The victorious Horsham Blue Star Harriers men’s team wrapped up their title winning campaign in style at Broadbridge Heath on Saturday.
Going into the match they were in an unassailable position at the top of the Southern League league having won four fixtures already but completed the season undefeated by also winning this final fixture.
The day started with a double win in the pole vault with Will Ellinger jumping a personal best 3.20metres taking the A string and James Mackman completing the double with a jump of 3.00metres to take the B string.
On the track Karl Johnston ran 63.5secs for third in the 400metres hurdles with Adrian Fautly making his debut at this event taking second place in the B race. In the 100metres James Hedges took 3rd in a time of 11.9secs with James Mackman also running 11.9secs to take first place in the B string. These two also ran in the 200metres, James Hedges took second place with a time of 23.9secs for the A string and James Mackman again winning the B string race with a time of 24.1secs.
Jason Wooldridge, running in the flat 400metres for the first time this year, ran a personal best time of 53.6secs to take second place in the A event and was backed up by Bonizwe McFadden, returning to competition, who took the B string race in a time of 58.0secs. Jason also ran in the 800metres finishing second in a time of 2.02.5secs, with Adrian Fautly also taking second place in the B string.
Daniel Eeles making his debut run for the senior team, ran a competitive race to run a personal best 4.16.3secs in the 1500metres, just being edged into second place, and was backed up by youngster James Winsbury who also took second place in the B string. The 5,000metres saw a double first for Blue Star with Francis Scarr running 17.49.9secs in the A string and Alistair Smith taking first place in the B string with a time of 19.44.3secs. Alistair doubled up in the 3000metres steeplechase with Jason Wooldridge to both run across the line together and win both A and B string races.
Meanwhile back on the field, in a competitive hammer competition, Ricky Dewdney took second place in the A string with a throw of 28.69metres and Gorm Young took third place throwing 19.95metres. Ricky went on to throw a season’s best in the discus to win the A string with 36.99metres and Ryan Gue won the B string with a throw of 33.60metres. In the javelin events Luke Johnson continued his form to take second place in the A string with a throw of 37.26metres and Bonizwe McFadden threw well to take the B string with 36.77metres.
In an exciting 4 x 100metres race the Blue Star sprint team of James Hedges, James Mackman, Gorm Young and Christian Squire ran convincingly to take first place in a season’s best time of 46.2secs. The 4 x 400 metres relay completed the afternoon, the team consisting of James Hedges, Karl Johnston, Adrian Fautly and Bonizwe McFadden finished second in a time of 3.46.2secs.
Final result: Horsham 146pts, Worthing 136pts, Tunbridge Wells 94pts, Crawley 59pts, Swale 19pts