Tamworth AC travelled all the way to Bristol on Sunday for the third match in the Midlands League Division 1 fixture. With a strong team, Tamworth were hoping for some good results on what turned out to be a blistering hot day,
Lauren Swindell made her debut for the A team, and did not disappoint taking 2nd place in the javelin with 20.06mtrs, 4th place in the long jump with 3.78mtrs and ran a time of 29.08 seconds in her 200mtrs.
Charlotte Vincent competed in 2 of the jumps, finishing with 1.35mtrs in the high jump and 3.78mtrs in the long jump.
Isabelle Neville triple jumped her way to a massive 9.26mtrs in the triple jump, took 2nd place in the 400mtr hurdles in 66.42 seconds and repeated that 2nd place in the flat 400mtrs in 60.09sec.
Eve Clawley ventured into the field to take 2nd in the triple jump with 8.85mtrs, then on the track took 3rd place in the 800mtrs with 2min 22.17sec and 5min 14.5secs in the 1500mtrs.
Beth Devonshire took 3rd place in her high jump with 1.25mtrs, she was place 4th in the 100mtr hurdles with 19.61seconds and 2nd in the 400mtr hurdles in 78.06 seconds.
Young Lucy Wheeler vaulted well for 2nd place in the pole vault with a new p.b. of 1.80mtrs, then ran 12.69seconds for 3rd in the 100mtrs.
Our new club heptathlete, Olivia Woodward, took 3rd place in the shot with a season’s best 9.36mtrs, followed with 20.09mtrs in the discus, 13.90mtrs in the hammer and 2nd place in the javelin with 24.55mtrs. On the track Olivia took 2nd place in her 200mtrs in 26.30 seconds.
Laura Allen heaved the hammer out to 25mtrs for 4th place, followed with a discus of 19.45mtrs and a shot of 4.89mtrs. She then took one for the team and ran the 3000mtrs to finish 4th in 16min 54.7seconds.
Coming back to form on the track was Alice Mellor who took a brace of second place’s with new seasons bests in both the 100mtrs and the 200mtrs, running times of 12.78sec and 25.81sec respectively.
The hard working Laura Langowski gave her all to take 2nd place in the 400mtrs in 59.13seconds.
Charlotte Bush ran the middle distance double with times of 2min 44seconds in the 800mtrs and 5min 17.33seconds in the 1500mtrs.
Finally Bride to be Laura Lewis ran 13min 35.25seconds for 4th place in the 3000mtrs.
The ladies relay teams performed well with Woodward, Neville, Mellor and Langowski taking 2nd place in the 4 x 400mtrs in 4min 7.68seconds.
With the 4 x 100mtr relay team of Wheeler, Neville, Mellor and Woodward going one better, with fantastic baton changing to give them first place in 49.72seconds.
Adam Smith competed in the field for the men, taking first place in the high jump with 1.70mtrs, 2nd place in the pole vault with 2.80mtrs, jumping 11.41mtrs in the triple jump and 5.34mtrs in the long jump.
James Woolley leapt out to 5.95mtrs in the long jump and ran his 100mtrs in 12.33seconds.
Big Doug Stark, tripled jumped out to 12.03mtrs, took 2nd place in his high jump with 1.80mtrs, heaved the shot to 13.15mtrs for 2nd place and repeated that in the discus with 39.11mtrs for 2nd place. Doug’s javelin was good enough for third place with 43.81mtrs. Doug then won his 110mtrs hurdles race in 16.84seconds.
Gavin Showell threw his hammer out to 20.06mtrs for 4th place and then vaulted over 3.30mtrs for 2nd place in the pole vault.
The club field athlete of the year, Alex Berrow, took first place in his shot with 12.62mtrs, first in the hammer with a seasons best 51.64mtrs and was just pipped into 2nd place in the discus with 30.47mtrs.
Greg Richards took 3rd spot in the javelin with 38.05mtrs and ran is 200mtrs in 25.30seconds.
On the track, Kane Densley took first place in the 400mtr hurdles in 56.78seconds, followed up with 11.14 seconds in the 100mtrs and a new p.b. in the 100mtrs in 16.45seconds.
Dan James performed well after being thrown in at the deep end. Dan ran a personal best in the 200mtrs in 24.10seconds, and followed up with 12.06 seconds in the 100mtrs.
Tom Ainsworth was first in his 400mtrs in 49.1seconds.
Tom Randolph, took first place in his 400mtrs in 51.88 seconds and first in his 800mtrs after a lot of barging to come home in a tactical race with a time of 1min 59.85seconds.
Owen Sheriff, back from English schools, won his 400mtr hurdles in 60.91 seconds.
Anthony Parkes was back from a foot injury that had kept him off the track for 2 months. He ran an excellently timed race to win his 800mtrs in 2min 3.90seconds, and followed it up with a 3rd in the 1500mtrs in 4min 42.14seconds.
Max Kent put his heart as usual into his 1500mtrs and finished in a time of 4min 40.42 seconds.
Tamworth’s great distance runners then sprang into life with Scott Hudspith taking 2nd place in the 5000mtrs in 16min 23.64seconds. Ben Evans followed suit in his 5000mtrs and took 2nd place in 16min 57.60seconds. The 2000mtrs steeple chase saw Howard Bush run 7min 48.99seconds for 3rd place, with Dave Williams matching him with 3rd place in his race with a time of 7min 56.50seconds.
Tamworth’s men’s relay team’s scored good points for the club. With the 4 x 100mtr relay team of Randolph, Ainsworth, Sheriff and Densley taking 3rd in 44.25seconds.
The 4 x 400mtr relay team of Densley, Parkes, Ainsworth and Randolph took 1st place in 3mins 30.68seconds.
Tamworth finished 2nd overall behind the home team Bristol & West / Yate. They now lie third equal in the league with the final meeting on Saturday 5th August at Nottingham.