City’s men sweep the board in Southern League meet

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TAKING full advantage of their home track advantage, Marshall Milton Keynes AC’s Men’s Southern League team stormed to a convincing win at Stantonbury with almost complete domination on the track.

It all started with two wins in the 100m by Nic Williams (M20) 11.8s and Jasper Larken (M17) 12.2s, with a repeat in the 200m from Nic 23.2s and Dave Maris 24.2s.

It wasn’t quite so good in the 400m but it was still 1st for Ben Sturgess (M20) 50.0s with 2nd by Adam Wade (M20) 55.2s and in the 800m Matt Malcolm (M20) 2m 06.1s was 3rd while Daniel Brumby won in 2m 20.0s.

The normal service resumed in the 1500m with a double victory from Matt Eager (M20) 4m 15.9s and Adam Atkins 4m 27.5s, and it continued in the 5000m with wins by Steve Herring 16m 54.0s and Ed Dunn 18m 20.1s.

The 400m hurdles resulted in 2nd for Ryan Burling (M20) 63.5s and 1st for Adam Wade (M20) 65.1s, and it was another double 1st in the 3000m steeplechase as Ryan finished in 10m 00.1s and Mark Dowson 11m 03.1s. And to conclude a superb day on the track, both relay teams won – the 4x100m side in 45.7s and the 4x400m team in 3m 37.1s.

Only a 2nd place came in the B high jump as Matt Cunningham (M17) cleared 1.45m, but there was a double win in the pole vault as both Carl Baldwin (M55) and Danny Wood (M50) vaulted 2.20m, while the long jump wasn’t lucrative with 3rd for Warren Stamp 5.55m and 2nd for Matt 5.15m who was then 3rd in the triple jump 11.31m with a win for Warren 10.72m.

However, this was to be the last serious challenge from the opposition as the team won all their remaining events, starting with the shot as Lewis Barnes (M17) putt 10.58m with Mark Roberson 9.72m. Lewis then won the discus after throwing 33.46m, with Mark and Mike then taking the hammer, throwing 48.04m and 25.97m respectively. And finally in the javelin, Jackson Curtis (M20) reached 58.38m to win and Laurent Stephenson was 2nds with 46.55m.

>> A trip to Norwich for round three of the Southern Athletics League proved a tough day out for the city side against a strong host team who won the match quite convincingly, but MK held off a strong challenge from Nene Valley Harriers to secure a good 2nd place.

>> The club’s Veteran teams were both pushed into 2nd spot at the latest Eastern Veterans League Meeting at St Ives with the Men losing out to Bedford and the Women to Fairlands Valley Spartans.

>> MK hosted the eighth and final race in the East Midlands Road Running Grand Prix series last week, now in its 28th year.

A total of 417 runners finished the 10km race that started at the Open University, with local pride of place going to Tanya Taylor and Wendy Webber who were 2nd and 3rd ladies on the night, Tanya clocking a personal best of 38.28 while Wendy finished on 39.30.

Eight MK men finished in the top 50 and were led home by 19th Daniel Webber 35.30 who was chased hard by Adam Atkins 22nd (35.49).

Steve Green was next in 24th (36.05), and was followed by Mark Dowson 26th (36.09), Steve Ratcliffe 33rd (36.46), 34th Matt Clarke (36.52), 45th John Skelton (37.54) and 46th Ross Mackenzie (37.58).

Within the overall series there are age prizes based on an athletes’ best five races and there were four MK winners here. John Skelton won the M60 category, and his time of 37.54 was also an MK age group record – his ninth of the year! Deb Hindmarch won the F55 ladies title, Keith Cook won the M65 group and Milford Callow the M75.

Also getting into the top three were Kelvin Smith and Brian Daniells, both 2nd in the M60 and M70 age groups respectively while Wendy Webber placed 3rd senior lady and Jane Goodey 3rd F55 lady. The best placed MK team were the senior ladies who took second place overall.

Remarkably there were nine local runners who completed all eight series races – Karen Tincknell, Phil Atkins, Milford Callow, Terry Down, Malcolm Kidby, Ross Mackenzie, Chris Nicholson, Peter O’Sullivan and Andrew Wasdell.

>> At the BMC Meeting in Solihull, a good run in the 800m saw Matt Willmott finish in 1m 54.34s, with Sam Deathe recording 3m 54.13s for the 1500m and Tom Comerford 9m 25.04s for the 3000m steeplechase. And on the roads, Lara Bromilow finished 3rd in the JP Morgan Challenge by recording 20m 25s for the 5.6k circuit in Battersea Park.