SAL Match 5 – Hemel Hampstead – 17th August 2019

Report from Andy Tuttle.

Newbury A.C rounded off the 2019 Track & Field season with another mid-table finish, 7th out of 16, in the Southern Athletics League Division 2 West.

The final fixture took place in Hemel Hempstead with hosts Dacorum & Tring on 215.5pts just outscoring Champions City of Salisbury by 2.5 points, with Aldershot Farnham & District on 170pts & Newbury A.C 163.5.

Helen Broadbridge was in dominant form to rack up three A string wins in the Throws. Her throw of 49.91m in the Hammer was 19m clear of 2nd place, and throws of 41.41m in the Discus and 10.40m in the Shot secured maximum points.

Trinity O’Connor was just as dominant in the vertical jumps, once again clearing 3m to win the Pole Vault, and a 1.55m clearance secured the High Jump A string, with mother Jenny O’Connor also doing the double win in the B string events.

Lilly Gohara and Bo Stewart made sure maximum points came from the 100m Hurdles, with Lilly clocking 17.2 secs to win the A string, and Bo 17.8 in the B, Tinity O’Connor made it a one two three with her time of 17.4. Izzy Fry used the 800m race as good preparation for next weekends 5000m at the British Trials in Birmingham. Reacting well to the gun Izzy never looked back to win in 2.18.0 , with Gabby Stewart-Power recording a new PB of 2.36.9 to come 2nd in the B string.

Points were very hard to come by in the Men’s side of the match, Daniel Tuttle shared the win in the A string High Jump clearing 1.75m, Mike Robbins won the B string 400m Hurdles, and there were runner up spots for Mike Robbins in the 2000m steeplechase, Bob Broadbridge in the Discus, Matt Davies in the 100m Hurdles, while Matt Green and Steve Elsmere came 2nd A & B respectively in the 5000m.

There were also PB performances for Oliver Brashaw in the 1500m, lowering his time to 4.38.4, and Ryan Hill in both the shot put and hammer. Dwayne Stewart-Power will go down in the record books as possibly the oldest Man to make his NAC club track & Field debut, clocking 2.42.4 in the 800m B string, he really enjoyed it and recommends it to anyone thinking of giving track a try.

It was noted how natural Bo Stewart looked in her leg of the 4x 400m relay, these promising results do not go un-noticed.

We must give a very special mention and thanks to Roz Pearson and Caroline Tuttle, they have been joint Women’s team manager for some 22 years, many of the athletes will only know the pair in charge of the Women’s team, they hand over to Jenny O’Connor & Sara Rudd and we wish them all the best for next season.

Also big thanks to Mike Robbins the Men’s team manager, and our team of Officials, on this occasion – Ray Herbert, Vic Pearson, Linda Pitts, Keith Baker, Sara Rudd, Roz Pearson, and Caroline & Andy Tuttle.

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