Six Exeter athletes made the long coach journey over to Antwerp in Belgium to compete at the 50th International Antwerp Athletics Gala. Representing the South West, the quintet were competing against high calibre athletes from countries including Belgium, Poland, Italy, Bahrain and the USA.
First up was Jordan Finch who was unfortunately put in the F 100m race due to his late entry. However Jordan ran smoothly to club a quick time of 11.41 to win his heat. Later on in the day he competed in the C 200m race and finished 5th in 23.08.
Kaie Olding opened up the evening session in the C 800m race with a creditable 2nd place in 2.19.35. Matt Dowell competed in a very competitive C 800m race and clocked his third sub 2 minute race of the season to finish in 6th place in 1.59.78. Meanwhile in the F 800m race, Cameron Tapp smashed his personal best with a strong home straight to finish 3rd in 2.06.39.
The dim flood lights then fully came on and visibility on the track was not brilliant but Jack Bancroft coped well considering the light and being put into the wrong race by comfortably winning the F 1500m race in 4.11.30.
The final race of the evening which didn’t start until 10.10pm saw James Denne compete in the C 5000m race. After a long day waiting around James was just pipped to 6th place to finish in a time of 15.55.99.
This was a brilliant experience for all the athletes who went and the opportunity to race against top quality opposition. This hopefully will inspire the athletes to kick on and improve their personal bests next season.
A big thank you to Sonya Ellis from South West Athletics Academy for organising the trip.