Tue 8th May 2018


Venue- Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth

Veteran athletics continued on the agenda for WADAC with the first Hampshire Vets Track & Field League event taking part at Mountbatten Centre. The forecast weather of wind and rain did not materialise and the evening was quite a pleasant one for Athletics.

In the Field Heather Mballa had a fine evening winning the V35 Javelin with a throw of 28.98 and also won the Hammer with a distance of 24.99m, Heather also had time to High Jump 1.20m for 3rd place .There was a double win in the womens Javelin with Sally Serridge winning the V50 event with 25.94m. Another WADAC victory occurred in the V50 Womens Triple Jump with Alison Fenwick jumping 7.61m, Alison also earned good points in the V50 High Jump in equal 2ND. Moira West collected points in the V60 High Jump section. Sue True jumped 7.82m in the V35 Triple Jump to finish a fine 2nd position.

In the Sprints Moira West, who is in the V65 category ran in the younger V50 100m race and won easily in 15.8. Moira’s training partner Kathryn Miles also ran very well achieving 2nd in the V35 100m in 13.8 and was backed up by Alison Fenwick in the B race where she ran 16.1 for 4th. In the mens V35 100m Colin French 12.7 and Steve Pethen 13.1 both ran consistently for 4th positions A&B races. Henry Hopkins was 6th in a very competitive M50 100m in 14.1 but later Henry won the V60 Long Jump with an impressive 4.45m Colin French continued his busy evening by running the one lap in 60.7 for 5th in the V35 400m, he then turned his attention to the Field where he competed in both the High & Long Jump running in between each to gain a very useful 4th in the V35 High Jump with a leap of 1.50m. He then was a late volunteer to throw the hammer where he managed respectable 17.57m for 6th. Andy Gannaway also valiantly threw the Hammer in the V50 event. Dave Vosser swopped middle distance for High Jump and was rewarded with 3rd in the V50 High Jump with 1.35m.

Competing again this season is Paul Neville and he ran a very good 400m in the V50 race for 2nd in a swift 63.0. In the womens 400m Sue True 66.1 and Charlotte Hoskins 75.0 gained good points in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Alison Fenwick was a close 2nd in the womens V50 in 75.5.

In a classy 1500m mens race Danny Kyle 12th and Nick Ambler 13th found the going hard but still ran seasons bests. In the V50 race Mike Elliott produced a storming finish and ran a PB of 5.07.2 .Steve Goodwin scored in the V60 section of the 1500m in 5.59.7.

Fresh from her run in the Vets Road Relay Karen Rushton ran strongly in the combined age group womens 1500m race in 3rd overall in 5.24.8. Team-mates Jo Jefferies, Sam Parkinson and Jane Gandee all placed just behind Karen. Joy Radford ran 6.09.6 in V60 section.

There was a 2000m walk included in this match and walking specialist Harriet Hide won the womens race with Carrie Oliver competing in the V50 section. Simon Harvey and Steve Goodwin gallantly walked for WADAC in the mens race. The relay at this match was a 4x100 and the mens team were 5th and the womens team were 3rd having a good run after a super opening leg by Kathryn Miles.

Field events points were gained by Steve Pethen and Steve Torrance in the Shot and by tram manager Franklyn Young in the Long Jump plus Joy Radford in the Hammer. The next match is later this month at Winchester.