Weekly Update 25th August 2023

There were some interesting events on the agenda this week from 100m up to 50 kilometres. Here’s the long and the short of it.

Let’s start this week’s round up with some track action as a very small and select group travel the long distance to Newark in Nottinghamshire for the Midlands Counties League Division 4NE fixture. Lloyd Hudson-Smith was 5th in the 100 in 17.3, Louise Webster was 4th in the 100 in 14.8. Joe Deans was 1st in the 200 A in 23.3 and Josh Welford was 2nd in the 200 B in 36.8 (although I do think those results should be flipped around but that’s what Power of 10 says). Louise was 4th in the 1500 in 6.33.3.

In the jumps Lloyd recorded a distance of 2.92 to take 4thplace in the long jump A while Joe jumped 2.18 for 3rd in the B event. Amelia Hancock was 5th in the ladies competition with a leap of 2.71.

In the throws Lloyd placed 3rd in the A shot put with a throw of 8.14, Joe was 3rd in the B event with 6.74. Craig Hancock recorded a distance of 4.22 in the C competition. Louise Webster was 3rd in the ladies shot A with a throw of 8.84, Amelia was 2nd in the B event with 6.48. In the discus Lloyd threw 15.08 for 5th place in the A competition, Craig recorded 12.59 for 3rd in the B event. Amelia bagged 3rd place with a throw of 24.80 and Louise threw 16.47 in the A and B events respectively. Joe picked up the hammer and hurled it 11.61 for 5th place in the A comp with Lloyd taking 3rd in the B with 11.51 and Craig threw 10.84 for 2nd place in the C. In the ladies hammer Amelia threw 37.75 to take 3rd place in the A with Louise recording 37.01 to take the win in the B event. In the javelin Lloyd thew 20.97 for 3rdplace in the A with Craig throwing 8.73 in the B event. In the ladies javelin Louise was 2nd with a throw of 22.03 and Amelia was 4th with 7.51.

That brings a difficult season to a close, a season where the club finished 6th in the division, just behind Royal Sutton Coldfield by only 20 points. Many thanks to those that competed and to the club officials who also gained valuable points.

On the tarmac Dan Turner travelled to Warrington to pull on the county vest of Shropshire in the Birchwood 10k. Dan was runner up in a rapid 32.46 to form part of the winning county team with Shropshire vests filling 6 of the top 10 positions.

The club had a couple of representatives the Race the Train competition, an annual cross country event that takes place in Tywyn, Mid Wales attracting runners from all over the world. The target is to beat the steam train on the preserved Talyllyn Railway over a distance of 14 miles on an out and back course through farmland, sheep tracks and woodland with the train forever in pursuit. Both our athletes finished ahead of the train with Dan Maskew, a Race the Train regular, placing 9th in an excellent 1.35 11 and Joe St Quinton, making his debut in the event, coming home in 33rd place in 1.45.41. 

Rob Edwards was also in the Principality to take part in the Ultra X 50 Wales sponsored by Asics. This is a single stage ultra-marathon that takes place over one day around southern Snowdonia. Starting in Fairbourne the course takes participants on a looped course around the Snowdonia National Park following trails and ridgelines and bagging plenty of summits along the way before coming back to the finish some 50k or 31 miles later. Rob took 3rd place in his age group and was 103rdoverall finishing in a time of 9.02.56.

Dave Norman

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