over 3 days was a relaxed affair, more social than competitive. But as you
would expect records fell and personal bests were achieved. The weather was
kind with little wind although there was rain on day 2 (Saturday) for a short
thing was that older athletes are less likely to run than they are to jump or
throw. Consequently track events seemed to have fewer entrants than the field events
but of course there were some athletes who tried everything.
throwing department there was an event not normally seen at garden variety
T&F meetings, and this is the “weights throw”. It seems to be a cross between the shot-put
and hammer except the metal ball attached to a short wire is much heavier – up to 15.88kg for the 30-49 men which drops to 4kg for the 75 plus women.
From a track
performance perspective it was interesting to watch Levi Timar trounce Nick Horspool
in the 3000m. Nick assured me it was not faked so there is no ball fixing
scandal for the media to write about.
In the same 3000m race Stephen Day and Andrew
Wharton had their usual battle with Andrew getting the bragging rights. Stephen
told me before the race he has never beaten Andrew on the track. I thought he had.
Saturday, Mark Tinkle broke the high jump record for his age grade group. I
think he got to 1.80m which is actually higher than any of
his early season jumps. The story here is that you need to deliver your best
possible performance when it counts.
was well organised. The official printed programme was excellent and packed
with a lot of useful information.
Mayor Justin Lester ran the 3000m and was lapped. Is this an omen for the outcome
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