The first Bristol & West Athletic Club Open Meeting at Kip Keino Athletic Stadium on Wednesday 6th June 2012 saw 130 athletes from 26 different clubs competing. Of these 68 were athletes from Bristol & West Athletic Club of whom many competed in 2 or 3 events.
By some stroke of luck the weather was kind and much of the event took place in sunshine and the meeting was rain free with very little wind.
First a big thank you to the band of officials and volunteers without whose help the event could not have been staged. A second Open Meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th July 2012 and it is hoped that there will be a bigger turn-out for that event.
There were several performances of note and lots of personal bests especially from Dave Taylor’s middle distance group where four athletes recorded PBs at 1,500 metres: Eloise Browne reduced her PB from 5:19.47 to 5:12.5, Miranda Sadler reduced her PB from 4:47.4 to 4:43.1, Victoria Kenny from 4:59.6 to 4:48.4 and Jessica Monk from 5:55.3 to 5:34.4.
In the Men’s/Boy’s 1,500 metre races Harry Leeming reduced his PB from 4:50.13 to 4:42.1.
Tia Jackson won the 75 metres in 10.9 which equalled her PB and then made it a double winning the 150 metres in 23.4. Hannah Stone reduced her PB in the 100 metres from 15.3 to 14.7 and added 4 centimetres to her long jump PB clearing 4 metres and 3 centimetres. Sam Barrett also reduced her 100 metres PB from 14.7 to 14.4.
Rebecca Courtenay was just outside her PB as she clocked a 12.9 to finish third in the first of the mixed 100 metre races (12.8 PB).
Nicola Fortune was fifth in the under-13 girl’s 100 metres in 16.6 before clocking a PB equalling 22.4 for runners up slot in the 150 metres, which was won by Isabelle Parselle in 21.6 Isabelle also won the under-13 girl’s 100 metres in 13.7 in a race that featured five Bristol & West athletes.
Tom Holloway won the mixed 100 metres in 12.4 before adding the mixed 200 metres in 26.1 – and this in only his third track meeting.
Matt Lattibeaudiere finished third in the second mixed 100 metres in a PB of 12.2 and just behind him Khan Fagan reduced his PB from 13.2 to 12.5 as he finished fourth. One place behind in fifth Yemma Songu equalled her PB with a 12.6 clocking.
Jack Walker ran 11.3 in the 75 metres before winning the under-11 boys 150 metres but we will need to check out his date of birth as we now believe he should have been running as an under-13.
In the under-13 800 metres Anton Mills was a clear winner in 2:28.4 not far off a PB and had he remembered his spikes a PB would probably have been on the cards. In the mixed race for under-15s and above Will Christofi was a clear winner to shave his PB down from 2:04.1 to 2:03.9. Further down the field Inge Sengers finished fifth in 2:23.5, Kieran Dunkley was sixth in 2:25.1 and Georgie Salmon was seventh in 2:26.3.
In the 3,000 metres Danny Randell was fourth in 9:30.8 just over a minute clear of sister Rebekah who ran 10:32.09 after a 4-week lay-off from running. Behind them both Peter Mountain (V55) finished seventh in 11:08.1 in his first ever track race (at least since leaving school).
Several of our younger athletes were busy in 3 events and in the under-11 long jump Tia Jackson won with 3 metres 60 centimetres from Jessie White in third (2.94), Charlotte Roberts in fourth (2.90), Abi White in fifth (2.86), Imogen Sharman in sixth (2.59) and Heather Lewis in seventh (2.59).
In the under-11 boys Jack Walker finished third (3.61) and Alex Yfimcev was fourth on count back also jumping 3.61.
In the under-13 girls Millie Weeks (4.04) was second, Hannah Stone (4.03) was third and Florence Long (2.72) was fourth. Reon Dawes was third in the under-13 boy’s long jump jumping 3.49.
Sam Barrett jumped 4 metres 8 centimetres for second in the under-15 girl’s long jump where Abbie Pleasant finished fifth with a 2.69 jump.
Mitchell Hill was runner-up in the under-17 men with 4 metres 98 centimetres and Rebecca Courtenay jumped 4 metres 36 centimetres as the only competitor in the Senior Ladies age group.
Martin Davies cleared 3 metres 26 centimetres in the Pole Vault – apparently his highest vault for 2 years. There were three jumpers in the ladies competition –all three from Bristol & West with Andrea Lock clearing 2.62, Ruby Juan 2.10 and Harriet Kieran 2 metres 10 centimetres.
Gary Barrett threw 28 metres 28 centimetres in the Men’s discus to finish second and Alice Grosjean (under-20) was second in the Ladies’ discus with a throw of 33 metres 29 centimetres. Catherine Clayton threw 21 metres and 4 centimetres as the only competitor in the under-13 girl’s discus.
Kurt Cameron threw the javelin 28 metres 49 centimetres to take the under-13 boys javelin – having cleared 2 metres 24 centimetres earlier in the pole vault. Harry Coppock threw 37.64 in the under-17 javelin as the sole competitor in the men’s under-17 competition.
In the shot putt Millie Weeks (7.04) and Catherine Clayton (6.88) threw well in the under-13 girl’s event, whilst Tom Jones recorded 6.49 in the under-13 boy’s event. Alice Grosjean recorded 10 metres 41 centimetres in the under-20 Ladies event.
Finally, a mention must be made of Matt Blandford from Tonbridge who probably travelled farther than anyone else to compete – he won the under-17 men’s discus with a throw of 49 metres 59 centimetres which took him to the top of the UK under-17 rankings on Power of 10. (He also threw 44 metres 96 centimetres with the under-20 implement).
Full results are available at: