Bristol University Athletes Also in Action at UWIC Grand Prix

16 Dec

The Bristol University Athletics Club travelled to Cardiff at the weekend for the first UWIC indoor meet of the season. For many this event was the first competition for a couple of seasons, and for some it was the first experience of an athletics meet, and everyone competed fantastically.

Despite only turning up 15 minutes before his event, Oliver JEFFRIES got the day off to a fantastic start winning the 60 metre hurdles in a time of 9.39 seconds, bagging himself a luxury christmas pudding for his efforts. This was followed up by some encouraging performances in the 300 metrs, with a particular
highlight being a brilliant run by Joe THORNTON running in a time of 37.7 seconds in his first attempt over the distance. Dan RICHARDS and Jack PODMORE also ran personal best performances showing that the endurance work is starting to pay off.

The highly competitive 60 metre races followed with eight athletes competing from the club. The fastest time of the group was run by Oliver JEFFRIES in a time of 7.49 with Jack PODMORE close on his heels running a PB of 7.52 after already competing in the 300 metres, which shows there is still potential for faster times to come. Carmen GOITIA, Jeson JACOB and Steve BEST also ran in personal best time to cap a successful event for the club. Special mention goes out to Addy who despite stumbling at the start made up good ground on the opposition.

Arguably the most anticipated race of the day was the 3,000 metres, with a large and very strong field taking to the track. UBAC had three athletes in the event with old boy Steve MITCHELL having defected to Bath over the summer. John ASHCROFT smashed his personal best stopping the clock at 8:30.2 mins
and is looking good for a strong cross country season. Chris DODD and Andrew PENNEY were in touching distance of each other for most of the race a spent the first few laps switching positions. However, Chris managed to pull away in the last kilometre to clock a PB of 8:41.9 minutes just ahead of Andrew Penney (8:47.5).