The veteran athletes from Peterborough AC and Nene Valley Harriers showed that the march of time has not got the better of them yet as they battled it out in an exciting Eastern Veterans League match at the Embankment.
Peterborough AC had the edge over the Harriers in the first round last month, and did so again with a strong all-round performance in both the men’s and ladies events.
Peterborough realised the importance of fielding athletes in as many events as possible.
In the ladies match, Judith Jagger incredibly contributed 42 of PAC’s 95 points, as she ran, jumped and threw her way to victory in the Over 50 100m, 80m hurdles, triple jump, high jump, discus and javelin.
Lisa Richardson also scored well, winning the over 35 100m hurdles, high jump and triple jump.
Nene Valley ladies also had some exceptional performers, none more so than Philippa Taylor and Nicky Morgan.
Taylor won the 1500m in the age 35-49 category with a time of 4:58.1 while Morgan, competing as a non-scorer, finished second in 5:16.5.
This lifted both runners into the top 10 in the country for the distance in the 45-49 category.
The speedy duo also ran swift 400m legs when helping Nene Valley to victory in the medley relay.
Yaxley Jogger Sarah Endicott has recently joined Nene Valley Harriers as a second claim member in an attempt to reclaim the fine sprinting form that she showed as a youngster.
And the future looks promising for Endicott as she won the 35-49 age group 100m on her club debut.
There was just as much excitement in the men’s events and the PAC team captain, Matthew Dalton, was delighted to run a 400m PB of 53.7, though his delight was slightly tempered as he was beaten into second place in a tight finish by a runner from Corby AC. Dalton also crossed the line first in the 100.
Sixty year-old Eamonn Dorling is the local running scene’s answer to Peter Pan, and picked up maximum points for PAC in both the 1500m and the one-mile walk.
Dorling is no respecter of the ageing process, and his 1500m time of 5:22.8 was his fastest for several years.
His victory in the walk was even more notable, given that there are no age categories in this event.
The walk was not without controversy, with Peterborough’s Kay Gibson and Nene Valley’s Barry Warne ‘yellow carded’ for failing to walk with straightened legs.
PAC vice-chairman Leigh Porter was in fine form winning the Over 35 triple jump and high jump.
The star performer for Nene Valley’s men’s team was Simon Achurch, who won the Over 35 discus with a throw of 32.23m and the javelin with 40.43m.
With two rounds to go PAC are well placed to qualify for the prestigious finals at Bedford in September.