SAL Match 5 – Tilsley Park, 19 Aug 2017

Radley AC hosted the final SAL fixture of 2017 and finished on a high with another comfortable win over rivals Hillingdon, North Devon and Brighton & Hove.

A great team performance from the small Radley team saw them win a significant number of events and rally to fill gaps for valuable points.

The highlight of the day was another impressive run by 15 year old Rachel Burton (pictured below on the right) who has improved her personal bests in almost every race this season; this time in the 3000m - setting a new best of 11.00.3 (a huge 10 second pb) despite the blustery conditions. Rachel then went on to win the 2K steeplechase in fine style.

Other pbs came from Islay Thorne who had returned to the sport this season after a lengthy break who closed pbs in 100m (14.0), 100H (17.9) and TJ (8.80m). She also had a fine fun in the 400H. Training partner Tara Kafke overcome recent injury niggles to step up a distance to run an impressive 800m to win the A string (2.15) ahead of Radley’s other Runner Emma Haley who also won the 3K (A String). Tara also won the 200m and did 2 impressive legs in both relays to finish the day off.

Throwers Kathryn Woodcock and Aislinn Baird also dominated in the throws with Kathryn taking the honours in the Discus with an impressive 49.78m to take the win and the female athlete of the match award. Kathryn also won the B string hammer with over 40m and gained valuable points in shot and javelin. Aislin was runner up to Kathryn for the athlete of the match for her 48.32m hammer whilst doing well in the other throws also.

Radley’s men were not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the sprinters were in fine form Matthew Johnson and Jordan Dorrian getting a 1:2 in the 100m with (11.0) and Eima Mead (22.6) and Matthew Johnson (22.9) a 1:3 in the 200m, whilst youngsters Matthew Coleman (53.2) and Sam Nelson (55.2) dominated the 400m both winning their respective strings comfortably.  Blake Strickland-Bennett also gained valuable points winning both the 400H and the 110H A strings and the B string steeplechase. Masters thrower Gwynn Wallace had a good day with 2 seasons best in Discus (29.54m) and javelin (33.44m).

Elsewhere, Anabelle Pozniak (pictured above on the left) ran at the U17 SEAA Championship at Crystal Palace and had an impressive run in the 800m heat on Saturday clocking a pb of 2.18.86 for second place in her heat and an automatic qualification to the final on Sunday.  Unfortunately she was unable to replicate the same time in the final  but was still 5th in a creditable 2.20.12 for 6th place.

Final league table positions can be viewed here (link is external).

Kay Reynolds