and earnt solid points by coming 5th in the 800 m and 4th in the 1500 m. An off colour Dan Pettitt recovered pretty well to earn us a solid 4th place in the B 1500 m but he will need time to recover from his viral infection.
Our strength in distance events was demonstrated as both Jordan Weaver and Tom Mower both ran really well to both record PB’s as they ran 8 mins 39 secs and 8 min 46 secs showing great commitment to the cause as they overtook 3 runners on the last lap. They were backed up well by the evergreen Chris Greenwood who came 3rd in a solid time of 9 mins 37 secs in the 3000 m Steeplechase.
New recruit Ryan Hewitson, who had travelled down from Aberdeen, than had a solid introduction to league athletics as he ran 16.19 secs to earn 5th place in the 110 m Hurdles before a great debut in the High Jump as he leap 1.95 m earn 3rd place in the A string. His partner from Aberdeen Callum Robertson had a solid jump of 3.60 m in the Pole vault yet there is far more to come from him in the future.
Our chief recruiting officer was another guy from Aberdeen who has recently moved to London, Sam Lyon, and he showed his undoubted talent as he recorded 6.98 m in the Long Jump and then an excellent 14.11 m to earn 2nd place in the Triple Jump to really boost these two events for us which have had to deal with the injury induced absence of Chuxx Onyia all season.
Last but by no means lowest in standard were our two throwers Sean Breathnach and Courtney Green who as usual earnt us valuable points in the Shot with an A sting win and 3rd place in the B string after another 22 points in the Discus with throws of 44.7 m and 39.50 m which earned then 3rd place in the A string and 2nd place in the B string respectively. Great points at a key time in the match.
However I’ve left to last three key guys Joe Appiah, Max Harbord and an ill Shaun Mulligan whom covered no less than 8 events between themselves and earnt us a total of 28 points between them and meant that yet again we filled every event which is vital in this league.
So it’s all to play for at Bournemouth in the last match of the year as we are now in 3rd place in the league and are gunning for the second placed team to earn our dream of promotion.
|British League Division 2 at Bedford on Sat 7th July 2018|
|A STRING Time Pos Winner||B STRING Time Pos. Winner Pts.|
|100||Jon Browne||10.75||4||10.52||Nathan Brown||10.61*||2||10.60||20|
|200||Jon Browne||21.48||3||21.03||Nathan Brown||21.76||1||/||24|
|400||Reece Dimesh||49.96||6||48.28||Max Harbord||52.72||8||49.42||7|
|800||Ben Harding||1 56.0||4||1 52.6||Dan Pettit||2 05.5||8||1 55||11|
|1500||Ben Harding||4 06.3||5||3 59||Dan Pettit||4 18.7||4||4 05||14|
|3000||Jordan Weaver||8 39.6*||4||8 27||Tom Mower||8 46.2*||3||8 41.7||18|
|3000Sc||Chris Greenwood||9 37.3||3||9 27||Neil Phillips||11 18.3||4||9 43||18|
|110H||Ryan Hewitson||16.19||5||14.61||Ethelbert Metzner||DNF||15.5||8|
|400H||Kehinde Dauda||68.42||8||53,8||Shaun Mulligan||68.84||6||56.3||7|
|LJ||Sam Lyon||6.98||3||7.34||Joe Appiah||6.27||4||7.15||18|
|TJ||Sam Lyon||14.11||2||14.61||Joe Appiah||12.52||3||13.62||22|
|PV||Callum Robertson||3.60||5||4.60||Ethelbert Metzger||2.10||7||4.20||10|
|HJ||Ryan Hewitson||1.95||3||2.07||Joe Appiah||1.65||6||1.90||15|
|HT||Sean Breathnach||30.31||8||66.17||Courtney Green||20.72||7||42.53||6|
|DT||Sean Breathnach||44.77||3||46.59||Courtney Green||39.50||2||40.63||22|
|SP||Sean Breathnach||16.51||1||/||Courtney Green||12.70||3||13.77||24|
|JV||Sam Lyon||44.39||8||60.42||Shaun Mulligan||32.03||7||52.62||6|
|2. Nathan Brown
4. Jon Browne
|2. Ben Harding
4. Nathan Brown
|3 52.2||8||3 19||4|