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Athletics Report  1
        The Senior Men in the British League 2016

                                Match One – Watford     metres. Not only this, he also
          The British League Mens’   7th May            came 6th in the B string hammer.
          team continues to improve, with               He travelled down from Leeds
          the squad increasing in quality   We started the season with a   with training partner James
          and depth, writes Pat Calnan.   reasonable fourth place having led   Habergham, another new HCA,
          We finished the season in third   in the early stages. Ten members   who showed what an important
          place in Division One. Going   of the team were making their   member of both Senior and
          into the last match we could   debuts for the British League   Junior teams he would be as he
          have got promoted whereas the   team and pleasingly they all   won the B string 800 metres and
          previous two seasons at the last   performed admirably.  gained 2nd in the B string 1500.
          match there had been a chance   Highlight of the afternoon   Another HCA and Junior Joe
          we could have been relegated.  was the performances of our   Fuggle took third place in the
                                horizontal jumpers. Tom French,
                                on his Club debut, won the long   400 hurdles with 53.65 and Jack
                                jump with a personal best of   Messenger won the B string in
                                7.60, no doubt encouraged by   a new personal best of 54.01.
                                John Wakeman’s promise of   Both 400 metre runners made
                                a meal if he achieved the feat.   their League debuts with Elliott
                                Mark Cryer took runner up spot   Holland running a useful 49.35
                                in the B string and then Jonathan   in the A string 400m for 6th
                                Ilori (15.30) and Rob Sutherland   place, and Ocean Schwartz
                                (14.57) won both strings of   timing a pb of 48.71 in winning
                                triple jump. It was a welcome   the B string. Both steeplechasers
                                return for Jonathan who has   Dan Kennedy and Charlie
                                been studying in America for the   Davis also ran pbs.
                                previous four years.    Toby Olubi and new boys
                                Also returning to the team was   Shamar Thomas Campbell and
                                pole vaulter Scott Huggins but   Alex Skipp picked up some good
                                things didn’t go to plan as he   points in the sprints as did Alex
                                pulled up injured on his first   Bruce Littlewood in the 3000
                                attempt. This meant B stringer   metres, despite being under
                                Lewis Church who cleared 4   the weather. Work and family
                                metres moved up to the A string.   commitments meant he would
                                Lewis, who competes for us as a   have to rein in his Athletics for
                                Higher Competition athlete had a   the rest of the year and we badly
                                busy debut as he was also second   missed him. We hope he will be
                                in the B string 110 hurdles, cleared   back in action for us in the not
                                1.95 in the high jump, took third   too distant future.
                                in the B shot and ran a leg of the   So not a bad day. We had some
                                4x400. As well as his long jump   gaps at the start of the day but
                                exploits Mark Cryer was also in   everyone mucked in to ensure
                                action in the discus and javelin   every string of every event was
                                while Alex Pope scored steadily in   filled and numerous personal
                                all four throws.        bests were achieved. We would
                                On the track Phil Sesemann ran   have preferred a top three place.
                                a new best of 1.52.69 to finish   Thames Valley won the match
                                2nd in the 800 and he also took   with Southampton runners up
                                the runner up spot in the 3000   and Enfield & Haringey third.
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