Tamworth Athletic Club Senior A Team competed in the 2nd match Division 1 fixture, after getting promoted again last year for the third year in succession, bringing them into the Midlands Elite League.
Tamworth were competing against Birchfield Harriers, Bristol & West / Yate, Cannock & Stafford AC, Notts AC and Rugby & Northampton AC.
The match was held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, home of Birchfield Harriers.
The old soldiers Howard Bush and Dave Williams performed well in the 3000mtrs steeple chase, with Howard finishing in 12min 9.89 secs and Dave coming over the line in 12mins 28.09 seconds.
The 3000mtrs flat race saw Scott Hudspith come in a spirited 3rd in 9min 13.26secs and Ben Evans finish just behind in 9min 58.23sec.
The 1500mtrs had Stephen Parkes take 2nd place in 4min 7.46secs with Bikram Singh also taking 2nd place in his race in a time of 4min 13.46sec. Stephen also ran a leg of the 4 x 400mtr relay team. Max Kent once again helped the team out with an 800mtr time of 2min 17.18sec.
Tom Randolph was a little under the weather after coming back from injury finishing his 800mtrs in 2min 2.91secs and his 400mtrs in 53.96sec., finishing off with the 4 x 400mtr relay alongside team mate Dan James.
Kane Densley had a very busy day, starting off with 2nd place in the 400mtr hurdles in 56.06sec, followed with a 200mtrs in 22.97sec, and a PB in the 100mtr hurdles with 16.51 seconds. He then took 3rd place in the triple jump with 10.96mtrs, and 2nd in the 100mtrs in 11.25seconds. Kane finished off the day as part of Tamworth’s 4 x 100mtr relay team and then the final event of the day the 4 x 400mtr relay.
Owen Sheriff ran in the A team for the first time this year and ran 61.71 sec in the 400 hurdles, followed by a strong third in the 400mtrs with 53.82seconds. Owen also ran the first leg on Tamworth’s 4 x 100mtr relay.
It was great to see Adam Young back in the team, scoring valuable points in the 110mtr hurdles with a win in 19.71seconds, a leap of 10.98mtrs in the triple jump, 3rd in the high jump with 1.70mtrs and 2nd in the pole vault with 2.70mtrs.
Myles Richardson was pulled out of early retirement and with hardly any training, still ran some good races. He ran the 100mtrs in 11.65sec followed by the 200mtrs in 23.88seconds. He long jumped a distance of 5.32mtrs and ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 100mtr relay.
Decathlete Doug Stark was carrying some injuries again but still managed to pull some great results out of the bag for the team. Doug started with a hammer throw of 17.97mtrs, followed by 2nd place in the shot with 13.22mtrs. He then cleared a height of 1.75mtrs in the high jump.
Long jump specialist James Woolley leapt out to 5.90mtrs.
Reliable Gavin Showell managed 2.50mtrs for 2nd in the pole vault whilst carrying a calf injury, he carried on through the pain to take 2nd in the discus with 20.40mtrs.
Tamworth’s ace hammer thrower Alex Berrows heaved hammer out to 49.78mtrs, followed that up with 1st place in the shot with 11.35mtrs. The afternoon saw Alex throw the javelin 31.20mtrs and the discus 26.15mtrs and we all wish Alex good luck in his new job.
Greg Richards speared the air with his javelin to a distance of 38.21mtrs.
The ladies team saw Olivia Woodward throw the javelin 26.11mtrs, have the shot to 8.99mtrs and finish her 400mtrs in 63.13seconds. Olivia was also part of the 4 x 100mtr relay team.
Sophie Allen threw the hammer 27.21mtrs and the discus 15.10mtrs in very wet and slippery conditions. She was supported by Laura Allen who tossed the hammer 25.11mtrs, threw the javelin 13.27mtrs and the discus17.67mtrs.
Lucy Wheeler putted the shot 7.47mtrs, she cleared a height of 1.70mtrs in the pole vault and ran 13 seconds in the 100mtrs, ending as part of the 4 x 100mtr relay team.
Beth Devonshire cleared a height of 1.25mtrs in the high jump and ran 19.7seconds in the 100mtr hurdles. She also ran the third leg of the ladies 4 x 100mtr relay.
Isabelle Neville leapt out to 7.92mtrs on the triple jump, took 4th place in the 300mtrs in 26.44seconds and ran a PB in the 400 hurdles for 2nd place in 63.24seconds.
Charlotte Barnard competed well in her first A team match, with a long jump of 3.72mts, a triple jump of 8.66mtrs and a strong first leg of the 4 x 100mtr relay.
Emily Findlater had a full card of events starting with a 3rd in the 400 hurdles, where she nearly fell but continued to finish in 70.14seconds. She followed that up with another 3rd in the 100mtr hurdles in 20.23seconds and leapt out to 3.46mtrs in the long jump. Emily finished her day running the anchor leg of the 4 x 400mtr relay.
Laura Lewis had the most gruelling double of the day running in both the 3000mtrs and the 1500mtrs. She finished them in times of 13min 25.99seconds and 6min 4.81seconds respectively. Laura’s partner in the 3000mtrs was Charlotte Bush who ran a time of 11min 53.8sec, after earlier running a time of 2min 31.94sec for 3rd place in the 800mtrs.
Eve Clawley took 3rd place in her 800mtrs with a new PB of 2min 21.65seconds and followed that up with 5min 20sec in the 1500mtrs.
Laura Langowski again proved her class with times of 59.39sec in the 400mtrs and 26.75sec in the 200mtrs. Laura finished her day with a blistering leg of the 4 x 400mtr relay.
Alice Mellor, improving every race after her broken ankle and torn hamstring, ran 13.04sec in the 100mtrs for 3rd place and was a valuable member of the 4 x 100mtr relay and the 4 x 400mtr relay.
This leaves Tamworth now 3rd equal overall in the league, looking forward to the next fixture at Bristol & Yate in the middle of July.