The LCAC track and field squad made the journey into Surrey for match 3, taking on Herne Hill, Worthing and hosts Guildford and Godalming for match 3 of the Division 3 SE Southern Athletics League. LCAC missed a few regulars through injuries, but without a direct clash with the road league this time, the squad was boosted with some new recruits, including a few fairly crazy people who decided that multiple track events would be the perfect warm-up to the road fixture the next day.
In the women’s throws, Rachael Collins, Dee Strang and Lisa Geary again formed a formidable trio, of note was Rachel’s 24.86 season’s best in the javelin and PB of 18.80 in the hammer. Lisa also turned in PBs in the discus (16.62) and javelin (13.37) and Dee was also at the PB party, launching a 17.54 hammer throw, and hitting a season’s best in the discus (13.72). Tim Campion was back for the men’s team and he and Raul Montoliu kept the points coming in. Tim’s discus throw of 34.4 was less than a metre away from first place in the A competition, whilst Raul put in PBs in the discus (2nd in the B with 18.67), shot and javelin, as well as some multitasking in the high jump for a 4th PB.
The track races had started in earnest – first up for LCAC was the 800m with Alice Aniello and Mai Kakehi representing for the women. In a strong field, both put in gutsy bell-laps to take PBs of 2:31 and 2:43 respectively. In the men’s race Dante Hall and Stewart Muir went in race 1 – in a tight pack Dante was in contention, but got boxed in and had to settle for second, but in an impressive 2:07 (PB). Stew came home in 2:12 for a PB, and Fergal Dunne made it 3 PBs out of 3, clocking 2:54 in race 2.
In the sprints LCAC were again a little short-staffed but Kirsty Benham and Fernanda Susanna put in the hours for the women across the 100m, 200m and 400m. Kirsty continued her storming form with a new PB of 67.2 in the 400m and Fernanda ran a lightning 12.9 for 2nd in the A in the 100m and a PB.
Dante and Stew mixed it up and stepped in for the 100m, even both electing to avoid the standing start and masquerade as proper sprinters – Dante turned in a solid 12.6 with Stew finishing in13.8. Simon Brown and Phil Kynaston represented in the 400m, showing their kick from the longer events with solid times of 69.1 and 61.9 respectively.
Into the 3000m and Marie was putting in double time, running a strong 11:03 for a season’s best. Simon Brown ran an impressive 17:19 in the men’s 5000m A race follow his 400m escapades, with Joe Jenkinson running a solid 18:20 in the B and Phil Kynaston continuing his ultra-preparation with an 18:30 finish.
The 1500m saw Mai and Marie Duignan tag-team it, working together in the pack for some more strong times and points – Mai ran a 5:10 PB and Marie a 5:17 season’s best. The men’s 1500m was a veritable LCAC-fest – Adam Millbery (4:25, PB), Tommy Rushton (4:41,SB), George Ashdown (4:48), Phil (5:06, PB) and Fergal (6:00, PB) all duked it out like a Tuesday night at Southwark park across two races for some exciting intra-club competition. With no reason not too (apart from, perhaps, tiredness maybe) Tommy jumped straight into the 2000 steeplechase and straight over some barriers. Stew was making his SC debut as well and the two added some more points for LCAC with times of 7:46 and 7:27 respectively.
Fernanda was back in action in the high jump, with a 1.55 leap giving her second place in the A, but she had enough left in the tank for a jaunt in the 4x100m relay; alongside Kirsty, Rachael and Marie, for a super quick 57.3 (SB). Mai jumped in for Marie in the 4x400m team and the quartet showed some impressive speed for the end of the day, turning in a new team relay PB of 4:23! The men’s team of Simon, Stew, Tommy and Phil fared slightly less well, but survived minor collisions on baton changeover, and even running slightly out of lane, to successfully finish both races! Reports of an official suggesting that we may have been disqualified if we’d been a bit closer to the other runners are unconfirmed, but Phil and Tommy were on around their 4th straight race, so we won’t worry too much about this one. Great job relay team!
Despite missing quite a few regulars through injuries, we showed some heroics in this one to represent in almost all the running and jumping events, and the throwers were in strong contention all day. LCAC came third behind Guildford and Herne Hill and ahead of Worthing. On the track, several athletes went outside the comfort zone to go in a non-specialised race, and the points all added up. Shout-outs to Kirsty and Fernanda for keeping us up there in everything requiring a sprint, and Tommy for putting in a gruelling streak of races in the second half, plus the long jump, also coming to the pub, and then running road league the next day!
3 down, 2 to go…….
Full results can be found here