The top event of the weekend was the England Athletics U20 & U23 World Trials at Bedford where we did pretty well, followed by the South West Schools Champs at Exeter.
Our top performer of the weekend was clearly Emily Diamond who bettered her PB to come 2nd in the U20 200m and in the process make a major claim to a place at the World Junior Championships. Emily ran 23.53 in the final after a 23.56 heat, both PBs. She was only headed by the prestigious Jodie Williams who in turn bettered the Championship Best Performance. Well done Emily. Not far behind came Steve Mitchell coming 3rd in the 1500m in 3:51.73, another great run. His namesake Ruth Mitchell ran out of her skin in the 800m to record 2:11.34 for 6th in the final and Annabel Gummow just missed the podium with 4th in the 3k with 9:45.59. Christina Jones had to settle for 5th in the Hammer with a 4th round throw of 47.95 and she won’t be happy with that as the event was won with a throw just around her pb? Chris Dodd ran a disappointing 1:59.33 in the 800m heats. A good day all round for those athletes.
We had a very good turn out for the South West Schools Champs at Exeter on Sat 19th June with excellent performances being recorded on this pathway to the English Schools Champs.
Our highest hope for a medal at the ultimate Champs is Lucy Bryan (IG) and she once again came up with a win with yet another 3.60 clearance. The other big medal hope must be Miranda Sadler (JG) who again was far superior to her opponents ending up with a 2sec improvement to her pb with 2:14.2 clocking. Lily Owsley 800m (IG) ran from the front but needed to fight hard at the end to hold off a Devon athlete and was close to her pb with 2:14.1. Valentina Santo-Fullerton looked lively again after an intense exam period clocking an excellent 44.6 for 300m only just failing to make the final.
My athlete of the match was Yannick Budd (biased of course) who ran away from a strong 110 hurdles field to win in yet another pb of 14.8. This would have been good enough for 4th place in the National Champs at Bedford so this must position him well for the final at the ESSA Champs. His run was into a difficult wind but more so Yannick hit the final hurdle and very nearly fell at the finish line. Leon Reid has matured well over the few weeks that he has run for us and dominated the 100m (IB) finishing with an 11.1 pb in the final. This boy will go far. Kwame Fordwor also showed well in the 200m with a 22.9 clocking in his heat but he unfortunately mistimed his final to finish disappointingly 3rd in 23.1. Scott Bajere at last showed some real form in the 100m (SB) with an 11.2 in the final only to find himself pushed back to 4th place in a blanket finish. In the distance events Zac Tobias was pick of the group leading his 3km (IB) to a fine time of 9:02.4 with Luke Jacobs following in 3rd place with a pb of 9:05.0. Another very good race for B&W athletes was the Intermediate 1500 boys race where pb’s went out of the window for Hobie Martin 3rd in 4:08.3, Sam Bedwell 5th in 4:11.7 and Adam Speake 6th in 4:14.1. In the field events Max Cresswell was unable to respond to the big competition pressure slipping to 5th in a very competitive Javelin (IB) contest with 47.52 throw but did make 3rd in the Shot with 12.19m. Pole Vaulter Luke Bailey looked promising on his new pole and went for a pb but just failed to make the height and had to settle for 3.90m. It is hard for young athletes when they are following in the shoes of a father who is the Midland Senior Pole Vault Champion (indoor and out)!
Of our members that are not first claim Alice Grosjean (IG) won the Discus with a throw of 34.07 and was 4th in the Shot with 9.15; James Taylor (JB) won the Pole Vault with 3.50 and was 3rd in the Discus with 40.05 and Hannah Alderson ran a fine 1500m to be beaten as they neared the line with a 4:30.6 clocking.
This was a good day for B&W athletes.