Athletics: City runners go far and wide for races

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MARSHALL Milton Keynes Athletic Club had members competing in numerous places over the weekend, and in some interestingly named events.

Closest to home were Andrew Wasdell, Martin Erasmus and Fran Malin who were all competing in the Movember 10k held at Campbell Park,

Andrew just got the better of Martin by seven seconds as the pair finished in 2nd and 3rd taking 39m 33s and 39m 40s respectively. In 15th spot Fran was a little further back taking exactly 43 minutes to win the female title.

South in Leighton Buzzard, Phil Atkins took 1h 49m 40s for 148th spot in the Dirt Half Marathon, and it was 366th for Rita Olatunde in 2h 12m 36s.

Over to the east at the St Neots Half Marathon, Terry Down (M50) was 240th taking 1h 38m 24s while Malcolm Kidby (M40) 796th in 2h 11m 49s, and at the Luton Marathon Tony Byrne (M50) was 351st in 4h 10m 18s.

Contesting the oddly named Herbert’s Hole Challenge at Chesham it was 52nd and 1st M60 for Kelvin Smith finishing in 48m 08s and 96th for Jim Miller (M60) in 52m 39s, while in the women’s race Stephanie Hindmarch just beat Deborah Hindmarch (3rd F55) for 44th spot as the pair both recorded 59m 19s.

There was another age group win at the Preston 10 mile race for 60th placed Alex Knowles, taking the F45 title in 66m 10s and at Parliament Hill Fields in London Lara Bromilow finished 10th in the London Cross Country Championships crossing the line in 24m 24s.

The club’s throwers never appear to know when the season ends, and despite the onset of winter contested the British Hammer Decathlon/Heptathlon at Derby.

The club’s throwers never appear to know when the season ends, and despite the onset of winter, contested the British Hammer Decathlon/Heptathlon at Derby.

In the F15 category, Paige Barnes threw the 2kg hammer 39.39m, the 2.5kg 35.01m, 3kg 26.04m, 3.5kg 29.81m, 4kg 25.39m, Scots 3kg 14.77m and Scots 4kg 13.20m for a total of 183.61m.

With the same weights, Kayleigh Presswell (F20) threw 53.07m, 54.59m, 51.56m, 46.65m, 41.40m, 22.54m and 20.48m respectively for a total 290.29m.

Throwing slightly different weights, Lewis Barnes (M17) recorded 61.38m for the 3kg, 52.19m 4kg, 41.66m 5kg, 37.57m 6kg, 31.21m 7.26kg, 27.34m Scots 4kg and 26.93m Scots 5kg for a total of 278.28m.

Veteran Mike Burling (M55) achieved 34.80m with the 4kg hammer, 30.85m 5kg, 28.00m 6kg, 25.25m 7.26kg, 20.27m 9kg, 19.30m Scots 4kg, 6.20m Scots 5kg, 14.80m Scots 6kg, 12.86m Scots 7.26kg and 8.14m Scots 10kg for a 210.47m total.

Finally, but by no means least, Jack Kee (M70) threw 51.40m 2kg, 49.41m 2.5kg, 45.76m 3kg, 42.98m 3.5kg, 39.38m 4kg, 27.81m Scots 3kg, 24.70m Scots 4kg, 22.67m Scots 5kg, 21.70m Scots 5.45kg and 19.78m Scots 6kg for a total of 345.59m.

All of those throwers, pictured above, won gold apart from Mike who took silver.