The NSK indoors last Saturday was great. Camp Asterix was easily recognizable by the many Gauls wearing purple shirts, sweaters or singlets and by our flag and mascot. Contrary to most other associations, we managed to repel any brass attempts. Great work Gauls!
Unfortunately, several Gauls were rejected based on their time or because they’re not fulltime students. However, many of them, and also other Gauls who weren’t competing, showed up anyways to cheer on their fellow club members! This extra support strengthened the team spirit, resulting in convincing victories in the relays (4x 200m mixed and the funny slalom relay) and many ‘gebrasste’ flags and mascots. Do not look surprised if you see athletes from Tartlétos or Phoenix in Eindhoven.
In the 60 meters hurdles, our very own Penno ran a PR with a swift 9.82. Unfortunately Jim took ‘attacking the hurdles’ a bit too seriously, which resulted in a disqualification. Meanwhile, Bjorn did attack the hurdles in a way complying with the competition rules. He ran 9.72. Boudewijn also increased the proportion of Gauls he can jump over by setting a new PR of 1.76 in the high jump.
Asterix is more than just running. Oscar showed this by breaking the indoor club record in the shot put, improving the mark to a solid 12.88. Apparently this costed quite a lot of energy. In the evening, his ‘ad-tijd‘ was not what we’re used to from this beast.
Maureen went home with the gold medal in the long jump after a thrilling competition. With 5.38m, she jumped 4 centimeters further than the silver medalist.
Our chair Justine came in action in no less than four events. This did not seem to tire her at all. After getting handed the batton by Jens in the 4x200m, she quickly build a solid lead over the rest of the competition. The other runners on the team, Maaike and Jim, also ran great legs. Team ‘Astermix’ took the win in a new club record of 1.42.29. In the same heat the ‘Sexy Beesten’, Boudewijn, Maureen, Lianne and Domingos ran a good race as well. They took 9th place in 1.48.27.
Rebecca showed incredible versatility. Only a week ago she cycled 150k in Italy. At the NSK, she showed her strength in the shot put. We’re sure her strength will be of great use in the upcoming CoBo.
Lianne and Justine did pole vault as well. Lianne secured the bronze medal, with Justine not far behind in 4th.
In the 400m we saw both Jim and Domingos winning their heats in 53.97 and 57.76 respectively. Merel also ran the 400. Despite a far from ideal preparation (covid), she managed to slice a second off her PR.
Jordi and Jens toed the starting line in the 800. For Jordi this was his first competition in over a year. Great to see this ex-chair is back racing again. Jens, racing in purple for the first time, managed to get 5th place in a fast heat.
Finn and Ramon represented Asterix on the 3000 meters, running 9.19 and 9.30. After his race, Finn noted the absence of the characteristic ‘indoor-kuchje’. We also saw Ramon shifting gears in the final 200m, overtaking multiple competitors. Sounds like both runners still had some gas left in the tank.
A NSK is not complete without a decent afterparty of course! Apparently the long day in Omnisport did not tire our Gauls, as they kept moving until long after midnight. A very nice additional benefit of the winter training of the last couple of months.
Last but not least, many thanks to Dodeka for organizing this NSK and to all our members who volunteered at the event. In two weeks the NSK Ekiden will take place in Utrecht. We hope to see our athletes outpurple the competition again there!
By Jens Peeters
Photos by Lars van der Valk and Harry van ‘t Veld