STRATFORD Athletic Club experienced mixed fortunes in the latest Midland Veterans League match at Solihull, where the men’s and women’s medley relay teams ended the evening with their best finishes of the season.
The late, and in-race, loss of some key athletes due to injury was offset by others competing in their first event of the season, including some sparkling and good all-round performances as ten new club records were set.
Sprinter Andy List made a welcome return with a strong second place in his 200m and a storming leg in the relay, whilst marathon runner Maria Haslam demonstrated her raw speed with second place in her 100m in a club record-equalling time before running a fine 400m.
Evergreen Cindy Brittan stormed to a new club record in her 100m and Wayne Vickers and Emma Bexson both had busy evenings with strong 400m and 1,500m runs before running vital legs in their relay teams.
In the field, Paivi McMillan came second in the discus with a record throw and third in the hammer with a new personal best.
Sheila Lammas won a hard fought 1,500m in a new personal best time before running the anchor leg of the relay.
Elaine Ledden continued her improvement in her first season sprinting, setting club records for her age group in both the 100m and 400m.
Also in the 400m, despite it being only an occasional event for them, team regulars David Smyth and Peter Coote set new club records, while Paula Williams and John Boxall both demonstrated their versatility as Williams set new records in the long jump and hammer and Boxall gained second place in the shot put with a club record throw.
Sarah Bland found time away from compiling the results to claim second place in the triple jump and team manager David Jones equalled his PB in the high jump.