Athletes secure Division 1 future

Athletics
Athletics

The senior men’s and women’s team finish second in the final Southern League Division One Fixture to ensure a mid-table placing and avoid any chance of relegation.

The MMKAC combined men’s and women’s track and field team travelled to Stevenage for the final Southern League, Division One fixture.

Rachel Gibbens

Rachel Gibbens

From the 16 teams in the league MMKAC were in a tight mid-table position and needed to finish at least second to save the dog-fight for relegation. They did finish second to eventual league champions Nene Valley Harriers and placed 9th= in the final league table. Rising to the occasion, a much stronger team competed.

Maximum points were scored in the men’s sprints. Aaron Adom(11.17) and Kwame Twumasi-Tawiah(11.61) won both the 100m races and then followed by recording 22.23 and 23.73 respectively to win the 200m races. Sam Winters made welcome comeback from injury to win the 800m(1.57.25) whilst in the 1500m, Liam Smith was 2nd in the A race(4.09.1) with Ryan Burling winning the Brace(4.09.4). Mark Ryall also returned from injury to place 3rd in the 5000m(15.38.40) with Steve Tuttle(15.44.43) winning the B race.

For the ladies on the track both Corinne Nurse placed 3rd in their 400m races(63.37) and 68.52) but then good points were scored in the longer races. Sophie Botham took 2nd in the 80m(2.27.15) with team-mate Martinha Ferreira winning the B race(2.32.70). A similar result in the 1500m as Nadine Lewycky placed 2nd in the 1500m(5.12.90 with Martinha winning the B (5.24.1). A double then came in the 3000m from Elle Roche(10.29.1) and Nadine(10.51.65). Natalie Nurse set a PB of 8.43.05 for 2nd in the 2000m steeplechase.

Chuko Cribb was the star in the men’s field events winning the triple jump with a near PB leap of 14.54m. a result which gave him the “man of the match” award. He was 2nd in both the long jump(6.48m) and high jump(1.90m). Josh Rooney added to the points tally from the jumpers winning the B string triple jump (11.40m) In the throws there was a great javelin double from Curtis Jackson(58.40m) and Jonathan Pownall(49.02m) whilst Lewis Barnes worked hard in the heavy throws, 2nd in shot(11.16m) and hammer(37.25m) whilst 2nd in the B discus(32.59m

Chuko Cribb

Chuko Cribb

Like the men the highest placed in the “women of the match” went to Rachel Gibbens(2nd overall) for her jumping exploits – a PB in the high jump with 1.73m and then in the long jump another PB of 5.58m. Kewe King placed 2nd in the high jump B(1.45m) and the again in the triple jump A(10.70m) before 3rd in the pole vault(2.50m). The team welcomed back Kayleigh Presswell in the throws and promptly set up a hammer double when winning the A event(51.58m) and Laeken Impey the B(44.74m). Kayleigh was then 3rd in the shot(9.36m) and again in the discus(28.30). Her hammer throw of 51.58m gave her 3rd place in the “women of the match awards”

There were nine MMKAC runners in the annual “Race the Train” cross-country race in North Wales. This 14mile event follows the Talyllyn narrow guage railway from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and return to the coast and was first run in 1948 with 48 competitors. This year 920 finished. The idea is to beat the train back. From the MMKAC team both Jeremy Vick, 102nd(1.40.35) and Neil Jones, 164th(1.44.46) beat the train. Russell Jones was the first unsuccessful finisher, 260th(1.52.11) and then followed by Kelvin Smith 317th(1.58.56). and Geoff New, 384th(1.58.56).

Completing the team were Julie Jones, 519th and Maria Calleia, 520th both in 2.06.55. Arianna Pisetti clocked 2.21.21 for 715place with Ursula Ghaleb, 769th in 2:27.36

At the Kimbolton Half Marathon, 4th place was Dan Webber-76.36, 7th Gary Blaber- 77.50(PB,) 21st Tom Hayman-81.25(PB,) 54th Carl Reynolds-89.23 and 75th Wendy Webber-94.16 (1st F35)