PROPOSED ESSEX  VETS SUMMER TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE SUMMER 2014.

 

Match 1

Wed 14th May

Venue Chelmsford.

Organised by Chelmsford

Match 2 Wed 4th June

Venue To be confirmed

Organised by Southend

Match 3. Wed 2nd July

Venue Lee Valley.

Organised by Loughton

TIME

MEN

WOMEN

MEN

WOMEN

MEN

WOMEN

7.00.p.m

2K Walk

2K Walk

Hurdles 400m

Hurdles 400m

Hurdles 400m

Hurdles 400m

7.00.p.m

Hammer

Shot

POLE

VAULT

POLE

VAULT

7.00.p.m

 

 

Discus

Javelin

Hammer

Javelin

7.20.p.m

Long Jump

High Jump

 

 

2K Walk

2K Walk

7.20.p.m

100m

100m

1 Mile Walk

1 Mile Walk

 

 

7.40.p.m

Shot

Hammer

400m

400m

Javelin

Hammer

7.40.p.m

1500m

1500m

Javelin

Discus

100m

100m

8.00.p.m

200m

200m

800m

800m

400m

400m

8.00.p.m

High Jump

Discus

High Jump

Triple Jump

Triple Jump

Long Jump

8.20.p.m

800m

800m

3000m

3000m

3000m

3000m

8.20.p.m

Discus

Long Jump

Triple Jump

High  Jump

Long Jump

Triple Jump

8.40.pm.

 

 

200m

200m

 

 

8.55.p.m.

Relay

Relay

Relay

Relay

Relay

Relay

 

200/200

200/200

400/400

400/400

400/400

400/400

 

400/800

400/800

400/400

400/400

400/400

400/400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invite Colchester

Cambridge

West Norfolk

Invite Leigh Striders

Benfleet

Invite Woodford

Ilford

Enfield & Haringey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blame the Persians!    If they hadn’t invaded Greece in 490BC, then Pheidippides/Philippides (take your pick: the ancient writers did) wouldn’t have been called upon to run, either the *Athens to Sparta (140 miles) to ask for help, or from Marathon to Athens (93.68 miles) to announce Victory – whereupon he is supposed to have promptly collapsed and died – not having had the benefit of 21st Century distance training with Ian, Tash and Ana!   
 
And we wouldn’t have had Baron Pierre de Coubertin supporting the idea of an Olympic “Marathon” in 1896.
 
*writers can't make up their minds about the reason for Phei's/Phil's long-distance run, but Marathon-Athens has certainly taken hold.   
 
Southend Harriers, as it once was, and never a Club to let the grass grow under its feet, hosted one of the very first Marathons in England - in 1909.     Appropriately it was won by a Southend Man - William J Thorogood.   Our event, however, was not the full Marathon run nowadays.     Incidentally, it took just three weeks from Committee decision to hold the event and the race itself!
 

What is so special about 26 miles and 385 yards?    The answer doesn't lie with Greece, or even Persia, but is much less 'romantic' and nearer to home:  our Royal Family.

 

By 1908, when the Games were staged in the first of the three to visit Britain, the official distance for the marathon had still not been formalised.   Enter the British Royal Family. They asked for it to be started outside their front door (the Olympic authorities wouldn't do that for me!) with the finish by the Olympic Stadium's royal box. At a length of 26.2 miles, it was the longest marathon since the modern games began.

 

The race grabbed public attention when Italian front-runner, Dorando Pietri, collapsed in the stadium and had to be helped to his feet - which caused him to be disqualified. (It's on film, by the way: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19171204).  

 

In  1921 the IAAA ruled that all marathons must match the distance of the London 1908 Olympics - 26.2 miles.

 
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All the preparation, all the training is done.    Now for the next few days it's a matter of taking it easy in the run-up to the main events.
 
First of all, well done to Darren Graham when he clocked a useful career starting 3,36.21 over in Barcelona recently.
 
The highlight of the road running calendar, the London Marathon is just around the corner - Sunday week in fact, but this forthcoming Sunday, the 6th will see the Brighton Marathon contested by seven members of the Club: Tony Balding, Jon Brown, Gary Cheek, Collette Frampton, Kasia Kostyrka-Allchorne, Sarah Makin, Sarah Mapplebeck and Keely Watson - and I believe, Simon Wilson.
 
With times between 3,43 and 3.53, it will be interesting to see how the efforts of Sarah Mapplebeck, Kasia Kostyrka-Allchorne and Jon Brown pan out - they could 'enjoy' their own race. For Keely, Collette and Sarah Makin, the Marathon will be a new experience.   The Leader of the Pack here, on paper, is Simon Wilson with a best of 3,06.22, although I wouldn't write off improvements from both Tony Balding and Gary Cheek.
 
In London Southend AC will be represented by no fewer than 15 of the Road Running brigade:   Jeff Bolton, Jon Brown, Natalie Cummins, Tyrone Farrer, Neil Hallam, Anne Jenkinson, Vanessa Mathers, Sally Newman-Russell, Glen Taylor, Keely Watson, Georgie Wheeler, John Wheeler, Paul Whittaker, Hayley Wisken and Michael Wisken.
 
[And yes, Jon Brown and Keely Watson are running back-to-back Marathons!]
 
There's no telling what Ty Farrer will pull out of the bag - his best Half stands at 79.20 so we could be seeing something exciting in his first full Marathon.   The question is: in typical Farrer Fashion, will he be Parkrunning the day before.....?)  
 
With a Half Marathon 67.18 to his credit, it could be that the Jimmy Lowen Trophy [awarded to the first Southend athlete to cross the line in London] will go to Paul Whittaker.   Jimmy Lowen, one of the Club's Vice Presidents who joined Southend in 1947, was part of a formidable distance running team along with Roy McCalla (2,36.44) and Len Jones (2,45.57 - a World Best Vet Time at that time - 1960) and presented the Trophy to mark his 60 years' membership in 2007.
 
On paper, the Women's race could have been a burn-up between V45 Vanessa Mathers (pb 3,32.01) and V40 Anne Jenkinson (3,34.15); however, a long injury-induced lay-off for Vanessa puts the head-to-head in doubt.  We shall have to wait and see.  The current Club Women's record rests with Lee-Anne Cann who set down a marker of 2,59.05 in the 2005 London.  That's a lot to lop, Ladies.
 
Needless to say, however, that man Payne hovers still: Graham Payne (multiple Club Record Breaker in the mid-80s) threw down the gauntlet nearly 30 years ago with a Club Record destroying 2,15.17 (if only he and Paula Radcliffe  - World Record 2,15.25 in 2003) - had been running at the same time!) over-writing Dave Balthasar's three year old Record of 2,24.55.   It will be intriguing to see how close Whittaker can get to Graham's time.
 
The Seasiders at Southend AC would like to wish all their Marathoners - and indeed all the South East Essex Marathoners in these Marathons - all the very best of luck for their forthcoming endeavours.
Havering Open : A small group of Seasiders travelled to the Upminster Bridge home of Havering Mayesbrook AC for their Annual Open meeting, U15 Mitchell Lawrence (4.51m Long Jump), U13 Shona Gonese (12.2 70m Hurdles - the fastest time of the day) and Senior Brett Foster (Shot Putt 10.49m) opened their season’s account with personal bests while U15 Eloise Lewis produced a hat-trick of pbs: 100m 13.7, 300m 45.9 and Long Jump 4.49. Rowan's and Lewis's times were, respectively, 2nd and 3rd fastest of the day.

U13 Felicity Galbally's 800m time of 2,42.7 was the second fastest of the day.

Full results: 

GU13

Shona Gonese 70mH 12.20 pb     100m 13.90

Evie Anderson 100m  15.30  High Jump 1.20m  Long Jump 3.12m

Katie Judd       100m  15.20   Long Jump  3.77m

Ava Iris King  100m    15.00;   200m  31.90

Felicity Galbally 800m   2,42.70; Long Jump 3.61m pb

Grace Ralston 1500m 5,35.0 pb

GU15

Ellie Rowan 100m 13.50s   200m  28.39s

Eloise Lewis 100m 13.70s pb   300m 45.90s pb  Long Jump 4.49mtr pb

BU15

Mitchell Lawrence 800m  2,35.10s Long Jump 4.51m pb

WU17

Lucy Kidwell 800m 2,32.80 (2nd)

[Sasha Potgieter 100m 14.6; 80m H 14.9 pb; Long Jump 4.23 pb]

Senior Men

Brett Foster Shot Putt 10.49m pb  Discus 28.81m sb  (pb 30.17m)

Southend Parkrun : There were one or two notable runs -  Adam Jordan finished at the top end as usual, in 6th place; Joanne Baker has put her marker down in her first Parkrun with 20.04 to win the Women’s race, placing 12th overall; WV50 Sheila Smerdon improved her pb which now sits at 29.55, her second run under the 30 minute barrier.   Southend Parkrun Ranking list, updated, will be posted on the Records page shortly.

Croydon Half Marathon : T11/F11 category Louise Simpson who is registered blind and runs with a guide, clocked 3,04.10 in Croydon at the weekend.   It is impossible to comprehend just what courage it takes (a) to enter a race with all the bends and curves that sighted athletes take, literally, in their stride and (b) to place your trust in someone to guide you to at around 4mph!  

RUN A MILE AND MAKE HISTORY THIS SPRING!

In 2013 thousands of people of all ages and abilities took to The Mall and finished outside Buckingham Palace in the inaugural Bupa Westminster Mile.

The 2014 event on Saturday 24th May looks set to be even bigger and better.

There are races for everyone and all abilities - families, fun runners, elite juniors and male and female wheelchair user

Sign up to this exciting event to make British history sixty years after Sir Roger Bannister was the first person to break that four minute barrier.

The elite junior races will incorporate the UK Road Mile Age Group Championships. To enter one of the elite junior races please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To enter any other race, go to www.bupawestminstermile.co.uk