On Sunday, the senior side of Bracknell Athletic Club notched up their first win of the season and their first ever victory in Division One of the Southern Athletic League. Competing at home at the John Nike Stadium the combined Men and Ladies team, scored 217 points, to finish 21 points ahead of second team, league leaders Blackheath and Bromley, whose tally was 196. Southampton came third with 188 points and Herts Phoenix were fourth with 168.
The best result on the field was possibly the double win in the Long Jump, with Luke Batup and Nathan Standing taking the Honours. Nathan earlier had won the “B” string High Jump and Luke was to later add 10cm to his previous best triple jump. Robert Mungham making his season debut, threw a seasons best to take second place in the Hammer. Then later Joshua Hey took third place in the Javelin, adding 3m to his previous best and allowing his partner Sam Russell to win “B” string. Incidentally, this was Bracknell’s first Male win in the Javelin since 2013.
On the Track, there were double wins in the 100m, 400m and 110m Hurdles. Chris Hill making his debut for the club and Matthew Buckner climbed the winner’s rostrum in the one gasp dash. In a tight race, Conor Brelin won the major 400m and became the first Bracknell athlete to duck under the 50 second barrier since 2010.. His partner Harry Digby knocked a second from his previous best time, to storm to victory in the “B” string, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Then in the High Hurdles Ben Russell and Luke Batup were easy winners, Luke establishing a new PB.
The only other win on the track came in the 3K Steeplechase. Under 17 Ben Wills, the youngest contestant in the Race, ran with confidence and experience, to establish a new best time and finish nearly a second ahead of the second man home. The first Bracknell athlete to win the 3k Steeple since July 2011.
Matt Buckner ran a new PB in the 200m to finish in second place, a position he shared with his partner Harry Henson. Likewise in the 3000m the partnership of Maxwell Cooper and Aaron Enser took second places, with Max running a new PB time. Other PB’s, were established by Oliver Hall in the 800m and Harry Henson in the 400m Hurdles.
Moving onto the Ladies. On the track, there were double wins for Phoebe Fenwick and Hannah McClay in the 400m and Elena Carey and Amelia Wills in the 1500m Steeple Chase. Rebecca Watkins won the junior 200m, her senior partner, Phoebe Fenwick taking second place in the “A” race.
A runner-up double was achieved by Hannah Barnard and Laurie Marlow in the 5K. Whereas Chante Williams took second place in the junior one gasp dash. As did Kaya Sittampalam-Main, Elena Jones Amy Bowers and Elena Carey, in the junior 800m, 1500m, 100mH and 400mHurdles, respectively.
The best results for the Ladies on the field came in the Shot Putt. Where Anaisa Harney and Mia Eldridge took the winning honours. Double up seconds were achieved by Connie McCafferty and Tanya Grosvenor in the Triple Jump and Ivana Koynarova and Anaisa Harney in the Hammer. Connie McCafferty grabbed another second place in the “B” string Javelin, as did Yasmin Bryan in the junior Discus.
The Ladies were the only Bracknell winners of a relay on the day. The quartet of Connie McCafferty, sisters Rachel and Hannah McClay and last leg Phoebe Fenwick, bringing the baton safely home, to finish a second ahead of their nearest rivals.