Despite being an U15 Patrick snatched a stunning bronze medal in the Letchworth round the garden 1 mile seniors race. His medal winning time 5.24 mins for the 1 mile race. Meanwhile, in the ladies race U17 Imogen Rose also took bronze in a time of 6.09 minutes.
Under 13 Oliver Rose tackled the 5km race finishing 31st in 21.10 minutes.
For the first time since joining the league SNHAC co-hosted a Scott's Travel 10k Midweek League race at Ridlins last Wednesday. A massive thank you to all the volunteers from SNHAC who alongside those from other clubs ensured the 230 runners had a a great evening.
In the race itself Jenny Cotter was 27th in the Women's race in a time of 47 minutes 8 seconds. The men were led home by Chris Westcott (6, 35.38). Chris was followed home by Isaac Whitten (22,38.52), Paul Spicer (37,42.06), Andy Robson (53, 43,48), Trevor Mason (82,47.23) and Graham Spicer (125th, 62.05 ).
The next race is in Royston on Thursday 30th June.
Four of SNHAC’s Masters athletes were in action over the weekend in Derby.
Chris Feely won gold in the W60 800m in a time of 2.53.50, unfortunately it was a case of “after the Lord’s Mayor show” for Christopher Westcott in the 1500m. Having watched Chris win her gold, Christopher also found himself in pole position from the gun, but the strong winds took their toll and when the attack came 300m out he was unable to respond, fading to 5th in his last British Masters Championship race as a V45 in a time of 4:30.24.
Shortly after his race he did however get to enjoy second claim member Sally Cooke breaking the W50 400m World Record with 57.55 seconds.
In the Field W65 Joylyn Saunders Mullins picked up gold in the women’s javelin 22m93 and a silver in the shot with 7m48. Tim Saunders Mullins came fourth in the hammer with 32m93 and brought home a bronze medal in the weight throw with 12m45
The second SAL of the season saw 16 Vets, Seniors, U20s and U17’s travel to Battersea on Sunday. The weather was kind and the team fought for every point. Many athletes competed in five events and in one case seven to fill the gaps – Sandra how do you do it? There were many ‘firsts’ during the match – the first time Adam Searle has run a 400m Hurdles and 4x400 relay, the first time Andrew Kelly put on a Club Vest, borrowed some spikes (thanks Libby) and after one PV training session and some emergency in match coaching in HJ and SP (thanks Dylan and Barry) gained three second B string places, the first time Barry has run 400m in 20 years, the first time Shannon has run a 1500m SC, the first time Aimie Taylor has jumped 9m+ in the triple jump, the first time U17 Bobby Pitman competed at 400H (and they were senior height) and lovely to see Club Chair Paul racing on the track for the first time since having COVID. Jane Taylor probably travelled the furthest to an SAL Match to bring Libby, Aimie and poles from Nottingham and Shannon and Andrew carried weights the furthest – two heavy pole bags from the furthest car park and then had to push them over the fence!
We had too many gaps, so finished fourth but scored 50 points more than at Thurrock. Croydon won, Ealing Southall and Middlesex second, Dacorum and Tring third just 18 points ahead of SNHAC.
There were A and B wins in the women’s PV Shannon and Aimie 3m40 and 3m, Women’s Discus Kerry and Libby 32m01 and 29m33, Women’s Javelin Kerry and Dani 40m02 and 18m21. Libby won the Hammer 47m74. There were A string second place finishes for Shannon Rapacchi 100H, Aimie Taylor TJ and Kerry Murch SP. Kerry was second in the B HT. There were A string second place finishes from Alex Pickard 400m 58.6, Dylan Baines HJ and TJ 1m63 and 12m58, Barry Mainstone SP 8m33 and Jamesdean Aitkins JT 31m 20. B string second places came from Bobby Pitman 200m, Adam Searle 400H and HT, Andrew Kelly HJ, PV and SP, Jamesdean LJ and Barry Mainstone JT. The men’s 4x400m team of Alex, Jamesdean, Bobby and Dylan also came Second 48.5. The match finished with the mixed 4x400m relay where Adam, Isobel Geere, Sandra and Alex enjoyed the experience finishing third in 4.26.7
Match photos will be on the photo gallery by the end of the week, the next match is at home on the 26th June where Team Manager Norma Harris hopes to have athletes filling every event.
Seventy of the Clubs younger athletes supported by 40 Club Officials, Team Managers and Parents who volunteered to help with officiating and providing refreshments (a big Club money earner) ensured that our EYAL home match was a great success. A big thanks to all those that helped the day run smoothly and to all those athletes who not only competed in their main events but volunteered to fill gaps on the team sheet which saw a handsome win at the end of the day. SNHAC 629, Bedfordshire Lions 453, Bedford and County 439, Cambridge and Coleridge 241, West Suffolk 115 and Peterborough 102. This win moves the Club up to 7th place in the League and if we can maintain these results will ensure a place in September’s final.
In the U13 Girls section there were wins for Hazel Spitzer 1500m 5.39.50, Edythe Oughton 70H 13.08, Skye Barnet HJ 1m31 and Connie Dykes LJ 3m94. The girls also won the relay – 59.44. In the B string events there were wins in the 200m, 800m, 1500m, 70H, HJ and LJ. The U15 Girls section saw Lily Cotter win the DT and HT. There were B string wins in the 300m, 800m, HJ and DT. U17 Annabel Howells went under 42 seconds for the first time winning the 300m in 41.95 and there were B string wins in the 300m, 1500m and JT.
U13 Alastair Gall Gray won both the 100m and 75m Hurdles – 14.7 and 15.9 and Monty Norwood won the HJ 1m20 in his first competition for the Club. There were B string wins in the 75H and DT. The boys also won their relay 62.9. U15 wins came from Harrison Lund 800m 2.22.53, Lewis Price LJ 5m22 and Tomaz Periera Garcez JT 23m44. B string wins came in 300m, 800m, 1500m, 80H, SP, DT and JT.
U17 Jamie Timms won all of his events PV 2m60, HJ 1m60 and JT 43m20 – all three PBs. Other wins came from Callum Fairey 400m 57.4, Will Galliford 1500m 4.23.26, and Adam Bungay TJ 11m16. The boys also won their relay – 49.34. B string wins came in the 400m, 800m, 1500m HJ and TJ
Team Managers Libby Taylor and Shannon Rapacchi were delighted with the results and are looking to the next match on the 10th July in Cambridge.
The trial of the Club’s new portable Wifi system proved an enormous success (many thanks to Paul Griffin). Results were fed directly from Photo Finish to Match results and enabling all participants to access results quickly after events with no paper required.
Competing in the National Athletic League on Saturday at Bedford Libby Taylor won the hammer 48m17 and was third in the DT 28m50, Shannon Rapacchi was second in the PV 3m51. Ed Laws was fourth in 400H 56.94 and Jess Astill won the B string 400m in 56.00.