On Monday evening 9th May, Serpentine hosted the first Vets League match at Millenium Arena in Battersea Park. TVH men started the SCVAC series with a small team, missing some regulars unavailable for the first match. This meant the remaining men had a busy evening but still managed to put TVH in 4th place – 1 better than our best finish last season.
Dave Wilkinson opened the scoring in M50’s with a discuss throw of 11.17m placing him 5th, followed by a 4th in the 100m with a time of 14.3 seconds.
Nick Michael arrived just in time from tube delays to get changed and fasten his numbers on the start line for a 5th place 17.2sec in the M60 100m then moving on to a 3rd place in the 400m in 76.9seconds.
Greg Bennett shared 2nd in a three way dead heat M35A 100m in 13.4sec following up with a 61.8sec 400m and a jelly legged 1500m in 5.07.0seconds, both for 4th.
In the the field there was a long jump into 5th with 4.18m and a close 4th in the shot put throwing 7.47m.
Paul Woodgate, turning his attention to the short format after a fantastic London Marathon effort ran 5th in the 35B 100m in 16.6 before an excellent 2nd place in the 2000m walk, warming him up nicely for a 74.3 5th in the 400m leading on to a tough 1500m 4th in 5.21.7.
John Husbands took time out from officiating to join Greg, Dave and Paul to run the 4×400 relay with TVH finishing 5th.
Well done to the team for getting stuck in and giving us our best result yet and I hope the shredded calves and tweaked hamstrings are healing nicely.
Next match is on Monday June the 6th at Hillingdon and it would be great to get a big(ger) turn out and take our points tally even higher.
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