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Southern League - MEN (Div 2)                         Sutton Valence    Saturday 30 July 2011

... Relay quartet smash 16 year-old All-time club record

   ... Jason & Mark 9th & 16 on IEK all time 5,000m list

       ...David Glendower sneaks past Team Manager John Gilbert

This 3-cornered regional league match at the new Sutton Valence 8-lane track (high on a windy ridge in mid-Kent) produced several titanic battles and performances within IEK ranks.

The battle of the heavy throws went 2-1 to the Young Pretender, David Glendower (v-40) over his mentor and Team Captain John Gilbert (vet-65)  - David was 1 metre up in Discus and 2.5m up in Hammer but the "silver fox" came back with a 54cm advantage with a Shot Put which was 4 feet further than his 6.51m Triple Jump

The titanic battle between IEK 5,000m Club Champion 2011, Mark Wilkins and Jason Prickett (u-20) who'd just heard of his call up to the televised British Grand Prix at Crystal Palace in 5 days' time, went Jason's way with non-scoring Tim Corby ahead of East Grinstead's A string - Mark improved his pb (set in 2010 at Sutton) by 4 seconds to go 16th on IEK All-time list, while Jason's winning time of 15:52.9  takes him up to 9th where only the top 10 have beaten the 16minute barrier


Record breakers

4 x 400m Relay

No split times available (limited number of qualified timekeepers) these 4 powerful men averaged 52 seconds to record 3mins 28.7 to eclipse the 1995 record 3mins 31.2 set by Andy Beckwith (u-17) Luke Turnbull (u-17) Steve Fox (u-20) and Senior Man Harvey Cossell at the Linford Christie Satdium 


        Ben Burton              Donald Carter             Jacob Burton           Jason Prickett


In the sprints, Dan Langridge (u-20) lost the verdict for 2nd place in B string 200m when he and his East Grinstead rival were given identical times - in the A string race, Jacob Burton (u-20) equalled his 24.2 pb to stay 4th in this season's 200m IEK rankings, one ahead of brother Ben Burton (u-20) whose 11.7 in the 100m takes him 3rd (level with Jaffer Adams) in this year's 100m IEK rankings. 

Ben also equalled his 400m pb (53.0 in the "B" race) keeping him equal 5th in this year's IEK rankings with Sean Valand, also u-20.

Ben and Jacob doubled up in Pole Vault with identical

finishing height, as well as in Javelin where they were both too strong for all 4 opponents

Training partners Tom Purnell and Barry Hopkins were both 2nd in 1,500m and both then contested a non-scoring event - Tom the 3,000m s/chase (12mins 47.9) and Barry clocked 28.3 for 200m

Busiest IEK athlete of the day was Lee Rogers who contested no fewer than 5 individual events covering sprints, .hurdling and jumping - Lee did ALL the track distances over barriers/hurdles, winning both the "B" sprint hurdles and "B" steeplechase and collecting 2nd in the A string 400m Hdles (70.2) plus scraping 2nd in 
both A string High Jump (1.00m) and A string Long Jump (4.61m)

Meanwhile, brother Paul Rogers collected an A string win at 110m Hdles and 2 B string wins in 400m hdles (76.3) and 1.00m to win B string High Jump.

Donald Carter is a strong candidate for performer of the day with his 52.4 (400m) and his 2-second pb improvement of 1.55.4 (800m) which puts him 3rd in this year's IEK rankings for both events

However, clear performers of the day are the quartet who rounded off things with that splendid record breaking 4 x 400 relay win against teams in Division 1