British Athletics League Division 3 – Glasgow 4th June 2011

21/06/2011 – Steve Linsell
With a team of just 13 athletes able or willing to make the trip to Scotland for the first BAL match of the season, we were never going to be competitive in terms of points and finished a poor last of the 8 teams.
Lacking specialist sprinters and quality field eventers, we again relied on our trusty middle & long distance strength in depth to post some sort of reasonable score.
Dan Wright ran the A 100/200m into headwinds & 400m hurdles, his times were 12.54 (-3.6m/s), 24.33 (-2.5m/s) & 59.15.
James Smith warmed up for his 5k later in the day by running the B 100m and gained a point with a 14.17s (-3.7m/s) run. In his main event, James and the Eritrean Glaswegians ran a cat and mouse race for most of the way, breaking away from the field, until one of the Scots was dropped.On the last lap, James had to give in to the superior finishing pace of Tweldebrand Mengisteab, finishing a fine 2nd in 14.59.04.
Two middle distance lads gave the gave the 400m a go, Sam Bucknall running 52.33s in the A and in the B Dan Cheeseman ran 53.47s.
In their proper event, the 800m, Dan and Sam faired much better, Dan finishing 5th in the A with 1.58.95 and Sam easily winning the B with 1.57.69.
Carl Smith and Dale Worton gave our points score some respectability with a double in the 1500m, Carl taking the A with 4.00.67 and Dale the B with 4.01.51.
Ali Mauizbin and Danny Davis scored another maximum in the 3000m steeple chase, Ali running a pb 9.18.75 to take the A and moving further up the all time list, Danny Davis going under 10 minutes for the first time, winning the B with 9.56.49 and making an entry on the Senior list for the first time.
In the field, the partnership of Sam Allan and Martin Horbury picked up some points in the hammer with 26.74m & 9.84m and discus 26.37m & 10.95m (you guess who threw which distance).
In our best scoring field event the javelin, Sam A was a fair bit down on his best with 50.98m in the A and 4th place, the very busy Mark Fuszard claiming 5th in the B with 36.73m.
In the shot, Mark and Sam A picked up a few points with a pair of 8th places throwing 8.75m & 7.98m respectively and in the long jump, Mark was not far off his best with 5.90m, good enough only for 8th in the A.
In the B, Julien Gittens jumped pretty well for an M45, but 5.31m was good enough for 7th only.
Julien wasn’t far off his season’s best in the triple jump in 8th place with 12.20m, but Mark Fuszard scored well in the B, finishing 4th with 11.47m.
The signs were ominous when warming up for the high jump, as the Glasgow pair were scissoring 1.80m and popping over 2.00m in their tracksuits.
Steve Linsell was down on his season’s best with 1.70m and 6th in the A and Mark Fuszard did well to manage the same after running between events to jump and finishing 6th in the B.In the pole vault, Mark made a clearance at 3.40m which was only good enough for 8th in the A.
Because of the number of points between us and the team in 7th, there was no point in fielding what would have been two makeshift relay quartets.
The bottom line is, that unless we can produce a more competitive team in the remaining fixtures, the omens don’t look good and we could be looking at successive relegations, which would be a pretty embarrassing state of affairs.
Final score – Glasgow 379 Kingston 360 Channel Islands 281 Swansea 269 Yeovil 253 Havering 245 Cambridge 217 Leeds City 170