This week was the traditional one reserved for County Championships so our athletes dispersed themselves back to their home counties to gain that prestigious position of ‘County Champion’. The weekend also saw the Run Bristol 10k which took away most of our top distance people and you will see elsewhere in a report by Keith Brackstone that the Club fared exceptionally well this year.
Back to the Counties and I will start with the Avon / West of England at Yate. The big performance of the week once again came from ‘Supergirl’ Christina JONES. Another PB emerged from Stina with her 53.16m putting her very close to Sarah MOORE’s Club Record of 57.40 set in 2001. She is ranked 15th overall now in the UK and is climbing fast. Maybe her next target will be the 55.57m Club U23 mark set by her friend Zoe DERHAM in 2000.
Many performances were hampered by a very blustery wind – sprint times were generally down. One other ‘Supergirl’ athlete is Hayley PITMAN who despite conditions jumped an excellent 1.73m to win the high jump. It looked difficult out there Hayley but you succeeded.
New girl Misha GAFFNEY threw close to her recent PB in the Javelin with 37.97m which makes it evermore frustrating for her and the Club as we await clearance for Misha to throw in Midland League.
Nicola BREAKS tied up the horizontal jumps with wins in the long & triple and she also gained a second in the Shot.
The other prolific field athlete was of course James PRESTON who won the Discus (in a new PB of 42.98m) & Shot (close to his PB with 13.70m) and came 2nd in the Hammer (34.68m) – all outstanding performances.
Tony HILLIER seems now to have put injury behind him and moved his PB up to 4.75m in the Pole Vault. This event was probably the most difficult on such a windy day where the cross wind could have been termed dangerous. This gives even more credence to Tony’s new PB.
Back to the track, the outstanding feature of the day were the B&W sprinters – Scott BAJERE, Leon REID & Kwame FORDWAR were locked together in the 100m all finishing within a tenth of a second and Theo CAMPBELL was exemplary in the 200m where he came through to win with 22.21 in the heat and 22.26 in the final.
Dave TAYLOR’s girls as usual ran very determined races (in a class of their own) with the outcome being Olivia SADLER 1st U20 800m 2:15.6; Lily OWSLEY 1st U17 800m 2:13.66; 2nd Miranda SADLER 2:15.52: and Victoria KENNY dipped under 5 mins for the first time to win the 1500m U17 in a PB of 4:59.60.
The oldies did well with Caroline POWELL keeping the sprints alive and Sian DAVIES winning the Women’s 5,000m.
There was a great domestic race in the Men’s 400m with new signing Matt HARRIS just pipping Alex FIELDS 51.01 & 51.04 – you can hardly get closer than that.
I have not commented individually on the Young Athletes but overall B&W had many more YA’s out for this Championships than in recent years, which again indicates a renaissance based on our presence again in the inner city.
Elsewhere I note that brilliant Young Athlete middle distance runner Hobie MARTIN went for the 200m? & 400m? in the Cornish Champs and our Higher Competition Athletes Alice GROSJEAN & Rhys LLEWELLYN-EATON each did 3 events in the Somerset’s. Alice did 100m? 13.76; Shot 9.42 & Discus 36.64m and Rhys Pole Vault 3.00; DT 30.74 & Javelin 53.64. Full member Keiron YOUNG won the 3k event with a 9:33.88 clocking.
Mike Strange – 17 May 2011