Doncaster Athletic Club set for annual Open Meeting

Doncaster Athletic Club Chairman - Kev Lincoln
Doncaster Athletic Club Chairman - Kev Lincoln

Doncaster Athletic Club stage their fourth annual Open Meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, writes Steve Hossack.

The first meeting was staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend but the last two events have both been held in May.

“The weather for the last two years was shocking so we plumped for April this year,” said club chairman Kev Lincoln.

“Although there are a couple of other events over the weekend it is not as congested as at other times of the year which helps when it comes to officials.”

Around 200 entries, from both local and athletes from such as Gateshead, Manchester, Liverpool and Derbyshire, had been received earlier this week.

“Entries will also be taken on the day so we are expecting the figure to rise,” said Lincoln.

The highlight of the meeting, which features a full range of track and field events for all age groups, is expected to be the two senior 1,500m steeplechase races, which have both attracted a strong field of runners.

In addition to the £100 first prize money anyone setting a new UK record in the rarely run race will pocket a special cash bonus.

Both parking at the stadium and admission to the meeting is free.

Refreshments will be on sale at the Keepmoat throughout the day.

“It promises to be a good day of athletics and we are hoping for a good turnout,” said Lincoln.

Club officials and members are expected to turn out in force today for the funeral service of the club’s former international hammer thrower Steve Minnikin, who died last month at the age of 44.