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MADJA - Strong start to the season at Southampton

Keiran ShortKeiran ShortKieran Short, James Richardson and Rory Clark put in strong performances for the U15 boys as Marlborough and District Athletics travelled to Southampton for the club’s opening fixture of the season.

On a day of bright sunshine, Richardson was an easy winner in the 800m, finishing five seconds ahead of the field in 02:25.7 and coming second in the 80m hurdles in 14.60s.

In a pulsating 100m, Clark tied for first place in 12.0s but was adjudged to have finished second.  There were no such deliberations in the long jump:  Clark ’s winning jump of 5.31m was nearly 50cm longer than the second-placed athlete.

Short won the high jump with 1.55m and, with Richardson, Clark and Oscar Deakin, came second in the 4x100m relay.

There were good all-round performances from MADJA’s U13 girls, with contributions from Tess Mayer, India Eastlake, Poppy Davies, Anna Kane, Hettie Mears, Beth Mayer and Maya Short.

Daniel Sanders starred for the U13 boys, coming second in the high jump (1.25m) and third in the long jump (3.97m), while Katie McQue finished third in the U15 girls 800m in 02:45.3.

For the U17 men, Louis Torto came third in the 100m (13.20s), with Jack Warren third in the 400m in 57.10s.

Southampton were the overwhelming winners, scoring 639 points, with Wimborne second, Woking third and MADJA fourth (292 points), followed by New Forest Juniors and Weymouth.

MADJA came fifth in the U11 QuadKids competition. Tom Durrant was the top performer, coming second in a field of 30 athletes, while Edie Noble finished fourth for the girls.

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MADJA triumph in final Wessex League match

Rory Clark powering his way to success in the 100mRory Clark powering his way to success in the 100mMarlborough and District Junior Athletics club capped their Wessex League campaign in style, winning the fourth and final match at Andover on Sunday.


The victory saw MADJA finish joint fourth in the league of 20 clubs, a big improvement on last season’s 10th place. The club ended the season on 17 points, level with Camberley, and behind Basingstoke (20 points), Southampton and Team Kennet (19 points each).

On a day when many athletes were missing due to the school summer holidays, MADJA fielded a strong squad, finishing first in three of the six age groups.

The U13 boys were particularly dominant, coming first and second in almost every event.  Leading the way was Rory Clark, who won the 100m in 13.3s, the 200m in 26.9s – a grade 2 performance – and the 1500m in 05:11.1.
 
Riley Booth won the 800m in 02:37.3, the discus with a throw of 18.22m and he came joint first with Harry Langhorn in the high jump, both clearing 1.25m. Kieran Short won the shot with a distance of 7.27m.

It was no surprise that the 4x100 relay team of Clark, Booth, Short and Samuel Deadman were comfortable winners, in a time of 58.1s.

Gemma Shepherd’s grade 2 run in the 1500m – she finished in 02:19.9s – helped the U15 girls to a win in their age group. Eve Tarring and Ashlen Sowerby tied for first place in the 75m hurdles in 13.6s, while Gabbie Painting was second in the high jump with 1.38m.

The U17 men topped their age group, thanks largely to their strength in the field events. Will Seward won the javelin with a throw of 43.22m and came second in the discus with a grade 3 throw of 33.0m and second equal in the high jump with 1.65m. David Cope was narrowly beaten to second place in the shot, with 10.87m.

Scott Martin cleared 1.55m to come joint first in the U15 boys high jump.

The event finished with MADJA first on 393 points, followed by Woking (321), Andover (315), Portsmouth (261) and Poole (124).

In the parallel QuadKids event, MADJA came fourth. The top-ranked boy was Daniel Sanders, who finished fifth overall, while Tess Mayer, the top girl, came sixth. MADJA’s girls finished 11th out of 21 teams in the QuadKids league, the boys 15th.

pic: by Neil Goodwin

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A fine team performance saw Marlborough and District Junior Athletics club clinch third place at the Wessex League match

Oscar Bruce claimed second spot in the U15 400mOscar Bruce claimed second spot in the U15 400mCompeting against big-hitting clubs including the home side, Basingstoke, MADJA finished on 271 points, way behind Basingstoke (518) and Team Kennet (447) but narrowly ahead of Salisbury (256) and Slough Juniors (242)   (writes Ben Tarring)

With many MADJA athletes absent due to exams, the team was noticeably light in some areas: Millie O’Connor was the only woman representing the club at U17 level.

MADJA’s boys and men competed strongly at all age groups. The U17 team of Will Seward, Luke Callaghan, Patrick Maloney, Ben Holland, Alex Painting, Thomas Hamill and David Cope amassed 74 points and came second.

Notable performances came from Seward, who won the discus with a throw of 34.27m and was second in the javelin with 42.29m, and Painting, who came joint first in the high jump with 1.60m.

Peter Booten and Alex Davies led the way for the U15s, with javelin throws of 35.60m and 31.04m respectively. Elliott Lassiter claimed second spot in the 1500m with a time of 04:57.8, while a time of 59.60 earned Oscar Bruce second place in the 400m.

James Eyles starred for the U13s: his discus throw of 20.28m was a grade 3 performance. In the 800m, Rory Clark came second in the 800m in 02:33.8, a grade 4 performance.

The standout performance for the girls was Gemma Shepherd’s win in the 800m in a grade 2 time of 02:21.0. Ashlen Sowerby threw 6.65m in the shot, coming second.

In the parallel QuadKids competition for U11s, MADJA came fourth, with 1,297 points, behind Slough Juniors, Team Kennet and Basingstoke, and ahead of Salisbury. Oliver Rhoads and Thomas Holmes were the top two boys and Jesse Ford and Tess Mayer the top two girls. Poppy Davies broke the MADJA club record in the Vortex with a throw of 26.18m, nearly two metres more than the record, set last year by Bethany Palfrey.

Photo by Neil Goodwin

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Marlborough College students win the Mayor’s Cup in athletics match

There were a significant 15 points in it on Tuesday when students from Marlborough College and St John’s competed in the annual athletics match between the two schools for the Mayor’s Cup.

It was the College students who were victorious – by 146 points to 131 – and pictured are students Josie Hampel and Henry Alexander receiving the trophy from Marlborough’s mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson.

The handsome trophy was given back in 1961 by Graham Parnell, of the American city of Marlborough, Mass, to the then Mayor of Marlborough, E J Free, for competition between the then three local secondary schools. Since 1977 the match has been between just the College and St John’s.

“Gratifyingly, it has been won since then by St John’s and the College about equally,” the mayor told Marlborough News Online.

“This year the inters age group, who do not compete for the cup but take part in the event, were tantalisingly close. But the College pupils won this time by a tiny margin – 145 points to 143.”

“But the main event -- and the Mayor’s Cup -- was won by the College boys and girls by 146 votes to 131.”

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