The Avon Athletics Championships were held at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on Saturday 12th May 2012 and were blessed with a sunny day and less wind than of late. There was a good level of support from Club athletes although numbers were thin in the senior age groups, particularly in the middle-distance and distance events. Representation in the younger age groups was better and between them the under-13, under-15 and under-17 athletes collected 47 medals – which was a significant improvement on the Club’s performances in recent years. It was good to see a lot of parental support and the club was also well represented with numerous coaches and other volunteers acting as officials.
There were several new championship records set during the afternoon and five of these were set by Club athletes. In the under-15 Boy’s 300 metres Tomas GOODMAN set a new record of 37.99. In the under-20 age group there were four records set with Lily OWSLEY setting an 800 metres record in 2:13.28 (only narrowly defeating training partner Olivia SADLER). Lucy BRYAN set new figures in the Pole Vault with a clearance at 3 metres 83 centimetres and on the track Kwame FORDWOR (entered as Clifton College) revised the record for the 100 metres to 11.20, narrowly defeating Leon REID in the process. Finally Club newcomer Liam BIDDLECOMBE won the under-20 Discus with a throw of 48 metres and 88 centimetres (and also took the Shot Putt with a throw of 7 metres 90 centimetres).
Isabelle PARSELLE completed a sprint double in the under-13 girl’s age group with wins in 13.98 in the 100 metres and 28.64 in the 200 metres. Hannah DYER was runner-up in the under-13 girl’s 800 metres in 2:44.76 and in the equivalent boy’s race Anton MILLS won clocking 2:27.83 – a new personal best. At 1,500 metres Eloise BROWN was second in the girls event in 5:19.47 for a new PB and Hugh SADLER won the under-13 boys 1,500 metre race clocking 4:52.95 – also for a new PB.
In the field Catherine CLAYTON was busy winning the discus with a throw of 21 metres 43 centimetres and finishing second in the Shot with 6 metres 55 centimetres. Millie WEEKS won the girls under-13 long jump with 4 metres and one centimetre; Millie also finished third in the 100 metres final and third in the 75 metres hurdles final. Hannah STONE was as busy as any athlete coming fifth in the Shot Putt (5 metres 18 centimetres), second in the long jump (3 metres 93 centimetres) and third in Heat One of the 100 metres (15.46). Nicola FORTUNE also ran well to finish third in the 200 metres final for under-13 girls (30.67) and second in the 70 metres hurdles in 12.82. Hannah SEARLE won the under-13 girls shot putt with 6 metres 94 centimetres.
Benji BARBOSA and Anton MILLS (both entered under their school’s name) finished second and third (29.32 and 29.43) in the under-13 boy’s 200 metres.
In the under-15 girl’s sprints Kinnie SONGU (13.93) and Ella FALK (13.97) finished fifth and sixth in the 100 metres and Ella later finished fourth in the 800 metres in 2:28.9. Dave Taylor’s group were evident throughout the afternoon and in the under-15 girls 800 metres Jess MONK was third (2:34.7) and Ellie EVANS was fifth (2:39.2) after a strong finish saw he move up from sixth inches from the line.
Sam BARRETT was fourth in the 75 metre hurdles (14.68) and was also fifth in Heat 2 of the 200 metres (31.65) where she was just in front of Sophie ALHADEF (31.89). The highlight of Sam’s afternoon was a second in the long jump with 4 metres and 3 centimetres.
In the under-15 boy’s events Oliver MEHEW took the 100 metres in 12.45 seconds and made it a sprint double by taking the 200 metres in 25.46 seconds, while Lucas REGAZZO took second in the 80 metres hurdles in 12.98. Kieron DUNKLEY was second in the 800 metres in 2:30.0 and Harry LEEMING won the 1,500 metres in 4:50.13. Behind Tomas GOODMAN in the 300 metres Tom Holloway (41.43) and Lucas REGAZZO (41.82) made it a Bristol 1, 2, 3.
There were good wins in the field for the under-15 Boys with Tomas GOODMAN taking the shot with a throw of 8 metres 73 centimetres, Lucas REGAZZO winning the high jump with 1 metre 65 centimetres and Kurt CAMERON winning the javelin with a throw of 26 metres and 54 centimetres. Kurt also finished second in the Pole Vault with a highest clearance of 2 metres 12 centimetres.
Similarly the under-17 women’s age group saw good club results with Yemma SONGU scoring a sprint double taking the 100 metres in 13.04 and the 200 metres in 26.41. Alyssa SMALL was third in the 100 metres in 13.56. Maria JONES stepped down from middle distance racing to take the 300 metres in 43.96 and Miranda SADLER took the 800 metres in 2:15.8, with Jo TAYLOR third in the race in 2:23.54.
In the under-17 Men’s age group Khan FAGAN and Ross SHIPWAY finished fifth (12.99) and sixth (13.08) in the final of the 100 metres before repeating these finishing positions in the 200 metres where they both clocked 25.99. The under-17 Men’s 400 metres saw a new championship record as Freddie OWSLEY and Mitchell HILL finished third and fourth (51.20 and 54.89). Mitchell won the long jump with 5 metres 59 centimetres. Another under-17 winner in the field was Jack YEOMAN who threw the javelin 34 metres 72 centimetres for a decisive win.
In the under-20 women Lily OWSLEY added a win in the 400 metres in 58.7 seconds to her Championship Record in the 800 metres for a very good double. Megan COE made it a javelin double in the age group winning the Women’s event with a furthest throw of 29 metres exactly.
The Club had five athletes in the under-20 Men’s 100 metres final with Kwame FORDWOR edging Leon REID (both running under their school/college banner) with Elliot PRENDERGAST in third place (11.48), Chris STONE fourth in 11.57 and Matt LATTIBEAUDIERE seventh in 12.75. Leon (22.10), Kwame (22.53) and Matt (25.41) finished first, second and fifth in the 200 metres final.
In the Pole Vault there was a clean sweep for the club in the Women’s/Girl’s events as Harriet KIERAN took the under-15 (1.93), Isabel HATCH the under-17 with a clearance at 2 metres 93 centimetres, Lucy BRYAN (under-20) with 3.83 and Andrea LOCK the Senior women with 2 metres 53 centimetres, where Ruby JUAN finished second with 2 metres 13 centimetres.
The senior events saw disappointingly low turnouts across all the events but the club still saw victories in the 400 metre hurdles – Andrea LOCK (76.71); Andrea also took the runners-up position in the 100 metres hurdles in 20.36. Aoife KELLY won the senior 800 metres in 2:19.80 and Hannah WILLIAMS took third in the 100 metres in 13.31 seconds. Inge SENGERS took second place in the 1,500 metres in 4:57.92.
In the Senior Men’s events there were first and second places in both the 400 metres hurdles where Will HARTLEY recorded 55.24 and John Brierly 60.99 and the 800 metres where Andrew DEAN YOUNG and Martin FLOOK had a great battle before Andrew prevailed in 1:58.95 to Martin’s 1:59.26. In the 100 metres Derek MORGAN finished second in 11.76, Steve BEST was fourth in 12.28 and Simon PARK finished sixth in 12.42. Theo CAMPBELL looked very impressive taking his heat in 21.84 before winning the final in 21.78. Behind him Steve BEST in fifth (24.08) was the only other Bristol & West entrant, although Debo ADEMUYEWO (second in 22.39) and Alastair ABRAMS (Third in 22.89) have strong club allegiances. Alex FIELDS finished third in the Men’s 400 metres in 50.66.
The Club were very strong in the Senior Men’s field events with Matt SPICER (46 metres 61 centimetres) and Martin DAVIES (23.23) scoring a 1-2 in the Hammer. In the Discus Simon BIDDLECOMBE (44.66), James PRESTON (42.57) and Gary BARRETT (29.19) finished first, second and third and in the Shot Putt James PRESTON (13.23), Simon BIDDLECOMBE (11.66) and Will HARTLEY (9.47) repeated the clean sweep. Will then threw 44 metres 95 centimetres to take second in the Javelin as part of his preparation for an up-coming multi-events competition. Martin DAVIES who was having a very busy afternoon took the Senior Men’s Pole Vault with 3 metres 13 centimetres and explained that the whoops at his clearance were because it was a season’s best and put him number 1 in the Newport Club rankings. The only other jumper in action was Theo CAMPBELL who added second in the triple jump with a jump of 14 metres 54 centimetres to his 200 metre victory.
All in all it was a very satisfactory afternoon for the Club but there are still numerous athletes of all ages who would have benefited from competing in the County Championships but who did not compete on the day.
Full results are available at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/avon-track-field-championships-2012/.
A small selection of photos are available at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/display/ShowGallery?moduleId=8445859&galleryId=907554¤tPage=1&SSScrollPosition=1297.