Mike Strange’s Track & Field Bulletin – 27th March 2012

Last Saturday 24th March 2012 saw the conclusion of our indoor season with Sprints and Jumps at the Birmingham HPC.  Interestingly there was not only opportunity to run the traditional 60 metre distance but also a chance to run the full outdoor distance of 100 metres.

Tomas GOODMAN (Under-15) ventured onto the Indoor Circuit for the first time and showed very good form with a 7.84 & 12.25 (60/100) double.  This is looking good for the Outdoor season Tomas.

Yemma SONGU (Under-17) continued her excellent season with a step up to the longer 100 metre event and had an outstanding win in 12.99 seconds.  I am sure Yemma found this a more comfortable distance which allows her good time to accelerate to top speed.

Yemma’s sister Kinnie SONGU (Under-15) also showed well with a near to her best 8.50 (60 metres) and a 13.69 (100 metres)

Young Nicola FORTUNE (Under-1313) hurdled and sprinted so did 4 events.  She has been battling with the challenge of getting in 3 strides between hurdles and under the pressure of competition achieved this aim for the first time creating PBs of 10.9 (60 metres Hurdles) and 13.92 (70 metre Hurdles).  The 60 metre Hurdles was a Club Record.  She also ran 9.12 & 14.84 in the sprints.  Well done Nicola.

Hurdler Rebecca COURTENAY stuck to the Sprints and improved her season’s best to 8.29 (60 metres) and then went on win her 100 metres in 13.37.  I also note that Beccy’s father Adrian competed in the same competition so that must have put an unusual competitive pressure or her.

Isabella PARSELLE (Under-13) also improved her PB and Club Record to 8.78 in the 60 metres and posted a very good 100 metres of 13.89.

Matt LATTIBRAUDIERRE (Under-20) is to be congratulated on his perseverance as he dragged his 60 metres time down to 8.05 (remember Matty opened with 8.35 at Cardiff in December) and then topped this up with a 12.71 100 metres.

Last week’s Masters Championships might have been good for Caroline POWELL, Dave BEDWELL & Nick ROSE but I also note that two past Members did well.  The very popular Greg CONLON was second in the M35 Pole Vault with a 4.20 clearance and Jane STEWART (now HORDER) followed CP home with Silver Medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres before setting a UK record in the 60 metre Hurdles.  Note there are excellent photos of Caroline & Nick in AW.

One of our Members (at least) has been selected to carry the ‘Olympic Flame’ into Bristol when it arrives here on May 22nd.  That athlete is Veteran distance runner Jon GOODLAND.  What an honour, congratulations on your selection Jon.  I am sure you will enjoy the sound of Bristolians cheering you on.  B&W is proud of you.

Not to be forgotten popular Avon Official Tony JEFFERIES (Yate AC) has been selected to run the Longwell Green leg holding the ‘Flame’.

Please let us now if any other Club Members have been honoured with this prestigious activity?    

Mike Strange