Vets league Winchester report

The second instalment of the Southern Counties Veterans Track & Field League saw us increase our advantage at the top of the table with another comfortable victory at Winchester.

Mark Collins continued his fine form with victory over 200m (24.0) and Steve Beak finishing a fine B string runner up (25.0) despite competing down in the M35 category.

Derek Warn finished 5th in the M50 category (28.7) in between pole vaulting his way to victory with 2.80m.
Vic Novell completed the scoring 200m line up with 3rd place in the M60 category (29.8) while Alan Forse (31.0) and Peter Haynes (36.2) competed well in the guest race.
The 800m saw another good points haul with David Blackman dropping down to the younger age group finishing a very respectable 3rd place (2.15.0), Kit Lau making his scoring debut with B string victory and Jon Grainger also taking victory in the M50 category.
In the field Graham Lay scored a fantastic double victory in the Discus (35.79m) and Javelin (38.75m) in between vaulting 2m for 3rd place in the M35 pole vault.
Mike Ferne, back from long term injury added maximum points to the board with a comfortable victory in the M60 Discus (39.18m), while Warn (24.53m) and Peter Costley (20.33m) scored valuable points in the M50 Discus and Javelin respectively.
A classy triple jump competition saw Brian Thompson, just 9cm short of his best, finish 4th in the M35 category (10.75m) while Michael Coker jumped a seasons best for runner up spot in the M50 category (9.12m) and a guest performance 24.67m in the Discus.
The penultimate event, the 3000m saw the red & white stripes score 30 points from a possible 32 across 4 age categories.
M35’s James Smith (9.29.7) and Mark Causebrook (9.56.2) scored A string 2nd and 1st B string.
M50 Rob Bentley made his track league debut with victory in 10.16.6 and Noel O’Dowd scored M60 runner up in 11.38.0.
There were also good guest performances in the 3000m from Andrew Lewis (10.04,1), Greg Warder (10.29.2; (Javelin 18.09m); Mark Hayter (10.49.4); Nicholas Willson (10.51.9).
The final event, 4x400m relay saw one recognised 400m athlete in Steve Beak team up with 3 middle distance athletes, Blackman, Lau and Smith and they ran superbly taking the lead in the very latter stages with Beak bringing the baton home for victory by 2secs from Basingstoke.
Tonights team victory totals a remarkable 23 Hampshire league wins in a row.
Aldershot 114
Basingstoke 110
Winchester 98
Havant 85
Portsmouth 56
Fleet 45
Overton 41