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Sunday saw the climax of an amazing summer for Heathside’s Ladies Vets. After winning each of their 4 Vets league athletics matches over the last few months, the time had come for them to be tested against the best of the vets in the South in the Southern Athletics Vets league final in Ashford.
In the end, it was a fantastic day, with PBs, true team spirit and camaraderie. Even a few transport hitches, including a coach in Neasden and a “scenic routes” setting on Google Maps failed to spoil the day.
First on the track were Sue Rust, Rebecca Marshall and Emilia in the V35A and B and the V50 respectively. All ran well, with Rebecca making a strong debut and Sue setting a seasons best (2:40), despite reporting her shortest ever warm-up for a race. Meanwhile Satu threw the shot just 3 cm short of her PB. Next up, Victoria Philips and Jessica Vinluan did the 2000M walk for Heathside, with a new PB for Victoria.
Madeleine Minson had one of the busiest and successful days, competing in 6 events. She set a PB in the high and long jump (1.20m and 3.51m respectively), and came 2nd in the 400m triple jump and the javelin throw, with a PB for both of the latter (7.92m and 18.60m). Mary Keehoe and Sue Eedle, were also busy, competing in 4 events, with Sue setting a PB in the javelin and coming second in the high jump with a new PB. The 100m relay and 400m finished smoothly despite some hitches to the start, with team Heathside coming second and third respectively.
Other PBs included those of Emily Reichert in the 200 and 400m and of Jane Rankine (200m). There were also some track debuts (Shelly Fennel) and welcome comebacks (Ann Woulffe). It was great to see Satu Hietanen celebrate her return to running in the 3000m race, and finishing just a few seconds outside of her PB. Louisa Pointon showed true Heathside commitment by running her debut 3000m after having competed in the Heath’s gruelling pondathon that morning.
Performance of the day was perhaps Ruth’s spectacular 1500m run, which saw her finishing first in her age category and outrunning many women in younger age categories. She then followed this up with a thrilling 400m run, in which she was narrowly pushed into second position. Even the track officials were awestruck at her performance and Ruth is now in the top 10 in the country for both the 1500m and 400m.
In the end, Heathside ladies finished a creditable 5th against the best of the southern vets - a great achievement for a team in which many had only recently started taking part in track and field events. Most importantly, we gained valuable experience and insight into areas which we can improve on, which will prove useful for a bid to return next year.
Huge thanks are due to Chris for his patient coaching, Dave Walton, Tony Killilea and Philip Hogg for giving up their day to officiate, Linda for giving up her Sunday to provide vocal support in every event (even when she was on the other side of the stadium). We are also grateful to the athletes (e.g. Claudia, Gokce, Sarah, Rachel) who helped us to reach the finals, but who, for various reasons, couldn’t make it.
Finally, we are enormously indebted to our captain, Mary Kehoe. Without her vision, endless enthusiasm and inspiration, many of us would not have started taking part in track and field events, let alone imagined reaching the finals. We look forward to working towards improving and reaching the vets finals in many happy summers to come!
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31st August 2019
SX8 Tom Bedwell (V40) 13.45
SX1 Daniel Aka 26.10
SX2 Richard Macaulay 55.17
SX2 Jennifer Wing 2:25.86
SX2 Mark Jefford (V50) 2:27.77
SX4 Amara Odeogberin (U13) 2:46.23
Sam Ingram (U17) 1.55m PB
Izaiah Turner 11.15m
Joel Hawes 32.78m PB
Thomas Wasserman (U13) 22.44m PB
70th Woman Claire Morrissey 42:31:43
31st August to 1st September 2019
16th Rose Garrett 5:06
83rd Eilidh Wagstaff 42.01
110th Louisa Pointon 44.06
125th Filipe Cardoso 45.11
141st Mike Hickey 45.50
142nd Caroline White 45.52
147th Holly Fenton 45.57
177th Katie Belkin 47.41
190th Natalie Shoham 48.24
208th Patrick McHugh 49.59
312th Laura Boothman 1.05.34
326th Bob Gould 1.19.36
Kent AC Club Championships presents "The Ladywell 10,000s"
Catford - 01/09/2019
7th - 30:50.6 - Seyfu Jamaal PB
11th - 36:07.4 - Joseph McKeown PB
19th - 37:56.1 - Edward Adams PB
2nd - 36:56.2 - Catrin Tyler PB
56th - Sion Lewis - 34:26 - PB
65th - Danny O'reilly - 34:37 PB
Many Heathsiders took part at events all over the shop, but Finsbury Park delivered a "tear-up" between Seyfu, Tom and Andy for a Heathside 1-2-3, where ultimately, the young lad came out on top!
Low grade tabloid style reporting provided by Jimbob with some assistance from the usual suspects - my esteemed colleagues at the London Heathside News Desk.
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