The fourth and final Midland League report from Abielle Hallas.

August saw the last Midlands League Match of the season, and it was a great end to a very successful and enjoyable series of competitions. We knew going into this match that unfortunately, relegation to Division 2 was an almost certain possibility, so the focus was on performance in our preferred events, and enjoying the atmosphere and competition.

Sprints

The sprints competition stepped up a notch for the last match of the year, but the track felt new and fast, with particularly fast bends. Our hurdlers began the sprint action on track with a bang, with Pete running a SB in the 400H (which he would later follow with a SB in the 110H), and Andrew coming 2nd in his race.

A lot of athletes had a very successful day doing the 100/200 double. On the men’s team, Loick ran PBs across both distances, Luke ran two SBs, and Zack ran a SB in the 200m and won his 100m. On the girl’s team, Tiffany ran a PB and new club record in the 200m, and showed she was in great shape in the lead up to British Championships. Scarlett came 2nd in both her races, and Stef also ran two PBs. We also had great success over the 400m – Abielle ran the less popular 200m/400m double and achieved PBs in both, and Benji and Aric then ran SBs and PBs in their respective races.

Distance

There were more amazing performances and club records across the distance events. Several athletes ran the 800m/1500m double, which saw strong races from Owen, Eddie (two PBs), and Mieke (two SBs). Kie ran the more unusual 800m/3000m double, achieving PBs in both and setting a new club record over the shorter distance. The 3000m was another stand out event for all our athletes, with Martin and Jane running PBs, and Jane breaking her own club record that she set at Tamworth over the distance! After setting a SB in the 400m earlier on in the day, Gina then ran well to come 4th in the 1500.

Field

Athena set the standard for the whole competition by opening with a PB in the PV, which was followed by a SB from Pete. Marc also performed well in the PV and LJ and threw a SB to come 3rd in the javelin. There was further success in the horizontal jumps - Charlotte jumped a triple jump SB, and Stef jumped a SB in the LJ. Unfortunately, Kira had to withdraw after one jump as a result of a hamstring injury.

Abingdon’s form continued in the throws – we have been competitive across all the throwing events this season, and today was no exception. André came 2nd in the discus and 3rd in the shot put, and Steve placed 4th in the discus, shot put, and javelin. The hammer was another stand-out event of the competition, with Katherine and Andre throwing PBs, and Steve placing 2nd.

Relays

The relays have certainly been dramatic over the course of the season - the 4x100m at the last two Midlands League matches resulted in disappointment for our men’s teams, who had unfortunately been disqualified for illegal baton changeovers. The last match was a different story – slick baton changeovers meant we finished in 3rd, and with a SB! Despite some late changes in the team, our women’s 4x100m squad ran another consistent race to finish in 5th place.
Our women’s squad ran well over the 4x400m to come 4th, and our men’s team finished the season in style, with an exciting last leg battle between Luke and the Notts anchor, to also sail over the line in 4th.

Thank you!

Thank you to all our officials for this competition, and all those who have officiated over the course of the season. Also, thank you to our coaches, assistant coaches, family and friends who have supported us through training and competition. Last, but by no means least, a huge thank to Charlotte, for being a brilliant team manager!

This was our first year competing in Division 1 of the Midlands League, and we have definitely enjoyed the team atmosphere and competing in new events. We have shown that despite being a small team we can be competitive against some of the best clubs in the country, and we should be very proud of our achievements, both as individual athletes and as a club.