The heat was on for the track and field veterans of Peterborough AC and Nene Valley Harriers last Wednesday. Here's how we got on.
On a day when the mercury rose to above 35c, the city rivals met for the third time this season in The Eastern Veterans Athletics League. The sun certainly shone on Peterborough AC as both their men's and ladies teams all but secured qualification for September's finals at Bedford, whilst Nene Valley look set to miss out.
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the men's over 35's 400 metres, which Nene Valley 's Dave Brown won in a scorching time of 50.02. Brown left the opposition standing, and,despite the race becoming virtually a time trial, the 37 years old World Masters bronze medalist set a new league record,in a time that he has only ever bettered twice in his long career.
The ladies over 35s 400 metres threw up a surprise, with Harrier Nicky Morgan winning it in a time of 71.9, which placed her in the 20 top of the UK rankings for her age group in 2015. Morgan is better known for her prowess as a long distance runner, and only ran the 400 metres because of a shortage of athletes in the Nene Valley camp.
Peterborough AC finished runners up on the day in both the men's and ladies matches, and lie second overall in both tables. In the ladies match Judith Jagger was her usual dominant self winning the over 50's 100 metres, 300 metres hurdles, hammer and shot, whilst fellow all-rounder Lisa Richardson won the over 35's 400 metres and 400 metres hurdles.
Peterborough AC's men's team finished runners up to Huntingdon AC, but lead their rivals in the table by the smallest of margins. Their wins were spread amongst the team, but 62 year old Dave Whitehead made a nonsense of his age, winning the V60 long jump and then the 100 metres sprint in a stunning time of 13.4.
Despite a number of magnificent performances, Nene Valley Harriers lacked the strength in depth to put up a sustained challenge. the club are renowned for the quality of their throwers, and it was no surprise when Andrea Jenkins won the FV 35 shot and hammer. Not to be outdone Simon Achurch won the men's over 35 hammer, hurling it a massive 40 metres, before proceeding to win the shot.
The Harriers took third place in both competitions, but find themselves too far adrift of the pacemakers to have a realistic chance of proceeding to the finals with just one more match to come.
overall standings Men's.
1 Peterborough AC279
2 Huntingdonshire AC 275
3 Wellingborough AC 232
4 Nene Valley Harriers 202
5 Corby AC 78
1 Wellingborough AC 243
2 Peterborough AC. 217
3 Nene Valley Harriers 130
4 Huntingdonshire AC. 77
5 Corby AC 19