South Bucks had another good match in the third of four Southern Athletics League matches on Saturday. The sun shone on the track at Sandy near Biggleswade and the match had a nice atmosphere.
The composite team of Chiltern Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix athletes recorded a third consecutive win, finishing on 329 points, well ahead of Northampton in second. There were ten Chiltern athletes taking part in the thirty-strong South Bucks contingent.
Senior Woman Sarah Cross had a busy day coming second in B string javelin with a season’s best 30.83m, second in A string shot with another season’s best 9.20m, and second in B string 100m: another season’s best of 13.40. Also contributing to the women’s team was U20 Olivia Cameron, racing on the track for the first time since 2017. Olivia was third in A string 800m in a promising 2.33.5. Also making a return to the track after a break was U17 Marea Logan, winning B string 800m in 2.38.00. U17 Frankie Baxter also made her SAL debut, scoring an impressive win in A string 2000m steeplechase in 7.53.80.
On the men’s side Senior Man Aran Davidson ran a well-paced race to win A string 5000m in 15.42.7, a very impressive performance given the hot conditions. Vet 55 Ian Lawson ran 19.13.4 as a non-scorer. U20 Max McGarvie was second in A string 1500m in a season’s best 4.22.7 and U17 Matt Evans scored a PB in the same race, running 4.33.2 to win the B string. Isaac Jessop-Tranter won B string 400m in a PB of 54.4 with Tom Askey just behind as a non-scorer in the same race. Isaac and Tom teamed up with Wycombe’s David Clark and James Twallin to win 4 x 400m relay in a brisk 3.42.7.
The final match is at Luton on Saturday August 13th which should see South Bucks confirmed as winners of Division 3 North, gaining promotion to Division 2 next year.