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National Bronze for Southampton AC Vets Team

Long Eaton in Derbyshire played host to the National Masters Cross Country Relays.

Andy Morgan-Lee got proceedings underway for the M45-54 category team placing 4th in a time of 10min.16sec for the 2mile lap.

James Smith ran a storming 2nd leg posting the 5th fastest time of the day of 10.11 moving the red & white stripes up to 2nd place.

Rob Bentley getting his first taste of National competition since joining Southampton kept them in the medal placings with 10.58.

Peter Costley increased the lead over the chasing teams with a 10.52 clocking and put a firmer hold on a medal prospect.

The anchor leg saw David Blackman clock 10.30 to claim his club their first National medal at this event with bronze behind Northern giants Leeds and Salford.


National Masters Bronze Medalists

(L-R) Smith, Blackman, Morgan-Lee, Costley, Bentley

Southern Counties Veterans League Final report

Southampton Men’s Veterans Track & Field team won their 3rd successive Southern Counties Veterans League Final at Ashford in a close match and take victory by 3 points. 

Matt Coffey made his debut finishing 2nd in the M35 800m (2:05.47) along with David Blackman 2nd B string (2:19.63) and Jon Grainger (2:20.50) winning the M50 category. 

This put the red & white stripes top of the table with a 4 point advantage from the start and although it was a close affair throughout the day with Oxford City and Tonbridge it was a lead they never relinquished. 

M35’s Mark Collins (11.92s) and Simon Ciaravella (12.85s) took double 3rd in the A & B String 100m. 

Steve Beak (12.46s) comfortably won the M50 category while Vic Novell (13.90s) finished 2nd in the M60 category. 

In the field M35 Andrew Sheerin and M50 Stephen Dobson were kept busy all afternoon scoring well in the throwing events.

Sheerin scored 3rd Hammer (34.44m), 3rd Shot (10.61m), 4th Discus (26.80m) and 5th Javelin (28.58m) while Dobson in the M50 category won the Shot Putt with 10.78m, 4th Hammer (25.27m) and 4th Discus with 25.90m.

M60 Michael Coker (8.97m) and M50 Gordon Westley (23.68m) scored valuable points in the shot and Javelin respectively. 

Back on the track Jon Tilt who just a few weeks ago was crowned double World M55 Champion for 400m and 400mH in Malaga was narrowly beaten in the 400m (56.28s) by the Tonbridge athlete, albeit some 20 years his junior.

Simon Ciaravella finished 4th in the B string (57.79s) while Beak went on to make it 2 wins from 2 for him in the M50 category with 58.64s.

Vic Novell at the age of 74 and giving 13 years away to his competitors in the M60 category scored another brilliant 2nd place (69.51s) in his first outdoor 400m this season before Long Jumping to 3rd place (3.71m) then valiantly throwing the Javelin for the first time ever gaining a valuable point for his team. 

The 1500m came next along with maximum points from Coffey in his 2nd event of the day as he won impressively from gun to tape in 4:18.94.

Blackman also doubling up after an earlier 800m finished 4th (4:45.55) in the B string as did Grainger (4:38.4) for 3rd in the M50 category while Sid DeLara (5:29.8) ran well for 3rd in the M60 category. 

Collins (24.23s) finished 3rd in another quality sprint event over 200m with Ciaravella (26.36s) 6th in the B String while Beak (25.74s) just held on to make it a hat-trick of victories for him on the day in the M50 race before leaping 9.09m for 5th in the Triple Jump.

The Pole Vault which started much earlier on in the day came to its conclusion with M50 Derek Warn winning maximum points on count-back with a 3m clearance.

Between vaulting Warn was keeping busy scoring double 3rd in the M50 Long Jump (4.76m) and High jump (1.30m)

while Coker also scored well for 3rd in the M60 High Jump with 1.25m clearance.

Brian Thompson added more points to the board in the M35 category with a brilliant runners up spot in the High jump (1.65m), 4th and a personal best in the Long Jump (5.16m) and 3rd in Triple Jump (10.65m). 

John MacInnes (12:23.24) and Wayne Vincent (12:49.04) took on the 2km Walk with good points for 2nd and 5th respectively before Tilt, Beak, Ciaravella and Collins combined for the 4 x 100m Relay to finish 3rd in 49.72s.

Mark Causebrook (9:37.63) and Andy Morgan-Lee (9:58.33) scored a double 3rd in the M35 A & B String 3000m with Pete Costley (10:18.22) running well for 2nd place in the M50 category.

The final event, 4 x 400m would be enough to see Southampton win the title for the third successive year if they could stay close enough or beat Oxford City.

Ciaravella, Blackman, Coffey and Tilt didn’t disappoint as they stormed to 2nd place narrowly beaten by Tonbridge but well ahead of Oxford City in 3rd to cap another fantastic winning performance to take the Cup back to Southampton.

Team Result

Southampton 219.5

Oxford City 216.5

Tonbridge 209.5

Hillingdon 170

Bexley 159

Epsom & Ewell 146.5

Enfield & Haringey 120


Men’s Veterans Track & Field team sealed victory at Aldershot

Southampton AC Men’s Veterans Track & Field team sealed victory at Aldershot, defending their Hampshire League title for the 8th successive year. They will now take their place in the Southern Counties Veterans Final at Ashford in September looking to defend their Area title looking for a hat-trick of successes.
Graham Lay scored a double victory in the field with the Discus at the start of the evening and Javelin at the end. He threw the Discus out to a personal best of 39.13m and the Javelin to a seasons best 45.94m. 

Andy Turner and Gordon Westley provided good back up in the M50 category with runner up spot in Discus (32.54m)
and Javelin 5th (20.31m) respectively.
Michael Coker threw the Javelin 15.92m for 5th in the M60 category after triple jumping his way to 4th place with 8.35m in the younger M50 category.
Brian Thompson leapt to a huge personal best of 10.84m in the M35 category triple Jump just losing out to the Basingstoke athlete by a mere 3cm.
John MacInnes (12:24.9) and Andy Morgan-Lee (12:41.6) got the track events underway finishing double runners up in the 2km Walk for the M50 & M35 categories respectively.
M35 Darren Clissold finished equal third in the Pole Vault with a 2.80m clearance while Derek Warn did enough to claim runners up spot in the M50 category with a mediocre 2.10m clearance by his standards due to a shoulder injury.

The 800m saw the biggest points haul of the evening for the red & white stripes.
Paul Laslett, a former 1.47 International made his club debut with an impressive gun to tape victory to win comfortably in 2:01.1 with B string runner Jim Bennett (2:13.6) just overhauled for victory in the final metres.
M50 David Blackman, however, bided his time with a cautious opening lap
since injury before storming to victory and maximum points in the latter stages clocking 2:17.9 while Sid DeLara won the M60 category in 2:38.6. before tackling the 3000m shortly after to finish in 12:57.0 for 6th place.
M35’s Mark Collins (24.0sec) & Simon Ciaravella (26.3sec) both ran well in a quality 200m line up for 3rd and 2nd respectively while Steve Beak took the M50 victory with 25.5sec.
The penultimate event on the track saw a number of red & white vests scoring and guesting in the 3000m.
Mark Causebrook and Gareth Klepacz both ran seasons bests scoring a runner up double with 9:27.0 and 9:32.2 respectively in the M35 category while Peter Costley ran his way to victory and maximum points in the M50 category.
The final event of the evening, 4x200m relay saw Collins, Ciaravella, Beak and Bennett finish a close 2nd to Aldershot.
Guest performances 
Darren Clissold – 200m 27.8sec
Vic Novell – 200m 29.4s
Alan Forse – 200m 30.3s
Mike Hodges – 800m 2.30.0
Paul Boyd-Leslie – 3000m 10.44.0
Final Result
Southampton 153.5
Aldershot 144
Basingstoke 119
Portsmouth 96
Havant 86
Winchester 74
Fleet 58.5
Overton 58

Men’s Veterans Track & Field team continued their unbeaten run in the league to make it 3 from 3 this season with victory at Basingstoke

There were no less than 4 changes on the night due to injuries which proved a real squad performance with members volunteering to stand in last minute when called upon.

One of those was M40 Garry Bell who not only had never jumped one of the 35  3ft barriers that lay ahead of him in the 3000m steeplechase but was also running his first ever competitive track event. He went on to finish a fantastic 3rd place in a time of 11:40.4 with Kit Lau (11:55.5) taking maximum points to win the B string.

M60 Michael Coker was another last minute reserve running his first 400m (75.5) since 2012 to finish 5th with more valuable points added to the board along with his earlier High Jump 4th place (1.25m).

M50 Jon Tilt competing in the younger M35 400m category finished 3rd (56.1) with Simon Ciaravella (56.9) taking runners up spot in the B string and Steve Beak winning the M50 category (58.7) to add to his earlier win in M50 100m (12.2).M40 Mark Collins ran a seasons best in the 100m (11.7) for runners up spot while Ciaravella finished 3rd in the B string (12.8).

M35 Andrew Sheerin and M50 Andy Turner got the field events underway scoring well in the Hammer throw to finish 2nd (37.25m) and 1st (34.06m) respectively.

A win in the Shot Putt for M40 Graham Lay (12.59m) was backed up well by M50 Stephen Dobson (10.35m) and M60 Michael Coker (8.98m) who both finished 3rd.

M40 Brian Thompson high jumped 1.65m for 2nd place before coming in last minute to team up with M50 Derek Warn in the Long Jump to leap 4.49m for 4th place while Warn finished 2nd with a leap of 4.51m.

The penultimate event, 1500m, produced more good points and 3 more runners up spots for A & B String Jeremy Curtis (4.30.2) and Mark Causebrook (4.35.0) respectively and Peter Costley (4.53.1) in the M50 category.

Beak, Collins, Ciaravella and Tilt teamed up for the final event of the evening, the Medley Relay, consisting of 200m, 200m, 400m, 800m which saw them bring the baton home in 2nd place and secure victory for the red & white stripes by 4 points from Aldershot Farnham & District.

Guest Performances
Mike Smears M60 – 100m (17.8), Long Jump (2.44m)
Garry Bell M40 – 1500m  4:52.6
Paul Johnson M55 – 1500m  4:59.6
Gordon Westley M50 – 1500m  6:06.6


Garry Bell – 3000m Steeplechase


Kit Lau – 3000m Steeplechase

Team Result
Southampton AC  147
Aldershot F & D   143
Basingstoke   118
Portsmouth   112
Winchester   80
Havant     77
Overton   67
Fleet   34

Netley 10k help required

Dear Southampton runner, jumper, and thrower,
The Netley 10k means different things to each of us. It might mean more to you than you think!…..
For some, it is an important race in the Hampshire Road Race league. For some, it’s a fantastic 6 mile run through one of Hampshire’s prettiest parks.
For most of us in our great club, however, it is an important fund-raiser, that delivers over 35% of financial backing to our track and field teams, including BAL, UKWAL, YDL, SAL, and Sportshall. Being a hugely successful club does not come cheap! And as we work our way up the leagues, the travel costs rise too.
We’d love you to come and help out at the race. We need you to come and help out at the race! Having Southampton AC Athletes, parents, guardians, or relatives, marshalling at the race firstly means that we don’t have to pay other clubs and organisations to do it for us, and secondly makes for a fantastic team atmosphere. The sight of a group of shot putters cheering 10k runners is a sight to behold!
So please put Sunday 20th May in your diary, and contact Richie Pearson, and offer your support. It’s only for 2 hours in the morning (9-11am), and the sun always shines on the day!

John Elkins

Many of you particularly the road runners who competed under the banner of Southampton Road Runners and Southampton Running Club will have fond memories of John who has sadly passed away. I remember John as a lovely man with a wicked sense of humour and he will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to his family and close friends.Funeral at Wessex Vale Crematorium  West End Thursday 4pm afterwards at the Botleigh Grange Hotel.

Masters National Road Relay Championships report

Southampton AC Veterans middle distance team embarked on Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday for the Masters National Road Relay Championships.

The M35 squad of Daniel Hunt (15:58), Jez Curtis (16:32), Stuart Hicks (17:05), Andrew Griggs (16:41), Marc Cole (17:58) and Rob Ralls (19:19) produced a fine top 15 performance.
Taking into account all but one of the team had never competed at National Level before, they most definitely were not overawed by the occasion as they see-sawed in and around the top 10 for long periods to eventually finish a very respectable 14th place of the 33 teams.
The M45’s had an A & B squad which the quartet of Peter Costley (17:25), Jon Grainger (18:05), Scott Augur (18:40) and Andy Morgan-Lee (17:38) saw them finish 17th of the 46 teams.
The second quartet with Howard Long (19:27), Keith Hollis (20:35), John MacInnes (19:13) and Sid DeLara (21.13) saw the team home in 36th.

Daniel Hunt (above) ran Southampton’s fastest leg of the day 15.58mins

image1.jpegAndrew Griggs – 16.41
Jon Grainger

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