Sat 16th Sep 2017
WADAC Women finish 4th team
The Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) Veteran Womens team qualified to compete at the Southern Counties Veterans League Final by winning the Womens Hampshire Division of the Veteran Athletics league. The final was held at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford Kent. WADAC battle against teams from Epsom, Dartford, Tonbridge, Oxford, Stevenage and London club Serpentine. The small but perfectly put together WADAC team did really well and finished 4th behind the winning team Epsom & Ewell Harriers.
Kathryn Miles showed the way with a superb win the W35 100m A race in 14.15 , Kathryn also Long Jumped 3.80m for 4th position as well as running a leg in the 4x100 Relay where WADAC finished in 4th position. In the 200m Kathryn ran 30.34 for 5th place. Fellow sprinter Moira West had a splendid DAY with a very close 2nd position in the W60 100m in 16.17 plus 4th place in the W50 200m in 33.7. Moira also turned out in the Long Jump and impressed with a distance of 3.81m for 2nd W50. But the best was yet to come for Moira with a win in the W60 400m in 82.15. Also excelling in the 400m was Team Manager Karen Hazlitt who ran 73.76 for a very close victory in the W50 category. Karen showed her strength by finishing 4th in the W35 A 3000m in 12.00.9.
Walking specialist Harriet Hide easily won the 2000m Walk in 11.11.1 well in front of the 2nd place athlete. Harriet also ran the W35 B race in 81.39.
In the Field Heather Mballa impressed with a win in the W35 Javelin with a good throw of 29.43 just short of her PB. Heather added good points in the rest of the throws 2nd Discus 26.74: 3rd Shot 8.20m: Hammer 5th 20.82m as well as running the 100m W35B 6th 17.63. Heather showed her true versatility by also High Jumping 1.25m for 4th W35. Another athlete who had a full day was Sue True who complete the tiring race schedule of 200m W35B 5TH 30.93 : 400m W35A 4TH 68.11 : 800m W35A 5TH 2.38 , plus triple jumping 8.32m and contributing in the relays.
In the middle distance events Lynne Whitaker earned valuable points with a splendid clear win in the W50 800m in 2.49.1 and a close 2nd place in the W50 1500m in 5.59.4. Karen Rushton and Jo Jefferies doubled up together in the 1500m and 3000m with Karen 2nd W50 3000m in 11.39 and 4th 1500m W35A in 5.20.6. Jo ran the 1500m W35B in 5.38 for 3rd and the 3000m W35B 3rd in 12.25, Jo typified the teams effort by also competing in the 800m W35B 3rd 2.45
Supporting the team magnificently was Joy Radford who ran the W50 100m and finished 5th in 16.31 and then ran the combined W50 & W60 1500m race winning the latter category in a time of 6.20. Joy assisted in the Field with points in the Long Jump where she leapt to 3.3 for 4th W60 and also in the High Jump and Discus. Another athlete to gain very useful points for the team was Sue Hume who threw 18.93m in her favourite event the Hammer for 4th W60 and also contributed in the Javelin, Shot and Discus events and took to the track in the W50 2000m Walk.
The 4x400 team of Karen Hazlitt, Harriet Hide, Sue True and Lynne Whitaker ran hard to gain 4th place in a time of 5.03.4.