Southern Athletic League 2nd at Portsmouth

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A small Bracknell Athletic Club team, travelled to Portsmouth on Saturday to contest their penultimate match in the Southern Athletic League. Heavily depleted, especially on the Male side, (only 13 intrepid Men made the journey), the Club did well to take second place and keep their promotions hopes alive.

Host team, Havant won the fixture, scoring 268 points. Bracknell were second with a points tally of 241. Sutton came third with 156.5 points. East Grinstead finished fourth with 136.5 and Chichester were fifth scoring 86 points.

In the throws, Mark Wiseman won all three of his events. The Shot, Hammer and Discus.  Partnered by Team Captain Jan Drzewiecki, the pair nearly pulled off a triple winning combination.  But sadly Jan was beaten into second place in the Hammer. Youth Sam Russell, Bracknell’s only participant in the Male Javelin, did well adding over a metre to his previous best throw.

This was only one of three PB’s, Sam established on Saturday.  He reduced his time, in his first event, taking second place in the 400m Hurdles “B” string race.  Then in his last event of the Day, the 1500m, where again he was the Club’s only contestant, he knocked 18 seconds from his previous best metric mile time. Sam’s “A” partner in the Hurdles was U17 Harry Henson.  Making his debut at the Men’s height, Harry won the 400m event in fine style, beating the second runner home by nearly nine seconds. 

Harry finished his day, winning the senior Triple Jump Competition, with a new Grade Three personal best distance.  Jumping over twelve metres for the first time, Harry became the first Bracknell winner of the Hop Skip and Jump, since June 2011. Winning success that he shared with “B” string partner Charlie Ashdown Taylor, who with a Grade Four PB, became the first Club junior winner, since July 2010.  The last time the double was achieved was back in June 2008.

This was the last of three wins for U17, Charlie. His first came in the very first event of the day, the High Jump.  Success that he shared with youth Matt Collins, who making his debut for the Club, won the Junior Event.  Charlie’s second victory came in the senior Pole Vault.  Where after only one training session, he won majestically and became the first to do so, since August 2008. The last winning success on the field, came in the “A” string Long Jump, where Robbie Wilde added another centre metre to his Grade One PB.  

Because of the lack of established middle distance runners on Saturday, Sprinter Ryan Brackstone, relinquished his normal 400m role and ran the senior 800m instead. Bracknell’s only contestant in the two laps, Ryan did exceedingly well, to take third place, in a Grade Four time. Conor Breslin won the senior one lap dash and short sprinter Jake Hatfield, in his first individual appearance in the 400m, won the “B” string. Sprinter Sam Collins, held off the challenge of his Havant rival, to win the senior one gasp 100m.  Then at the end of the day he brought the baton home in the 4 x 100m relay. Ably supported by Gideon Olosunde, Hatfield and Matteo Armezzani, the Bracknell quartet, won by over forty metres.  

Moving onto the Ladies, Phoebe Fenwick won the senior 200m race with over a half second margin of victory.  Her partner Rhiannon Larsen although equaling the time of the “B” string winner, was judged to have taken second place. Hope Goddard and Amelia Quirk, shared winning honours in the 1500m and Philippa Bowden beat the race of the field home in the 5K, winning by over two minutes.

Amy Bowers won the 100m Hurdles and Phoebe Roberts and Emma Liverseidge picked up some useful points in the 400m.  As did Phoebe and Rosie Fuller in the 800m, two lap race.

A big mention should also be made of the efforts of sprinter Amy Bowers and Jumper Natasha Norris, in the Steeple Chase.  Volunteering to the run the event, both girls finished in fine second places.

On the field, Emily MacDonald won the senior Pole Vault and Natasha Norris the junior Triple Jump.  Emma Haines and Emma Liverseidge, shared joint second places in the High Jump.  As did Rhiannon Larsen and Emma Haines in the Long.  Yasmin Bryan won the “A” string Discus, by over seven metres and Georgia Hulbert and Rosie Fuller took well deserved second places in the Hammer.