In round four of the Southern Athletics League, Division Three North, Biggleswade AC took a host of top three placings. In searing conditions – “like a roasting tray”, according to Marcus Davey – several competitors threw themselves into extra events for valuable points. As always at SAL meetings, each team could field two athletes per event, in “A” and “B” strings.
On a typically busy day for multi-event specialist Daniel Steel, he won the 110m hurdles in 19.4sec, and came second in both the pole vault (2.65m) and long jump (5.82m). He also took third in the high jump A string with 1.65m, while Charlie Arnold took third in the B string (1.23m). Charlie added a fine fourth in the B string 800m in 2:29.3, and matched that placing in the B string of the 3000m (11:35.9).
Darren Janssen took second place in the B-strings of both the pole vault (2.05m) and hammer (17.57m), and he added third place in the A-string discus (27.92m) and fourth places in the A shot put (8.60m), javelin (29.40m) and B long jump (4.67m).
BAC new boy John Fedew took third places in the B-string shot (7.63m), javelin (24.44m) and discus (17.70m), and took fourth in the A-string hammer with 19.35m.
In the B string of the 400m, Marcus surprised himself to take fourth in 61.3 – beating Paul Davies’ V45 club record by 4.8secs. He also came fourth in the A-string 1500m with 4:48.9. In the B string of the latter race, Tim Berkery was fourth in 5:30.7. For his part, while Davies was fourth in both the A-string 800m (2:27.1) and 3000m (10:55.3).
Morgan Webster was second in the A-string 400m with 51.7sec and third in the 200m in 23.0. Bradley Strong was fifth in the 100m with 14.5.
In the men’s relays, BAC were fourth in both the 4x100m (54.0) and 4x400m (4:16.9).
On the women’s side, Janice Amber took fourth in both 100m (14.0) and the B string of the 200m (31.4). In the A string of the latter race, Kathryn Juty was fifth with 30.9, and she matched that placing in the 400m with 74.4. Kathryn’s best placing of the day came in the long jump, with second place coming courtesy of a leap of 3.82m.
Hannah Broom took third in the B string of the shot (5.62m), and was sixth in the 800m with 2:47.5. Sandra Ingham took second place in the javelin with 18.67m, and took fourth places in the shot’s A string (6.04m), discus (12.79m) and hammer (9.61m).
Overall, BAC took fifth place on the day with 134 points, and with one fixture remaining of the SAL season they lie in 15th place of 24 clubs.
Thanks to Darren Janssen for photographs