This report is a little overdue but is not insignificant as it records the start of the Indoor season last weekend.
Meetings were held on Saturday 11th December 2010 at UWIC (Cardiff) and Bath University.
Athletes were torn between the two excellent venues and Personal Best Performances were recorded at both venues.
At Cardiff we saw an interesting range of performances by newly signed (1st Claim) Under 20, James Taylor. James is a multi-event athlete who if he has a speciality it is the Pole Vault. At Cardiff James chose to compete in the 60m, Long Jump and Shot. Excellent performances of 7.83, 5.35 & 10.60 (pb) were recorded proving that we have a valuable asset in James for the future. Welcome to Bristol & West AC.
Into the U23 ranks moves the outstanding James Preston. Once again James consolidated his improvement with a 13.73 senior pb throw against international opposition.
Mike Willsmore (normally seen as a 1:51 800m runner) travelled from Plymouth to try his hand at 3km where he met an extremely strong field in the ‘A’ race. 8:38.26 was an outstanding time but the field was so strong it sadly only earned Mike 6th place? Nevertheless it was great foray into distance running and would have ranked Mike 4th for B&W outdoors in 2010. With all our distance talent that is superb achievement.
At Bath pride of place as usual goes to the Pole Vaulters. Lucy Bryan is still an Under 17 and cleared the 4m mark for the first time (4.02). For her age Lucy is incredible (only the second ever 16 year old to clear 4m from the UK) and as Martin Davies wrote after the event “sit up Isinbayeva” Lucy is after you. Luke Bailey (U20) inched his pb up by 2cm to 4.32 and even though sometimes seeming to be overshadowed by working with an outstanding group of athletes Luke really is breaking into the elite in the UK. Another outstanding UK-ranked athlete is Bella Hatch. Isobel moved up to the U17 age group and won the low starting height group? with a great leap of 3.02m. We are also pleased to record the PV group has yet another emerging star, they now have young Georgie Pearce (U17) who recorded an outstanding initial vault of 2.82m to take a great 2nd place behind Isobel.
Nicola Breaks proved a major asset to our Team in 2010 being capable in almost all jumps and throws but on Saturday Nicola concentrated on her speciality Triple Jump to win with another excellent jump of 11.02m.
Sprinters are always anxious to try out their speed and training progress over 60m and they did so at Bath. Horizontal jumps specialist Theo Campbell led the field with excellent 7.30 & 7.29 clockings to achieve 2nd in the Senior Final; whilst young Jack Dyer (U15) murdered his previous pb of 8.23 with 7.84 for 3rd in his final after 7.91 in his heat. Credit here to Hilary & Anne for your Coaching. Tomas Goodman and Ross Shipway recorded 8.47 & 8.69 in their respective races and Ross also cleared 1.30 in the High Jump.
The next round of Indoor competition is in the new year on 8th January at Bath & 9th January at Cardiff with the Midlands Open Meeting at Alexander Stadium on both days. I trust we will get an outstanding turn out for these Meetings.