Athletes close in on second straight promotion

PUBLISHED: 12:07 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010

VICTORIA Park & Tower Hamlets AC put themselves in line for a second successive promotion from the mens Southern League, when they won the penultimate meeting of this season s campaign, in emphatic style at Watford on Saturday, The East Enders finished wi

VICTORIA Park & Tower Hamlets AC put themselves in line for a second successive promotion from the mens Southern League, when they won the penultimate meeting of this season's campaign, in emphatic style at Watford on Saturday,

The East Enders finished with 145 points, well ahead of their second placed hosts Watford with 117, who, themselves, were 10 points better off that Worthing. A Royal Navy team and Croydon, completed the line-up.

Now VP&TH have their home meeting in the league to look forward to, to complete the season. They host the final round at Mile End Stadium on August 2.

VP&TH showed themselves to be very strong in the sprints with Toleme Ezekiel and Nathan Brown winning both strings of the 110m and Tunde Balogun and Abdul Buhari also completing a similiar double in the 200m.

It was a similar story in the 400m, where Kylon Collins and Alex Babb both led from gun to tape to record another pair of victories.

The club were well represented in the longer distance races. Paul Martelletti and Dave Alcock were both impressive victors in the 5000m, while Tony McDowell ran a great 3000m steeplechase to claim his first victory of the season in the event.

James Foley ran a season's best for third in the 800m, while Rob Birchley contributed a useful second in the B string.

Sam Sillah proved what an outstanding all-rounder he is for the club, winning four events and a second in the B string javelin and contributing 24 individual points for the cause - a remarkable achievement!

Marc Malone made it a B string double in the long and high jumps.

Baddar Echakhch made his first appearance in the pole vault, after just one training session and cleared 2. 60m in the B competition for second place. He also achieved a personal best for fourth in the hammer.

The 4x100m relay team, of Sillah, Brown, Ezekiel and Balogun, scored an easy victory, while the 4x400 team were just pipped for victory, Kylon Collins just edged out on the line.

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