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Stratford athletes flourish in damp conditions

Stratford Editorial 23rd Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

STRATFORD Athletic Club athletes continued their impressive form in the Midland Veterans League South Division on a damp evening at Leamington Spa.

Four wins in the 100m (Peter Coote, Christine Coote, Andy List, Paula Williams) kicked things off in great style. It is pleasing to see the club’s sprint coaching sessions are having a clear effect on performances and technique.

Peter went on to show solid form in the discus and shot. Christine won her age group in the high jump and picked up an excellent fifth place in the 400m.

Andy is really developing as a track runner and his rapid 400m (62.9) was poetry in motion.

Paula has been a model of consistency since joining the club and she equalled her personal best (event) before demonstrating her versatility with a creditable effort in the long jump and an outstanding debut in the discus.

It proved to be a successful fixture for the effervescent David Jones, who achieved personal bests in the high jump, 2km walk (by 0.5 seconds) and 400m (by 3.3 seconds).

Sarah Wheeler stamped her authority on the 400m and 1,500m, gaining two comfortable and confident victories in addition to a PB (1,500m). The race wins were never in doubt and Sarah could focus purely on running fast times.

The M35 and M40 1,500m proved to be one of the most entertaining events as a battle between David Smyth and Wayne Vickers kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. After barely being apart for the entire 3.75 laps David came out on top by 0.2 seconds.

There was an exciting conclusion to the the women’s medley relay. Great work from Paula Williams, Christine Coote, Sarah Wheeler and Sarah Bland ensured Stratford AC finished the night with a victory.

Sarah Bland ran a splendid anchor leg and battled hard in the home straight to the cheers of her team-mates. The club now sit third in the league table behind Worcester AC and Bromsgrove & Redditch AC.

Results: 100m: M60 – Peter Coote, 1st, 15.1; M50 – Andy List, 1st, 13.2; M40 – Tony Humphries, 5th, 14.2; M35 – Andy Turner, 4th, 15.9; W60 Christine Coote, 1st, 16.1; W70 – Margaret Belcher, 3rd, 25.4; W50 Sarah Bland, 2nd, 16.1; W40 – Paula Williams, 1st, 13.7; W35 – Sarah Wheeler, 3rd, 15.8.

400m: M35 – Malcolm Bowyer, 5th, 73.5, M40 – Andy List, 3rd, 62.1; M60 – David Jones, 3rd, 74.9; W35 – Christine Lloyd, 5th, 92.0; W40 – Sarah Wheeler, 1st, 69.2; W50 – Sarah Bland, 1st, 75.0.

2km walk: M35 – Paul Hawkins, 4th, 14.02.4; M60 – David Jones, 1st, 13.09.4; W40 – Emma Bexson, 5th, 16.01.1; W60 – Cindy Brittan, 3rd, 16.22.0.

1,500m: M35 – Wayne Vickers, 4th, 4.45.6, PB; M40 – David Smyth, 2nd, 4:45.4, PB; M50 – Malcolm Bowyer, 7th, 5.33.2; W35 – Charlotte Brown, 2nd, 6.32.4; W40 – Sarah Wheeler, 1st, 5.17.1; W60 – Cindy Brittan, 6th, 9.36.5.

Hammer: W50 – Sarah Bland, 24.44m.

High jump: M60 – David Jones, 6th, 0.95m; W60 – Christine Coote, 1.05m.

Discus: M60 – Peter Coote, 3rd, 24.04m; M35 – Paul Hawkins, 4th, 14.10m; W35 – Paula Williams, 6th, 15.83m.

Long jump: M40 – David Smyth, 3.57m; W40 – Paula Williams, 2nd, 4.10m.

Triple jump: M50 – Malcolm Bowyer, 3rd, 7.14m; W50 – Sarah Bland, 2nd, 8.63m.

Shot: M60 – Peter Coote, 3rd, 7.88m.

Medley relay (200m, 200m, 400m, 800m): Men – 4th, 4.27.7; Women – 1st, 5.14.6.

SPHINX Summer 5 (289 ran) results: Tim Hutchinson – 11th, 29.23; Graham Taylor – 13th, 30.02; Michael Oliver – 239th, 44.13; John Butler – 253rd, 46.30.

MASON Trophy Inter-Counties Schools’ Championships (Alexander Stadium, Birmingham): 100m: U15 Girls – Dani Horton, 4th, 12.66.

300m: U15 Boys – Zephan Boxall, 16th, 40.61; U17 Women – Jessica Sheppard – 10th, 42.80.

800m: U15 Girls – Imogen Sheppard – 4th, 2.21.34; U15 Girls – Eugenia Bessey – 11th, 2.24.23.

1,500m: U17 Men – Fergus Allison – 16th, 4.28.21.

3,000m: U17 Men – Oscar Barbour – 8th, 9.47.01, PB.

80m hurdles: U15 Boys – Oliver Cresswell – 2nd, 11.46, PB; U15 Boys – Jack Sumners – 3rd, 11.49.

100m hurdles: U17 Men – Callum Farrow – 13th, 15.66.

High jump: U17 Men – Callum Farrow – 6th, 1.70m; U17 Men – James Gionis – 8th, 1.65m; U15 Boys – Oliver Cresswell – 3rd, 1.75m; U17 Girls – Isabelle Cain-Daley – 1st, 1.76m, PB; U15 Girls – Jodie Watson – 8th, 1.45m, PB.

Long jump: U17 Men – Daniel Boyd – 11th, 5.49m; U15 Boys – Jack Sumners – 2nd, 5.80m; U17 Girls – Charlotte Rigby – 10th, 4.85m; U15 Girls – Lucy Smith – 16th, 4.31m.

Triple jump: U15 Boys – Alex Evans – 13th, 10.70m; U17 Women – Emily Madden Forman – 1st, 11.20m.

Javelin: U17 Men – Daniel Hague – 15th, 38.72m; U15 Girls – Taz Chape – 11th, 25.22m.

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