Fine show by veterans in final

September 10th, 2012 by News Desk

ASHFORD AC’s Veterans team made the SCVAC League final at the Julie Rose stadium for only the second time in the club’s history and finushed an excellent fourth.
Mick Goodall, National Vet 60 pole vault champion, had a very busy day being only one of two over 60 competitors available for the club. Unfortunately there wasn’t a pole vault for his age group so he started by competing against the V50’s, where he finished third with an excellent jump of 3.10m. Mick then returned to his own age group to cover the remaining field events scoring valuable points in an exhausting day second in high jump 1.35m, fifth in javelin 25.23m, seventh in shot 6.80, third in long jump 3.67 and sixth in the 200m with 36.4
Guy Van Damme and Omer Van Noten, second claim members from Zele AC made the long trip over from Belgium. Omer ran very well in the V60 800m for fourth with 2.50.4 a new club record and then doubled up in the 3k to again finish fourth with an excellent 11.45. Guy, who is National V45 400m hurdles champion, stepped up in distance to run a fine 800m in 2.18.3 fifth and then went one better in the 400m with 60.8sec.
Peter Davey and Steve Lake, who had been so dominant for the V35 sprints and jumps category during the season, came into the final both suffering with achilles problems.
However with so much at stake they pushed themselves through the pain barrier. Peter finished a close second in 100m with 12.4 before getting his revenge in the 200m to win in 24.9. He then finished a good second in the 400m with 55.4 before winning an exciting high jump competition with a best jump of 1.60m.
Steve ran well but was clearly suffering with his injury finishing fourth in the 100m with 12.9 and 5th in 200m with 28.0. However the National long and triple jump champion wasn’t going down without a fight and managed a fine second in the long jump in 5.44m before winning the triple in 11.44m.
In the V50 sprints and jumps Iain Presnell continued his excellent form finishing second ahead on international Tom Phillips from Blackheath in a close run 100m in 13.1. He then finished a very good third in the 200m with 27.2. He also scored valuable points in pole vault and high jump.
Steve Langford stepped in to run the 400m and was rewarded with a fine 63.0 to finish fifth. Steve finished a close second in the long jump with 5.07m and also fourth in triple jump with fine jump of 10.16m.
At the middle and long distances Kevin Williams has shown his class throughout the season in the V50 section. He started the final in great style by breaking his own 800m club record with an excellent 2.20.8 to finish a close third. He doubled up in the 1500m to finish third in 4.51.5 before also running the 3k just losing out in the final stages of the race finishing second in 10.28.6. In the younger age group stalwart Ian King also ran in all three events scoring valuable points and second claim David Weekes ran a fine 4.40.5 to finish fifth in the 1500m.
Four times Paraolympian Jon Ward competed in the discus and shot, events at which he won gold and bronze medals in the 1988 Seoul Para- Olympics. Unfortunately he had also suffered with an achilles injury which greatly affected his push off leg.
However he still managed very creditable throws to finish second in both events with 33.99m in the discus and 11.77m in the shot. The club’s newest member was Graham Lay who soon showed what a huge asset he will be. He upset the odds in the javelin to win with fine throw of 51.14m.
Ashford’s injury crisis did not end as Wayne Howe broke a metatarsal only four days before the final. However, Wayne who has been in good form this year and who had trained so hard to peak for the final.
again pushed himself through the pain. His balance was badly affected but he still managed a fine third in the hammer with 34.69m, fifth in both shot and discus with 9.07m and 29.96 before rounding off with an excellent second in javelin with 37.73m.
The final was the closest for a number of years with six of the eight clubs in close contention and the lead changing on a number of occasions. In the end it was the strength and depth of Blackheath and Bromley who finally won the day.
Match result: Blackheath 242 points, Barnet 232.5, Herne Hill 231, Ashford AC 222, Southampton 214, Abingdon 212, Epsom 114.5, Eastbourne 54.
Team manager Paul Wheeler would like to express his thanks to Diane Lane for all her hard work officiating in the field together with Steve Arnold and Jane Ross and to Warren Uden coming to track judge.

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