Bristol & West AC’s senior track and field teams made a tentative but promising return to national competition at the British Athletics Cup and Plate matches at Copthall Stadium, north London, after nearly twenty years’ absence.
The mens’ team, competing in the Cup, finished joint 4th with Swansea, one of many national league teams in opposition on the day. Outstanding performances came from Steve Mitchell with a win in a personal best time in the 3K in 8m16s and the winning medley relay team of Scott Bajere, Alex Fields, Andrew Dean-Young and Gustav Klingstedt. Gustav also finished second in a fast 400m with a personal-best equalling time of 48.3. Useful points also came from Luke Bailey (PV & JT), Andrew Dean-Young (800m in 1.58.6), Scott Bajere (100m in 11.3), Alex Fields (200m in 23.2), Bill Kingston (HT) and Steve West (110m hurdles & Triple Jump).
The women’s team in the Plate match finished 3rd, with a best performance from Christina Jones in the HT, a very competitive double win by Imogen Ainsworth in the 800m and 3K and two first places in the TJ plus 2nd in the JT by Nichola Breaks. Veteran European 400m champion and world record holder Carol Powell was 2nd in the 400m and third in the 200m.
A special thank you and congratulations to all those who represented the Club at Copthall.
Late withdrawals and availability problems meant the teams performed well below the Club’s potential but gave us a taste of what we might expect next year if we get oromoted to the lower reaches of the mens’ and womens’ national leagues. The message is very clear – when we put out our strongest teams we can compete with the best that other clubs across the country can offer. The national leagues qualifying match on Sept 18 at Abingdon will decide what level of competition our teams will merit for next year.
More detailed results to follow.
Cy Knibb: Team Manager.