Athletes from Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club travelled to Watford at the weekend for the second match in this year’s Southern Athletics League.
Although not at full strength, Vale’s team produced a sterling effort with a number of athletes competing in competitions previously unknown to them to them in order to maximise the points, and it proved worthwhile as the team finished in second position.
Looking to build on their performance at Uxbridge in the opening match of the 2014 season, the ladies team were strong in numbers and performance with wins in both the A and B string events for Rochelle Arulanandam and Lynne Andrews in the pole vault; Sophie Delderfield and Sophie Dickerson in the long jump; Sophie Delderfield and Julia Austin in the 800m and Sophie Delderfield and Vicky Sheldon in the 3k.
Tasha Cornwell and Vicky ran their first ever steeplechase, both finishing second, while Alice Austin ran close to her 400m personal best after a three-year break from the event. Jess Hunter’s season continues to go well with three PB efforts in the 200m, 100m hurdles and long jump.
For the men, there were solid displays across the sprint events from Sam Alcpobio, Tom Waiting and Dan Barber.
In the middle distance events, Charlie May, on his return to running, performed well in 800m, 1500m, 3k and 3k steeplechase, coming away with two PBs, while Alan Roberts won the B string 1500m and was third in the 3k with a PB.
James Davis, meanwhile, took victory in the 3k A string steeplechase with a PB, alongside Charlie’s win in the B string.
The club would like to say a huge thank you to Simon Dickerson for his on-the-spot training to get some contestants into the B string pole vault, while Simon himself broke his own PB in the A string of that event and also the long jump.
The relays were good across the board with both teams finishing second in the 4x100m. The ladies were also second in the 4x400m but the men’s team won their event.