TAC Masters Update 25th July 2019
SCVAC Vets League Erith Friday 19th July
The final match of the league saw us battle up to Erith through the "Friday night start of the school holidays" traffic at the Dartford Crossing!!
The Women's team stormed to the Division one league title winning convincingly on the night and overall by 5 match points from rivals Dartford AC and on this form have a realistic chance of being the first team to beat Epsom and Ewell at the finals. The Men went into the match with a 3 point lead over Dartford, however with an increasingly competitive league it was apparent that our weakened M50 100m and throw / jumps could cost us. With various "team Spirit" contributions we were 2 points clear of 4th place on the night to ensure we took the title by 1 match point as both Dartford AC and Cambridge AC had strong nights. Despite this Cambridge were relegated.
There were some standout performances. The M60 rematch between Alan Buckle and Mark Champion of Dartford was a great race as they both fought to gain the upper hand on the first lap before a small gap appeared with 200m to go and Alan was unable to close this. The M50 race saw us with Andy Howey scoring , but pushed all the way to the line by non scoring Ben Reynolds. Mark McAllister 100m was our only other winner on the night. Mark PK (5th Discus), David Harcourt (5th Discus) and Steve Brooks (5th Long Jump) collected vital points while making debuts in these events. David Harcourt was making his Vets debut M35 Discus and managed 5th despite a sore knee. A last minute change to the relay saw Andy Howey valiantly step in after his 100m and 800m exploits to assist to 3rd place in the race and overall on the night.
In the women's, Sprinter Carla Caswell knocked 0.6 off her seasons best for 100m and ripped away from the field in the relay on the second leg. Lisa Knight showed a big improvement in a solo 800m W35B run.
Despite tearing her calf the day before Nina Ridge won the W35 Discus and Di Bradley won the W50 discus by over 5 metres. Helen Bond showed us what she can do over 100m for 2nd W50 in 16.2. Sasha Humphries won the W35 high jump and we finished with a big win in the 4 x 200m.
The Womens B team was involved in a very tight battle to be 2nd in the league and we missed by 3 points on the night as Bromley Vets took the second league position to be promoted on merit. Grazia Manzotti won her first race as a W50 in a PB of 2.58.8 (yes another PB!!) and Clare Brown also won her W35B string in 3.18. Kim Cross was also a debut winner in the Discus as well as being involved in an epic battle over the last 200m of the W35A 800m.
All videos of the races with TAC athletes involved in are at
Liz Weeks wanted to be in two places at once and had kindly offered to race at the league meeting if we needed her. She made the most of her evening as she won the Medway Mile, one of her favourite races. (Liz far left)
Tony Fullbrook is on an upward curve as he converted his recent 5k PB's into a 10K PB of 42.53.
SCVAC Area Finals.
We have qualified both our Men's and women's Vats teams for the area final at Ashford on the Sunday 1st September. This is an event where strength in depth is required as a full schedule of events puts pressure on athletes and sharing the events as much as possible is vital. The Women were 2nd last year and the Men a close 3rd.
East Peckham 10k Sunday 4th August
There will be a number doing this race on what is a fast flat course.
I missed more Kim Cross exploits as she raced for the Kent Police at the Bedgebury evening 10km on the 3rd July and was 1st W35 and 3rd Female in 49.30.
Parkrun Age grade TAC Vets Championships
Last chance this Saturday to overhaul Sue James (W65) at the top of the leader board, 85%. There have been some valiant efforts over the last two weeks with both Alan Buckle M60 and Phil Coleman M55 getting over 80% , showing what a challenging score Sue has set.
Twilight Meeting, Tonbridge Friday 30th August 5.30pm onwards
Thank you to all those who have offered to help out on the night at what is looking like a great evening of athletics. Mark Hookway has been working hard to gather some top class athletes. To give you an idea of the class, he has athletes who will race if they are not selected for the World Championships at Doha.
We will need to organise Car parking at the beginning, distribution of programmes and then ensuring the track is kept clear during racing. We will have minimal barriers with "Marshalls" in distinctive T shirts that are being printed for the night, so you will have prime spots on the track, but will need to be a bit bossy!!
Anyone else who can help please let me know. As this is the first time it is being run, the size of the crowd is unknown, but we need to be prepared.