National Masters/Veteran's Track & Field Championships

report by Dave Bauer

I travelled up to Birmingham Friday night for the National Masters/Veteran's Track & Field Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

It was held late this year to enable Vet's a late competition for those who are going to the World Champs in Brazil next month.

Despite the Rain and Wind I managed to throw 37.18 metres in the Discus on the Saturday and was lucky enough to win it.   Shame the circle was so wet which hampered all the competitors.

On the Sunday we had the Hammer at 09.30 a.m. where I threw a reasonable 34.61 metres for 4th place as my Hip was troubling me.

Soon after we had the Shot Put event where I threw 10.64 metre's into a driving Headwind and was lucky enough to win it.

Last event was the Heavy Hammer or 35 pound weight throw, by now the rain had become quite heavy and some athletes fell whilst throwing this Beast of an Implement!   The conditions had become quite dangerous by now.

I managed a very pleasing 10.76 metres (which is close to my best) for 2nd place in the Men’s 45 Age Group.

It has been a very long (but successful) year for me and my body now needs a long rest!

Dave Bauer Competing at Irish Masters Event



On Wednesday evening (07.08.13) i threw the Discus a respectable 37.30 metres for 1st place in the last Match of the Vets League representing Chelmsford A.C. at Lee Valley, Enfield.

Thankfully both Chelmsford Ladies & Mens Teams have both made the Final for this competition which is to be held in Bedford in the 2nd week of September.

On Friday last i travelled to Tullamore, Southern Ireland to compete in the Irish Masters Championships for the first time.

On the Saturday i threw the Hammer 36.87 metres for a new Personal Best by 38 cm's and came 1st in the Mens 45 age group.

Then i threw the Discus 37.58m first throw (just before the heavens opened) and won the event. This event was delayed due to Heavy Rain which was a great shame as i had one very long warm up throw.

Then we moved inside the Tullamore Stadium where i threw the Shot 10.53 metres which placed me 2nd on Countback!

Last event of the day is an Irish Speciality event, the 56 Pound weight. You throw this one handed through the legs.

I threw it 5.09 metres for 5th place, the 1st time i have ever competed in this event.

On the Sunday i competed in the Irish Track/Field League Final at Tullamore once again, in their Premiership Senior Division.

I threw the Discus a Seasons Best of 40.10 metres for a clear 2nd place.

I competed for Menapians A.C. this club is based in Wexford, Southern Ireland.


Division One East.

SML match 4 Thurrock 13 July 2013

In a complete contrast to the last match, Harlow Athletic Club’s Men’s team met at Thurrock on a boiling hot day where the temperature reached 33 degrees Celsius.
With a depleted team of nine Harlow could only manage 4th place having lost several athletes due to injury and illness.  This has meant that Harlow has missed out on reaching the final match on 10 August to decide promotions to the British League.
Team Manager Catherine Bauer said ‘I am very proud of how the team has performed this year. We knew that it would be a struggle having moved up to the first division but the team has put in some sterling performances this year keeping us competitive against larger clubs with a greater depth of membership.  We would welcome more senior athletes both male and female and also veteran athletes of all ages (over 35 +)’.
Carl and Glen Paxman stepped in to cover many events left vacant by absent athletes with Carl competing in 11 events and Glen in 12 including the 100m and 200m. Carl and Glen have covered more events in one day than a Decathlete covers in two days’ said Catherine, ‘an amazing feat especially in the extreme temperature’. Carl managed to seal first place in the B Triple Jump with a distance of 11.13 m among his many events.
Glen – A strings - 100m (6th) 11.8, 200m (6th) 24.4, 110 hurdles (4th) 21.0, 400 hurdles (3rd) 62.8, High Jump (3rd =) 1.70, Pole Vault (2nd) 2.80, Long Jump (4th) 6.16, Triple Jump (4th) 12.32, B strings – Shot (3rd) 9.45, Javelin (2nd) 34.12.
Carl – B strings – 100m (3rd) 12.2, 200m (5th) 27.2, 400m (5th) 62.1, 110 hurdles (4th) 23.6, 400 hurdles (4th) 70.4, 3000m steeplechase (4th) 17.19.4, High Jump (4th) 1.40, Long Jump (2nd) 5.95.
Dave Bauer had an excellent day achieving season bests in the Discus with 39.94m (2nd A String), Hammer 36.36m (3rd A string) and Shot 10.97m (3rd A string).  This Discus throw moves him to 4th in the M45 UK rankings from 7th . His effort in the shot has equalled his vets club record. Chris Clark won the B string Hammer with a throw of 24.33 and came 5th in the B string discus with 20.65m.
Craig Snook (m40) leapt 2.40m for second place in the pole vault and threw the Javelin 37.19m for 5th.
Harry Gough (u20) competed in the A string 400m in a time of 56.5 for 6th place and B string 800m 2.30.1 (5th). Liam Mistry covered the A string 800m 2.11.5 (5th) and A string 1500m 4.36.8 (5th).  
With the absence of Steve Murtagh the team welcomed Paul Jeffrey-Read who competed in the 5000m A string achieving a time of 18.58.5 for 3rd place ably backed by Jamie Jephcott in the B string with 19.33.5 (3rd).  Jamie also competed in the A  string 3000m steeplechase with a time of 13.26.6 (4th) and B string 1500m 5.23.5 (5th). 
In the 4 x 100m relay Harlow were 5th in a time of 51.0 – Harry Gough, Liam Mistry, Carl Paxman, Glen Paxman.
The 4 x 400m relay was contested by Harry Gough, Liam Mistry, Carl Paxman and Glen Paxman in 4.02.5 for 3rd. 
Final results – Medway and Maidstone 249, Bexley 195, Thurrock 183, Harlow 148, Luton 98, Milton Keynes 98.
League placings – 1st Medway & Maidstone 22, 2nd Bexley 17, 3rd Thurrock 14, 4th Harlow 14, 5th Luton 9.5, 6th Milton Keynes 7.5.   


SML Match 3 Report 15 June 2013

Harlow AC Men’s team travelled to a very wet and windy Erith for the third league match of 2013.
Fielding a team of 14, this match saw the return of Jack Reed from injury and also the debut of two new under 17 athletes with the senior team, Joe Bailey B string 400m 3rd 58.5 and Mohamed Tambedou A string 100m 5th 12.3, A string 200m 5th 24.6.
Team captain Dave Bauer said ‘it was a difficult day due to the appalling weather conditions and also delays at the Dartford crossing which meant that a couple of athletes arrived late.  We were hoping for a top two finish but could only manage third even though we filled all the events for the first time this year’. Harlow are now third in the league table with 11 league points and 474.5 match points.
Despite the weather some PB’s were set on the day notably Glen Paxman in the triple jump with 12.48m (1st A) and high jump clearing 1.75 (2nd A), and also Will Snook in the 400m with a time of 51.8 (2nd A). A SB was set by Carl Paxman in the triple jump with a leap of 11.30m (1st B).
First places were achieved by Dave Bauer in the discus 34.59 (1st A) and hammer 34.31 (1st A) Glen Paxman long jump 5.70 (1st B), Craig Snook javelin 37.06 (1st B).
Chris Clark had to withdraw from the hammer during the competition due to a reoccurrence of a foot injury but managed 4th place in the B string with 20.27 despite this. His place in the discus was taken by Glen Paxman who threw 21.11 for 2nd place in the B string.
Other results Glen Paxman – 110 hurdles A 4th 21.5, Pole Vault A 3rd 2.60, shot B 3rd 9.21, Javelin A 4th 37.15.. Carl Paxman – 110 Hurdles B 3rd 23.6, 400 hurdles B 3rd 70.7, 3000m steeplechase B 4th 13.38.2, Long Jump A 3rd 5.82.  Jack Reed – 100m B 3rd 12.5, 200m B 4th 25.5. Harry Gough - 800m A 5th 2.19.7.  Liam Mistry – 800m B 4th 2.12.4, 1500m A 5th 4.40.2. Philip Heinen – 400mH A 4th 68.7, High Jump B 2nd 1.55m.  Steve Murtagh – 5000m A 4th 16.52.5, 3000m steeplechase A 3rd 11.44.8. Jamie Jephcott – 5000m B 3rd 18.30.0, 1500m B 4th 5.24.4.  Craig Snook – Pole Vault B 3rd 2.20. Dave Bauer – shot A 4th 10.49.
4 x 100m relay – Glen Paxman, Carl Paxman, Jack Reed, Mohamed Tambedou  - 3rd 48.0.
4x400m relay – Joe Bailey, Harry Gough, Will Snook, Glen Paxman - 3rd   3.56.1.   
Overall result   1st Medway & Maidstone        253
                        2nd Thurrock                           192     
                        3rd Harlow                               182
                        4th Bexley                                172.5
                        5th Milton Keynes                    109
                        6th Luton                                  69.5  
Next match 13th July at Thurrock.



04.05.13 Luton

Harlow Men’s Team travelled to Luton on Saturday for their First of Four Southern Men’s League Matches in Division One East since promotion from last year.
Our Team was unfortunately under strength with just Nine athletes due to Injuries and work commitments.
The Team found the going tough in this higher League but, despite this, a number of athletes 'stepped up to the plate' and did extra events above and beyond the call of duty.
Special mention must go to Jamie Jephcott who did both Relays and an extra 1500 metres event despite a recent horrific Chainsaw accident which meant he couldn't do the 3000 metres Steeplechase.
Also, to 17 year old Phil Heinen who gamely ran the 5k for the first time, Carl Paxman who did the 1500m and Ian Smith who did the 400m relay.
All throughout the day Harlow were clearly last as the scores were announced right up to almost the last event but, thanks to these athletes doing these extra events we managed to 'Nick' 5th place by 2 points!   And beat Thurrock into the bargain!
Our Team spirit is second to none, some of these events the athletes took upon their selves without any provocation from myself as i was busy competing. 
We missed our Team Manager Catherine Bauer as she is still in Hospital so it really was all hands to the pumps!
18 year old Harry Gough competed in the 800m & the 400m for the first time for the club and acquitted himself very well in tough events.
Dave Bauer gained big seasons Bests in the Shot (ranked 13th in the UK M45),  Hammer Big SB'S (Ranked 4th in the UK M45) & the Discus SB'S Ranked 2nd in the UK M45.
Another Vet M45 Ian Smith also got a SB in the 200m.   Glen Paxman and other athletes were far from fit and injury laden but it didn't stop them competing.
We expect a far stronger Team for our next Match at Gillingham, Kent on the 18th of May where there is no reason why we can't achieve a Third place spot in the match as we had no athletes in either of the Hurdles races or the Steeplechase which could have lost the Team 10 points per event.
Special thanks also go to Paul Avontuur, Nat Fisher & Chris Clark who helped out with the Officiating duties in Catherine's absence.