Athletics: Good results at Southern League

ALTHOUGH there were some excellent performances in the Southern Athletics League held at Cambridge on Saturday the overall support for the team was disappointing and as a result Thurrock were 4th and last.

Outstanding performance came from Michael Shortall who won the official “man of the match award” with his winning time in the 400m hurdles of 57.7s. He was in his usual point scoring form in many events the best of which was the 110m hurdles where he was 2nd with an excellent time of 16.1s. One of the few doubles of the day came when Michael won the B long jump whilst team mate Dan George took the A string event.

Thurrock’s other winners were Ben Gibb in the 100m (11.1s). Ben covered many events during the afternoon, the best being a pb in the hammer of 27.83m. A further winner was Joe Winn whose 1m80 high jump was achieved despite an injured toe. This was another double as Dan George won the B string.

Other interesting performances came from Nigel Instance who was 2nd in his competitive debut in the javelin B string and from Luke Strudwick, also making his debut, finishing 3rd in the 800m and 2nd in the B string 400m hurdles.

Adam Dowman and Don Lawless earned good points in the 3000m steeplechase while Jack Farmer’s 200m in 24.1s was an encouraging

In the ladies section winners were Gemma Holloway and Anna Stancombe who took maximum points in the 400m, both running personal bests.

Another double came with Sue Lawrence and Maddy Cannell in the discus. Sue carrying a knee injury also won the javelin. The club’s other winner was Lucy Howes who competed long and hard in other events but won the high jump with 1.48m.

The Club would hope to get better support for round 3, particularly from their endurance section.

At the time of writing this only 1 Thurrock result was available from the Great Baddow 10. Toni Noble was 11th lady in 75m 51. A good result in one of Toni’s favourite events.

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