Meeting: St Albans Gift, 6th January 2024
Weather: Warm sunny day & evening with light winds.
Track: 400m grass track, surface was very good but slow.
Sprint track was good, well-grassed and fast. A track allowance of .1 for the 70m and .15 for the 120m was issued.
Commentator: Drew Semmens
Wind Gauge: Automatic
Starters: Mathew Webster & Brendan Ferrari
Photo Finish: Chloe Blennerhassett & Joe Spenceley
Results: Nila Blennerhassett
Stewards: Chief Richard Wearmouth, Wally Meechan & John Henry
Handicappers: Colin Lane, Chris Macdonald, David Milligan & Luke Mitchell
Official Media: Neil Jameson, Didier Le Miere, Max & Sam Blennerhassett
Colour Stewards: Gill & Di
70m Mens: Luke Mitchell (Break), Corey Williams (Time)
800m Open: Glenn Stephens (Break), Declan Gould (Time), Bruno (Time), Mandessa Wyatt (Time)
120m Masters: Brendan Bailey (Break)
300m Masters: Tom Hecimovic - Injury 14 days
120m Mens Gift: Musa Kamara - Injury 14 days, Leigh Phelan - Injury 14 days
120m Womens Gift: Layla Watson (Time)
300m Women: Isabella Antonino (Time)
A reminder to athletes being given a 14 day suspension for injury, your suspension may be reduced to 7 days on provision of a medical certificate clearing you to compete.
Stewards Notes from the day: Congratulations to St Albans on their 16th meeting. Terry, John, Matt and helpers continue to stage a great gift.
After discussion, the Stewards noted very fast times in the two Gifts and 70m. Several athlete's times improved considerably due to the very fast track. A track allowance of .1 for the 70m and .15 for the 120m was issued.
Maki Loukeris and Chris Byron were both ill before the 300m Mens Final and were permitted to withdraw.
Dominic Condello was fined $25 for celebrating before line fined.
Four athletes who were issued with UP’s last week had their performances altered to NAP’s. Three of the four athletes Tim Rosen, Chris Brown and Jackson Bennett were given 14 days for injuries and Ruby Crisp was given an NAP for time difference.
We are concerned with athletes pulling up sore with cramp and we remind you that if you can’t give a full effort throughout the race, you will be issued a 14-day penalty or a UP.
All athletes are reminded that they must wear their own singlet underneath the VAL singlets at all times and return their VAL singlets asap after their event.
Athletes are reminded that it is their responsibility to check whether they have progressed to the next round, future breaches will incur a fine.
It is the responsibility of runners to ensure their performance history outside of the VAL has been declared prior to a meeting. PB’s should be notified immediately to the office and new runners should ensure their performance history is accurate. Failure to do so may result in sanctions being applied.
Registered Runners and Trainers only, should be on the ground and this should be limited to warming up and competing. Anyone outside of registered Runners and Trainers will be requested to leave the infield.
Breaking in a heat or semifinal and not progressing will result in an NAP at best. Breaking in a final is an automatic NAP at best.