Wayne DuBose won’t forget his first indoor competition for 16 years in a hurry.
It was a case of no gain without pain for the Hunts AC vice-chairman as he powered to three titles, posted two new regional records and sustained a dislocated shoulder on the same day at the Southern Counties/Eastern Veterans Indoor Championships!
DuBose, and his haul of gold medals, eventually had to be rescued by a clubmate and his wife, Lorraine from the Lee Valey arena in London after coming to grief during the pole vault competition.
DuBose had earlier emerged victorious from a ding-dong battle with Paul Oakes of Ashford AC in the M60 shot-putt. A series of personal bests culminated in a title-winning 11.15m effort which earned Southern and Eastern gold medals, set a new Eastern record and also propelled him to third in the national rankings.
He was also performing well in the pole vault after clearing 2.50m, but his final attempt at 2.60m ended in agony as his shoulder dislocated when he planted the pole to take off - an injury which was only treated some hours later.
“After a four-hour wait in vain for an ambulance to arrive, my Hunts AC compatriot Dave Connell came to the rescue,” explained DuBose.
“He drove my wife, Lorraine, from St Ives down to Lee Valley to collect me and the car.
“We had a stop-off at Hinchingbrooke Hospital on the way home where the medical staff did a superb job of re-locating my shoulder and bringing the ordeal to an end!”
DuBose did have the consolation of Eastern gold and Southern silver medals as well as a new Eastern record to ease the pain.
More pole vault honours came Hunts AC’s way as Sandra Pedley cleared 1.90m to win the W50 Southern and Eastern titles and add 20 centimetres to the Eastern record, while Richard Phelan claimed success in the M50 category with a 3.10m clearance which also improved the Eastern indoor championship record by five centimetres.
Phelan was also involved in an exciting high jump event as he found himself in second place for most of the competition until the final height of 1.52m which he cleared first time to seal the Southern and Eastern victories.