Newbury A.C continued the fine start to the season with 2nd place in the 3rd of 5 Southern Athletic League fixtures, to keep them near the top of Division 2 West.
Sam Plumb made a very welcome return from injury to win the 200m and break the club record in the process with an impressive time of 21.8 seconds. Sam also dipped under 50 seconds to win the 400m, and made it a hattrick of A string wins with a personal best 47m.35 in the Javelin.
Trinity O’Connor was in fine form to record 3 more A string wins for the club as she cleared 3m30 in the Pole Vault, 1m55 in the High Jump, and 17.1 in the 100m hurdles
The competition was tough in all events, none more so than the Hammer where Helen Broadbridge produced the 2nd best ranked Female performance of the day with 52m.58 having to settle for 2nd place, and Oliver Hewitt throw of 52m.91 was the 3rd best Male performance also earned him 2nd place in the Hammer, while Jamie Kuehnel won the Men’s B string. There were also wins for Oliver Hewitt in the A string Discus with 39m24, Jamie Kuehnel won the B string with 32m81.
Elsewhere good points came from the horizontal jumps, Craig Beecham is now ranked 2nd in the UK over 45 age group with his leap of 6m20 in the Long Jump, he was just pipped for 1stplace by 1cm, but under 17 Lawrence Baker won the B string, and won the A string in the Triple jump going over 12m for the first time, with Craig 2nd in the B, and Scarlett O’ Connor winning the Women’s B string. Daniel Tuttle was kept busy doing six events, a win in the A string High jump with 1m.76 the best of the day, while Jenny O’Connor won the B string Pole Vault clearing 2m20.
Good points came from the relays, the Men’s team of Will Tyson, Daniel Tuttle, Ben Wickens and Sam Plumb winning the 4x400m in 3min40 being the highlight.
Matt Davies served the club well as team manager in Mikes absence, he was very supportive and organised the team well with several last minute changes needed. Also covering the 110m hurdles himself with only a few moments notice.
Anne, Libby and Gabby Stewart- Power earn a special mention, with Libby taking time out of her A levels to cover the 3000m at very short notice, Gabby after trying the League for the first time at our home match is now a regular member of the team, while Anne continues to support all the club events even though she carrying an injury.
There were debut performances from three of our under 17 athletes. Amelie Roumignac looked totally at home in the 100m & 200m B string races, and really shone down the back straight of the 4x 100m relay. George Ferguson and Oliver Brashaw clocked good times in the 1500m, 4min37.7 and 4min40.2 respectively.
Callum O’Neil came 2nd in the 5000m with 15min.27, and there were two very good runs from Will Tyson and Ben Wickens in the 800m, 2.03, and 2.07 their times. Maisie Jeger is such an asset to the team as she can tackle most events to a high standard, this time in the 100m, Long jump and both relays. Ellis Russell also took time out from a busy exam period to come along and run the 200m.
Thanks also go to Becky and Steve Elsmere for their work in the longer races, a welcome return from Steve Barnes in the 5000m, Ryan Hill was superb in several new events to him, and the club is always very grateful for club members like Sara Rudd, Roz Pearson, Caroline Tuttle & Bob Broadbridge who have always served the club well.
Thanks also go to our wonderful team of officials, each time they turn up and not only make sure the event goes ahead safely and efficiently, they also score points towards our match points total.