At Aberdeen Sports Village on the 12th of June, we made a significant improvement on the first match at Grangemouth, finishing 3rd and moving up to 4th overall after 2 matches. We were only 3 points behind Central on the day (scores subject to final scrutiny).
14 athletes plus officials and family supporters made the long journey and all contributed to a fine team effort. Martin Hayes played a real captain's part, amassing 52 points over 5 track events, some contested with minimal rest time between each; though conserving his energy wisely, he nevertheless achieved a very respectable 1:57.34 for 4th in 800m.
The pole vault was our best event, with Sam Adams (4.60m), back from America and new recruit David Mann (4.00m) winning A and B strings. We took a near perfect 26 pts in 400 Hurdles, Iain Wilson 2nd A (60.86) and Martin Hayes strolling to victory in the B. We achieved 24 pts in 3 events: in the 1500 Chris Watson opened his season with a well judged confident win (3:57.8) with Martin backing up for 3rd B; the Javelin brought a new pb for Alex Lewis (2nd A, 48.24) and an fine inaugural pb for debutant Gordon Belch (2nd B 38.71); in the High Jump Marcus Morton was disappointed with his 1.91 for 3rd A but Andrew O'Donnell was pleased with his B victory (1.71).
Elsewhere we had some decent sprinting by Kade Thomas and Ramesh Sapkota, affected by a slight headwind, and they combined with Iain Wilson and Ewan Hoy to place 3rd in the 4x100 (45.22). Chris Boyle was just a metre or so off his pb in the 400, with 51.73 in a high quality field.
It was good to see everyone, not only our captain, stepping up to fill as many events as possible. It's hard to see how we could have done more to score the agonising 3 points that separated us from second. With several athletes back from injury and other commitments we are capable of doing it in the remaining 2 matches at Grangemouth (17 July and 27 August). Take note of the dates!
Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager