City produce solid performance on National League bow

  • City finish second in their top tier debut
  • Wins for Gabbidon, Teuten and Mutara
  • Youngsters impress on first appearance
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PAUL FARRES was delighted with City of Portsmouth’s team effort after they finished second in their National League debut on Saturday.

The men competed in British Athletics League national division four for the first time in the club’s history and exceeded expectations at the Mountbatten Centre.

It really was a team effort. We were solid all the way through

Paul Farres

They pipped Chelmsford, who are also newly-promoted, to the runners-up spot by just seven points with a total of 231.

Newquay & Par, who had the furthest to travel, won the meet with 266 points.

Team manager Farres said: ‘We’re very pleased. It was a wonderful outcome.

‘It all went well and everybody did their bit.

‘In all fairness, all we wanted to do was to keep in the league, so coming second in the first match was brilliant.

‘It really was a team effort. We were solid all the way through.’

Jamie Gabbidon took the 100m honours in 10.94sec, while Alex Teuten annihilated his rivals in the 1500m 
– finishing more than five seconds clear to take the win (3min 58.13sec).

Matthew Gordon clocked a time of 4.10.13 to win the 1500m B string race.

Gabbidon was also part of the triumphant 4x100m relay team, alongside debutants Charlie Craddock, Harry Pocock and Sheriff Mutara.

The quartet sped home in an excellent time of 43.71sec to take a comfortable victory – aided by the wind.

‘That’s one of the fastest times the club has done for a long time and getting close to the club record,’ said Farres.

‘It was very windy so that’s why the 100m was so quick.’

Mutara also won the 100m B title (10.94) and came third in the 200m A-string race (22.54).

Farres added: ‘As always, Adam Akehurst and Steve Davey were phenomenal in the amount of events they did.

‘At one point, Steve was trying to do the pole vault, 400m hurdles and discus simultaneously.’

And the multi-eventer did not disappoint, placing third in the B string pole vault (3.4m), javelin (39.22m) and shot put (11.19m).

Fellow athlete Akehurst won the high jump B (1.75m), came second in the javelin A (55.36m) and third in the shot put A (13.3m).

Yasha Bobash won the hammer B with 40.85m, while Tom Farres came second in the pole vault A with 4.1m.

One of the highlights of the day was Pocock’s performance.

The under-20 athlete pushed British Championship finalists Jack Wightman (49.03) and Marcus Hunt (49.63) all the way to come third in the 400m in 49.67.

Meanwhile, Craddock jumped a personal best in the long jump B (6.08m) to claim second and then ran another pb in a non-scoring 100m (11.1).