Dai Vaughan competed in the 100m event at the Midlands Vets Track and Field League event on Wednesday making it the 60thyear he has competed and scored points for Leamington C&AC in track and field events. Dai,
now 76, started competing when he was just 16 and is regularly seen at Leamington C&AC’s home of Edmondscote track giving advice to fellow athletes as well as training himself. His 60-year reign has not been without difficulty with Dai facing illnesses in recent years and in the earlier years taking time out from building his own bungalow to make sure he competed for his beloved club.
Pete Soley debued in the triple jump, jumping 9.83m to come fourth. Emma Greenwood and Tara Bartley tried out the 100m and 200m relay respectively. Saffia del Torre competed in the high jump and 1500m coming third in both events. Emma Matthews saw a coming of age this year and now 35, can compete in the vets’ league in addition to the seniors. Emma had a good run at the 400m coming third. Monica Williamson was the ladies’ highest scorer of the evening coming 2ndin the 1500m.
Nick Tawney won the 2km walking, showing them how it was done, completing the event in a time of 12:35:9. Paul Andrew and Tom Foulterton showed dominance in the race with Andrew crossing the line first and Foulterton closely behind to take victory for the M40 category. There were close seconds for Mark McAlleenan and Andy Cooknell in the 100m and for Phil Gould in the 400m.
The relays saw a change to the set up this year with mixed teams competing in the 4x200m. The teams consisted of Louise Marsh, Andrew Cooknell, Emma Matthews and Phil Gould for the O35 team who came third and Tara Fagge, Dom Browne, Carol Blower and Craig Bower for the O50 race who came second. The points scored were split between the men and ladies’ teams.
The men now sit in a comfortable second place just 3.5 points behind leaders Rugby and Northampton. The ladies are currently in fourth place with 3 matches left.
In other news
The Sara, Jimmy and TJ Atkins had their inaugural family race on Sunday 29th April. Jimmy and TJ ran as team with the aid of a running buggy and completed the 4 mile course. Sara ran the 7K course. Both routes were very picturesque and hilly! TJ did brilliantly just beating his Dad, and both coming in 6th overall in their race. All had a fantastic race experience!