Uxbridge staged the third Met League of the season last Saturday, and we headed across the capital for another wet met league. Although the clash with the Essex Vets did not help our case, we weren’t perhaps as strong as we would have hoped but nonetheless, those that ran fought well, as we now sit 6th in the league with two races to go. Paul Martelletti won this fixture, leading the revived VPTH charge. In addition to the fellow runners, our athletes also had to battle against the stream which, due to recent rainfall looked more familiar with a river!
Our first man home was new signing Ramadan Osman in 20th place. This was a good run for the youngster who settled down well after a fast start. Next time we see Ramadan will be the Essex Championships, where he’ll be back in his usual Colchester colours and will certainly be one to watch. Tom Beedell was our second man home, creeping inside the top 30 with 28th spot, a much improved run from his below par run at Welwyn. Our other Tom, Mr Phillips, is showing us that class is permanent, as he is improving with every race on his return from a couple of years where running has taken a back seat. Don’t be too surprised if Tom starts knocking on the door of the top 20 once he starts doing some sessions! Daniel Steel had another solid run coming home in 56th and showing the consistency again this season we’ve come to expect from this athlete. 11” and 7 places further back came Simon Beedell who had a good run for 63rd. Simon navigated the stream in fine style powering his way across and avoided being a casualty of the water. Fresh from a brief spell at altitude, Harold Wyber was our 6th man home. With the ground softening up in the winter weather, Harold is beginning to come into his own, as he ran a well-judged race to finish 70th. Super vet Pete Caton was next home in 162nd, opting for Met League duties over the Essex vet champs. Pete has upped his tempos and is reaping the benefits of the core work, as he out sprinted a fellow runner and remarked how many years younger his scalp was! Bertie was our 8th man home in 259th, nursing a hamstring injury which would have kept any less of a man off his feet. Bertie was not hampered until the second lap when he could not do anything about the cramped hamstring, as he bravely hobbled round in aid of supporting his team. Paul Stockings reacquainted himself with the A team having been absent for quite some time, finishing 331st. The team was closed out by Tom Spanyol and Trevor Powell in 356th and 397th respectively.
Although this was not our finest hour as a team, it was a reminder that if we let our foot off the gas then team performances can quickly deteriorate. Well done to all who ran and we now turn our attention to the county championships in January where we bid to retain our Essex title.