Southern League @ Hillingdon

Sunday 11th July at Uxbridge saw the second SAL league match of the 2021 campaign. We were lucky with the weather as the rain held off and a good day’s competition took place. This season, due to the pandemic, is very different to usual seasons. We are participating in a local league against 5 other clubs from all the various SAL divisions.

The SAL table itself will be worked out using the “Bromilow” scoring system based solely on the performances of the scoring athletes. Plus, for the purpose of the league, the best match score of the season out of the 4 fixtures will be used. After this second match, we are in a very strong second place and are very close on the heels of Windsor.

The team performed admirably, especially as we had 6 “A” string athletes pull out in the 24 hours leading up to the match due to illness, injury or self-isolating. Within our local league we won the day (gaining revenge on Thames Valley Harriers). There were some stand out performances on the day.

Owen Heard jumping 6.72 in the Long Jump, Richard Carr stepping in to do High Jump at the last minute and winning with what can only be described as the easiest 1.85 clearance I have ever seen! Dajon Wright and Owen Heard running a procession in the 110m hurdles.

Emma Beardmore and Makayla Joseph had 2”A” string wins and 3”B” string wins between them in Shot, Discus & Hammer. Megan Baily won Pole Vault and just for good measures won “B” string in both High Jump and 100m hurdles. Saoirse Chinery-Edoo won Shot and Discus and won “B” string Pole Vault. Emily Antcliffe set a new V40 club record in winning “B” string 5000. There were plenty of other great performances and many pb’s.

Well done team and looking forward to match 3 on 15th August (moved from 14th August) where I can confirm there will be electronic timing and photo finish so hopefully a good turnout.

Finally here’s a few photos to see who did what and how good they looked doing it! 😉

Photos © of Mike Lepps – please credit if reused.

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