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Veterans just miss out

August 4th, 2013 by News Desk

From Paul Wheeler
The 6th and final Vets match of the Kent League was held at Dartford and Ashford needed a miracle to finish second in the league and therefore qualify for the SC finals in September.
We got off to a great start in the 100m’s with injury hit Peter Davey finishing 3rd in the V35 A string in 12.2secs and Mark McAllister winning the B string in a Vet pb 11.8secs. Iain Presnell continued his excellent season winning the V50 in 12.9secs.
In the 800m Guy was unfortunately delayed so it was left to Ian King and a rare appearance from Peter Davey to gain valuable points in the V35 races. An even rarer appearance from Steve Langford in the V50 saw him gain 5th place just 0.10 ahead of Invicta’s athlete. Mick Goodall also ran much further than he would of liked but again gained 2 valuable points for the team.
In the discus Jon Ward finished a close 3rd with 34.79m in V35 whilst Iain Presnell also finished a close 2nd in V50 with 24.59m.
Ashford is usually strong in the jumps and it again proved so in the long jump competitions. Steve Lake was a fine 2nd in the V35 in 5.41m. Steve Langford won the V50 with 4.88m just 2cm ahead of his nearest rival. Mick Goodall again showed his versatility to finish a good 2nd in V60 with 3.89m.
The league season finale was the medley relay consisting of 2 x 200m, 1 x 400m and 1 x 800m. Fortunately Guy managed to make the race and together with Davey, Lake and McAllister they finished 3rd in 4.10.4 a new club record.
Final match: Cambridge 62, B&B 58, Ashford 52, Dartford 48, Paddock Wood 27, Invicta 23.
Final League positions: B&B 31, Cambridge 28.5, Ashford 24.5, Dartford 24, Paddock Wood 9.5, Invicta 8.5.
Full results can be found on the following website
Unfortunately as you can see despite our best efforts we finished 3rd on the night and therefore missed out on a place in the finals. However we finished a very creditable 3rd in the league which is very good considering how small our team actually is.
Mick Goodall has been a 1 man V60 team having competed at all field events and track races from 100m to 800m. Well done to everyone who competed this year especially Mark McAllister who certainly strengthen our V35’s in his debut season.

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.

Veterans finish second

July 24th, 2012 by News Desk

ASHFORD Veterans had a good day at Erith to maintain their challenge in the Southern Counties Veterans League where they are second behind Blackheath and Bromley.
Steve Lake had a good day winning the M35 long jump and fourth in the 100m while Iain Presnell, now M50, won the B 100m. Iain also competed in the M35 discus.
Ian King and Ian Mackett competed in the 800m.
Kevin Williams won the M50 800m while Steve Langford claimed victory in the M50 long jump and a third in the 100m. Wayne Howe was a convincing winner of the discus.
In the M60 age group Mick Goodall won the long jump and competed in the 800m.
Ashford also finished second in the meeting to the overall leaders.