What a weekend – Bristol & West were again the rampant team that are consuming all before them in the Midland League Division 1 on Saturday and our Young Athletes were supreme at our home track of Stoke Gifford on Sunday! I will leave Hilary / Simonne to extol the virtues of the Young Athletes’ Match and will concentrate here on our massively successful trip to Rugby.
I need superlatives to express the joy that the ‘Team’ gave to everyone on Saturday and have difficulty in singling people out. The outcome after just two matches is that we are so far ahead that if we only send a token few to the next match we will still lead the league going into the final match??? What a job Chris Elson does as one match finishes he is preparing for the next, no stone is left unturned. Stand up and take the applause Team Manager – Chris Elson.
So where do I start. With Scott BAJERE I think. The wind blew on the backs of the Sprinters, I know but that 10.5 sec run by Scott to win the ‘A’ string was in a class of its own. Midland League is always blessed with sprint class but Scott’s win by half a second from the Birchfield man was just supreme.
On the women’s side Hayley PITMAN again beat the league record with a 1 metre 71 centimetre clearance as she jumped into a troublesome headwind. This was some achievement as conditions were not in favour of High Jumpers. After a forgettable last weekend at Bedford, Christina Jones bounced back with another PB this time improving to a very high performance of 53.18metres .
Christina has thrown 5 times this season and has improved her PB on 4 occasions. Wow this Girl is going somewhere.
Dave Taylor let his girls off the leash for once by not traveling to Rugby but boy they did not miss him. Lily OWSLEY outclassed the 800 metres field with a great solo 2:13.8 clocking and then went on to clock 58.9 for the 400 metres to win by 2.4 secondss. again in the ‘A’ race. The pity is that the time was
somehow transcribed as 59.9 in the official results thus depriving Lily of a 2nd under-20 ranking in the South West list? (This is correct info because of course I was there timekeeping.) Lily completed her remarkable day by anchoring the 4×400 relay squad to yet another first place with a 59.5 leg.
Caroline Powell our world masters record holder had anther amazing afternoon with 28.0 200m, winning the B 400m in 62.2 and you ought to have seen her taking over from Oliva and Imo in the 4X400m relay scorching past the opposition to put Lily in the lead on the last leg.
Rebekah RANDALL showed good speed after some Nick Rose training and clocked a PB of 2:15.7
to win the ‘B’ 800m before following Olivia SADLER home in an equally Bristol dominated 1,500 metres. In a similar fashion Imogen AINSWORTH and Eleanor WIMSHURST mopped up the 3km with some strong front running.
Most people were keen enough to do more than one event on the day but this time there were more to share the load. Our gallant Women’s Captain Andrea LOCK led the fray to trawl in the spare points. She did 100 metre hurdles; Pole Vault ; 400 metre hurdles & the sprint relay. Joan PANGOP joined with Andrea doing 100 metres; Triple Jump; Long Jump and 100 metre hurdles. In the latter she showed a remarkable improvement getting down to 18.0 sec by settling into 4 strides for the first time. Well done Joan. Nicola BREAKS is still nursing that twisted ankle but managed the Triple Jump (2nd ‘A’); Long
Jump; Javelin; High Jump and a relay leg. Hayley GREEN won the ‘B’ Hammer and Discus and Alice GROSJEAN was 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus & ‘B’ Shot. So you see we are so strong in the field events.
On the Men’s side Ding YANG was supreme in the Long Jump and High Jump with outstanding jumps of 6.57 metres and 1.90 metres and Theo CAMPBELL dominated the Triple Jump with another 14 metre plus jump before clocking 10.8w in the 100 metre ‘B’ string. James PRESTON once again held our throws together taking 1st; 2nd & 3rd in the ‘A’ Discus; Shot and Hammer. Young James TAYLOR threw the senior Shot for the first time throwing a very creditable 10.73m for 2nd ‘B’ and he won the ‘B’ Long Jump before guesting in the 100 metres and running an excellent leg in the sprint relay. Dependable Luke BAILEY won the Pole Vault easily (in a strong cross wind) and his Dad won the ‘B’ string then Luke went on to come 2nd in the ‘B’ High Jump and Steve took valuable points in the ‘A’ 110 metres hurdles. Higher competition signing Rhys LLEWELLYN-EATON led our Javelin challenge with a throw just sub 50 metres against very noteable competitors before taking 3rd in the ‘B’ Discus.
Alex FIELDS ran an excellent 200m to clock 22.9s but in his specialty the 400 metres he was, like Lily Owsley, deprived of his rightful time of 51.9 by some misinterpretation of results?? It was good to see Andrew DEAN-YOUNG back in the 400 metres where his 51.5 showed that he has not lost his one lap skills and this followed an 800 metre ‘B’ string 2nd place earlier in the day.
Others (under-20’s) relatively new to our Senior team also made their mark:-
Adam SPEAKE (son of outstanding member from the past (Wayne)) hung on to Chris DODD in the 1,500m until blowing up with about 100m to go but ran a creditable 4:15.4; Annasley PARK, just recovering from a long injury break bounced back in the women’s 3Km to finish in 11:08.9 and brother Rhys PARK won the ‘B’ string of the men’s 3km just 3 tenths behind our ‘A’ string runner Phil WYLIE in 8:44.4.
Mike Strange – 7 June 2011