EVAC Bedford Match Report

Match 2 of the 2012 EVAC season took place at Bedford International stadium on Wednesday May 9th.
With only a two week break since the last meeting (to accommodate this summers Olympics) it was a test of commitment as well as tired limbs but both the KTH men’s and ladies teams held their own in competitive seven team divisions to both finish in fourth place.
A special mention must go to the men’s Vet 50 4 x 400m relay team Peter Goringe, Steve Peterson, Paul Young and debutant Kevin Williams who got their tactics and pacing spot on to claim second place and 6 points.
Leading the way in the individual events was Andrew Keyworth V40 who top scored with 12 points on the night securing two 2nd place finishes in the Discus and Javelin to complement a strong 400m leg of the relay, his laid back nonchalant style clearly understates his talent.
Peter Goringe Vet 50 followed up his record breaking performance at Stevenage to again break a club record in the 1 Mile walk finishing in 10 min 17 sec for second place, all the hours spent studying techniques and style’s on you-tube paid off as he set a strong pace from the off and maintained his position, a solid triple jump and 400m relay leg completed a fine evenings work.
Rob Britten proved that he has got talent!!  by scoring 9 points in the 800m and 1 Mile walk where he missed the club record by a heart breaking 5 seconds.  There were no near misses for Greg Smith however as he smashed the club Pole Vault record, clearing 2.10m to win the event and also ran a strong 200m race for 9 points in total.
Paul Young Vet 50 missed the start of the 3000m and gave everyone a 50m head start, but despite this handicap, he still managed to finish third in his age group for 5 points, a good run in the 200m and relay followed for a point’s haul of 7 for the night. Team captain Paul Marlow Vet 40 also scored 7 points with a PB in the triple jump and a tough 3000m.
Making his first appearance this season was Steve Peterson Vet 50 who ran a fine third place finish in the 800m along with the relay for 5 points.
Completing the scoring was Jerry Wise Vet 50 in the Discus and Javelin for 4 points.  The standard of the field events at this event was exceptional which made Jerry’s performance all the more notable.

The KTH ladies team recovered really well to finish fourth overall after losing uber athlete and top scorer from Stevenage Helen Keyworth in the first event, who despite an Achilles strain still held on to win the 400mH for 7 points but could take no further part in proceedings.
Team captain Amanda Marlow Vet 40 led by example to top score with 21 points, in a busy schedule of events she finished second in both the Javelin and Discus and third in the Triple-jump, had she not been chatting some 75m short of the start line as the gun sounded in the 3000m she may well have added even more to her tally but will no doubt learn from her school girl error.
Sarah Bailey Vet 45 had a busy night competing in the 200m, 1mile walk, Discus and Javelin for 14 points and a well earned nap on the bus home.
Kerry Munn Vet 45 showed her class to stride home first in the 800m and second in the 3000m for 13 points, as did Jill Tierney who scored 7points from the 800m and 400mH the most feared and brutal event in the veteran schedule.
Katy Williams Vet 35 ran well in the 200m for 4 points to go with a strong 400m leg of the relay as did Bronwyn Smit Vet 35 who after scoring 3 points in the 1 Mile walk ran an awesome 400m relay leg to set up the Vet 35 4 x 400 relay team consisting Jill Tierney, Sandra Puckerin and Katy Williams to a second place finish.

On Wednesday June 13th Kettering has the honour of hosting an EVAC meeting for the first time welcoming teams from Stevenage, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Biggleswade, as well as local rivals Wellingborough and Corby which should make for a great nights competition.