Report from Andy Tuttle:
Newbury A.C finished runner up for the 4th time this season to secure a top half position once again in the Southern Athletics League Division 2 West. The latest result came in the final fixture of the season at Kingston on Saturday, with the match being won by the hosts Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers on 226pts, Newbury 202pts, Aldershot Farnham & District 157pts & Oxford City 149pts.
Newbury got off to a flying start on the track, scoring 14 out of a possible 16 pts in the first event 400m hurdles. Jenny O’Connor and Matt Davies finish 2nd A strings, while Lucy Loxton & Mike Robbins secured wins in the B strings. Next up was the 800m which saw Izzy Fry take charge leading from the gun, with Sammy Dredge closely in pursuit, they finished 1st and 2nd to take maximum points.
The young pairing of under 23 Al Taylor and under 17 Reuben Langdon scored well in the 400m, both going under 55secs, with Taylor 2nd A, and Langdon winning the B.
In the longer events Newbury made sure that Aldershot did not have it entirely their own way. Mike Robbins was the clear winner in the 2000m Steeplechase, with Steve Elsmere just missing out on the B string win, and Sophie Fowler ran well for 2nd A in the Women’s race. The Men’s 5000m was a particularly strong event, with seven Men running 16 mins or under, the Newbury trio were Mark Vardy 15mins.52s for 2nd A, Alex Muir 15mins55s 2nd B, and Matt Green non scoring clocking 16mins00s. Anne Stewart -Power & Karen Shone earned 2nd A and 2nd B in the 3000m, and in the 1500m there were A string runner up spots for Emma Downie and Mark Vardy, with Sammy Dredge taking the B string win in the Women’s.
In the field events under 17 Trinity O’Connor was in fine form, winning both the Pole Vault and High Jump A strings with 2.70m, and 1.60m respectively, and jumping 9.47m for 2nd A in the Triple Jump. Jenny O’Connor won the B string Pole Vault, and was 2nd in the B High Jump. Phil Carter won the B string Long Jump and Sara Rudd came 2nd in the B triple jump.
There was particularly tough competition in the Throwing events, however Under 17 Charlotte Payne performed well to finish 2nd A in both the Hammer with 54.58m, the Shot Putt with a new personal best 11.01m, and went on to win the Discus A with 40.83m. In the Men’s throws Oliver Hewitt came 2nd in the A string Hammer & Discus, with Bob Broadbridge making sure of the same points in the B string.