Weekly update 26th April 2023

This weeks’ update starts on a Wednesday where Beth Rawlinson pulled on the vest to compete in the Caradoc Classic completing the 5.6k fell race with a thigh burning 268 metres of ascent on 28.06 to claim 17th overall, 2nd lady and the 1st U19 girls prize, if there was one.

We were into track action on Saturday as the club competed in their first track and field league meeting in Division 4NE at Burton on Trent with the club struggling to get numbers out they started their league campaign with a 6th place finish. In a A string 100m there was a 3rd place finish for Seb Danville in 12.1, in the B string race Nicardo Lewis crossed the line in 3rd in 13.4 and in the C string Tom Machin placed 2nd in 19.2. In the 200m there was a 4th place for Henry Boakye in 25.1 in the A string and a 2nd place for Tom Machin in 40.6 in the B string event. Tom Pryor had a great afternoon coming home in 2nd place in the A string 400 in 55.6 and taking the win in the A string 800 in 2.04.08. Richard Wright placed 4th in the 5000 in 17.48.1. In the field events Nicardo Lewis placed 2nd in the long jump with a leap of 5.33, Joe Deans was 4th in the A string shot put with a throw of 8.04, Craig Hancock was 3rd in the B string shot with a throw of 4.9, Craig also placed 5th in the discuss throwing 12.45, with Joe Deans throwing 15.09 for 3rd in the B string competition. Craig also threw the hammer 12.04 metres for 5th place. There was an unknown on the results for the javelin, possibly Tom Machin, placing 4th with 11.74 and Craig also threw the javelin recording 6.32 for 4th place.

In the ladies events Tammy Saunders was 2nd in the 100 A string in 12.2, La-Taunya Samuels competed in the B string finishing 1st in 12.5, Tammy also finished 2nd in the A string 200 in 25.8 with Lattie running the B string race in 26.2. Louise Webster was 4th in the 1500 in 6.30.6. Louise was 4th in the shot put with a throw of 9.79, 4th in the discus throwing 18.99, 4th in the hammer with a throw of 39.26 and 2nd in the javelin throwing 28.10. Amelia Hancock was 2nd in the B string hammer with a throw of 35.60 and 3rd in the B string javelin with 6.16.

And a group had been selected from the qualifying event in Stourport a few weeks ago to represent the West Midlands in the Mini London Marathon, a 2.62k race which preceded the big event on the following day but was still a fierce competition in its own right. Fred Jones placed a superb 3rd place in 8.07 in the U13 boys race, Sam Ball was 13th in 8.30, Will Hughes placed 34th in 8.56 contributing to the West Mids team placing 6th. Oscar Davis placed 38th in 8.11 in the U15 boys race, counting in a 5th placed West Mids team. Megan White placed 64th in 9.52 in the U15 girls race. James Neilson placed 51st in 8.09 in the U17 boys race leading home a 12th placed team.  Isobelle Jones took a fantastic 3rdplace in  the U17 girls in 8.32 leading home a 10th placed team.

Twenty four hours later it was the turn of the younger brigade with a home fixture in the Triangular League, however just like last year when no results were available, we have nothing to report. Comments made across social media show what a great effort was made by all and there is a video of Seb Palmer storming home for an emphatic win but there are no other details as yet.

Elsewhere the focus was on the television where coverage of the London Marathon was all across various BBC platforms. Unlike previous years we only had a trio competing under the club name with Dan Turner appearing on the television as he came into The Mall to finish in a fantastic time of 2.35.03 to place 287th overall. Lorna Hulme made her club debut and what a place to make it, she was rewarded with a 2.55.04 finish to take 98th ladies position and 69th in her age group. And Dave Joynson’s marathon journey continues with another solid performance stopping the clock in 3.09.21 in 4321st  place and 121st in his age group.

Dave Norman

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