Report by Abielle Hallas, covering match 3 of the Midland League.

On Sunday 7 July 7 we headed off to Tamworth for the 3rd Midlands League match of the year. We had a small team and had the aim of beating Tamworth on their home ground – a challenge, but we brought our best race faces and competitive spirit with us.

Hurdles

In contrast to Birmingham, it was a dry and sunny start to the track events (although I’m pretty sure we then complained it was too hot!). Jack and Andrew ran well in the 400mh, coming 3rd and 5th respectively. It was a good day for the women’s team - Lizzie started the day’s proceedings with a PB in the 400mh, Abielle came 3rd in the B string 400mh, and Kira placed 1st in her 100mh race.

Sprints

The sprints have been competitive so far this year, but Loick and Scarlett ran strong races against some very fast athletes. Luke ran a SB in the 200m, and then went on to win his 100m race. On the women’s team, Kira continued her top form from the 100mh to run a PB in the flat 100m, and Bethan and Issy both ran PBs in the 200m. Benji, Malte, Charlotte, and Abielle collected valuable points over the 400m, with Abielle setting a PB over the distance.

Throws

There were strong performances from Katherine and Fatimah in the throws. Katherine placed 2nd in the shot, discus, and javelin, and Fatimah threw well to come 2nd and 3rd in the shot put and javelin respectively. Steve, André, and Marc competed well across the men’s throws, and the men’s hammer went particularly well, with Steve and André coming 2nd and 3rd.

Jumps

Kira and Stef gained valuable points in the long jump, and Charlotte and Abielle both jumped further than in Birmingham in the triple jump. There were superb performances in the pole vault – Carine equalled her PB, and Athena placed 2nd. This was replicated in the high jump, with Bethan also achieving a PB, and Issy also placed 2nd.

Marc and Malte placed equal 2nd and 3rd in their respective high jump pools, and both jumped close to their PBs. William and Benji put in strong performances in the horizontal jumps, with Benji achieving a PB in the long jump, breaking the 5m barrier for the first time.

Endurance

Charlotte, Jane, and Gina represented us well in the women’s distance events, gaining valuable points across the board. Stand-out performances came in the 3000m, with Gina coming 2nd in her race, and Jane running a PB and setting a new club record. Her time means she is now ranked 11th in the UK for her age group!

Despite being stretched a bit thin due to some last-minute injuries, our men’s long-distance put in some amazing performances throughout the day. Owen came 3rd in the 800m, and Andrew came 4th after running the 400mh about two races before; both athletes then came 3rd in their 5000m races later on in the day! We had a clean sweep in the 2000m steeplechase, with Jack and Kie running very confident races to win both the A and B string.

Relays

There was once again drama in the relays, as our women’s 4x100 ran a quick race with slick baton changes to come 5th, but our men’s team was unfortunately disqualified for an illegal baton changeover. A false-start in the women’s 4x400 made for a slightly nervy start, but we came 4th with Stef stepping up and running a huge unofficial PB on her leg. Our men’s 4x400 ended the day with excitement, with Luke running a very quick anchor leg (50s) to close the distance to Tamworth.

Unfortunately, their last leg put on a burst of speed to clinch 5th, but we showed that even at the end of a day, Abingdon AC is a force to be reckoned with!

Supporters and officials

Thank you to our officials, coaches, family, and friends that came to support us – we couldn’t achieve our successes throughout the season without your support! Overall, we came 5th, but were only 6.5 points behind Notts in 4th! There were some great performances throughout the day, and a lot of us did 3 or 4 events, so we can be very proud of this result.

Our final match is at Bristol on the 4 August - save the date as we need a big turn out to avoid relegation, and it will be a great chance to do a couple more races before the season ends.