Telford’s top athletes impress in Midlands League

posted 9 Dec 2009, 12:36 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Dec 2009, 12:41 ]
04-Jul-09 By Tino Dummett

Saturday 4th July saw Telford Athletics Club host the Midland Senior Athletics League. Telford was against Halesowen, Wolverhampton & Bilston, Birmingham Rowheath, Yate & District, and Tipton Harriers.

Telford had several nail biting performances in both the track and field. The most exciting race of the day was the 4x400m relay, which saw the lead change 4 times during the course of the race. Telford AC prides itself on its sprint squad, and today sent out one of its best 400m relay squads. Phil Shotton started on first leg and handed the baton over in second place to Pete Arnold, just ahead of the Halesowen team and just behind the Tipton team.

Pete ran an excellent leg to stay in second against one of Tipton’s fastest 400m runners, and handed it over to Ben Riekstins having pulled ahead of the Halesowen team in third. Starting his lap 5 metres behind the experienced Tipton athlete, Ben sprinted the first bend to overtake, putting Telford in first place. After a lightning fast run, Ben handed the baton to Toby Birtwhistle clearly in first place, but with Tipton and Halesowen’s best runners chasing him down.

Tobi kept his cool for the first 300m of the last lap, allowing the competitors to catch him up, before sprinting over the last 100m to stay just ahead of the two teams behind. Crossing the line a vest’s thickness ahead of Tipton, Telford won in 3 minutes 31.2 seconds. Tipton were so close they had exactly the same time of 3’31.2, and Halesowen were third in a time of 3’31.3, all three teams finishing within 0.1 seconds of each other.

Over the day, Telford’s excellent sprint squad had more success. In the 100m, Midland Counties 100m silver medallist Ben Simons ran an amazing 10.7 seconds to win the a-string, far ahead of the nearest competitor. In the b-string race Santino Dummett also won a long way ahead of the nearest opponent with a time of 11.0 seconds.

Just before the successful 100m double victory, Malcolm Dawes Jnr. ran a huge lifetime best to win the 400m hurdles b-string in 61.1 seconds. Malcolm also won the b-string high jump with a clearance of 1 metre 75 cm.

Sophie Worrall won the women’s 400m b-race in 63.4 seconds, and the long jump with a jump of 5.53m. Naomi Farquharson won the women’s b-string long jump, jumping 4.62m.

The 800m featured Chris Carter, the England under-20 Indoor 1500m champion, who won comfortably in a time of 1 minute 56.9 seconds. Paul Ward won the 5000m by 12 seconds in a time of 15’30.3 seconds, with Chris Bagshaw winning the b-string in 15’53.9.

In the shot putt Ian Taylor won by an incredible margin of over a metre, with a winning distance of 11m 94cm, and also won the discus by almost 9 metres, with a throw of 42.89 metres. The b-string discus was won by John Currie of Telford with a throw of 33.19m.

In the women’s shot putt Rebecca Fagan won with 9.62m, and in the discus Hayley Rubery won with a throw of 34.41.

          The fourth a-string b-string double win for Telford was in the javelin, where James Hopley threw one of the biggest distances ever seen in the Men’s league of 63.51m. It is thought to be a League record, but this is unverified. Rob Millar won the javelin b-string in 44.35.

Telford AC had an impressive 18 victories, but there were many others who tried their hardest when given a place on the Telford AC senior team. These were:

100m- Ben Simons, 10.7; Santino Dummett, 11.0; Helen Martin, 13.2; Sinead Johnson, 12.9.
200m- Michael Dickens, 23.8; Ben Riekstins, 23.9; Sophie Worrall, 26.8; Naomi Farquharson, 30.0.
400m- Tobi Birtwhistle, 51.6; Peter Arnold, 53.0; Lucy Ferguson, 65.3; Sophie Worrall, 63.4.
400mH- Phil Shotton, 58.7; Malcolm Dawes Jnr, 61.1.
800m- Chris Carter, 1’56.9; Holly Climo, 2’26.7; Amelia Reynolds, 2’45.2.
1500m- Dale Wilkinson, 4’18.7; Jamie Davies, 4’22.0.
3000m- Chloe Murphy, 12’03.7; Tamsin Sankey, 15’13.6.
5000m- Paul Ward, 15’30.3; Chris Bagshaw, 15’53.9.
2000m s/c- Simon Vines, 7’12.4.
Long Jump- Ben Cocker, 6.30; Malcolm Dawes Jnr, 4.56; Sophie Worrall, 5.53; Naomi Farquharson, 4.62.
Triple Jump- Ben Cocker, 12.30; Malcolm Dawes Jnr, 9.65; Naomi Farquharson, 8.60; Tamsin Sankey, 8.24.
High Jump- Ben Cocker, 1.80; Malcolm Dawes Jnr, 1.75; Tamsin Sankey, 1.25; Chloe Murphy, 1.25.
Pole Vault- Saul Millhouse, 2.20; Hayley Rubery, 3.00.
Shot putt- Ian Taylor, 11.94; Graham Pitt, 8.17; Rebecca Fagan, 9.62; Jade Fletcher, 5.43.
Discus- Ian Taylor, 42.89; John Currie, 33.19; Hayley Rubery, 43.41; Jade Fletcher, 19.74.
Hammer- John Currie, 31.27; Robert Millar, 10.16; Hayley Rubery, 21.01; Amelia Reynolds, 16.26.
Javelin- James Hopley, 63.51; Robert Millar, 44.35; Amelia Reynolds, 23.91; Chloe Murphy, 23.78.