A team of Vale athletes headed to Cambridgeshire for a Southern Athletics League match hosted by Huntingdon AC last week.
Vale’s team had representatives in all but a few disciplines which sadly proved to be their undoing as Serpentine took second place by just two points.
Though disappointed, VoA were not disheartened as the squad gave their all and there were some great performances.
In the sprints, there were Season’s Bests for all of the men with wins for Karl Goodman in the B string 100m and Tom Waiting in the A. Hannah Welsh ran in all three sprint events with two season’s best times.
Fantastic performances from Adam Waind in two hurdles events, the 110m and 400m winning both comfortably and a new PB in the shorter event; Rachel Russell achieved two PBs in the 400m and in the 400m hurdles where she won the B string event.
Dan Barber was delighted to win the B string 400m and Patch Taylor was second in the A string, disappointed with his time but delighted to be running for the first time this year after a long spell off injured.
Excellent performances in the relays with second place for both teams in the 4x100m; Vale’s men dominated the 4x400m relay with victory by over 13 seconds and a gutsy performance by Vale’s ladies in the 4x400, some of whom had not long finished longer distance races.
In the middle and long distance events, Season’s Best performances from everyone with the exception of Vicki Sheldon who was thrilled with her 45 second PB in the 3k.
Field events were strong with Vale winning all four Triple Jump competitions and three of the Long Jump. Andy Bleakley and TJ Bartley won the A and B string men’s competitions with the Arulanandam sisters winning both strings in the Triple Jump.
Rochelle was second in the A string Long Jump, and Rochelle won the B.
The sisters also turned in excellent performances in the high jump both coming second, Rochelle was also 2nd in the 100m sprint.
In throwing events, Zoe Magnall and Brenda Russell were a strong duo winning A and B strings in Shot Putt and Discus. In Hammer Zoe was second in A string with a PB, Brenda first in B; roles then reversed in the Javelin Zoe winning A string, Brenda 2nd in the B. TJ Bartley won the B string Javelin with a new PB, and it was a welcome back to competition for Gary Brazier who achieved PBs in all of his throwing events. As always, good consistent performances from Gaith Taha in the throws.