A VERY depleted team of 12 athletes in total battled their way to 3rd
place in the 4th match of the Southern Athletics League Series. With 76
events to cover the 12 athletes had to work very hard indeed.
None worked harder than Michael Shortall who amassed 32 points. His 32
points was probably a record points score in a league match in the club
history. He again won both hurdles, the B long jump and 400m and scored
good points in the short sprints and triple jump.
Natalie le Beau continued her excellent run of form scoring wins in the
100, long jump and high jump. The latter was an excellent 1.60m. She was
also 2nd in the triple jump and 200m.
Sue Lawrence won all 4 throws. She was most pleased with her season’s
best in the shot put, a 10.72m effort.
Dan George again won the shot and took 2nd place in the 3 jumps. In
a strong javelin competition he finished 3rd.
Nigel Instance passed the 30m barrier for the first time in competion
and finished 2nd in the B string.
Sprinter Ben Gibbs’ injury restricted him to the throws where his best
effort was 2nd in the hammer.
Aiden Simpson can be delighted with his debut in the pole vault where he
cleared 2m20. This was in addition to a win in the B high jump.
Jack Farmer made a solid contirbution in the sprints, his best effort
Only 2 middle distance runners were available. Charlotte Edwards and
Alec Finch toiled away throughout the afternoon each of them competed
in 4 events.
It was good to see Rebecca Connolly in club colours again after
finishing her 1st year at Loughborough University.
Her best effort was to finish 2nd in the 100m and triple jump.
The other contributor to the women’s score was Lyn Talbert who stepped
off the judges stand to make useful contributions in the sprints.
The final score was Biggleswade 275, Hillingdon 238, Thurrock 189,
Colchester and Tendring 180.
In the Felsted 10k held on Sunday around the lanes in the North Essex
village Scott Rice excelled with an excellent run to finish 5th in
35m39s. This was probably his best run of the year. Among the 317
other finishers were John Russell 24th in 40m15, Nick Trencher 25th in
40m17, Jason Syrett 29th in 40m55 and Toby Draper 43rd in 41m53.