Midland League Match 3 Review

Midlands Counties Track & Field

Match 3


Saturday 6th July 2019.


The third match of 4 saw the best performance by the Godiva team so far this season. Promotion was already looking like an unlikely prospect so only a top two finish would keep us in with a sniff. As it happened Godiva’s squad produced numerous excellent performances and a creditable 2nd place means that we are third going into the final fixture. Whilst 5 points off first place and 3 off second, it isn’t, as they say, over until you know who sings.

Pride of place, for Match 3 goes to Mr Utility, Nathan Petch. 1st in the M 100 A, 1st in the M 400mH A, 1st in the M 110H A and a member of the winning 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay squads (more of that to follow).

“Petch” only just edged out Mohamed Daud Mohamed who won the M 1500m A in 3.59.9 and then went on to win a very competitive M 5000m A in 15.04.5 (after stopping to tie his shoe laces).

Alex Farquharson again won the M Triple Jump A with a jump of 6.56m and Andrejs Virsics won the M Hammer A with a distance of 49.00m.

Kate Anderson won the F 400 A in a season’s best of 59.9 seconds and Carly Bates again won the F 100mH in 15.20 secs.

In the field Carol Parker won the F Shot A in 10.65m and Eve Hodson was only 23cms off her PB when winning the F Hammer A with a throw of 40.35cms.

And a last but not least, special mention goes to the Men’s 4 x100m and 4 x 400m Relay teams.

Both teams consisted of the same athletes who were “the Flying Doctor” Charlie Roe, “ Mr Utility” Nathan Petch, “Young” Morgan Amed and the “Old Warhorse” Stewart Marshall.

In the 4 x 100 they ran 42.4 seconds breaking the League 2 record (which has stood for 11 years) by a mere 1/10th of a second and then went on to win the 4 x 400m relay in 3.20.4 secs, again beating the 6 years old league record by 1.7 seconds.

Their time is 4 seconds short of the Godiva club record proudly held by Messrs Darby, Marshall, Clarke and Bryan set in 2001. I know that this record is within their sights for the final event in Wolverhampton.

I always feels guilty that I cannot mention everyone that runs and represents the club at the League events. The results this weekend represents the depth and enthusiasm shown by all of those who compete for the club. In such close events the 1 point gained here and there can be equally important as winning the event.

Onwards and upwards to the final event on the 4th August at Wolverhampton. Promotion is a long shot but with all events filled in the A & B races who knows?


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