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with the B string athlete stuck    in the 400 hurdles and 400.       Steve Timmins, and Alex
in traffic and unable to make      He hadn’t been supposed to        Pope did all four matches this
the start, he was 6th in the       be running the relay but the      year and there were more who
3000 as well.                      injury to Dan Putnam meant        would have but for illness,
                                   he was called into the quartet    injury and fixture clashes.
Back in the field Mark             after he had left for home.
Longhurst had his first outdoor    Will Ruiz was another to go       2. The return of Kieran Daly
pole vault competition of the      out of the way to compete         and Alex Bruce Littlewood.
season following injuries either   for the Club. The youngster       Kieran was injured for most of
side of his exams. Still not on a  landed back from holiday at       last year and Alex was in the
full run up, he cleared 4.40 to    Gatwick at 10am and, despite      States. Having them back was
win the contest on countback       only an hour and a half’s sleep   a big difference.
and looks like he can go still     the night before, was on the
higher. Under 20 Max Hodson        track at 2.50 to race the 800.    3. A bunch of talented juniors.
equalled his best of 3.40 in the   Richard Webb also competed        It was a surprise how many
B string.                          on the way back from a            under 20s we used this year.
                                   holiday break in the West         Will Fuller, Will Ruiz, Richard
Despite suffering with             Country. He was 5th in the A      Webb, Louis Mascarenhas, Jon
painful shins Jon Pairman          string steeplechase in 10.08.85.  Pairman, Tom Desborough,
also equalled his best in the      B string runner Alex Gibbins      Max Hodson and Stefan
high jump with a leap of 1.75      had a remarkably good run         Amokwandoh all made
while there also personal bests    given the circumstances.          their League debuts. Oliver
for another under 20 Louis         Despite rhe strains of training   Newport chalked up a lot of
Mascarenhas (discus 45.68),        for the London marathon,          points in the long jump and
Warwick University student         injuries and food poisoning       Matthew Jones clocked up
Georges Vacharapoulos (800         he felt sufficiently recovered    a lot of miles travelling to
1.55.22) and the ever reliable     by the Thursday evening           represent the Club. Many set
Alex Pope (Hammer 42.70).          before the match and was able     or equalled personal bests.
                                   to take third place in a very
In addition seasons bests were     respectable time.                 4. Better support. Having
recorded by Steve Timmins          It was a good day and             John Wakeman to help with
(shot 13.75) and Richard           pleasing to have a number of      the management helped a
Davies, who had endured a six      supporters there.                 lot. We also had more people
hour car journey down from                                           coming to support on the
Leeds the previous day (400        So how did we manage to           day, particularly Lewis Ely
51.23).                            finish in third?                  who had major surgery prior
                                   1. The regulars, the guys who     to the start of the season but
Busiest man of the day was         are there for every match, who    still came along with his Dad
Mark Cryer who started the         have leave booked or have work    to a couple of matches. Over
afternoon with a win in the B      rearranged even before they       the four matches many Club
string long jump with 6.75. He     know they are selected for the    members, friends, family and
was also in action in the high     match. Captain Ed Harrison,       coaches came along to support
jump, 110 hurdles, javelin and     Dan Putnam, Duayne Bovell,        the team. Thanks to them all
the 4 x 400m. Craig Morten                                           and we hope to see them again
was also part of this 4 x 400m                                       next Summer.
after having also competed
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