THE second match in this year’s JSB Plumbing Forth Valley Athletics League Division One took place at Grangemouth last week.
Torrential rain caused the high jump and the javelin to be staged indoors. Yes, you did read that correctly. Due to a flooded run-up, the javelin was held in the indoor training area using plastic training javelins.
Top marks to all the athletes, coaches and officials who braved the sometimes monsoon-like conditions for all the other events.
Wetness aside the relatively mild and calm conditions helped a good number of Team Borders’ young athletes record personal bests on the track. Although there were no individual A string winners on the day there was a host of seconds and thirds and the Under 15 Girls relay team of Emily Dagg, Beth Wardhaugh, Bryony Patterson and Katie Browne combined well to take the honours in the 4x100m. Borders’ overall strength in depth on the track saw four of their B string runners win their events as did Rhiannon Fagan, normally a middle-distance runner, in the aforementioned indoor javelin.
As in the first match, Team Borders finished fourth team of nine, this time with a total of 452 event points despite absentees, meaning the double points on offer for two of the six relays were missed. The 12 match points amassed so far should consolidate the team’s eighth place in Division One with the one remaining match due on August 3.
Full results can be found at http://www.jsbplumbing-forthvalley.fsnet.co.uk.