Sun 9th Jul 2017

Ladies first team position. Men 5th

Winchester & District (WADAC) Veteran Athletes travelled to Basingstoke for the third match of the Southern Counties Hampshire Division Vets Track & Field League. The ladies won their match once again and are on course to retain the League title. The mens team had several usual suspects missing this match but still hope to have one of their best ever league positions if they can get a strong team out in the final fixture.

New sprint sensation Niki Le Bas ran impressively in the W35A 100m to attain a fast time of 13.3, just being by pipped by the winner by just 0.1 of a second. Club stalwart Kathryn Miles powered up the straight to win the W35B race in 13.9.Moira West, who is in fact a W60 ran well for 3rd in the W50 100m in 15.7.In the field Alison Fenwick impressed with wins in the W50 Triple Jump with 8.06m and also in the W50 High Jump with 1.15m. Alison also strode to fast 74.0 in the W50 400m race for a fine 2nd place. Heather Mballa showed her versatility with a win in the W35 Javelin with a throw of 28.19m as well as hauling the Hammer 22.78m for 2nd in the W35 event. Heather also High Jumped 1.30m for 2nd in the W35 category. Vicky Gill dominated the W35 1500M with an excellent winning time of 4.55.3, Jo Jefferies worked her way through the field for 4th overall and first W35B in 5.381.1, Joy Radford was 5th in the W50 with 6.21.7. Joy had earlier had a fabulous win in the W60 400m race in 80.0. Sue True tripled jumped 8.34m for good points in the W35 TJ , Sue also ran a 400m in 68.5 for 3rd W35 A. Sue also ran a 400m leg in the Medley relay where victory was magnificently  sealed by Karen Rushton in the 800m leg with a storming finish to overtake the Southampton athlete for victory. Niki Le Bas and Kathryn Miles had both run the 200m legs. Karen had earlier run 73.2 in the W35 B 400m for 3rd. In the throws Sue Hume contributed with 3rd in the W50 Hammer 20.78m and 4th 10.31m in the W60 Javelin. Sally Serridge was impressive with a throw of 26.43m for 2nd in the W50 Javelin.

The highlight of the mens event for WADAC was a win the Medley relay with 200m legs by Steve Pethen and Colin French, then Mike Chambers and Tim Swales finishing off a great win over a Southampton team that had been unbeaten for many seasons.

Tim Swales ran a strong 1500m race to win in 4.28.8 with Nick Ambler running 4.48.9 for 3rd B and Marius Kwint running solidly to take 3rd in the M450 1500m in 4.50.9. Pete Sansome led in the early laps of the 3000M Steeplechase and eventually finishing 2nd in 11.02.7 with team-mate Danny Kyle winning the M35B in 11.24.6. Franklyn Young was 3rd M50 in 13.12. Colin French sprinted to a time of 12.5 for 4th in the M35A 100m and then did the one lap and ram 58.6 for 3rd in the M35B. Mike Chambers tried a 400m and ran a rapid 56.9 for 5th in the M35A 400m. Henry Hopkins picked up good points in the M50 Long Jump 4.79m for 2nd with Tom Vamos 6th M35 with 4.14m. In the 100m Steve Pethen and Elias Mtshweni both ram well to earn points and in the throws Steve Torrance, Andy Gannaway and Franklyn Young contributed Keith Stone was a busy man in the M60 events.

The final match is at Aldershot on the 10th July.