READING Athletic Club’s veteran ladies finished fourth and the men fifth in their third league match at Tilsley Park, Abingdon, but there were some great individual performances with three more club age-group records broken.

Luc Jolly secured his third M35 club record of the year in the 5K, which he won in fine style.

Always in the leading group, he made his move with three laps remaining, to win the A-race in 16:02.4.

The other two records came in the throws by Guy Perryman, who has just re-joined the club after an eight-year absence.

Although a non-scorer on this occasion, Perryman broke the M60 records for the shot (10.16m) and hammer (34.23m).

Jan Drzewiecki, the previous record holder, was third in both the M60 shot (8.67m) and M50 hammer (29.02m), while men’s captain Michael Dzandu was second M35 in both the shot (9.14m) and hammer (20.81m).

Also on the field, Kevin Cranmer won the M35 high jump (1.60m), and Stephen Church joined the team for the first time, picking up valuable points in the M50 event (1.30m).

Justin Plank was third in the M35 long jump (4.82m) and Duncan Prior sixth in the M50 event (3.44m).

On the track, Plank took seventh in a fast M35 100m A-race (12.9s), with Cranmer second in the B-race (12.5s).

The latter went on to take fourth in the M35 400m A-race (57.6s), with new team member Jermaine Smith sixth in the B-race (64.4s).

Church was sixth in the M50 1,500m (6:38.1), while Andy McDonald was seventh in the M35 race (4:56.7) before joining Jolly in the 5K, where he took fifth in the 5K B-race (19:57.4).

Prior ran well to finish sixth M50 in his first attempt at the 5K distance on the track (20:09.0).

The relay was a medley, the four legs being 200m, 200m, 400m and 800m.

The men’s team of Plank, Cranmer, McDonald and Jolly was always in contention, and finished a very creditable third (4:07.9).

For the ladies’ team, Lee Fellowes, Sue Francis and Linda Church stepped in to fill the 100m slots, finishing fourth W35 A (15.8s), fourth W35 B (16.9s) and third W50 (16.6s) respectively.

Fellowes and Church also contested the 400m, with the latter finishing fourth W50 (86.3s), Fellowes third W35 B (80.0s), while Lucy Daniells was fourth W35 A (71.4s).

Reading’s ladies were very successful in the 1,500m.

A tactically perfect race by Debbie Forrest saw her follow the leader until the last 200m, when she took off to win the W50 race (5:50.8).

Sarah Urwin-Mann and Sue Francis had a very close battle in the W35 race, racing the Radley and White Horse athletes at the front.

They finished just 0.1s apart, Urwin-Mann third in the A-race (5:23.6) and Francis winning the B equivalent (5:23.7).

Non-scorers Belinda Tull and Heidi Painting clocked 6:16.4 and 7:48.0 respectively.

Julie Wilson secured two wins in the W50 throws (hammer 29.70m and javelin 18.99m).

Tull was second in the W35 javelin (16.09m), while Stella Bacon was fourth in the W60 hammer (11.15m).

She threw 13.52m in the non-scoring javelin.

Julie Rayfield won the W50 long jump (3.56m), and was third in the W50 high jump (1.15m), while Daniells cleared the same height to take fourth in the W35 event.

The ladies’ medley relay team of Rayfield, Painting, Daniells and Francis finished fourth (5:14.4).