KENDAL PIPPED AT THE POST IN PROMOTION CHALLENGE
At the final Northern Track & Field League match competition of the season at Whitehaven, Kendal AAC’s strong team performance on the day was just not enough, to displace Southport and Seaton as the promoted teams. Kendal needed to win the match by a considerable margin and hope one of the other two teams slipped up badly. The club finished a close third again, but were only nine points away from first place.
Final League Standings:
1st Southport 22 pts
2nd Seaton 21 pts
3rd Kendal 16 pts
4th Burnley 12 pts
5th Border 8 pts
6th Pendle 5 pts
It was tough result for a committed Kendal team. Yet again, it was a great team effort, with many athletes competing and getting valuable points in multiple events. This spirit was best reflected by Shane King’s all-round, personal effort, competing in the 3000m S chase, 400m H, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Discus and Hammer.
The team effort was reflected with an exciting victory in the 4 x 400 m relay, with Aaron Screen, Reuben Copley, Alasdair Russell and Alex Birkett. The 4 x 100m relay team of Max Obale, Dan Shuttleworth, James Barlow and Charlie Norton were also victorious.
Other individual event winners were; English School’s silver medallist Alex Birkett 400m, Reuben Copley 1500m, and Alistair Russel 5000m. Numerous 2nd place finishes secured vital points, including Amy Wood in the Long Jump and High Jump, Alison Daly 300m, Carolyn Kevan 1500m, Joanne Taylor 3000m, Max Obale in the 110m H and 400m H, James Barlow 200m, Quentin Gatrix 800m, Aaron Screen 3000 S chase, and Andy Rigg in the Javelin.
Considering Kendal were promoted from Division 4 only last season the club have performed well to narrowly miss out on promotion and the bragging rights to be Cumbria’s top Track & Field Club.
Anyone wishing to join Kendal AAC’s Track and Field team,
can find all the relevant details on the club website kendalac.co.uk.
Picture:- Kendal’s top points scorer on the day, Shane King demonstrates his Long Jump technique.