McLachlen leaps put home team on road to victory
Tim AshCompeting in the second of six Southern Men's Track and Field League fixtures the City of Norwich AC senior team made amends for the disappointing result in the opening round with a comfortable win on home turf at the UEA Sportspark.Tim Ash
Competing in the second of six Southern Men's Track and Field League fixtures the City of Norwich AC senior team made amends for the disappointing result in the opening round with a comfortable win on home turf at the UEA Sportspark.
In the field events, James McLachlen mopped up the points in the both the "A" long jump and triple jump when clearing 6.90m and 14.13m respectively.
To his great disappointment in the long jump a breakthrough 7.10m leap was adjudged to be a no-jump.
Two of the club's up-and-coming youngsters took centre stage in the hammer and javelin.
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Callum Brown with a fine effort of 48.27m took the victor's laurels in the "A" contest while in the "A" javelin Harry Newenham proved to be the leader of the pack with a winning effort of 49.30m.
Ed Skinner was another youngster to make his mark with a winning effort of 48.05m in the "B" javelin, this after a 3.80m clearance in the "A" pole vault that secured him second place
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In the combined 3000m steeplechase, Nick Earl and Steven Cannell teamed up well to leave the rest of field trailing.
Earl was delighted to produce a best of 9mins 37secs for victory in the "A" race while Cannell had to be content with 9mins 43secs that secured him a very comfortable win in the "B" race.
The 800m races proved to be fruitful for the team with Tommie Carroll stamping his authority from the start to win the "A" race in 1min 55.3secs.
Tom Love played the waiting game in the "B" event, moving away in the final straight to take maximum points in a time of 2mins 00.3.
Rick Ward, James Senior, Tom Love and Tommie Carroll teamed up for the final event of the day the 4 x 400m relay and after an exciting battle had to settle for the runners-up spot behind a strong Newbury quartet.
The final points score was CoNAC 137pts, Luton AC 117.5, 3 Newbury AC 106.5, 4 Harrow AC 85.5, 5 Newham & Essex Beagles AC 78.5.
The British Masters Road Relays took place in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield where the City club's over 45 trio of Jane Clarke, Tessa Pike and Louise Wilkinson were delighted to secure team silver against some strong opposition but were a little disappointed to miss out on gold by a mere 10 seconds.
Clarke's fine run over the opening leg timed at 16min 40secs proved to be the fastest recorded on the day.
The over 45 men's team also came up against tough opposition in their age category but still managed to finish in a very creditable 15th.
With 36 teams completing the race the squad of Andrew Jones, John Walshaw, Wayne Lincoln, Harry Knowles, Neil Davison, Robert Cheverton, Andy Bunn and Chris Turner all were pleased that their overall efforts produced a finish in the top half of the field.