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Athletics: Havering men keep British League promotion hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 June 2018

Havering's men at their British League meeting in Nuneaton (pic Julia Pitkin)

Havering's men at their British League meeting in Nuneaton (pic Julia Pitkin)

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Havering's men produced a fine fourth-place finish in their latest British League meeting at Nuneaton to hold on to second place and keep their promotion hopes alive at the halfway stage of the season.

The middle-distance events presented the track highlights, with Rob Warner finishing second in the 3000m steeplechase in a season’s best as Ben Davis won the B string event at his first crack at the senior distance.

Warner was also fourth in the 5,000m, as was B string Jamie Buckley-Stanton, and Finn Hutton’s personal best placed him joint fourth in the 800m, to jump into the club’s all-time lists as higher claim athlete Max Jones won the B race.

First year under-20s Tom Keevil and Elliot Cordery both set 1,500m personal bests for third place in the A and B strings.

The throws were also productive as Laurence Goodacre and Emmanuel Quarshie were runners-up in the shot, as was discus thrower Duane Jibunoh, who added fourth in the B javelin.

Higher-claim Baddar Echakhch scored well when placing second in the hammer and fourth in the javelin, despite cutting his hand when his pole snapped during the vault, which earned him fourth place points.

Graham Holder was third in the hammer and fifth in the B discus and Luke Williams was fourth in the vault and sixth in the B hurdles.

There were welcome returns from injury from Tom Pitkin in the 400m and 400m hurdler Adam McCarthy, while Karl Tucker ran faster than before in the 110m hurdles.

And there were also personal bests for the sprint pairing of Lewis Bailey and Ayo Akingbehin who set new marks in the 100m and 200m respectively.

Skipper Jason Lendon filled a gap in the B 400m hurdles and after promotion to Division Two last season, the chance to step up to Division One this year is now a real, if unexpected, possibility.

If they can field strong teams at Bedford in July and Bournemouth in August a second successive promotion could be on the cards.

Result: Bournemouth 348, Kent AC 284.5, Crawley 280.5, Havering 276, Newquay & Par 266, Glasgow City 241, Rugby & Northampton 233, Basingstoke & Mid Hants 227.

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