The League season opened for the senior mens track and field team on Saturday at the Hemel Hempsted track. Four of the five clubs competing fought out the fixture strongly. Newbury finished 1st with 135, Dacorum and Tring 2nd with 132, Thurrock 109, Woking 105, Ilford 47.
Man of the match for Thurrock was Aveley’s Patrick Halcrow. He won the discus with an outstanding throw of 44.97 metres, the 3rd best in the club’s history only Commonweath shot putt champions Billy Cole and Matt Simson have thrown further. He also won the shot with 13.35 metres and the B high jump (1.75) and was 4th in the hammer.
Thurrock’s other contenders for man of the match were the ever reliables Michael Shortall and Dan George. Michael won both hurdles events convincingly and the B string long jump. He was also 3rd in the B string 100 metres and was 3rd in the A string triple jump. Dan George produced an excellent 6.61 metres long jump for a good win and 1.85 in the high jump which took 2nd place. Unfortunately his nagging knee injury kept him out of the triple jump.
An interesting returner was Paul Starns who partnered Patrick Halcrow in the throws. Paul won the B string shot, was 3rd in his main event javelin and picked up more points in the discus and hammer. Hopefully these efforts will give him an appetite to get back into training and return to him best 50 m javelin form. Another athlete returning to competition was Mark Jenkins. The former county decathlon champion made a valuable contribution with 3rd places in the pole vault and B javelin and earned more points in the triple jump and both hurdles events.