The two Indoor Meetings over the past weekend, at Bath & Cardiff, were sadly not as well attended as those in December. It could be that athletes had eaten too much pud and were not keen to show their ‘winter coat’ form? At Cardiff due to the masses of competitors in December and with the meeting finishing 2 hours late they chose to start this one 2 hours earlier. With the resultant sprinkling of races we had at least half hour breaks between each track event. One hopes that this will all change as we go into the better weather that February will bring?
Bath – Sat 8th Jan 2011
Yannick BUDD, now a Loughborough student, chose to run his very first senior High Hurdles 60 metres race at Bath and had Ian WILLOGHBY’S 8.6 Club Record much in mind. Ian set his mark at Cosford in 1979 so this was a well established Club Record. Yannick had a slightly wobbly heat of 8.73 then ran much more smoothly in the final to narrowly miss Ian’s record with an 8.66 clocking. With the close attention that he gets at Loughborough we can hope for great improvement on this time.
Scott BAJERE looked confident in the 60 metres against good opposition and followed a 7.08 heat with a new pb of 7.03 to win the final. Leon REID was a little unhappy with two 7.27 clockings to give him 4th in the final of this combined U20/ Senior race. Don’t despair Leon you have talent that will not fail you.
Our Field event competitors included Theo CAMPBELL who had an outstanding jump of 14.10 to win the Triple Jump and Nicola BREAKS followed with an 11.25 metres win in the Womens’ event.
Pole Vaulters were out in force and it was good to see Tony HILLIER back in action with a height of 4.53 which matched that of the winner. V50 athlete Martin Davies cleared an excellent 3.13m with his beautiful partner Rubi clearing a very good 2.13m. In the U17 Womens’ event Lucy BRYAN did well but did not match that fine 4.02 vault in December, Georgia PEARCE cleared a fine 3.03m and Bella HATCH cleared 2.65 whilst mastering the difficult change to a heavier pole.
Cardiff – Sun 9th Jan 2011
Second claim member Lloyd RICE was the prominent athlete at Cardiff with a fine 6.90 clocking to win the UWIC Gp final.
Dianna KENNEDY, a regular at Packers for training, won the 1,500 metres Women in 5:09.49 running in a race designated for Veteran Men? James PRESTON was the first Senior Man with a Shot Put of 12.44 and young James Taylor was second in the Under-20 section with a throw of 9.88. James Taylor also did the Long Jump where he improved on December’s performance with a jump of 5.46 metres.
Lee Valley – Sun 2nd Jan 2011
Alex FIELDS tried his hand at 60m whilst spending time back at home in London over the holidays with a 7.49 60 metres in the Metaswitch Games.