Report from the last Midland League event.

A close match

The final match of the Midlands League competition was due to be a close one. Although only a top five finish on the day was required to secure promotion to Division 2, with just eight match points and one league point separating the Abingdon and Birmingham teams, the title of division champions was still up for grabs.

PB performances

The day began with thunderstorms, leaving the track and field wet despite the later sunshine. However, the wet conditions did not trouble the runners - Loick Bazzi, Scarlett Herold and Rachel Baust all posted PBs in the 200m, Loick and Scarlett coming third in their races, with Rachel winning hers. PBs also came in the 400m from Aric Klukowski, Tom Butcher and Lottie Siddle, the 1500m from Tom Fabes and the 3000m from Paul Hughes.

Debut performances

There were also plenty of strong debut performances which gained valuable points for the team. On the track these came from Claire Fabes and Ryan Woods in the sprint hurdles and Andrew Caruana in the 3000m steeplechase, who all secured third place finishes. In the field, debuts from Stef Bazylkiewicz in the triple jump and Luke Chown in the pole vault earnt them both first place finishes.

Throws and relays

It was also another impressive day in the throws, with nine top three finishes between the team of Fatima Jammeh Kinteh, Katherine Mitchell, Tom Clarke, Tom Fabes and Alfie Beckett.

The day concluded with more success in the relays - the men’s team came fourth and third in the 4x100m and 4x400m respectively, whilst the women’s team triumphed convincingly in both events.

Rising to the occasion

Suffice to say Abingdon well and truly rose to the occasion, winning the match by over 50 points and thus being promoted as division champions for the third year running.

And so another great team effort rounded off an excellent season – with thanks to all of the athletes and officials who have taken part this year, as well as all of the supporters and helpers. Special thanks goes to Athena Chown, our superb team manager, for her organisation, encouragement and positive spirit, which have undoubtedly been key to this and previous years’ successes.

See you next year in Division 2!