Wed 29th Aug 2018
Winchester & District Athletic club athletes ended their Southern Athletics League season with a minibus trip to Withdean Athletics stadium in Brighton. WADAC were against teams from Guildford & Godalming, Salisbury and Fleet in an event which combines scores of both the men and womens teams. The team managed 3rd place overall which gave them a final finish position of 6th in their division.
The duo of Karen Rushton and Imogen Emmett had a really good on the track in the longer distance events with Karen winning the 3000m A race in 10.58.2 with Imogen making it a double win in the B event in 11.03.8. Karen ran a confident race in the 1500m to finish 2nd in 5.19.2 again backed up by Imogen who won the B race in 5.30.3.
Calum Upton had a busy day including a win in the 800m B race in a time of 2.05.9 plus narrowly being beaten in the 2000m steeplechase where he ran 6.19.5. Calum also contributed in the 400m hurdles and 4x400 relay.
Calum’s sister Rosie Upton was 2nd in the womens 800m B in 2.30.7 with Sue True running 2.28.7 for 3rd in the 800m A race. Rosie also ran 66.0 in the 400m A race with Sophie Torrance gaining 2nd B 400m with 69.8. Rosie, Sue and Sophie plus Imogen Emmett all ran legs of the womens 4x400m relay for 2nd in 4.39.7. Sue also filled in the 200m B and Sophie contributed in the Shot.
Ethan Green showed the opposition a clean pair of heels by winning the 100m A race in a quick time of 11.6, in the B race Under 17 athlete Isty Chowdhury ran well in 12.78 for 2nd position. Isty also triple jumped 10.37m for 2nd place plus a leg in the relay and points in the Long Jump.
Lottie Thorington and Kathryn Miles combined in the 100m and Long Jump with Lottie achieving 13.9 100m 2ND A plus long jumping 4.08m plus later running the sprint realy. Kathryn won the 100m B in 14.2 (a time which made her decide not to run at the UK Masters Championships!) and Long Jumped 3.69m for 2nd B plus 200m and a leg of the 4x100m.
In the mens Discus WADAC picked up some bonus points with Dan Thomas stepping in at the last moment to manage 2nd A with a throw of 22.68m. In the B event Steve Torrance threw a personal best with the 2k Discus of 17.31m for 1st place. Dan had earlier been injured in the 400m but still running 55.0, he also launched the javelin 34.37m
Colin French as well as driving the minibus had his usual full day with 2nd places in the 110m 23.1 and 400m 73.1 hurdle races plus long jumping 4.36m for 2nd B. He earlier rose vertically 1.45m in the high jump for 2nd A where he was ably assisted by Dave Vosser 2nd B 1.30m. Colin also ran the 200m 27.1 plus legs in both relays.
Tamsin Hoult had come along to help officiate but ended up donning her WADAC vest to compete in the Discus where she threw 18.17m for 2nd A and triple jumping 7.27m for 2nd B , Tamsin also competed in the Javelin and a leg of the 4x100m relay.
Other WADAC contributors were Andy Gannaway with stalwart performances in the 200m 400m and hammer, Sue Hume (WV60) gaining valuable points in the women throwing events. Alex Whiting ran the 5000m setting a personal best time supported by club legend Dave Vosser. Charles Scouller threw the javelin before also picking up an injury which prevented him competing in the discus.
The club was ably assisted by their travelling officials Karin Gray, Tamsin Hoult and Simon Stevens