City of Norwich pipped at post

Tim Ash The short trip to Cambridge for the City of Norwich AC's senior men was rewarded with a creditable result. Competing in their third fixture in the Southern Men's League Track and Field League they came up against some top opposition that included the host club Cambridge and Coleridge.

Tim Ash

The short trip to Cambridge for the City of Norwich AC's senior men was rewarded with a creditable result.

Competing in their third fixture in the Southern Men's League Track and Field League they came up against some top opposition that included the host club Cambridge and Coleridge.

The day got off to a promising start with Daryl Martin producing a personal best in the 'A' 400m hurdles when clocking 58 seconds to finish second. In the 'B' 400m hurdles young James Senior went one better to win in a time of 60.5secs.

Michael Fraser's time of 49.2secs in the 'A' 400m was not only a personal best but took him across the line in a comfortable first place. Rick Ward, in the 'B' 400m, mirrored Fraser's position and was timed at 50.6secs. Tom Pegg doubled up in the sprints with good effect, taking third place in both the 'A' 100m and 'A' 200m. His times were 11.5secs and 23.7secs respectively.

A time of 11.3secs in the 'B' 100m was fast enough for victory and also created another personal best performance for the busy Fraser. In the 'B' 200m Rick Ward's 23.8secs time was also good enough to take victory.

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In the field, triple jumper James MacLachlan produced a winning personal best in the 'A' event that was measured at 13.61m. John French added to his victory in the 'A' long jump when moving out to 6.30m when taking maximum points in the 'B' triple jump with an effort of 11.93m.

Young Adam Howard proved to be the best in the 'B' long jump with a leap of 5.62m.

Ex-international javelin thrower Tim Newenham, presently passing on his expertise in the capacity of club coach, can still produce a mighty throw. He comfortably won the 'A' event with an effort of 53.53m. Newenham coached Perry Francis was delighted to produce a personal best 43.07m effort in the 'B' Javelin which was good enough to place him in the runners-up position.

Back on the track, Martyn Bath picked up valuable points when doubling up in the 'B' 800m and 'B' 1500m, finishing in second place in both in times of 2min 03secs and 4min 18.1secs. In the 'A' 800m James Jackson took a step nearer to breaking the two minute barrier when finishing second in 2 min 01.3 secs while in the 'A' 1500m Tom Crawshaw, yet to produce his best, clocked 4min 10.6secs to also finish second.

Veteran Guy Amos can still show a clean pair of heels to many younger than him. He comfortably won the 'A' 5000m in a time of 15min 23.3secs when setting the scene for the final event the day, the 4 x 400m relay. The club's powerful quartet was never challenged, winning by almost the length of the home straight in 3min 27.4secs.

Sadly, the final flourish was not sufficient to remove Cambridge and Coleridge off the top of the leader board. The final points score was: Cambridge & Coleridge 130pts, City of Norwich 120pts, Aldershot Farnham & District 117.5pts, Watford Harriers 85pts, Dacorum & Tring 73.5pts.