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One point too few for Southern glory
Masters Track and Field 2013

(2000m walk) and Rob Brown
Les Roberts writes about a (M60 400m and M60 TJ).
season full of promise and great
achievement from a highly Match Two
committed team which came so Canterbury 20th May
near to the crowning glory of Wins by Michael Champion
the Southerns Championship (A200m, 4 x 100m), Mark
but experienced the frustration Watling (M50 1500m) and
of a single leap from a rival Graham Coates (M60 1500m) Gareth Evans, Richard Hall,
competitor whose performance were not enough to prevent us Alex Gibbins and Adrian Stocks
denied them the single point from finishing only 3rd behind
needed for victory. Dartford and a very strong Match 4
Ashford squad. However, with Medway Park 21st June
The team embarked on its 2013 Cambridge, unable to produce The team put on another gritty
Kent League Campaign under the form that they had shown and exciting display, securing
new management me! I had in the first fixture, only our second consecutive victory.
not managed a team before but finishing 4th, we retained 2nd Having lost the high point-
I was looking forward to it as place overall. scoring talents of Michael
I had heard such great things Match 3 Champion to a throat infection
about the squad. during the week, we were left
Norman Park 7th June 2013
Match One The sun was shining for with a big hole to fill in the
Sutcliffe Park 3rd May our ‘home’ fixture and as sprints, the relay and the high
The first of the 6 fixtures that always the organisation was jump. Thankfully, in this team,
make up the season took place impeccable. It just remained adaptability, cooperation and
at Sutcliffe Park and proved for the Team to put on a a determination to do well
to be a steady night for The show and didn t they just! comes as second nature and
Harriers who came in 2nd We enjoyed wins in both the A cometh the hour not only did we
behind Cambridge Harriers. stream 100m thanks to Michael not gift any points away to
Winning performances were Champion and in the B string the opposition but we scored
posted by Alex Gibbins to Nigel Stickings whose impressively across the board
(3000m), Clem Leon (M50 time of 11.9 beat the club and running out clear winners.
400m), Shaun Lightman equalled the league record. Our The team now topped the
supporters who came along to table, 2 match points ahead of
watch were further rewarded Cambridge, 4 ahead of Ashford
with an evening of great and 5 ahead of Dartford.
competition, especially the 4
x 200m relay, the discus, and
the M50 800m, which were
further wins for Blackheath
Renayldo Guevara, Tom
Phillips, Nigel Stickings and
Michael Champion in the relay,
Steve Timmins in the discus
Tom Phillips and Mark Watling in the 800m.
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