2015 Southern Athletics League Match 3 Bracknell

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At their Home match last Saturday, Bracknell Athletic Club were looking for their third successive win.  A hat-trick last achieved back in 2010.  Sadly it was not to be, for although winning. for most of the match, they were in the end, beaten into second place. Frustratingly, by the merest of margins, just five match points.

When UK Championships clash with League meetings, Bracknell as a team, are blighted by their individual success. So was the case on Saturday, with the England U20/U23 Championships being held at Bedford, many athletes were absent from the League match. Thus the club, were unable to contest five events and subsequently surrendered fifty points for grabs.

Generosity which St Mary’s Richmond, took full advantage of and which allowed them to win the fixture, scoring 279 points. Bracknell were second with a points tally of 274. Lewes/Haywards Heath came third with 180 points. Holland Sports, finished fourth with 109 and Bournemouth were fifth scoring 69 points.

In the throws, Mark Wiseman was in his usual superb form, winning all three of his events.  The Shot, Hammer and Discus.  In the Hammer, Mark was partnered by Team Captain Jan Drzewiecki, who with a season’s best putt, took a deserved second place.  Their pairing in the Discus, brought double success. Mark’s throw of 51.04m, adding another 28cm to his own Club Record and Jan’s throw his best since 2013. The Javelin was covered by Brandon Ridley and Sam Russell, who both scoring personal best throws, shared respective third places.

Luke Batup competed in both horizontal jumps. “A” string partner Robbie Wilde jumped over six metres, to take third place in the Long Jump, allowing Luke to win the “B” string event.  Then in the Triple, Luke’s, hop, skip and jump, was his first to record over twelve metres. 

Earlier in the match, Luke was again partnered with Sam Russell in the 400m Hurdles. The lads continued their double winning success from the last match and as a reward, both gained personal best times.  In the short sprints, Sam Collins and partner Jake Hatfield, suffered their first defeats of the season. They were both beaten into second place in the 100m, despite Sam equaling his PB and Jake recording a new one. Then in the 200m, Sam again took second place and Jake came first.

Bracknell were dominant in the 400m sprints. Under 17’s, Ryan Brackstone and Conor  Breslin taking first places. Another double was achieved in the 800m.  Steve Payne making his season’s debut, won the senior race, the first to do so, since July 2012. Then in a new personal best time and gaining his first victory for the senior side, youth James Daly, completed the double. The first double in the two lap race, since July 2011. 

The 1500m, was again comfortably won by Juan Del Azar, with a time two seconds faster, then at the previous match. Juan’s partner was Alex Mouradian who only having just finished running in the 5K, where he recorded a season’s best time, took a deserved third place in the metric mile. Alex’s “B” string partner in the 5K was John Cooper. Making his Club Debut, John took a creditable third place in the race

Before we move onto the Ladies, a mention should be made of Nikki Maxwell.  Running in the 100m and 200m non scoring races, Nikki lowered his own Club Records, in the T44 class.

In the Ladies sprints, Phoebe Fenwick and Rhiannon Larsen, both climbed the winner’s rostrum, in the 200m.  Double success was also shared by Hope Goddard and Emily Read in the 800m. Hope was to later achieve the middle distance double, by winning the 1500m. Her junior partner, Elena Carey, shared the honours, by taking the “B” string metric mile. 

Another double was nearly achieved in the 3K. Amelia Quirk won the “A” string, finishing two minutes ahead of her nearest rivals. Sadly though Rosie Fuller in the “B” string race, had to settle for second place. In one of the last individual races, Amy Bowers won the Sprint 100m Hurdles.

On the field, Abi Waters and Isobel Deacon shared winning honours in the High Jump.  As did Isobel and Emily MacDonald in the Pole Vault.  Later Isobel was to record a third win in the senior Triple Jump. A victory shared with partner Amy Bowers, who won the “B” string, Hop Skip and a jump. In the long Jump, Rhiannon Larson improved on her position from the last match with a second “A” string place. Her partner Elena Carey, going one place better, won the junior event.

In the throws, Kelly Jones and Kirstin King shared the winning honours in the Javelin. Then Kirstin with Yasmin Bryan, added some useful points to the Bracknell coffers, with respective second places in the Shot. Yasmin was to later achieve second place in the Discus. Georgia Hulbert won the senior Hammer, by over five metres and Rosie Fuller took a respectable second place in the “B” string. 

The last races of the day are the four relays.  Bracknell won all four.  The quartet of Quirk, Larson, MacDonald and Fenwick, won Ladies 4 x 100m, by over a second.  Whereas the squad of Roberts, Read, Carey and Fenwick established a new U17 Club Record of 4.07.3, in the Ladies 4 x 400m.

The male quartet of Lewis Graham, Wesley, Batup and Collins, not only recorded , a new Under 20’s record of 43.8, in the 4 x 100m but also ran Bracknell’s fastest time since before 1992.  Then in the 4 x 400m, the squad of Brackstone, Breslin Hatfield, and Wesley recorded a season’s best time, finishing nearly twenty seconds ahead, of their nearest rivals.