After the League success of last week we settle down to individuals in the County Schools Champs and the Area Senior & Under 20 Champs.
But first a final comment on last week – our ‘B’ Team (with Mendip) did a splendid job in coming second in the South West League at Millfield. Our small (but very effective) contribution came from Team Manager Simon Park, Annabel Gummow, Sean Hazel, Adam, Naomi & Wayne Speake, Jeremy Hogan, John Brierly. Simon made PBs in the sprints (11.74 & 54.29) (and deservedly so for all his team efforts) and Sean achieved a League Record in the 800m (1:59.45). Annabel is of course a Cross Country International but this time she looked to add speed for her soon to come schools pathway by doing the 400m (67.03). The Speake’s scored in 6 events between them so really could form a team of their own. Simon stresses that the next match does not clash with the Midland League so expects a very forceful turn out.
Pride of place this week goes to Emily Diamond for at last completing a legal 200m under the World Champs qualifying time and James Preston who made a big breakthrough in the Discus. Emily competing in Geneva ran a storming 23.68 which puts her on top of the UK U20 rankings and James improved his senior discus throw from 39.39 to 41.76 in the Welsh Champs at Cardiff.
On the theme of Area Championships: Debbie Niccol won the Midlands 1,500m with 4:38.60 and Steve West the Pole Vault with a 3.50 leap. The outstanding run came in the Southern where new recruit Mike Wilsmore ran 1:51.65 in the final to take the silver medal. The pick of the other ‘Area’ performances was Alex Field’s PB in the 400m with a 50.76 clocking, Martin Flook returned to form with a 1:54.01 bronze medal at 800m , Ruth Mitchell who threw away last week’s rustiness to improve to a 2:12.23 for 4th place in the 800m, Christina Jones who threw her 2nd best ever with 49.94m in the Hammer for 5h place, Hayley Green who backed up her Hammer improvement and then produced a fine Discus throw of 33.48 and Yannick Budd who went under 15 sec for the first time with 14.89 in the high hurdles for yet another 4th place. Ben Coghlan in his 2nd come back from injury race made both finals with promising times of 11.10 & 22.44, which augers well for our next Midland League races.
At Watford Steve Mitchell ran 1:51.35 to come 6th in a BMC 800m and Jon Wills had to settle for a 14:14.3 12th place in the 5km.
Schools results as usual are hard to come by but from the scan info in the Evening Post we can observe that new lad Leon Reid succeeded in the 100m and Long Jump (6.28m) followed by Kwame Fordwor in the 100m (he also was 2nd in the 200m) and Lucy Bryan who achieved an ESAA National Standard in the Pole Vault with a 3.40 vault. Max Cresswell also was excellent with a 50.40 Javelin Throw following a 13.40 Shot pb. Miranda Sadler, who is the new Midland Champion, ran 2:17.4 for 800m which consolidates a great opening to the season for her.
In the Cornish Schools Annabel Gummow showed great form with a Gold Medal win in the 1500m in 4:45.90 but pride of place should go I think to Hobbie Martin with his 4:11.80 win. An interesting competitor in this race was new signing Alex King who did 4:36.70 in 4th place. Welcome to B&W Alex.
In the Somerset Schools Nathan Young won the 3k with 9:14.3 (another returning from injury) and Higher Comp Member Alice Grosjean won the Discus with a fine throw of 27.58m.
Some good news for next year is that Gustav Klingstedt will be moving back to the UK (to be with his girlfriend) and wants to run in our league races. He has just been selected to run for Finland in Norway even though his season has only just begun. Good luck Gustav and we all look forward to seeing your smiling face again next year.