The Club young athletes competed in the National Young Athletes League at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Sunday 22nd May .
A dry but very breezy day made life difficult for the vertical jumpers and the strong headwind contributed to slower times than merited particularly in the sprint races.
It was an improved performance from the first round at Cheltenham. Second place again was as good as the team deserved on the day against Team Bath and Cwmbran. Team members are gaining in experience and improving performances but the team needs to continue to grow in numbers as well.
Some new faces and others competing for the first time made an impression. The meeting includes two matches and there is usually one combined race for the 1,500m and 3,000m races. Athletes who may have been disappointed at the time may find that in our section of the competition they have done rather well for the team.
Some athletes were encouraged to have a go at discus and began to learn a new event. A training facility just outside the stadium was used to teach and demonstrate the basic technique and all athletes achieved valid attempts.
The club athlete of the match award for this match is to be presented to Grade 3 performers Miranda Sadler for the Ladies Under-17 800m time of 2:18.9 and Matthew Mattis for the Boys Under-15 high jump clearance of 1.65m. Ben Hobbs also achieved a grade 3 performance in the long jump clearing 4.55m. Ben was half way between the grade 2 and 3 levels so 4.60 for grade 2 is within his range. Perhaps the tail wind this time helped. Long jumpers jumped with the wind and high jumpers had it in their face.
The next meeting is a home fixture at the Kip Keino Stadium, Stoke Gifford on Sunday 5th June 2011 when the club entertains Llanelli/Neath and Newport and hosts the Midland Premier Division South match between Rugby/Northants, Bromsgrove & Redditch and Carmarthen.
Hilary Nash reports – 24 May 2011