The Blue Star Senior team travelled to Winchester for the latest Southern Athletic League fixture where they come up against two teams ahead of them in the table, Winchester and Newquay. A fine all round team performance saw them score 197 points to finish second to the host Club (231 points) but ahead of Newquay (182 points).
The 400m races saw excellent runs in both the Men’s and Women’s race, with Sean Carter in his first ever race over the distance come home a convincing winner in 52.2s with Jess O’Flaherty equalling dominant in the women’s 400m where her winning time of 60.8s was a new personal best. Carter had earlier teamed up with Calum Neil in the Pole Vault, where Carter cleared 3.00m to win the B event and Neil won the A string with 3.50m. These two also teamed up in the High Jump where Carter cleared 1.75m and Neil cleared 1.55m to record a double win. Another double first was achieved in the Men’s Triple Jump, where Sean Carter leapt 11.3.8m to win the A string and Luke Johnson won the B event with 10.43m. Johnson had earlier dominated his specialist event when he launched the Javelin a massive 54.38m to record a season’s best performance. On the track the 3000m saw Ash Williams and Bradley Burke team up and they ran out winners of the A & B strings, with Williams recording a personal best time of 9m36.2s and Burke running 10m14.5s.
Simon Brown threw an impressive 42.75m to win the Discus and Tom Gilsenan-Best and Rocky Betts recorded wins in the B string 200m (24.5s) and Long Jump (5.58m) respectively.
In the Women’s High Jump Tabby Lee cleared 1.50m to win the A string and Lucy Milnthorpe won the B string with a leap of 1.40m. Jess O’Flaherty won the Long Jump with 5.12m and then took second place in the 200m where she ran a personal best 26.7s, with Amy Dallas winning the B string in 28.0s. There was a good run by Alex Richer in the 1500m where she ran home an easy winner in 5m12.5s. In the 4 x 100m relays both teams ran out winners with the Men’s team a time of 46.9s and the Women’s team ran 54.3s.
In the Caterham Half Marathon Elspeth Turner continued her fine recent form when she ran an excellent 1hr21m33s to finish as the leading woman and in ninth place overall. Ron Shannon finished sixth over 60 Man in 1hr48m43s.