STRATFORD Athletic Club’s masters team achieved their best ever result in a league match at the second Midland Veterans League meeting in Redditch.
Stratford’s points score equalled hosts Bromsgrove & Redditch and was well above the other six teams.
In what was a great team performance, the women’s team recorded their first ever first placed finish.
The evening got off to a fast start in the 200m sprints. In her first race of the season, Christine Coote cruised to an easy victory in the W60 race.
Middle distance runner Phil Brennan then showed a good turn of pace to win the M70 race and Paula Williams achieved her usual domination in the W40 race.
Peter Coote and Brian Gravelson fought to take second places in their races and Jean Humphreys, Elaine Ledden, Sheila Lammas, John Boxall and David Smyth all picked up valuable points.
For Jean, the most recent addition to the team, it was her first race after a gap of more than 60 years!
In the evening’s middle distance races of 800m and 3,000m, Stratford athletes also excelled including Robin Kindersley who set new club records at both distances.
Sheila Lammas won her 800m and came a close second in the 3,000m. Fern Hordern quickly adapted to track racing with second places in both her races and Kate Sergent cruised to a comfortable second in her 3,000m, with David Smyth and Martin Austin also doing well.
Paul Hawkins continued his steady improvement in the 2000m walk, winning in a new club record time, whilst David Jones, Suzi Graham, and Kate Sergent competed well.
The field events were particularly busy for Paula Williams and John Boxall, who competed in four events each, with Paula earning 29 points for the team and setting a new club discus record and John earning 21 points.
The evening was completed with the 4x400m and, despite being cold and tired, the two Stratford teams pushed hard to add to their points totals, with David Smyth and Sheila Lammas competing in their fourth race of the evening.