Serpie Planner - event reports

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (21 May 2011)

Match Result :

1 Cambridge Harriers 191
2 Croydon Harriers 186
3 Serpentine 176
4 Chichester 72

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (09 Jul 2011)

Another great day at the third fixture of the Southern Athletics League! This time we travelled to Salisbury, a couple of hour by coach from London, to compete against Andover&Overton (leader of the league after the first two fixtures), Vale of Aylesbury (in fifth position) and City of Salisbury (which host the match and was on
11th position, just 1 point ahead of us). Compared to the last fixture, our team was quite different with some new faces and some of the regulars back on track for the first time in the season: 25 athletes in total, which again was a very good turnout for our club. And of course Ian, Sally and Lars (who celebrated his birthday judging some T&F for the second year) were our officials for the day.

After we found out where the throwing cage was (outside the track, reachable with five minutes walk) and we explained to the organisers that there wasn't any mistake in having a `Nicola' competing for the men team, the day kicked off. And as soon as we started, we quickly realised that the two teams at the top of the league were
very strong with lots of young, fast and bouncy athletes. However, we managed to put some good performances on both track and field events and collect some PBs, which helps us in the point-to-point fight against Salisbury.

In middle distance events we scored as usual a good bunch of points. Pau and Tiago came both third in the 800, so did Tiago and Wes in the 1500m, Miguel (back to very good shape and with a time close to his PBs) and Andy (at his first T&F fixture for us) in first and second place. Women also did great with Mary E (second in the 800m), G (who seemed never tired and run 800m, first, 1500m, third, 3000m, first, and 1500m S/C as non scoring), Lisa (1500m, first) and Vic (3000m, first). These events gave us 36 points.

In the throws, a good mixture of regulars and newbies brought 36 points to the team. Mary D and Sarah got some PBs, whereas David, Tony and Stef were consistent as usual and Vic discovered that she may have a future in the javelin. Just the men javelin had some misfortune, as Danny suffered an injury which limited his throwing action, and Wes, which felt lost on the run-up without either mud or hills, didn't manage any valid throw...he'll have time to make it up on the track later on the day.

In the jumps, we suffered as usual our lack of specialists and,although Pam,Sarah, Deanna, Ben, Joakim (at his first time in our T&F team), Matt and Angus (also at his first time) did their best, we did manage only third and forth. However, there were also good news, as Tony didn't fall off the mattress this time and seemed on his way back to shape with a very decent third place, and we finally succeeded in having two women (Deanna and Vic) scoring in the pv.well done ladies!

In sprints, some of our regulars were missed, but we had a couple of very good surprises (Helen and Angus) to mix with our core team of sprinters. Together with them, Mary E (400m), Deanna (200m), Sarah (100m), JT (200, 400, just recovered from a little injury) and Hunor (out of his comfort zine running 100m and 200m), we had
18 points to add to our scoring.

In hurdling, we didn't manage to cover the only two events of the day (high hurdles B string for both men and women), but Deanna (100 and 400Hds), Stef (400Hds), Joakim (110Hds with an impressive sub 21sec and 400Hds) and Ben (400Hds) compete in all other events and helps the team with 13 points. On the steeplechase, Sarah (with one of the best hurdling of the day) came second in her competition, whereas Wes (who won string A and stopped the watch at the second fastest time ever for a Serpies in 2000 S/C) and myself brought 7 point to our booty.

The day ended as usual with the relays. Our women teams, sometimes used to compete often on their own, found some tough competition on the way and came fourth in the 4x100 and second in the 4x400. For the men, again the competition was quite strong
and a fourth and third were our results.

Worth mentioning that lots of us tried several events as non-scoring, in some cases with such successful results that they even beat the scoring athletes: Vic jumped easily over 130cm in the HJ and Angus threw the shot just under 9m at his first attempt!

We ended the day in third position with 156 points, well ahead of Salisbury (but half through the day we had only two points difference), which we have also overtaken in the overall league ranking: we are now 11th with 5 points after 3 matches. Thanks all for partecipating and to our officials for the help and for contributing with some points to our total scoring.

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (30 Jul 2011)

Match result:

1. Serpentine 195
2. London Heathside 186
3. Orion Harriers 149
4. Biggleswade 97

League Positions after 4 of 5 matches:

Division 2
1. Peterborough 16
2. Andover and Overton 15
3. Havering Mayesbrook 14
4. Eastbourne Rovers 13
5. Vale of Aylesbury 12
6. Swindon 12
7. Hillingdon 11.5
8. Winchester & District 10.5
9. Cambridge Harriers 10
10. Serpentine 9
11. Croydon Harriers 9
12. London Heathside 7
13. City of Salisbury 6
14. Orion Harriers 5
15. Biggleswade 5
16. Chichester 5

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (20 Aug 2011)

Match result:
1 Havering Mayesbrook 223
2 Hillingdon 176
3 Serpentine 161
4 Eastbourne Rovers 127

Serpentine finished 10th in div 2 of the league after this final meeting.

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (28 Apr 2012)

Match report (Men)

Thanks to everyone that came out to the first fixture of the season. We
managed to achieve a very respectable 2nd place result on a particularly
miserable rainy day. And with this match so close to London Marathon, it
was great that we were still able to fill out the events with good athletes.

The team was made up of many track regulars, and a few new faces. New boy,
Maximilian Bonnier came out for a great high jump (even if it was sub-par by
his standards) but unfortunately strained his hamstring on the 100m. Kay
Obi tried his hand at a few events, and stepped in as a scoring shot putter
with a 7.39m debut (even though he had never done it before). Now if
someone could teach him how to do it properly...

We had a huge field of 800m runners - and the non-scoring race was entirely
serpies. Looks like there'll be some hot competition for scoring places in
the 800m this season.

Alex Malzer filled in all over the place - including taking on the 400m
hurdles and the triple jump. He was joined by marathoner Rick Weston in the
triple jump. Rick also ran a great post-marathon 5k (15:47.50) and helped
out with the 4x100m when we were short. In fact, half the 4x100 team had run
London marathon (Dave Morgan running leg 2), showing great team spirit to
help us make up the team. Hugh Torry, yet another
post-London-should-be-resting runner, turned up for a great steeplechase
(both he and Miguel Branco taking maximum points) and anchored the 4x400m.

There were loads of other great performances, but I can't mention everyone.
Great to have so much team spirit even when the weather is rubbish.

Match report (Women)
What the women's team lacked in quantity of athletes they more than
made up for in quality. Illness, weddings, holidays and work commitments
saw us with a team of just 10 start the match. That was swiftly reduced to
9 when newcomer Marta picked up a quad injury on the first field
event, the long jump - but still managed 2nd place in the A string and
3 points. A quick phone call saw Vic Carter drafted into the 1500m and
me (Lisa Pettit) moving to cover the sprints and 400m with Jen Marzullo and
Stef Vaatz.

I owe a huge thank you to everyone in the team (Marta, Steph, Jane,
Olga, Grace, Mary, Vic Carter, Vic Crawford, Jen & me) who worked
really hard in the wind and rain to score as many points as we could
and didn't once moan about the weather. While everyone contributed and
competed across multi-events, including those they don't train for,
special mentions should go to:
Mary Davies - our star of the field scoring maximum points in the
hammer, shot and javelin for her category and scoring 3rd place in the
high jump, not a event Mary trains for or probably wants to do again.
I should also mention Mary was actually only beaten in distance on her
hammer throw by the first place man from Orion!

Vic Carter - who after running a fantastic 3.09 marathon last Sunday,
came and ran a 1500m in 5.18, won the a 1500m steeplechase and a leg
of the 4 x 400m relay team all within 70 minutes of each other. Vic
showed amazing strength and kept pushing on even when she was well in
the lead on the steeplechase and could have taken her foot of the

Overall we scored 10 first place positions across A & B strings which
is a fantastic performance and when we have full compliment of
athletes and can cover all the events I'm sure this will only be

The next match is Saturday 19th May also at Battersea and if you would
like to be part of this awesome team, I'd love to hear from you.
Please email me at

Someone left a vest at the track on Saturday and I have it and have
even washed it for you!
Please claim from me.

Lisa Pettit

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (19 May 2012)

Team Score
1 Hillingdon 191.5 H
2 Belgrave 174.5 B
3 Highgate Harriers 161.5 G
4 Serpentine 132.5

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (09 Jun 2012)

Match result:
Radley 227.5
Woking 218.5
Ealing, Southall & Mdx 143.5
Serpentine 122.5

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (14 Jul 2012)

1 Wycombe Phoenix 242
2 Serpentine 179
3 Sutton & District 123
4 Vale of Aylesbury 102

Southern Athletics League (div 2) (01 Sep 2012)

Match results:

Dacorum & Tring 216
London Heathside 183
Serpentine 159
Oxford City 136