SCVAC League – Erith Sports Centre, Erith – 7th July 2017

SCVAC Masters League, Erith Sports Centre, Friday 7th July 2017

The men’s result from the fifth match at Erith on Friday (7 July) was again a paltry league point for sixth place to confirm our relegation to Div 2 for next year’s SCVAC League, probably alongside Cambridge Harriers after a great effort by Bexley on their home track. Last minute withdrawals from an already weakened team resulted in unfamiliar events for some but thanks to your willingness and flexibility most events were covered.

Best individual result was Alan Newman’s second in the M60 3000m a few minutes before running a dilatory lap in the 4x400m relay (we were that short). Top scorer was Mark Woods with half of our 25 match points. Pedants will point out that half of 25 is 12.5 and Mark scored 12 but we add a team point from the relay. Mark’s best scores came from the M50 400m and pole vault, with third places.

Les Percival dropped years to run 400m as an M35 and fill gaps at M50 triple jump and hammer before his own relay duties. Trevor Simms added his sprint prowess to the squad and Mike Duffin moved back towards 20 metre territory in the M60 hammer (18.83).

A healthier score of 35 match points saw the women’s team second to Bromley Veterans on the night and cement their place in Div 1 next season (unless there are any changes to the structure or rules). The race of the night was Julie Woods’ W50 400m victory by six tenths. There might only have been one other competitor but neither athlete was prepared to give an inch as they battled down the finishing straight!

Liz Duffin picked up maximum points in the W35 high jump, triple jump and hammer – the latter event featuring an extraordinary breakthrough by Julie Woods, who doubled her previous best with the 3k implement to 14.87m. Sue James was our sole 3000m runner (2nd W60) but there was no relay for our hard working ladies as three into four does not work on the track.

One final point, a new SCVAC Team Manager will be needed for next season as the present incumbent is transferring allegiance to Tonbridge AC, along with Sue James. Any volunteer/s will be handed the infamous Tupperwear box and contents at the next match but will be shown the ropes and supported at the annual Team Managers’ meeting. There really is not much to it – all you need is the support and commitment of some athletes…GOOD LUCK.

The final match of the SCVAC League season is at Medway Park, Gillingham (ME7 1HF) on Monday 17 July, starting at 6:45pm.

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