Forty young athletes mostly aged 11 and under took part in the first ‘Go for Gold’ trial organised by Bristol & West Athletic Club at Whitehall Athletics Arena on Tuesday 7 June 2011. Although most of them had self declared as ‘runners’ the club organised a 75 metre sprint, a 600 metre run, a standing long jump and a throwing the ball competition to give the athletes the opportunity of competing in more than one athletic discipline.
The most encouraging thing about the evening was that out of 40 children 28 had no current connection with an athletics club and all of those who attended were enthusiastic with most choosing to take part in at least one event where they had little previous experience.
The fastest sprinters on the night were Declan Walters and Pippa Reilly. Both young athletes are already members of the North Somerset Athletics Club and are in year 7, which gave them an age advantage but both were allowed to compete a week early as they will be away on a school trip when the year 7 trial is held.
Of the year 6 pupils Millie Weeks was quickest year 6 girl with a time of 11.13 for 75 metres and Sam Nobbs and Anton Mills both ran 10.95 in the boy’s equivalent race. Tyrell Squire ran 11.48 and Hannah Stone 12.14 in the Year 5 age group. Oliver Hulbert (11.66) and Tia Jackson (11.73) were fastest in the Year 4 age group.
The fastest runner in the 600 metres was Anton Mills (Year 6) in 2.07.87 with Sophie Reed of Yate winning the Year 6 girls race in 2.13.24 (a time that would have placed her second to Anton in the boys race). Down the age groups Tyrell Squire narrowly beat Ethan Preddy 2.11.73 to 2.12.34 in the Year 5 boys 600 metres; while Libby Roughley (2.23.33) was a clear winner in the Year 5 girls 600 metres. In the Year 4 age group Charlotte Roberts was a clear winner in the girl’s race in 2.33.39 and Oliver Hulbert was an emphatic winner of the Year 4 boy’s race in 2.11.50.
Turning to the field events the best throw of the evening belonged to Adam Murphy – despite being a year 4 pupil Adam threw the rounders ball a huge 42 metres 34 centimetres, which obviously won the Year 4 boys competition as well as being furthest overall. Joseph Leather (41 metres 47 centimetres) won the Year 5 boys competition and Elliot Gardner (39 metres 68 centimetres) won the Year 6 boys competition. In the girl’s events Ria Barnes won the Year 6 girls competition with a throw of 25 metres and three centimetres, Veronika Gabets won the Year 5 competition with a throw of 21 metres 47 centimetres and Charlotte Roberts won the Year 4 girls with a throw of 20 metres 72 centimetres.
In the jumps Millie Weeks 2 metres 8 centimetres for the longest jump of the night in winning the Year 6 girl’s competition. The Year 6 boy’s winner was Elliot Gardner with 1 metre 92 centimetres. In the Year 5 age group the winners were Xante Cole-Francis with a jump of 2 metres and 1 centimetre and Hannah Stone with a jump of 1 metre 90 centimetres. In the Year 4 age group Tia Jackson produced the second longest overall jump winning her age group with a jump of 2 metres and four centimetres with Adam Murphy winning the Year 4 boy’s event with a jump of 1 metre 92 centimetres.
Full results for all competitors are available at Downloads – Go for Gold Results.