EMAC Track & Field League Match 1 update by Paul Harrison, EMAC T&F League Manager

Afternoon All! A belated summary of the 1st round of T&F League matches:

The Southern Men’s match at Chelmsford was very close with Thurrock just pipping Chelmsford/Basildon and Colchester Harriers with Southend not far behind; nine points covered 1st to 4th!
Dominic King broke the League record for 1 Mile Walk as did Robert Earle in M60 Discus.

The Women’s match was more clear cut with Chelmsford/Basildon top ahead of Southend then WSAC/St Edmunds Pacers with more than a dozen points between each placing.
Clare St John-Coleman broke the League record for W60 Long Jump and also achieved the highest Age Graded result on the track in the W60 100m; a good evening’s work!
Moving west to Sandy the men’s match was also fairly spaced out at the top with Marshall Milton Keynes over Bedford & County then Cambridge & Coleridge.
Tennyson James set a new league record in the M60 400m while David Folgate was the highest Age Graded performer in the field winning the M50 Triple Jump against athletes 20 years his junior! This also put him 6th on the all-time list for M70 TJ.

The women’s match was a little closer as Fairlands Valley Spartans pipped Marshall Milton Keynes at the top with Biggleswade holding off the others to claim a distant third.
Penny Butcher also set a new league record in the W60 Long Jump, matching Clare’s distance in the South, and Joylyn Saunders-Mullins achieved the highest Age Graded score on the track in the W50 100m.

Finally oop North the Men of Peterborough and Nene Valley Harriers (I swear these club names get longer just to test my typing!) topped their home fixture a little clear of Ryston Runners with a similar gap to third placed West Norfolk.

No records were broken but top Age Graded on the track was Ricky Huskisson in the M60 100m and some Harrison chap achieved the highest grade in the field.
Finally a bit of a surprise in the women as the usually strong PANVAC came third a little behind Ryston Runners with Corby some way clear at the top.
Again no records but, not content with running the match and her team, Claire Smith was top Age Grade runner in the W35 400m while Yvette Clayton managed the top two field results, both very close, but her W35 Triple Jump was the best of the day.

Many thanks to all who make this league happen, round-up of match day two to follow soonish and the next fixtures will be upon before we realise!

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