Tamworth AC welcomed the Midland’s top athletics clubs to the Tamworth stadium as hosts for the third match of the Division 1 season. Starting the day in 5th place, the club was looking to use the home advantage to push up the table away from the relegation places.
In the Men’s 100m, Harry Everitt put in a season best performance to take 3rd place with a time of 11.2secs. Cameron Quincey took 4th in the B-race with a time of 12.6. Harry was back on the track for the 200m; again taking 3rd place with 22.6secs. Jacob Spencer won a close fought B-race with 22.5secs. In the 400m, James Sherriff and John Jenkins both ran personal bests to take 2nd place with 50.6secs in the A-race and 53.9secs in the B-race respectively.
John Jenkins then went on to put in a season best performance in the 800m; taking 4th place with a time of 2:00.5. Andrew Woods claimed 3rd place in the B-race with 2:13.0. Max Kent finished in 5th place in the 1,500m with a time of 4:43.7.
Ben Evans showed his trademark resilience in the 5,000m, coming straight from winning a bronze medal in the British Masters Half Marathon earlier in the day. The veteran took 5th place with a time of 17:50.0. Howard Bush made his first appearance of the season for the senior team; standing in for Pete Hackett to win the B-race with a time of 17:59.2.
The familiar pairing of Adam Young and Cameron Quincey again took on the hurdles together. In the 110m event, Adam took 2nd place with a time of 19.8secs and Cameron won the B-race with a season best of 20.0secs. In the 400m, Adam was 5th with 70.78secs and Cameron took another win in the B-race with a time of 76.7
Max Kent continued to make a name for himself in the 2,000m Steeplechase; pushing a personal best of 7:08.3 and a well-deserved 2nd place.
On the field, Tamworth welcomed all-rounder Doug Stark back to the fold, who took 2nd place in both the High Jump and Discus with 1.75m and 38.23m respectively, 3rd in the Javelin with a throw of 42.98m and a win in the Shot Put with 12.69m. Alex Berrow threw a massive personal best of 53.77m in the Hammer to win the event by over 10 metres, and followed Doug’s lead to win the Shot Put B-event with a throw of 11.94m. Gavin Showell cleared a season best of 3.50m for 3rd in the Pole Vault and threw 20.29m for 4th place in the Hammer B-event.
Adam Young continued yet another long day by winning the High Jump and Pole Vault B-events with 1.70m and a season best of 2.80m respectively. Adam paired up again with teammate Cameron Quincey for the Long Jump and Triple Jump. In the Long Jump Adam was 4th with a jump of 5.44m and Cameron took 3rd place in the B-event with 5.42m. In the Triple Jump, Cameron jumped a personal best of 11.85m for 4th place with Adam taking 5th place in the B-event with a jump of 10.18m. Greg Richards threw a personal best of 21.13m for 5th place in the Discus B-event and 33.79m for 3rd place in the Javelin B-event.
For the Women, Bethany Ostick took 5th place in both the 100m with 12.9secs and the 200m with a personal best of 26.6secs. Lucy Wheeler accompanied Bethany in the 100m with 13.1secs for 4th place in the B-race and Eve Clawley took 3rd in the 200m B-race matching Bethany’s time of 26.6secs and also claiming a personal best. In the 400m, Isabelle Neville claimed 3rd place with a time of 59.2secs and Eve Clawley was 2nd in the B-race with 60.0secs. Sian Lewis ran a personal best of 64.0secs as a non-scorer and Sophie Pasley clocked 68.6secs.
Katherine Snowden ran a season best of 2:23.3 to win the 800m and Sian Lewis came 3rd in the B-race with 2:27.9. Katherine continued her good form to run another season best in the 1,500m with 5:02.6 for 3rd place. Gemma Harcombe-Moore ran 5:19.2 for 2nd place in the B-race and took 3rd place in the 3,000m with a season best of 11:14.6.
In the hurdles Sophie Parsley clocked a pair of personal bests; firstly, in the 100m with 18.1secs for 3rd place and then in the 400m with 74.8secs to with the B-race. In the 400m A-race Isabelle Neville crossed the line in 4th place with a time of 64.5secs.
On the field, Niamh Kilgallen jumped a season best of 1.55m for 3rd in the High Jump, with Eve Clawley taking 3rd in the B-event, clearing a personal best of 1.40m. Tamworth’s Pole Vaulters were out in their numbers. Isla Crameri took 3rd place with 3.10m and Sarah Williams won the B-event with 2.50m. Non-scorers Sian Hubbard and Amy cook cleared 2.50m and 2.30m respectively. Niamh Kilgallen jumped 4.90m for 3rd place in the Long Jump with Bethany Ostick jumping 4.28m to take 5th place in the B-event. In the Triple Jump, Isla Crameri jumped 9.98m for 3rd place and Sian Lewis took 5th place in the B-event with a jump of 8.60m.
Lucy Wheeler came 5th in the Shot Put with a throw of 8.31m and Madeline Hughes stepped up with a throw of 27.79m in the Discus for 2nd place. Hannah Evans took 4th place in the Discus B-event with a throw of 20.14 and Amy Cook threw 19.89m as a non-scorer. Amy went on to throw a personal best of 30.87m for 3rd place in the Javelin and Niamh Kilgallen won the B-event with a throw of 28.91m. Another personal best of 29.88m came for Hannah Evans to take 5th place in the Hammer Throw.
In the relays the Men’s 4 x 100m team of James Sherriff, Harry Everitt, Kane Densley and Jacob Spencer claimed another win with a combined time of 42.4secs. In their race, the Women’s team of Bethany Ostick, Isabelle Neville, Niamh Kilgallen and Eve Clawley clocked 51.3secs for 4th place.
In the 4 x 400m, James Sherriff, Andrew Woods, Max Kent and Jacob Spencer ran 3:35.6 for 4th place and for the Women, Eve Clawley, Katherine Snowden, Sian Lewis, Isabelle Neville came 2nd to Birchfield Harriers with a time of 4:07.2.
A great set of results in front of the home crowd, saw Tamworth AC finish the match in 2nd place behind Bristol & West/Yate, who lead the overall standings with a match remaining. Tamworth leapfrog Abingdon AC into 4th place in the overall league table and a strong finish to the season at Yate on Sunday 4th August should see the club retain their top-flight status into 2020.