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posted 25 Aug 2014, 12:01 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 25 Aug 2014, 12:01 ]
Injuries and work commitments meant that a weakened Spenborough team travelled to Ashton-under-Lyme on Saturday for the second round of the Northern Athletics division three fixture. On a rain soaked afternoon the club's reliable throwers performed well in difficult conditions. Elliot Griffen and David Giblin won the 'A' and 'B' hammer throw. Chelsea Mitchell won the shot putt and came second in the hammer throw. Versatile athlete Glenn Aspindle won the triple jump, came third in the long jump as well as running in the 400m race and the relay . Kevin Ogden continues his fine form with a comfortable victory in the 5000 metres. Other track victories came by Mollie Flannery in the 'B' 800m and Rosa McKie in the 'B' 400m hurdles. Spenborough finished fifth of the six teams and lie fourth in the league. Credit goes to athletes like Mollie and James Anthony for performing well in throwing events as well as their running events and to Sheila Boland for running as well as her usual throwing. A few more athletes like Amanda, Jackie and Henry Carter who gained valuable points would have enabled us to beat Macclesfield who were only 7 points ahead of us. The distance award should go to Ian Ogden who ran nearly 16 laps of the track (1500 and 5k) and while I have not done all of  the maths Emma Rawnsley must have competed in most events and gained the most points for the club.        

It is unlikely that we will gain promotion this year but we have athletes such as Kevin, Elliot and Chelsea capable of competing at a higher level and we must strive to avoid relegation if we are to provide suitable competition for these and other Spen athletes. The next round is on Sunday 13th July at Halifax.