SAL – Portsmouth Saturday 23rd June

Newbury AC faced the toughest test of the season in Southern Athletic League Division 2, as they finished in 3rd place behind league leaders Basingstoke & Mid Hants on 193points, host club City of Portsmouth 190.5 in 2nd, Newbury 178 points and Walton 113.5 points.

Helen Broadbridge and Under 17 Charlotte Payne continued to raise the standard of Hammer throwing at the club as Helen threw 56.94m  to break the club record set by Charlotte at the previous league  meeting, Charlotte herself threw 53.64m to make sure of both the A & B string victories. Helen also came 2nd A string in the Shot and Discus, while Charlotte secured the B string wins and with Rosie Stanton 2nd in the Javelin A and Helen winning the B string, they contributed 29 points out of a possible 32.

In the Men’s throws Oliver Hewitt won the Discus A with 40.62m with Ian Payne 2nd in the B. Oliver threw 52.13m for 2nd in the Hammer and Bob Broadbridge earned a B string win in the Shot Putt.

Alex Hanson made the perfect league debut for the club with controlled wins in both the 800m in 1m58s, and 1500m in 4m13s, A strings. He was joined by Mike Robbins for 2nd B in the 800m and Ben Wickens 3rd B in the 1500m . Yasmin Ryder and Izzy Fry earned 2nd A’s in the Women’s 800m and 1500m respectively and Jess Franklin dipped under the 5min barrier for the first time to win the 1500m B string in 4m57s.

Yasmin Ryder and Sophie Fowler claimed maximum points in the 2000m Steeple Chase with Yasmin winning the A in 7m32s.

Another double win came in the Men’s 400m Hurdles with Sam Plumb taking the A and Matt Davies the B. The pair were close to matching that result in the 110m Hurdles as Sam just missed out on a dip for the line in the A, while Matt led the way in the B string. Rosie Stanton and Sara Rudd were runners up in the Women’s 100m Hurdles and in the Men’s 5000m Matt Green led for most of the race but had to settle for 2nd A while James Craggs made a welcome return to win the B string.

There were a further four athletes making their League debut for the club. Will Morris came 2nd in the 100m A string in 11.4secs,  Under 17 Samuel Taylor came 3rd in the 100m B string with 12.1.  Mariama Barrie made her debut in the 100m & 200m sprints, and under 17 Hugh Beattie cleared 1m45 in the High Jump. There was also a superb effort from Chloe Blair who was at first unsure if she could make this meeting, and ended up running the 100m,200m,400m & 800m plus the relay.

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