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Senior Men`s strong finish!

In the final match of this season's Southern Men's League campaign, Invicta welcomed back a number of athletes who had been unavailable for previous fixtures. Among these was Nick Little who, although primarily a middle distance runner, relinquished his specialist events to contribute points in the sprints where he recorded 14.1 in the ‘A’ 100m and 29.1 in the ‘B’ 200m as well as running both relays. Sam Dobin was another returnee who made a major contribution to the team's point tally winning both the ‘A’ string 800m (2:04.3) and 1500m (4:40) and placing 2nd in the 400m (54.7) before contesting the relays. A newcomer to the team is Tom Purnell who won the ‘B’ 1500m (4:55.1), collected points in the ‘B’ 100m (14.0) and also ran in the relays. Tom Sutton has been a team stalwart all season with his willingness and ability to do lots of events well. On this occasion he finished 1st in both the ‘B’ 800m (2:14.3) and 400m (58secs) and found the energy necessary to run the ‘A’ 200m (26.6) the ‘B’ steeplechase (13:21.3) as well as contributing legs in the 4x400m which we won (3:58) and the 4x100m (52.9). In the 5km Mark Wilkins was 2nd in the ‘A’ string (17:05.9) with Peter Bowell achieving the same position in the ‘B’ race (18:33.9) before jumping 3.47m in the ‘B’ long jump. Mick Gore (13:14.4) again defied injuries to contribute to the team’s efforts in the ‘A’ 3km steeplechase. In the field events, although Terry Hawkins conceded a year or two to most of his rivals, was not prevented from placing 3rd in both the ‘A’ long jump (4.77m) and triple jump (9.28m). Another Invicta athlete back after 3 years absence was Leon Weaving who proved that he has lost none of his ability when comfortably winning the ‘A’ hammer (36.24m) and placing 2nd in the ‘A’ javelin (36.37m). Sixteen year old Aaron Murray maintained his very impressive progress when winning the ‘A’ shot (10.80m) with another personal best, the ‘A’ discus (26.69m) with his final throw and placing 3rd in the ‘B’ javelin (23.46m). In the ‘B’ strings team manager John Gilbert won the hammer (27.73m), shot (8.28m) and discus (25.19m) and collected 3 additional points in the ‘B’ triple jump (5.20m). These proved significant when the final team positions were calculated and it emerged that Invicta had finished equal 3rd in the match to achieve a final placing of 7th in the division. Given that we have struggled this season because of limited numbers, this outcome is very creditable. If we can recruit some pole vaulters and hurdlers for next year and turn-out a full team for every match, promotion should be a real prospect. John Gilbert - Team Manager.