Second place no disgrace for depleted men’s team
PUBLISHED: 17:12 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:12 11 August 2010
Havering Mayesbrook Southern Men s League team did well to place second against a strong Yeovil team in their third round Division One fixture at Swindon on Saturday. With a number of athletes missing and with Matt Russell and Chris Coates still recover
Havering Mayesbrook Southern Men's League team did well to place second against a strong Yeovil team in their third round Division One fixture at Swindon on Saturday.
With a number of athletes missing and with Matt Russell and Chris Coates still recovering from illness, it was always going to be difficult to win. But to make things worse Scott Spencer pulled a calf muscle warming up and a number of athletes had to leave early due to evening commitments, so all things considered runners-up spot was a good result.
A string wins were the preserve of Bonne Buwembo (pictured right) in the javelin and Danny Gamester in the hammer as both Sam Harrison and Bradley Reece ensured doubles with B string victories in these events - Bradley Reece was close to his career best with the senior weight hammer.
There were four other B victories as Matt Bland won the 1500m B event, and Grant Twist was runner up in the A. Illness-affected Chris Coates and he was well below his recent best, but took 5000m B honours and Ian Anthony set a new PB in third in the A.
Veteran skipper Mark Bishop won the B 110m hurdles, and as always contributed good points across a range of events. Anthony Williams could not match his recent PB but still won the B triple jump, and second in the long jump, plus third in the sprint hurdles. Fellow junior Joseph Ramie piled up points with second places in the 200m and Triple jump and third in the 100m, as Vince Lazaro partnered Williams with another second in the B long jump.
Jason Lendon was second in both steeplechase and B pole vault. There was a welcome return after a long break from Ashley Reece who added points in three events and both relays.
The result keeps the squad in the promotion hunt at the halfway stage of the six match season.
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