Doncaster’s tough British League baptism continues

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Doncaster Athletic Club again trailed in last place in the penultimate British Men’s League Division Four meeting at Reading, writes Steve Hossack.

The Keepmoat Stadium club, who stage the last meeting of the season at the start of next month, finished 13 points adrift of the fifth-placed host club with whom they are in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon in their debut season in the BAL.

The combined Derby & Mansfield team finished top for the second time in three meetings.

City of Portsmouth and Brighton & Hove finished in third and fourth respectively for the third time.

Doncaster again lacked the services of Great Britain U23 decathlon international Aiden Davies as well as several other top athletes and failed to provide an entry in several track and field events.

Once again the steeplechase provided rich pickings with Frazer Jardine (10 minutes 00.11 seconds) winning the A race and teenager George Phillips (10.09.76) winning a depleted B race.

Ben Burton (12.82m) took the honours in the A triple jump with Steve Lambourne (11.21) finishing second in the B event.

Burton (23.29) was joint second in the B 200m.

Decathlete Burton (1.8m) was second in the A high jump as was Jack Brinkhurst (37.65m) in the B javelin.

The club failed to make any impact in the two relays, finishing fifth in the 4x100m and last in the 4x400m race.

The club host the Doncaster Town Centre Road Race meeting on Wednesday evening.

Late entries for both the one-mile family fun run and the two 5k races will be taken on the night.