The second match of the Midlands Counties Track & Field Division 1 season saw a strengthened Tamworth AC team at the Alexander Stadium as a number of key athletes returned to action. The Division 6 match scheduled for Nottingham on the same day was cancelled giving the club a larger pool of athletes to choose from. Tamworth started the day in 5th place after the first match at Abingdon with hopes of pushing up the table and away from the relegation places.
For the Men, Harry Everitt took 5th place in the 100m with 11.4secs and 3rd in the 200m with 22.9sec. In the B-races, Jacob Spencer clocked 11.5secs and was pipped into 2nd place in the 100m. James Sherriff was 4th in the 200m with a personal best time of 23.5secs.
In the 400m Tom Ainsworth took 3rd with 51.1secs and Jacob Spencer also finished in 3rd place with a time of 51.4secs in the B-race. Tom followed up with 1:58.2 and 2nd place by the tightest of margins in the 800m. John Jenkins was also 2nd in the B-race with 2:02.5 and Andrew Woods clocked 2:10.0 as a non-scorer.
William Monaghan marked his debut for Tamworth in the 1,500m with a personal best performance of 4:08.8 and 4th place. Max Kent finished 5th in the B-race with 4:54.5 and a superb 2nd place in the 3,000m Steeplechase and a personal best time of 11:49.2.
In the 3,000m, Peter Hackett showed he’s a quick learner after his first ever track event last month; clocking 9:45.6 for 4th place with Ben Evans following on 10:30.8.
The pairing of Adam Young and Cameron Quincey lined up for the hurdles. Adam clocked 19.4secs for 3rd in the 110m and 69.9secs for 5th in the 400m. Cameron Quincey took 2nd place in the 110m B-race with 20.2secs and 3rd in the 400m with 74.7secs.
Adam and Cameron joined forces again in the High Jump with jumps of 1.75m in the A-event and 1.50m in the B-Event respectively; both securing 4th place. In the Triple Jump Cameron took 5th place with a jump of 10.56m and Adam made a jump of 9.92m in the B-event, also taking 5th place.
On the day Adam also jumped 5.56m for 5th place in the Long Jump, cleared 2.80m in the Pole Vault B-event and threw 8.16m in the Shot Put B-event. James Wooley joined him for the Long Jump B-event and jumped 5.17m for 5th place.
Alex Berrow led the Tamworth charge in the throws with 11.29m for 4th in the Shot Put, 28.15m for 5th with the Discus and 51.24m for 2nd place in the Hammer throw.
Gavin Showell took 4th place in the Pole Vault A-event with 3.30m, 4th in the Discus B-event with 21.13m, and 3rd in the Hammer B-Event with a throw of 20.59m.
Greg Richards was again joined by Kane Densley in the Javelin event. Greg made a throw of 36.52m to take 4th place and Kane was 5th in the B-event with a season best of 12.64m.
On the track for the women, Bethany Ostick clocked 12.9secs for 4th place in a very close 100m race, with Isabelle Neville taking 5th in the B-event on 12.9sec. Bethany Devonshire and Nicola Brady ran as non-scorers with times of 13.9 and 14.4secs respectively. Isabelle Neville and Bethany Ostick were back together for the 200m with times of 26.4sec and 6th place for Isabelle and 26.6secs for 3rd place and a personal best in the B-event for Bethany. Eve Clawley ran a season best performance of 59.3secs for 4th in the 400m. Emily Findlater took 3rd in the B-event with 64.2secs and Sophie Parsley ran 68.4secs as a non-scorer.
In the 800m, Megan Paynter ran very well for a new personal best of 2:26.3 and 3rd place. Sian Lewis had enough to edge out the competition and win the B-event with a time of 2:26.1, and Nicola Brady clocked a personal best of 2:30.8 as a non-scorer. Katherine Snowden and Megan Paynter both put in season bests in the 1,500m with 5:03.1 for 4th in the A-race and 5:10.7 for 2nd in the B-race respectively.
The 3,000m event saw Gemma Harcombe-Moore clock 11:24.6 for 6th place and Deborah Hetherington take 3rd place in the B-event with a personal best of 12:05.6.
In the 100m Hurdles, Bethany Devonshire finished in 5th place with 19.4secs. Emily Findlater clocked a season best of 20.2secs for 4th in the B-event. Isabelle Neville took 3rd place in the 400m Hurdles with 65.6secs and Emily Findlater ran another season best of 71.5secs to claim 2nd place in the B-event.
On the field Eve Clawley and Bethany Devonshire both cleared 1.25m for their best jumps this season; taking 6th and 3rd places in the A and B-events respectively. Tamworth’s Pole Vaulters once again lived up to the high expectations they have set for themselves. Isla Crameri won the A-event with a personal best of 3.10m and Amy Cook cleared 2.50m to win the B-event. Sian Hubbard took part as a non-scorer and cleared 2.60m.
Bethany Ostick came 5th in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.45m. In the Triple Jump, Isla Crameri was 4th in the A-event with a personal best of 9.93m and Sian Lewis took 6th in the B-event with 7.65m.
Lucy Wheeler threw 7.73m in the Shot Put for 5th place. Laura Allen threw 4.98 for 6th place in the B-event, 19.70m for 5th in the Discus and 20.04 for 4th place in the Hammer Throw B-event.
Hannah Evans threw a season best of 29.48m with the Hammer and took 5th place in the Javelin B-event with another season best of 16.13m. Amy Cook took 4th place in the Javelin A-event with a throw of 28.49m.
The match concluded as ever with the drama of the relays. In the 4 x 100m, the Tamworth Men’s team of James Sherriff, Harry Everitt, Kane Densley and Jacob Spencer showed typical grit and determination to see off Nottingham AC on the line and take the win with a time of 42.8secs. The Women’s team of Eve Clawley, Isabelle Neville, Bethany Devonshire and Bethany Ostick finished in 4th place with a time 51.0secs.
In the 4 x 400m, James Sherriff, John Jenkins, James Rachel and Tom Ainsworth ran very well again for the Men but had to settle for 2nd place with a time of 3:27.1 behind a strong Birchfield Harriers team. For the Women, Eve Clawley, Emily Findlater, Sian Lewis and Isabelle Neville finished in 3rd place with a time 4:06.6.
An improved set of results this time out meant that Tamworth AC finished the match in 4th place and remain in 5th place overall at the halfway point of the season. The battle at the top of the table is tight with Bristol & West/Yate & District AC leading Birchfield Harriers and Notts AC on total match points. Tamworth AC will be hosting the next Division 1 match, showcasing the very best of athletics that the Midlands has to offer at the Tamworth Stadium on Sunday 3rd July 2019. The first events will start at 11:15 and entry for spectators is free of charge.