Athletics: Harlow victory at Luton

Athletics / Tue 23rd Jun 2015 at 09:18am

Southern Men’s League, 20 June Luton

Harlow’s victory in the latest round of the Southern Men’s League was all the more enjoyable as key personnel were missing through injury, illness and preparation for exams. The cause was aided by the durability and stamina of the Paxman brothers who filled an incredible nineteen events between them and the vital contribution of the other six athletes.

The event began with the hammer, an event usually taken on by club captain Dave Bauer: he was unavailable as he recuperated from recent surgery. Glen Paxman and Chris Clark stepped up to take on the event. Clark threw 19.88m to claim fourth spot in the A competition and Paxman wasn’t far behind with a throw of 19.03m to take second in the B competition.

The overrunning start meant that Paxman had to flit between the hammer and pole vault. It didn’t seem to faze him as he jumped 2.60m to take second in that event. Craig Snook was second in the B event reaching a height of 2.40 metres.

Long Jump was next and it was Carl Paxman’s time to shine as he jumped 5.95m for second place in the A event; brother Glen took second in the B string. At the same time events on the track got underway and Boldiszar continued his impressive season running 11.3s for first in the 100m. Glen came away from the long jump to run in the B string and won.

Next on track was the 400m hurdles and the Paxmans continued on with their Herculean trials. And, as not every team had entered athletes in this event, their dual became a head to head; Glen took the spoils with a time of 64 seconds but Carl could take some comfort from taking first place in the B string .

There was no time for gloating as both men had to compete in the shot where once again Glen had the upper hand. Meanwhile, on track, it was the turn of the middle distance runners. Donald Campbell was making his first appearance of the season and marked the occasion with a fine finish in the 800m to take third. Liam Mistry sensibly eased down to coast in with victory in the B event secured.

The long throwers were now back in action and Craig Snook took second place in the A javelin, the ubiquitous Glen Paxman jogged over from the shot to take a throw good enough to win the B event.

Fortunately for him the high jump bed was situated close to the javelin sector and so he didn’t have to move too far for his next event. Once again his real opposition came from his brother and again both men picked up a brace of first places.

Next on track was the 200m and Boldiszar ran an excellent bend to lead and appeared to saunter up the home straight for the victory. Newcomer, Marvin Luchoo, ran well to win the B race in a time of 25.8 seconds. As soon as their races were over Campbell and Mistry returned for the 5000m; Mistry picked up second in the A race and Campbell first in the B race.

As this race unfolded the final two field events were underway and the twins were at it again taking both first places in the triple jump. In the cage the discus competitors were fighting against torrential rain. Purchase on the implement was difficult but Craig Snook managed to get a throw out good enough for third place.

The sprinters gained a little respite as the middle distance men completed their afternoon with the 1500m. Mistry was second, dipping just under five minutes and Campbell picked up first place in the B race to complete a fine afternoon’s work for the pair.

The final events on the track were the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 and by this stage it was a straight fight between Luton and Harlow for the victory. Harlow won both relays. Kai Whynne, making his men’s league debut, ran an excellent first bend that ensured the quartet was never behind. The 4 x 400 was similarly dominated by Harlow who romped home, clear by almost a quarter of the track.

The victory ensures Harlow’s place in the play-off finals as they can now finish no lower than second, with two teams from each division going forward to Eton in August. The final match of the regular season takes place at Bexley in July where Harlow will be pushing to be crowned divisional champions.

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