Athletics: MK veterans complete fantastic league final double

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MARSHALL Milton Keynes AC hosted the final for the Eastern Veterans Track & Field League, and celebrated the occasion with victory for both their men’s and women’s teams – a feat last achieved in 2008.

The men were actually defending the trophy they won at Bedford last year, and in a close match where Peterborough, Chelmsford and Huntingdon all led at one point, Milton Keynes finally pulled away to win with 242 points, ahead of Peterborough (221) and Chelmsford (216).

Highlights included M40 Paul Canning winning the 100m and taking 2nd place in both the 200 and 400m hurdles, while also contesting both the long and triple jumps.

Steve Herring won the 3000m and came 3rd in the 1500m, while M50 John Browne won the 100m and was a very close 2nd in the 200m.

There was an excellent 2nd place for Denis Edghill in the 800m and 3rd places for Ian Van Lokven in the 1500 and 3000m events.

John Turner placed 2nd in the discus and 4th in the long jump, while Ian Stephenson threw the javelin for 2nd place and Jack Kee was 3rd in the hammer.

M60 Paul Toombs contested the 100m, 200m, long jump and discus, and John Skelton won both the 800 and 3000m races.

Milton Keynes’ ladies were not expected to win, on paper, but with a superb all-round showing they really rose to the occasion and finished top of the pile with a score of 272 points ahead of Stevenage (250) and Ryston (229) with last year’s champions Chelmsford down in 5th place.

Highlights for the ladies included four wins from W35 Alana Slater (pictured above) in the 100, 200, 400 and 800m, and 2nd place in the long jump.

Lesley Byrne worked hard for 2nd place in the 400m hurdles, shot, discus and javelin, as well competing in the pole vault and triple jump.

W45 Jan Hardcastle contested the 100, 200m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, while W55 team manager Jan Lawson won both 100 and 200m

Diane Baldwin set a league 800m record with 2m 47.9s, won the 3000m, and also took 2nd place in the 2km walk.