Northern League Division 4EC Match #2, Grantham – 3 June 2018
Early in June Grantham Athletic Club hosted the second of the four Northern League matches with clubs visiting from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Being a home match brought some advantage with a number of junior, senior and veteran athletes being available for selection or making their debuts. Both the men and women’s track teams were strengthened adding to the existing quality of the men’s jumps trio and the near to invincible throws squad.
The combined team effort of the day secured 32 of the available 74 first places, eight seconds and six third places and in doing so amassed 489 points, winning the match 97 points ahead of the second placed team.
1 Grantham Athletic Club 489 points
2 Longwood 392 points
3 Boston & District 369 points
There were many substantial performances resulting in 18 personal bests, seven season’s bests and four club records.
On the track Praise Olalere was in magnificent form, in winning both the 100m and 200m races, equalling his personal best and repeating the club record in the 100m.
Helen Braybrook, on her debut, won both her races, 400m and 800m, comfortably.
Will Tucker won both the men’s 800m and 1500m.
In the Field, the men’s jumps trio won six of the seven events they competed in. The most notable performance in the jumps was a new club record in the Triple Jump for Michael Burr with his final jump of 12.81m.
The men and women’s throws squad maintained their record with a substantial set of wins better than the first match. From a possible 16 wins the team won 14 first places, with a fair sprinkling of PBs and SBs. Again the most outstanding performances of the day came from Chris Bainbridge who early in the morning smashed his recent Hammer record with a throw of 52.36 m; including three throws over his previous club record. Then later in the day he putted the Shot twice over 12 metres to a new a club record of 12.27m.
In order for the event to happen many club members and parents stepped up to volunteer on the day and officiate in senior roles across the track and field timetable. A heart-felt thanks goes out to those who made the meeting run so smoothly.
The third match in July is at Wakefield, with the potential for university students returning and pupils at the end of school exams, it looks good for this momentum to continue. Onwards and upwards.
100m Men 1A 11.0s Praise Olalere PB/=CR 2B 11.8s Mark Atkin PB
100m Women 3A 14.8s Tasmin Brown, 3B 18.0s Betty Gash
200m Men 1A 22.5s Praise Olalere, 2B 25.3s Jack Graham PB
200m Women 4A 30.9s Tasmin Brown, 3B 37.4s Betty Gash PB
400m Men 3A 55.0s Gareth Lee PB, 1B 57.2s Joe Holmes
400m Women 1A 63.5s Helen Braybrook PB, 3B 84.3s Betty Gash PB
800m Men 1A 2:06.9 William Tucker, 2B 2:09.4 Gareth Lee SB
800m Women 1A 2:30.7 Helen Braybrook, 1B 3:08.2 Betty Gash PB
1500m Men 1A 4:25.3 William Tucker, 1B 4:30.2 Rori Rodell PB
1500m Women 3A 6:24.8 Betty Gash PB, 2B 6:43.3 Joanna McGrath PB
3000m Women 6A 13:45.2 Isobel Hobday, 4B 17:36.5 Kate Marshall PB
5000m Men 7A 19:17.7 Arthur Short SB, 4B 19:33.2 Dean Houlton
110mH Men 1A 19.4s Mark Atkin, 1B 20.9s Michael Burr PB
3000mSC Men 4A 11:54.6 George Hatton PB,
4x100m Men 2 47.3s Grantham
4x100m Women 6 74.1s Grantham
4x400m Men 1 3:44.9 Grantham
HJ Men 1A 1.90m Michael Burr SB, 1B 1.70m Joe Holmes PB
PV Men 4A 2.30m Mark Atkin PB
LJ Men 1A 5.97m Michael Burr, 1B 5.33m Mark Atkin
TJ Men 1A 12.81m Michael Burr PB/CR, 1B 10.84m Mark Atkin
SP Men 1A 12.27m Christopher Bainbridge PB/CR, 1B 10.14m Mark Atkin
SP Women 2A 8.99m Helen Gilbert, 1B 6.78m Sarah Garner
DT Men 1A 37.32m Christopher Bainbridge SB, 1B 25.52m Philip Garner
DT Women 1A 23.30m Laura Evans SB, 1B 21.20m Helen Gilbert
HT Men 1A 52.36m Christopher Bainbridge PB/CR, 1B 31.02m Philip Garner
HT Women 1A 36.94m Helen Gilbert SB, 1B 27.25m Sarah Garner
JT Men 1A 44.63m Michael Burr PB, 1B 37.46m Joe Holmes PB
JT Women 2A 27.91m Helen Gilbert, 1B 21.87m Laura Evans SB
PB – Personal Best
SB – Seasons Best
CR – Club Record
Philip Garner – Northern Team Manager