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PUBLISHED: 13:02 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 05 October 2010

VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets skipper Marc Malone shouldered a captain s burden as the club maintained their solid start to life back in Southern League Division Two with a third-place finish at Norwich last week. Malone was down to compete in four of t

VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets skipper Marc Malone shouldered a captain's burden as the club maintained their solid start to life back in Southern League Division Two with a third-place finish at Norwich last week.

Malone was down to compete in four of the main field events - the hammer, long jump, high jump and pole vault.

The club captain's outstanding multi-eventing in the field brought him a second place in the A-string high jump and a trio of fourth places in the other events in an impressive individual display.

Club president Terry Adams, 53, also came out of retirement to participate in the hammer and pole vault to lend Malone strong support.

Jordan Aromasodu continued his fine form from the Middlesex Championships the previous week by winning the 400m hurdles and then the club scored a second place double when Tunde Balogun and Wilson Kaburugu both finished as runners-up in the A and B-string 100m sprints.

Dave Alcock secured a fine win in the 5,000m with a well-timed burst over the last two laps of the race to stretch away from two host runners from Norwich, while there was a win for Hamin Lubega in the A-string 200m, having also won the B-string 400m hurdles.

Terry MacDowell made his track debut for the season in the 3,000m steeplechase, having run road races and cross-country events in the winter season. In a good effort, he came home fifth in 12 minutes 26 seconds.

The relay team of Malone, Kaburugu, Jason Foley and Balogun came home second in the 4x100m race, a result matched in the 4x400m relay by the foursome of Nathan Brown, Steven Gillan, Kaburugu and Lubega.

The pair of second-place finishes secured third position overall for the Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets team and continued an encouraging start to the season following a similar third-place finish in the opening meeting at Kingston, Surrey, a fortnight ago.

Picking up where he left off for the Victoria Park club last season, Sam Sillah supplied valuable points with wins in both the A-string triple jump and high jump in Kingston.

Sillah also emphasised his versatility with second places in the long jump, javelin and 110m hurdles before returning to anchor the 4x400m relay team to second position.


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