Chiltern’s man-of-the-match (our only male athlete) was Andrew Stewart. Andrew, V55, concentrated on the sprints and middle-distance races with 15.6s for 100m, 31.3s for 200m, 71.7s for 400m, and 2:49.8 for 800m. If only he could throw and jump…
Our greatest team asset this year has been Fiona Calder, having competed in three of the four matches so far and had a go at running, throwing and jumping. A knee injury limited Fiona to only three events this time, with 1:49.7 for 400m, 3:34.9 for 800m, and a long jump of 1.66m.
Quality came from our two U17 women athletes, Aleesha Offside and Sandie Pohlman. Aleesha set two new personal-best times with 13.5s for 100m and 28.2s for 200m. Sandie set a new PB in the 200m with 28.0s and ran the 400m in 65.0s.
Barbara Ralph set season’s-best times in the 1500m (6:47.1) and 5000m (23:29.4). She is now placed 18th for 1500m and 5th for 5000m in this year’s UK rankings for over 60 veterans.
We didn’t finish last in the match, but only because Luton ‘B’ failed to show. Vale of Aylesbury were our closest rivals in the match and also in the league after 3 matches, but unfortunately they beat us at Watford to gain an extra league point and now leave us somewhat behind in Division 3 North. The final match of the season is on 20th August, at Watford again, and we meet Vale of Aylesbury there again, so with a concerted effort (and perhaps some assistance from Bedford), we could still cock a snook at our friendly local rivals.
Doug Smith, 13th July 2016