Newcomer Leon in Impressive Debut, Supported by Team Quality by Hilary Nash

24 May

New member Leon Reid (U17) made a very impressive debut to athletics. He planned to do the 100m and 200m and was gently persuaded to warm up with along jump. A natural hang jump technique saw him sail out to 6.30m with his final leap. Moments before he was commenting that he was not keen on
LJ. Without any previous form Leon competed in the “B” string 100 and 200. He recorded wins in both and was just 1 tenth per hundred over the English School entry standard in both races. The LJ performance was just 10cms short of the ESAA entry standard. To cap off the day a very positive last
leg run took the team from 4th to 2nd.

Kwame Fordwar (U17) gained good experience in the “A” 100 and 200 races and was only adrift of U20 athletes. Max Cresswell (U17) experienced the U20 implements in competition for the first time and did well even though he had hoped for a bit more in the javelin.

Sean Hazell restricted himself to two races. In a sub 2min 800 he was due a big thank you from the winner who had trailed him for 400m before getting the upper hand over the final 100m. Another win and PB in the 2000m Steeple Chase. Superior hurdling technique demoralised the South East Wales athlete who stuck with Sean to the penultimate water jump.

100 Kwame Fordwar 4A 11.6 + 0.3

100 Leon Reid 1B 11.3
100 Yannick Budd NS 11.6
200 Kwame Fordwar 3A 23.3
200 Leon Reid 1B 23.0
800 Sean Hazell 2A 01:59.6
110H Yannick Budd 1A 15.0
2000SC Sean Hazell 1A 06:18.8
DT James Preston 2A 40.93
HT James Preston 2A 36.76
HJ Luke Bailey 5A 1.75
HJ Yannick Budd 2B 1.70
JT Max Cresswell 2A 45.45
JT Luke Bailey 4B 32.35
JT Sean Hazell NS 25.84
LJ Leon Reid 3A 6.30
PV Luke Bailey 1A 3.70
SP James Preston 2A 14.07
SP Max Cresswell 2B 10.19
4 X 100 Bailey, Budd, Fordwar & Reid 2 44.7

Match Score
Cardiff 478
Plymouth & Cornwall 439
Solihull & Smallheath 382
South East Wales 364
Avon Spa 246
Bristol & West 188
Coventry Godiva Harriers 172

Luke Bailey settled for a win in the pole vault and like many was seeking the shade rather than PBs. As a multi eventer Luke also enjoyed HJ and JT. Yannick Budd aimed to have a busy afternoon. He warmed up with HJ, and a guest run in the 100m and with a slowish start still did 11.6 secs. The 110m hurdles race was a very convincing win in 15.0 secs. This has established best U20 club hurdler in over 40 years. To be the best ever he needs to beat 14.9 secs set by Frank Ewens in 1967. Coach and record archivist Mike Strange et al will be delighted to see a new record established.

Last and someone who cannot be missed is James Preston. The League is providing James with some excellent competition with a number of UK leading athletes taking part. It was an encouraging day with some excellent performances. With the weakest team numerically we still come out tops on points per athlete. With two meetings to go concluding with a home fixture in July it would be great not to finish in the bottom two again this year.

Hilary Nash