The results of our over-35s athletics meeting at Tonbridge on 2nd June have just gone onto the Power of 10 website (at full results), writes Gary Walsh. There were 6 team members (a 2023 record!): Rebecca Pickard, Duncan Cochrane, Gary Walsh, Graham Dwyer, Keith Dowson and Sham Pickard. I think it's fair to say that even the fittest of us were nursing a few niggles, but Sham and Keith deserve special thanks for competing in spite of injury to make sure we could be represented in as many events as possible.
Once again, Rebecca was the sole representative on the women’s team, her events being 100m, 800m and javelin. She finished 4th in the W35A 100m in 16.0 seconds (good enough for 3rd place in the W45 club bests), 4th again in the W35 javelin (2nd place in the W45 club bests), and her stand-out performance of the night was finishing 2nd in the W35A 800m. Her 800m performance was our best of the evening - maintaining her relentless pace she closed down a huge gap to the leading runner over the last 250m to finish only 0.5 seconds behind, her time of 2:39.2 beating the previous W45 club best by over 30 seconds! This also puts her an amazing 13th in the W45 UK rankings!
In the men's 100m: Gary finished 5th in the M35A race in a PB of 15.9 seconds (3rd in the M55 club bests), Duncan finished 5th in the M35B race in 18.1 seconds (only 0.2 seconds away from 3rd place in the M65 club bests), and Graham put in an outstanding performance in the M50 race to finish 2nd in a PB of 14.4 seconds only 0.1 seconds behind the winner (and good enough for 3rd place in the M50 club bests).
In the men's 800m, Gary finished 5th in the M35A race in a PB of 2:53.9, Keith finished 5th in the M35B race in 2:58.8, Graham finished 4th in the M50 race in 2:35.2, and Duncan finished an excellent 3rd in the M60 race in 3:05.0.
In the men's high jump, Graham once again piled on the points in the M50 event by finished 2nd with a height of 1.25m (joint 3rd in the M50 club bests), as did Keith in the M60 event by finishing joint 3rd with a height of 1.05m (3rd in the M60 club bests).
In the men's javelin, Gary finished 5th in the M35 event (his 1st ever javelin throw, adopting the "get a safe point" technique of throwing the javelin down into the ground rather than up into the air!), and Duncan (adopting a more conventional technique) finished 5th in the M50 event.
The meeting ended with the 4x100m relay, and for once we actually had more than enough men to field a team! In a demonstration of how fleeting records can be, the team (Gary, Sham, Duncan and Graham) finished in 5th place in 68.1 seconds, beating the previous M50 club best (that had stood for a mere 7 days) by 0.6 seconds!
With the significant points scored, and Swanley/Eynesford not fielding any athletes on the night, the men's team strengthened our 5th place in Division 2. In the women's competition, Rebecca has (over 2 meetings) single-handedly put us within reach of Swanley/Eynesford - it's all to play for!
The next meeting will be at Norman Park, Bromley on Friday 23rd June with the following events:
(6:45) 200m W, pole vault W, high jump M, shot put M, javelin W;
(7.15) 200m M;
(7.45) 1500m W;
(8.00) shot put W, javelin M;
(8.15) 1500m M;
(8.45) 2000m walk W;
(9:05) 2000m walk M.
Those three runners beat their handicaps over seven miles in fine conditions.
Rebecca was the fastest woman and David the fastest overall.
Lucy Wilkes increased her lead in the series by one point after coming fourth in the race. Sam Znetyniak and Simon Hallpike stay in second and third.
The next, seventh, race is over the five mile course and starts from the track at 08:30 on Sunday 16th July.
The details are here.
The results of our over-35s athletics meeting at Dartford on 26 May have just gone onto the power of 10 website, so I’m now reporting, writes Geoffrey Kitchener. There were five of us there – Rebecca Pickard, Duncan Cochrane, Gary Walsh, Graham Dwyer and myself – all enjoying the fine conditions, albeit with a slightly gusting wind.
Rebecca was the women’s team and so got the club onto the leaderboard, there having been no team at the previous meeting. Her events were 200m and 1500m, the former completed in 32.5 seconds and the latter, for third place, in 5 minutes 37.4 seconds. Her 1500m performance was our best of the evening: 19th in the UK W45 rankings and a club best, taking ten seconds off Suzy Claridge’s record from last year (which itself took nearly 19 seconds off the previous best).
In the men’s 200m, Gary achieved a PB, I was third in the M60s and Graham, returning to athletics after a gap from 2019, was the fastest, with 30.1 seconds in the M50 race. Graham was also fastest of our team in the men’s 1500m, additionally contested by Duncan and Gary, who both stepped down to the youngest age group, the latter acquiring another PB.
The field events included shot put, for which Duncan arrived just in time and was rewarded with a third placing; he also brought home a point for the hammer throw, finding that it was possible for a measurement to be given for landing on the concrete apron. Graham and I added to the score via the long jump.
The meeting ended with the 4 x 100m relay, we had just enough men for this. Although we finished fifth in 68.7 seconds, we had by far the oldest team and as none of us was under 50, this would appear to be an M50 club best performance (in the absence of any previous attempt on this). Because of having a fuller men’s team, we have now moved up to fifth place in division 2, overtaking Swanley/Eynsford.
Just a reminder, we are at Tonbridge on Friday 2 June for (6.45: ) 100m W, pole vault W, high jump M, javelin M. (7.15: ) 100m M. (7.45: ) 800m W. (8.00: ) javelin W. (8.15: ) 800m M. (8.45: ) 4 x 100 relay W. (8.55: ) 4 x 100m relay M. Gary Walsh will be managing and so needs to know if you intend to compete.
Jim Knight won the May handicap race ahead of David Hale and Keith Dowson.
Five runners beat their handicaps over five miles in fine conditions.
Lucy Wilkes was the fastest woman and David the fastest overall.
After five races, Lucy leads the series from Sam Znetyniak and Simon Hallpike.
The next, sixth, race is over the seven mile course and starts from the track at 08:30 on Sunday 4th June.
The details are here.