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Athletes on track to net promotion

PUBLISHED: 17:22 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets athletics club took a large step towards promotion on two fronts with a pair of successful results in the Southern League last weekend. The men s team won their fourth meeting of the Division Two season in

By PHIL RAVITZ

VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets athletics club took a large step towards promotion on two fronts with a pair of successful results in the Southern League last weekend.

The men's team won their fourth meeting of the Division Two season in convincing style at Walton-on-Thames while the women's team recorded a second straight second-place finish at Ipswich and know that a repeat in their final two meetings will see them promoted.

There were some notable individual performances from the club's male athletes but it was their good results in the lower order that gave them such an emphatic win.

Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets finished 26.5 points ahead of their nearest rivals Royston, from Hertfordshire, with host club Walton back down in fourth place.

Hamim Lubega was one of the men's stars, winning the 400m in 50.2secs and coming second in the 200m.

Lubega also anchored the 4x400m relay team, where his 48.6secs lap-time helped the squad to first place with team-mates Kylon Collins, Tunde Ezekiel and James Foley.

Ezekiel also helped the club's 4x100m relay quartet to victory in their event alongside Sam Sillah, Toleme Balogun and Mark Malone.

Paul Martelletti won the 1,500m, in 4mins 14.6secs and Tim Grose made it a double over the distance, winning the B-string race in 4mins 19.5secs.

Sillah won the 100m hurdles for the second successive meeting and the event again proved a fruitful event for Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets as promising youngster Jordan Aromasodu won the B-string race in 17.4secs.

There was also a double for the East London club in the high jump, where Sam Sillah made it a double first, winning with a jump of 2m while Mark Malone cleared 1.75m to take the B-string.

The Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets women's team consolidated their hold on second position in Division Two and still retain hopes of overhauling league leaders Ipswich when they return to action at their own Mile End Stadium later this month.

"Both Cambridge and Coleridge and Ipswich have been hosts and have won the last two meetings - so there will be a lot of expectancy on us to win our home meeting," said team manager Alf Vickers.

Ipswich have a 40 point lead at the top of the table but Vickers believes his side are capable of catching the leaders and with the club securely in second spot - well ahead of east London rivals Newham & Essex Beagles - promotion looks highly likely.

"We had an understrength team at Ipswich, but we should have some of our missing girls back for the home meeting on July 26 and it is looking very good for us," added Vickers.

Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets women's team finish their programme with the final meeting at Braintree in early August while the men return to Southern League next Saturday when they travel to Woodside Stadium, Watford.

The men's team round off the league programme on home territory three weeks later when they stage the final match of the Division Two season at Mile End Stadium on Saturday August 2.

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