MK veterans lead way with league cleen sweep

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BOTH the Marshall Milton Keynes ladies’ and men’s veterans teams dominated the fourth and final Eastern Veterans Track & Field League match held at Stantonbury.

The ladies notched up 156 points – 16 ahead of Fairlands Valley and Cambridge in 3rd on 11. That took their total for the season 670 points, giving MK the league title ahead Fairlands and Kettering.

The men did likewise as they scored 178 on the night, leaving them ahead of Bedford and Huntingdon. They scored a total of 667 points overall during the season, seeing them finish ahead of both sides in the final table.

After securing their league titles both the ladies’ and men’s teams now go on to the overall league final being held at Bedford on September 11.

In the final match at Stantonbury, wins for the men came from Paul Toombs (M60, 200m), Malcolm Down (M50, 800m), John Skelton (M60, 800m), Mark Wall (M50, 1 mile walk), Ian Stephenson (M50, javelin) and the M40 relay team.

For the ladies’ team Jan Lawson won the W55 200m and discus, Jean Harry won both W35 javelinand triple jump, Emma Beales won the F35 discus while Ursula Ghaleb produced an unusual triple win in the W55 age group – in the 800m, 3000m and triple jump – and Diane Baldwin won the F35 1 mile race.

John Skelton has been one of the male stars of the series. Just turned 60 years of age, he has bettered no less the 11 age group Milton Keynes records this summer and broken all three League records for the middle distance races.

He smashed the 800m club record by 11 seconds and clipped a second off the League record with his time of 2m 30s.

>> Held at Kings Lynn, MMKAC men grabbed seven titles with two hat-tricks. Paul Canning won the M45, 100m, 200m and triple jump whilst John Turner won the M55 100m, 200m and discus. Mike Burling then claimed gold in the M50 hammer throwing 29.99m.

>> The ladies travelled to Winchester for the third and final UK Women’s League Division One match where their relegation to Division Two was confirmed.

Having taken 8th place in their previous two matches, they always faced a difficult job to avoid the drop. On the day, and with a much stronger squad, they moved up to 6th place but needed at least 4th to save themselves, and will now join Bedford in Division Two.

Kadi-Ann Thomas and Joey Duck scored near maximum points in the sprints. Kadi was 2nd in the “A” 100m (12.18s) and won the 200m (24.52s) while Joey won both “B” strings – 100m (12.23s) and 200m (24.53s).

Elle Roche made her league debut and placed 4th in the 3000m (10.20s) whilst Chloe Whalley picked up useful points in the hurdles, finishing 5th in the 100m (15.32s) and 7th in the 400m (72.25s)

The MK field event squad scored a high percentage of the team’s points and the throwers were no exception. In the discus Emma Beales threw 43.14m for “A” 2nd place and Andrea Jenkins 40.93m for 2nd in the “B” string.

Andrea then placed 3rd in the hammer with 50.11m and Sadie Watts won the “B” string with 43.63m. And the roles were reversed in the javelin, Sadie taking 2nd spot (39.70m) in the “A” event and Andrea 5th in the “B” throwing 24.90m.

In the high jump both Rachel Gibbens and Sophie Wilkins leapt 1.55m which placed Rachel 6th in the “A” competition but Sophie won the “B” event. Rachel took 3rd in her speciality, the pole vault clearing 3.40m. Sophie leapt 5.56m for 3rd in the long jump and 10.22m in the triple jump for 5th place.

The highlight for the ladies came in the final event, the 4x400m relay where the quartet of Sophie Wilkins, Elle Roche, Joey Duck and Kadi-Ann Thomas clocked 3m 57s to clip 0.4 off the club record set two years ago.

>> From a field of 272, Steve Herring placed a fine 6th in the Blisworth Friday 5 mile road race, recording 29.00s taking the 2nd M40 place. Matt Clarke finished 13th (29.35s) with Ian Pheasey 34th (32.13s).

Kelvin Smith was 2nd M60 (35.29s) as was Keith Cook 2nd M65 (37.58s). Jim Miller was 6th M60 (39.16s) and Brian Daniells 4th M65 (40.13s).