Blue Stars set to wrap up Southern title on home turf

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Horsham Blue Star men’s team are now in an unassailable position in Division 2 of the Southern League.

The Harriers have secured the league title following a fourth successive league win, at Hastings, and can wrap everything up in the final meeting of the season, at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on July 28, where they are guaranteed to be named champions.

The day started off well on the track with both Karl Johnston and David Patey winning their races in the 400m Hurdles, running 65.2 and 70.4s respectively.

Jason Wooldridge ran a confident race to win the A string 800m in an excellent 2m00.3s, with Adrian Fautly running a personal best of 2m06.5s to take second place in the B string.

There was another double first in the 400m where Alex Best cruised to victory in the A event running 51.5s with David Patey winning the B race in 54.3s.

Alex had earlier taken a second placing in the 100m in 11.4s with James Hedges winning the B race in 12.0s.

In the 200m, Hedges was pushed into second place in the A race with James Mackman winning the B race, both running the same time of 24.2s.

The Steeplechase saw yet another double first with Jason Wooldridge taking the A event in 10m52.0s and Alastair Smith the B race in 12m45.4s.

In the field events, James Mackman cleared 3.20m to win the Pole Vault with Will Ellinger clearing 3.00m to win the B event.

Ryan Gue and Ricky Dewdney showed their class in securing a double first in the discus with Ryan throwing an impressive 36.68m in the A string and Ricky 35.34m to take the B event. Ricky had earlier won the B string javelin with a throw of 35.12m with Luke Johnson taking second place in the B event with a throw of 41.28m.

The final two relays of the afternoon resulted in easy wins for the Blue Star teams, with the 4x100m team running 46.5s and the 4x400m team convincing winners in 3m42.3s. With the title now secure the team look forward to their final match of the season and a victorious homecoming.

Final match scores were:

Horsham Blue Star 149 points, Worthing 119pts, Tunbridge Wells 84pts, Crawley 76 pts Swale 50pts.