St Albans AC finish summer season in style as McMurray makes mark in Manchester

St Albans AC's James McMurray represented England at the Manchester International (pic Deborah Steer

St Albans AC's James McMurray represented England at the Manchester International (pic Deborah Steer) - Credit: Archant

St Albans Athletics Club ended the summer track season in style with some outstanding performances from members.

Sue Yeomans travelled to Denmark in early August to compete in the European Masters Championships, winning gold in the pole vault.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the age scale, the club’s under-13s and under-17s produced some excellent displays in their Eastern Young Athletes League meetings against clubs from around London.

James McMurray was selected to represent England at the Manchester International, after setting personal bests and winning national medals during the season.

And in a close 800 metre race, McMurray rose to the challenge to claim bronze behind Danish and Great Britain junior athletes.

St Albans senior athletes were pushing for promotion in the Southern League and fielded a full strength team for their final match.

Luke Yaxley and Luis Da Silva scored top points in the sprints, with McMurray winning the 400m, 800m and 1,500m.

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Daniel Aganti and Ayo Byron added a hurdles double, as well as top marks in pole vault and javelin, while Annie Montgomery wonn the women’s sprint hurdles and saw Cate Brooks take the B string honours.

St Albans High School teacher Laura Hicks won the B high jump, as Louise Kelly took the A string victory, as Eleanor McArdle did well in the long jump alongside Cate Brooks, who also competed in the triple jump and shot put.

The 4x400m relay saw St Albans battle it out with Victoria Park in a thrilling climax, before the final results revealed the club had won the meeting by just four points and gained promotion.

Manager Brian Yeomans said: “It was an outstanding effort by all the team and through the season. Although it has been hard work for me as a manager getting the team sheets full to do our club justice it has been well worth every minute.”

St Albans are now preparing for a busy winter schedule of road and cross-country fixtures, which starts at Crystal Palace on Sunday, September 24.

The club, run entirely by volunteers, are always looking for more people to help and welcome anyone interested in athletics who would like to get involved and help to make a difference to St Albans.St