Midland League Div 1, Round 4 – Birmingham University, Sat 9th September

Following the heroics of the YDL teams in Manchester the previous weekend there remained one final major fixture for the club, last Saturday. Following their victory in Round 3 of the Midland League, R&N went into the final fixture at Birmingham University in 4th place overall and knowing that they needed stay ahead of both Bristol & Cannock to retain their Division 1 status, The match was held in sweltering conditions and all 6 teams turned up in strength either to secure overall victory or to avoid relegation.

The day started slowly for R&N whilst Bristol looked very strong and moved into the lead on the day. However, as the competition progressed, R&N started to record lots of strong 2nd & 3rd place finishes to secure good points in almost every event and were optimistic knowing that they typically finish strongly. There were timely boosts thanks to A string victories from Saeed Numeri (400m), Fenton Bishop-Timmings (Javelin & Shot), Lucy Stevens (1500m) & Evie Marston (3000m) along with B string victories for Numeri (200m), Morrie Parker (400m), Jaydon Allen-Bramble (Long Jump), Ray McKenna (Shot) & Kevin Murch (Javelin).

However, the performance of the day was from Isabel Mur who won the 100m Hurdles in her debut at the Senior distance with a time of 14.56 in the best quality field of the day. Her time also secured 5 Bonus Points and propelled her into the UK Top 20 for her age group.

As the end of the meeting approached Bristol’s challenge faltered in the Men’s jumps where R&N were particularly strong thanks to Allen-Bramble, Oke Okere, Flynn Ridgway & Charlie Barker. The women’s Discus also produced a big points swing thanks to Grace Pollard, Charlotte Bowers & Debbie Murch. This left the 4x400m relay as being potentially decisive and the R&N men produced a blistering performance with Ollie Parker & Numeri moving the club from last to first on the final 2 legs with Numeri winning by an impressive 30 metre margin.

At the end of the match only 50 points separated the top 4 teams and R&N had moved up to 4th whilst Bristol had slipped back to third. This was just enough for R&N to remain in 4th place overall and retain their status in the Midland’s top flight. The league Champions were Gloucester thanks to a set of consistent performances throughout the season.

Full Results = MCAA T&F League Division 1 BRAT 9 September 2023

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By ad-bryac / Administrator on Sep 11, 2023