The final match of the Midlands Counties Track and Field League Division 1 season was hosted by the league leaders Bristol & West and Yate at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. With Cannock & Stafford AC all but relegated, Tamworth AC had put some space between themselves and Abingdon AC in the remaining drop spot with a fine team performance at home in July. Leaving nothing to chance, the green & whites travelled down the M5 in their numbers with several athletes taking on extra events for the points. The sun was in and out of the clouds all day, making good conditions for the season finale showdown.
For the men, Harry Everitt put in a personal best performance in the 100m clocking 11.03secs for 3rd place. English Schools 200m champion, Jacob Spencer won the 100m B-race with a time of 11.11secs, and then narrowly claimed a win in his favoured 200m event with 21.81secs. Christian Bruss took 5th place in the 200m B-race with a time of 27.65 secs.
Training partners Tom Ainsworth and James Sherriff both put in excellent performances to win their 400m races. Ainsworth clocked a season best of 49.56secs with Sherriff running 51.17secs in the B-race. Tom Ainsworth also stepped up for the 800m, taking an impressive 2nd place with a PB of 1:57.81secs. John Jenkins came 3rd in the B-race with 2:04.48. Stephen Parkes was back in the team, making his return from injury with a time of 4:14.47 for 3rd place in the 1,500m and a comfortable win in the 3,000m Steeplechase with 11:00.24. Veteran distance runner Ben Evans was drafted in for the 1,500m B-race; taking 4th place with 4:47.78. Evans then finished 5th in the 3,000m with a time of 10:06.75.
Adam Young was in for another long day taking 4th place in the 400m Hurdles with 70.47secs and 3rd place in the 110m Hurdles with 19.67secs. In the field, Young jumped 5.49m in the Long Jump and 1.70m in the High Jump; both for 3rd place. In the Triple Jump, Young took 5th place with a jump of 10.72m and claimed 2nd place in both the B-events for Pole Vault with 2.70m and Shot Put with 8.33m. Christian Bruss jumped 3.71m in the Long Jump B-event to claim 4th place. Alex Berrow had a great day winning the Shot Put and Hammer with throws of 11.97m and 50.96m respectively and taking 3rd place in the Discus with a throw of 28.44m. Gavin Showell cleared 3.20m for 3rd place in the Pole Vault and took 3rd place in both the Discus and Hammer B-events with throws of 23.57m and 20.28m respectively. Greg Richards and Paul Tasker both claimed 2nd place with their throws of the Javelin. Richards threw 37.97m and Tasker 32.78m for a season best in the B-event.
For the women, Amy Bowen clocked 12.73secs in the 100m to take 4th place. Isabelle Neville also came 4th in the B-event with a personal best of 12.84secs, and then went on to run a season best time of 25.97secs for 5th place in the 200m. Bethany Devonshire took 3rd place in the 200m B-race with a time of 27.53secs. Eve Clawley and Nicola Brady finished the league season on a high, both clocking PBs in the 400m. Clawley took 4th place with a time of 58.52secs and Brady won the B-race with 62.81secs.
Kat Snowden had a great run in the 800m; taking 3rd place with a personal best of 2:21.60 and Sian Lewis finished the B-race in 4th with 2:33.04. Snowden ran solo for Tamworth in the 1,500m to take 3rd place with a time of 5:12.73. In the 3,000m, Laura Lewis-Waters ran a season best of 14:29.12 for 5th and Laura Allen ran 15:18.70 for 4th in the B-race. In the Hurdles, Isabelle Neville clocked 65.81secs for 4th place in the 400m and Bethany Devonshire was 3rd in the 100m with 19.47secs. Emily Findlater ran the Hurdles B-races with 73.76secs and 20.78secs for 2nd place in both the 400m and 100m respectively.
Over on the field, Isla Crameri jumped 4.50m in the Long Jump for 5th place and Fiona Meldrum came 6th in the B-event with a jump of 2.85m. Crameri also took 4th in the both the Triple Jump with 10.01m and the Pole Vault with 3.00m. In the B-events, Sian Lewis was 5th in the Long Jump with 8.28m and Sarah Williams took 2nd place in the Pole Vault with 2.30m. Amy Cook was a non-scorer in the Pole Vault and cleared 2.60m. In the High Jump, Eve Clawley added 5cm to her personal best with a jump of 1.45cm for 4th place. Bethany Devonshire equalled her PB of 1.30m to take 2nd place in the B-event.
Amy Cook threw 7.02m in the Shot Put for 6th place and Sarah Williams took 4th in the B-event with a personal best of 6.37m. The young Madeline Hughes continued to impress at this level, claiming 2nd place in the Discus with a throw of 26.44m. Hannah Evans was 3rd in the B-event with a throw of 20.17m and Laura Allen threw 19.07m as a non-scorer. Evans and Allen paired up for the Hammer Throw and both took 4th place with 27.19m and a season best of 22.86m in the B-event respectively. Amy Cook threw a personal best of 31.50m with the Javelin to take 3rd place and Hannah Evans, also in 3rd place, threw 16.28m in the B-event.
The day was wrapped up with the excitement of the relays and another chance for the Tamworth athletes to shine. The Men’s 4 x 100m team did just that, with James Sherriff, Harry Everitt, Kane Densley and Jacob Spencer storming to victory with a combined time of 42.79secs. The Women’s team of Isabelle Neville, Amy Bowen, Bethany Devonshire and Eve Clawley also did well with a time of 51.16secs but were beaten into 2nd place by Cannock & Stafford.
The 4 x 400m Men’s team of James Sherriff, John Jenkins, Stephen Parkes and Tom Ainsworth battled hard against some very tough competition to take 3rd place with 3:31.44. Finally, the Tamworth 4 x 400m Women’s quartet of Eve Clawley, Emily Findlater, Nicola Brady and Isabelle Neville again claimed a well-earned 2nd place to Cannock & Stafford; finishing with 4:07.18 on the clock.
A huge effort from the Tamworth team again lifted the club into 2nd place overall on the day and 4th place in the final standings; 6 points clear of Abingdon AC who are relegated to Division 2 with Cannock & Stafford. Bristol & West and Yate were crowned champions on their own turf and Tamworth AC can now look forward to a third season in the Midlands top flight in 2020.