Midland Veterans Track & Field League, Cup-Finals
Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, 15th September 2012
The thing I love about the Track and Field League is on one hand how well organised the event officiating is and all carried out with Teutonic efficiency, whereas a wonderfully liquid regime operates at the competitors’ level allowing the athletes to compete in virtually any event where there is a vacant spot the main object being to score valuable points for their club. The onus is then on the athlete to make sure they have registered for those events on the declaration sheet and turn up in time for their chosen competition. This all leads to some exciting scenes like someone having just finished a walking race sprinting over just in time to run in the 1500 mtrs and high jumpers racing over to run the 100 mtrs flat.
An exciting day of first class action was assured as the cream of midland veteran sprinters, throwers, runners and walkers converged upon the pristine grounds of Birchfield Athletics Arena, long a top venue for athletics of the highest level. The MMAC T&F team finished in 6th place out of 8 teams in the “B” Cup Final. Sadly we had no ladies competing but as a male team we would have finished in 3rd spot, all the ladies must have gone to watch a football match.
A sterling effort by John Steel in the M60 200 mtrs 28.9 secs picked up 8 points as MMAC’s lone winner on the track. Tony Crocker 2nd M60 100 mtrs also competed well in the long jump, triple jump and high jump total score 22 points!! I ran a 2nd place in the M60 1500 mtrs and also staggered round the 2k walk with only one public warning! for 4 points. Carson Tweedie sped to a 2:20 3rd place in M35 800mtrs coming up against serial winner Gordon Lee. Classy sprinter Adrian James placed 3rd in the M40 100 mtrs, M40 400mtrs, and the M40 200mtrs for 18 points!! Two 4th places by Mike Elwell M50 800mtrs and M40 3000 mtrs gained another 10 points for the club. MMAC’s club president Adrian Lloyd faced some pretty stiff opposition in the M50 3000 mtrs scoring 4points in 13:10.1 Out on the field Dave Russell annihilated the opposition in the M60 hammer throwing 32.02 mtrs to win by over 12mtrs,with a magnificent M50 discus throw of 27.65 for another 8 point winner. This along with a 3rd place in the javelin 24.26 mtrs and a total of 22 points must make him our “Man of the Match” Anyway he’s bigger than me so who’s going to argue! Mike Pell dispensed with the opposition in the M50 shot put hurling the missile 10.31mtrs winning by over 1.5 mtrs.
So all in all a very good day at the office for MMAC’s male competitors.
Author L. Satterthwaite
Here are some photos courtesy of Louis Satterthwaite http://tinyurl.com/8pr8thj
Another set of photos from Tahir Akhtar http://s1162.photobucket.com/albums/q540/tahir231/Vets%20champs%20Birmingham/
Results of the ‘B’ Cup Finals (MMAC Results) can be found from the following links:-
Mens Results 120915 Vet B Result
Overall Points Overall B Results
Please address any queries to the MVT&FL and not to me, thank you
MMAC finished in a creditable 6th place considering the size of the team. Well done to everyone who participated and supported us in this event. Congratulations also to the team at Birchfield Harriers who made this meeting such a success.
Midland Veterans Track & Field League
South Division, Worcester
26th July 2012
The Nunnery Wood sports complex proved an ideal setting for the final meeting of the MVT&F Southern division league.
On a fine summer evening on a well turned out track and plenty of seating for competitors and spectators alike it looked like we were in for some exciting athletics action.
Worcester AC men took the advantage of performing on home soil and they pulled out all the stops to finish top performers on the night scoring a total of 119 points their main rivals Bromsgrove and Redditch AC and Birchfield Harriers both scoring 101 points for joint 2nd place MMAC finished in 4th place but an unintentional rules infringement may nullify this result.
Things may be looking up for the MMAC as team captain Tony Crocker gathers round him a more regular and fitter group of athletes.
MMAC’s Andy Priest to command of the M50 200mtrs speeding round the semi circuit in 25.6 seconds.
Neil Williams gave a good performance in the M35 800 m., 2.09.9 seconds crossing the line in 3rd place.
Mike Elwell showed that he may be getting over recent set backs with a good finishing kick at the end of the M60 800 m race taking him into 3rd place to score 6 points.
MMAC took ownership in three of the field events as Andy Priest propelled the M50 Javelin 26.59 m, Tony Crocker flew out to 3.91m in the M60 long-jump and Adrian James lobbed the M40 shot 9.25 m, giving a total of 24 points.
The whole MMAC team gave of their best and I think for the first time we all managed to sport the very smart MMAC club vest which may have helped our performances.
The various age groupers make ready for the 200 metres
Likewise Worcester ladies team made the most of their familiar stadium stacking up a total 124 points ahead of B&R’s 112 points with Halesowen AC third on 88 points.
MMAC ladies were a little thin on the ground fielding only one competitor Tracy Bosworth who hurled the shot-put 5.73 m for a good third place in the event and a 10.46 m javelin throw for 4 points in her less favoured discipline.
Our athletes on the night were:-
Tracy Bosworth – Shot Put and Javelin
Tony Crocker – 200m and Long Jump
Andy Priest – 200mJavelin and Relay
Keith Waldron – 200m and Relay
Adrian James – 200m Shot Put and Relay
Neil Williams – 800m and Relay
Carson Tweedie – 800m
Mike Elwell – 800m and 3000m
Adrian Lloyd – 3000m
Louis Satterthwaite – 3000m
Controversy aside the whole meeting provided a most enjoyable evening of athletics.
For results please go to http://mvtfl.wordpress.com/
Below is a report from one of our team representatives, Louis Satterthwaite, in the 3rd meeting of the Midland Veterans Track & Field League at The Dell, Brierley Hill.
Midland Veterans T&F South League Report 27th June
Veteran athletes of all ages descended upon the Dell stadium Brierley Hill for this the 3rd meeting of the MVT&F League all bronzed fit, lean and ready to push themselves to the limits of human endeavour.
With strong teams from both Bromsgrove & Redditch AC and Worcester AC engaged in a closely fought battle for supremacy in the men’s South District League title race it looks like an exciting finish is on the cards for the final meet on July 26th at Nunnery Wood Worcester, and with B&R leading with 23 league points and with Worcs’ only 1 point behind will they snatch the title on their home soil!
With many outstanding performances in so many different categories and events I will just report a few
In the M60 category Laurence Oldfield Worcs’ AC stormed down the track in 14.2 seconds he also took the honours in the 400 mtrs in 70.3 seconds.
Another double success was achieved by B&Rs Martin Aspley-Davies who took both the 100 and 400 mtr races in 12.1 and 54.9 respectively.
MMAC’s Andrew Priest burned up the track in 12.4 seconds to take the VM50 100 mtrs.
Sparkhill’s Dave Winter scored maximum points in the M60 2k walk in 12:44.5.
Out on the field Worc’s Pete Stewart took both the M35 pole vault with 2.6 mtrs and the discus 24.2 mtrs. Not to be out done by his younger team mate Ian Bowles propelled the M50 shot 8.57mtrs and the M60 discus 35.21 mtrs.
MMAC’s captain Tony Crocker Leapt 1.28 mtrs in the M60 high jump.
In the Women’s league Bromsgrove & Redditch ladies appear to be in a dominant position with 24 league points to Worcester’s 20.5 points but they could be a tussle for second position with Halesowen ladies on 18.5 only 2 points behind.
Sparkhill’s Gill Millicheap burst through to take the W60 100 mtrs in 18.1 seconds.
While Worc’s W35 Cat Goulder-Davies covered the 100 mtrs in an speedy 14.0 seconds.
Birchfield’s W40 Julie Rogers lassoed the 400 in 67.6 seconds and team mate Clare Grice whipped around the W35 1500 mtrs in 5:12.9 minutes.
Worcs’ Ruth Bird nailed the W35 hammer with a magnificent 33.8 mtrs and went on to complete a double victory floating discus out to 26.23 mtrs.
Author Louis Satterthwaite