After the Club glory of last week we turn to the South West Inter-Counties and UKA Throws and Jumps fest for our performances plus an interesting foray at the 1 Mile distance in Wales.
Only 4 athletes ventured to the UKA Jumps and Throws Fest at Copthall, Barnet over the weekend but didn’t they perform well? Pride of place goes to Christina Jones who improved her Hammer best with a great 2nd round throw reaching 50.12m. Hayley Green also topped up our high level of Hammer performers to make a 2nd best ever throw with 42.59m.
Most heartening for the Club, Theo Campbell (U20) returned to competition after a long absence through injury to jump 13.66 in the Triple Jump. Remember, Theo is also one of our leading performers at 100; 200; 400 & Long Jump as well so it really is great to see him back. Tom Gibson (U20) has taken time settling to a new Coach and I believe has had an injury but he is now putting all that behind him and really coming good. Tom vaulted to a PB of 4.21m to see him establishing himself among our great Pole Vault squad.
Down in Devon the South West Inter-counties again saw some quality performances from B&W athletes. Lucy Bryan produced what Martin Davies called the ‘Lucy Show’. (You have to be old to remember that from the TV Martin). Lucy on a new stiffer pole added another 10cm to her best with a great Vault of 3.90m. Young Bella Hatch is following closely in Lucy’s shoes as she cleared 3.00m for her 2nd best vault of the season.
Leon Reid again caught the eye with dominating runs in the 100m (11.13); 200m (22.65) & 4x100m relay and I can assure you he was only going through the motions once he had the lead on his rivals.
The lasting impression that I came away with was young Hobie Martin reacting and powering away from our other two athletes, Zac Tobias and Luke Jacobs when they looked like taking the 1500m over. All three runners posted PBs with Hobie clocking 4:08.02, Zac 4:13.9 and Luke 4:16.25 to make this a B&W 1,2,3.
Hayley Pitman escaped that 1.70 HJ groove that she was in with a great 1.73 clearance and Lucy Bryan not content with the Pole Vault posted a PB 1.67 high jump clearance. Both obviously won their age groups. It was heartening to see that Scott Davie has emerged from a season of injury to take the senior Pole Vault in 4.10m. Good to have you back Scott.
In the field throws James Preston competed as a Senior and posted distances of 39.01 (DT) (I think this is a senior 7.26kg PB) & 13.78 (SP) with HCM member Alice Grosjean winning the same events in the womens Under 17 age group 32.18 (DT) & 9.39 (SP). Young Jonathan Clayton also showed well in the U17 Hammer with a throw of 33.12m.
Scanning the results other good performances came from Scott Bajere 100m 11.33; Geovaughan Burey 100m 11.62; Valentina Santo-Fullerton 200m 27.44; Alex Fields 400m 51.39; Luke Bailey PV 4.00m; Tomas Goodman U13 100m & Long Jump; Yemma Songu 100m & Amy Parker who again was consistent in her 70m H with a competent 13.56 clocking.
Bristol & West winter member Hannah Alderson was a clear winner of the Women’s 1,500 metres clocking 4:32.77 for her fourth 4:32 clocking of the summer – surely its just a matter of right place and right race before she clocks sub-4:30 for 1,500 and if her training is anything to go by it wont be long.
On last Weds – 4th Aug 2010 – a small gathering of local middle distance runners from B&W joined their compatriates from Wales to attempt to break the illusive 4 min barrier for the first time in 20 years on Welsh soil. B&W’s top 800m runner Tom Marley took on the task of pacing the runners for the first part of the race and forged on for 2.5 laps with laps to the prescribed 60 secs. Richard Peters was in close contention at this point with colleague Harry Webb just off the leading group. Local lad, and Welsh Athletic Association Competition Manager, James Thie took over the pacemaking at this point and took the race to the bell before also stepping aside. The leader Chris Gowell forged on to the finish missing the illusive target by just under 4sec but magnificently Rich Peters drove on to take the runners up spot in 4 min 07.71sec. with 440yd laps of 60.3, 62.9, 63.2 & 61.3. That is so close Rich maybe you will make it under 4 mins next year in what is planned to be an annual fixture. Harry finished a creditable 7th in 4 min 17.83. In the accompanying Women’s race Debbie Niccol followed her PB 1,500m at Nottingham on Sunday with an excellent 5 min 04.71 clocking to take a well fought for 3rd place.
Two of our top throwers sneaked almost un-noticed into this middle distance fiesta. Hayley Green was 2nd in the Discus with a throw of 34.58m and 6th in the Hammer with 38.02. James Preston had just one valid throw in the Men’s Discus with 38.85m.
So we now look forward to two very important Club fixtures, the Cup Final and the National League Qualifying match. These are on Saturday 4th Sept and Saturday 18th Sept. Please everyone it is extremely important that you try to turn out particularly for the Qualifier. If you want to move into the ‘big’ league this is your opportunity. Please get behind Bristol & West with a major effort. Come on troops.
Secondary to this we have our Road Mile Races on College Green on the 4th Sept with good prize money from a free entry. Send your entries early to me on mandc.45strange@blueyonder .co.uk Please come and help if you are not running.