STRATFORD Athletic Club’s masters track and field team made a strong start to 2019 in their opening match of the Midlands Veterans League in Stourport.
Although some athletes were only recently returning from injury, the men’s and women’s teams combined to give Stratford AC second place on a night when numerous personal bests and nine club records were set.
There were club records for Jan Turner in the W70 100m (23.3), Kate Sergent in the W65 mile (8:53.2), Christine Coote in the W60 javelin (11.45m), Elaine Ledden in the W55 shot (6.20m), Paul Hawkins in the M60 2,000m race walk (12:02.3) and David Wilson in the M40 triple jump (8.88m).
Rob Minton made a welcome return to the track and set club records in M40 mile (5:18.5) and high jump (1.40m). He then teamed up with David Wilson, Drew Sambridge and Andy Reeves in the 4x200m relay which they won comfortably by almost five seconds in 1:47.4, setting another club record.
Reeves had earlier finished second in the M35 100m (13.2) while Sambridge, on his track debut, picked up useful points in the mile (5:23.0).
Paula Williams had her usual busy night, winning the W40 100m (14.5) and shot put (10.35m) and finishing second in the W35 high jump (1.35m). Debutant Hannah Osborne, Gemma Smith and Sheila Lammas all contributed valuable points for the women.
Elsewhere there were strong individual performances from Peter Coote, who racked up points both on the track and the field. Phil Brennan, debutant Peter Sugden, Malcolm Bowyer, Robin Kindersley and Tony Humphreys all added points to the men’s total.
The next fixture takes place on Wednesday, June 5 at Redditch.