Track & Field Gets Underway

25 Apr

Last week saw the first of our League competitions with the South West Lg match at Plymouth.  Despite the long journey there were some very good performances from B&W athletes.

Tom Merson won the 5km in a time of 15:07.0, Ben Coghlan opened his outdoor sprint account with a 22.6 clocking and Naomi Speake won her 1,500m race in 4:59.0 with brother Adam clocking 4:26.1 to come 2nd in his race.

Locally we had Open Meetings at Bath and at Yate.

At Bath:- Theo Campbell forsook his beloved Triple Jump with a slight injury and ran a sparkling 100m in a pb of 11.00 followed by an equally outstanding 200m in 22.60.  Alex Fields equalled his 400m pb with 50.99 and consolidated his 400m Hurdles adventure with a 65.04 run.  Triple Jumpers Mariame Diomande and Nicola Breaks jumped 11.90 & 11.12 behind Welsh Record holder Sara Barry.  Pole Vaulters excelled as is the norm with Tony Hillier leading the way with 4.40 followed by Luke Bailey on 4.02, Steve West on 3.42 and newcomer Under 15 Bella Hatch again improving her pb with 2.50.  Throws were covered well by James Preston with SP 14.33 & Discus 42.38.  Imogen Ainswoth was our only distance athlete at Bath clocking 2:20.24 for 800m followed by 4:38.48 in the 1,500m.

Over at Yate Alex Fields did his double act again and achieved a pb in the 400m Hurdles with 63.65 and then followed with 51.51 for 400m.  Not bad with 4 gruelling races in two days including two pb’s.  Yannick Budd set an excellent 110m Hurdles opening mark with 15.54 and Simon Park and Bruno Laasna did sprint doubles with 12.15 & 24.62 (Simon) & 13.80 & 27.98 (Bruno).


On Wednesday we held a Young Athletes match at Whitchurch which Hilary covered with a report and full results last week so well done to all of those up and coming Young Athletes.


Well done everyone.  Today Sunday we have a Junior League match at Leamington and Avon League opens at Yate so by Tuesday we should have some other fine performances to report.


Mike Strange