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To The Top (almost) – Plymouth (SWL) – 10 June

Peter Impett reports.

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Alfie Beddow in track action

A brilliant turn out of athletes at Plymouth on Sunday 10th June and some very good results put Wimborne at the top of Division 2 of the South West League but in football terms second on goal difference.  A second place on Sunday gives the same number of match points as both home club Armada and winners of the first match North Somerset. We are second by about 30 points or the equivalent of two events in 2000 points. The next matches at Braunton and Yeovil will be critical.

Armada threw everything that they had at us and as a composite club were able to call on the services of athletes from City of Plymouth, Tavistock AC, Erme Valley AC and Plymouth Harriers. Our response, slightly surprisingly, was to win heavily in the field events rather than the track events but there were some brilliant runs on the track. This was kicked off by Ronnie De-Bique in 60.3s and Paul Flavell 67.3s gaining maximum points in the 400 hurdles. Ronnie was 4th in the 100 in 12.1 and third in the 200 in 24.1. The 100 metres also saw points contributed by club chairman Peter Impett who put himself in the M65 rankings with 14.8 seconds – and if he can do it , so can you! Ronnie had a second place in the high jump with 1m65 with Steve Snook third on 1m35.  Steve was third in the triple jump with 8m26.  The throwers were impressive with Paul Flavell winning the shot with 9.m30 with good back up from Ashley Long in second place 8m41. Ashley was second in the senior javelin with 32m02. Mark Copeland also contributed a third place in the 800 in 2m19.8.

Ronnie De-Bique powers off the bend

Trudi Carter had a busy afternoon following on from her winning 3.00m pole vault she was fourth in the hammer with 12m54 and scored points in the discus 18m95.  Hannah Winton was second in the long jump with 4m75, third in the 200 metres and fourth in the 100 metres. Lynn Hutchings was second in the 3000 metres in 12.04.9.

Good under-20 points came from Jack Snook with a winning 1m65 high jump, a 10m93 triple jump and a second placed 18m60 hammer. Callum Kennedy was second in the 5000 metres in 16.50.2, the 800 metres in 2.22.1 and the 100 metres in 14.0.

Under-17 Christian Flavell won the 400 hurdles in 64.8 and the high jump 1m40. Ryan Wallbridge ran a third placed 200 metres in 25.5 and a third placed long jump 4m84 but found the competition hotter than expected in his more favoured 800.

The under 17 women are becoming a force to be reckoned with the ever reliable Sharon Hutchings winning the 3000 metres in 11.14.5 and was second in the 800 in 2.28.2. Charlotte Bourne was second in the 3000 with a time of 12.21.3.

There were some new faces in the under-15 boys events but it was Piers Copeland’s closely fought 3000 which particularly caught the eye. In a battle which went to the wire he recorded a time of 10.07.2 only just beaten by Tom Blackford of Armada 10.06.9. Piers was also fourth in the high jump 1m20. Newcomer Fraser Read was third in the 800 in 2.22.9 while James Williams won the discus with 16mo4 and was fourth in the long jump with 4m21. Ryan Long triple jumped 9m74 and was third in the javelin 26m66.

In the under-15 girls Kelly Snook vaulted 2m10 for second place and Maddy Diment was third in the shot 6m62.  Maddie Williams ran a well judged 11m40.6 in the 3000 metres.

Scarlett Goldsack long jumping

There were some very competent performances in the under-13 boys.  Tom Bourne 2.29.0 was run out of a very competitive race by Ben Cureton of North Somerset. Tom Stokes was second in the 200 28.9s and was third behind Alfie Beddow in the long jump by just one centimetre with 3m94. Alfie was third in the javelin 17m67 and there were good points in the high jump from Oscar Howard 1m 20 third and Fred Scotson 4th with 1m15. Alexander Long followed in the family tradition with good points in the javelin.

Perhaps the performance of the day came from the diminutive Grace Copeland who showed acute tactical insight in a cat and mouse 800 metres winning in 2.32.5 from the accomplished Alice Davies of North Somerset with 2.32.9. That shouldn’t take anything away from the magnificent 23.08 from Bethan Burley winning the javelin, putting 8.31 in the shot for second and second in the 200 in 29.3 to demonstrate her all round ability. Megan Hodd provided back up in the shot with a third placed 7m04 and there was a fourth placed 3m59 long jump from Becky Kent.  Pippa Hine, recovering from an arm operation was brought in to the attack to win a storming relay in 59.7.

Provisional results put Wimborne second on the day. Armada 1285, Wimborne 1167 North Somerset 1031 Dorchester 746 Mendip 504 North Devon 379 South West Vets 181.

After two matches the scores are:

North Somerset                                     12pts                     2182.5 
Wimborne                                              12pts                     2157.0
Armada                                                  12pts                     2098.5 
Mendip                                                     7pts                     1313.5 
Dorchester                                               7pts                     1260.0
North Devon                                            4pts                       743.0 
South West Vets                                     2pts                       346.5

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