British Athletics League – Div 1 – Gateshead 30.6

The WSEH AC Mens British League team made the long weekend trip to Gateshead to contest the 2nd match in their British Athletics League series. A third place finish resulted with WSEH now in a good position for a promotion push with just two more matches remaining, the final match being at Eton in mid August.

Match result:

1. Thames Valley Harriers 308pts
2. Herne Hill Harriers 293
3. WSEH AC 285
4. Gateshead Harriers 270
5. Belgrave Harriers 267
6. Cardiff AC 260
7. Enfield & Haringey AC 257
8. Harrow AC 245

It was a young team fielded by the local club, with several athletes getting their first taste of British League competition. The WSEH athletes suffered from late withdrawals in the sprints so it was a baptism of fire for newcomer Lewis Clarke in the 100m where he was 7th in 11.21secs. Deji Tobais was also back in 5th place in the 200m in 22.25secs. Things improved in the 400m where Stuart Challis was 2nd in 48.26secs and it was good to see Rikki Letch back in club colours after a long absence, finishing 7th in 51.86secs. The 800m saw an improvement in the local club’s fortunes with Rory Graham- Watson 3rd in 1.54.31 with Nick Lingley similarly placed in the B race in 1.54.61. There was a season’s best for Matt Addison in the 1500m in 4.03.00. Maximum points accrued in the 3000m with victories for Alex Tovey (8.24.37) and Nathan White(8.30.2) both seasons bests.
Best of the Hurdles races proved to be the one lap event where Ashley Fry placed 3rd in the A race in 53.51 secs, and Andy Clements clocked a season’s beast of 53,24secs to win the B race.
James Lelliott had a busy day, with a 3rd place in the Long Jump with 7.02m and Alan Kennedy was 2nd in the B string with 6.72m Both of the WSEH High jumpers placed 3rd, with Mitchell Field on 1m90 and Russell Waterson with 1m80. The Triple Jump had Alan Kennedy in 6th with 13.63m and David Walker similarly placed in the B with 11.88m. The Pole Vault produced good points with Steve McLennan in 3rd on 4.80m with Chris Mills winning the B string with 4.40m
Best of the Throws proved to be the opening event where maximum points were gained by Alex Warner(59.82m) and Mikki Finn(50.30m). Karyim Irving(46.18) and Tom Reynolds(34.20m) were both placed 6th in the Discus.
James Lelliott was back in action in the Javelin where he produced a 52.25m throw for 5th in the A string and Grant Fuller’s 48m40 was good enough for 3rd in the B.
Best of the relay events proved to be the 4x100m where the squad of Lelliott, Clarke, Letch and Tobais placed 4th with some good baton changing for a seasons best of 42.7secs.

Southern Mens League Div 1 – Hastings 30.6

The WSEH Mens B team enjoyed their day on the South coast at Hastings with a good 2nd place behind Newbury AC in their Southern Mens League Div 1 fixture.

The sprints proved a top points earner. Nathan Gilbert clocked a pb of 11.0secs to win the A string 100m with Tom Evans also taking top spot in the B in 11.5secs. Evans went on to win the 200m in 22.7secs, with Andy Weekes 2nd in the B in 23.6secs. Dereece Green continues to improve with his 3rd place in the 400m in 53.7secs, the same time given to Callum Marshall in the B for his 2nd position. Green was back in action in the 800m with a 2nd place in the B string in 2.7.3 behind Ricky Harvie’s 2nd place in the A with 2.5.5. Simon Millett was the lone WSEH 1500m runner but he ran with confidence to win in 4.9.4.
16 year old Lewis Jones made an impressive WSEH debut in the High Jump with a 2nd place on 1.80m, and then showed his versatility by also placing 2nd in the Triple Jump with 11.11m. Maximum points were gained in the Pole Vault by Euan Bryden on 3.60m and James Dixon on 3.20m.
Another 16 year old was the WSEH force in the Throws, winning the Shot with 12.12m, taking 2nd in the Discus with 36.02m and 3rd in the Hammer with 31.83m. He was ably supported in the B string by David Shiel who won the B string Shot with 11.53m and was 3rd in the Hammer with 20.15m Leigh Bosson was the best of the Javelin exponents with his winning effort of 39.25m.
WSEH capped successful day with victories in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays in 44.6secs and 3,35.3 respectively.