There were some great individual performances at the final Avon League match at Yate on Sunday 11th September 2011. Mark Pratt won the under-13 boys high jump with a 1.45 metre clearance and John Brierly the senior men’s 400 metre hurdles in 58.6. Thes two victories apart the only other win on the men’s side came in the under-15 boys 4 x 100 metre relay where the team of Freddie Owsley, Thomas Goodman, Micah Brown and Jack Dyer clocked 50.9 seconds.
On the girls/womens side the highest finish of the day was Yemma Songu in the under-15 200 metres where she finished second in 26.5: Amy Parker, N Jones, Evie Osborn and Sam Barrett also finished second when clocking 54.2 in the under-15 girls 4 x 100 metre relay. Mention must be made of Frances Smalldridge who ran a massive PB of 3:08 to finish fourteenth in the under-13 girls 800 metres but there is a lot more to come from such a new-comer to the club.
Overall the league sections were dominated by North Somerset with Team Bath overhauling our under-17 men to win that one section. Yate won the under-17 ladies and North Somerset won the overall trophy and the remainder.
The under-13 girls were just a very few event points short in the final meet and were third for the season. The under-17 ladies were third equal with Gloucester/Severn. The under-17 men finished third.
Whilst it is good for the League to have North Somerset emerging in some strength it should now be back to Bristol & West to become better organised. An influx of team managers for all the age groups is overdue. Athlete recruitment is ongoing. It also needs support from junior and senior athletes who will find Avon League and the South West League appropriate for enjoyment and development.
We may have placed and will continue with the policy of setting a lower priority on athlete selection for the Avon League but there are event slots to fill. In all leagues the clubs that fill the team places are the ones that succeed. Our policy enables new and improving athletes as well as established athletes to compete locally.
The Avon League should be an enjoyable club day where we are seen to be enthusiastic and supportive of athletes across the full age spectrum.
It will take more interest from existing members and in some ways the season has had the disappointment that so many members have rarely competed. So get your planning done for 2012. If you cannot make the Olympics at least turn out and enjoy participating locally. I was disappointed not to be able to get a run at an Avon League meet this year as I was officiating. I was not happy with my 100 metre time last season and would like to do better!
So think about your plans for next year. Will you be competing more often? Will you consider a support role as team manager, official, caterer, hurdle mover etc? Do let a committee member know if you are willing to consider a support role.
Hilary Nash – 19 September 2011