Bristol & West Athletic Club athletes seem to be gaining a much higher profile these days so it was no surprise when eight of them competed in the Welsh International Athletics Meeting in Cardiff on Wednesday 18th July 2012. Emily DIAMOND was looking for a couple of quick races before flying off to the UK Athletics Pre-Olympic Camp on Sunday and will have ben disappointed that the conditions were far from conducive to fast times. She began her evening by edging out Abbi Tyson 12.05 to 12.06 in the National 100 metres race – running into a 2.8 metre per second head wind. She returned later in the evening to take third place in the International 200 metre race clocking 24.49. Hayley PITMAN competed in the International high jump, which she won on count-back from Sian Swanson of Wales with a clearance at 1 metre 67 centimetres.
Bethan WAKEFIELD competed in the Under-20 Women’s 200 metres finishing second in 25.46 (just under a second down on Emily’s time in the International race).
Dan STUDLEY was running in the National 800 metre race where his 1,500 metre strength saw him close up in the finishing straight as he took seventh place in 1.55.58. The Men’s International 800 metre race had something of a club championship feel about it as there were 3 club runners in the 8 man field. A speedy 52.2 first lap did not draw our 3 runners in and they passed through 400 metres in around 53.9. A drop out in the back straight left the trio slightly adrift of the main pack but as they fought for club bragging rights they closed on the leaders and Andy WOODS who was fourth in the race prevailed in a PB of 1.50.23 edging out Dave BISHOP (fifth in 1.50.24) and Mike WILSMORE in 1.50.52). Great running from all three in difficult conditions and surely all three could run sub-1.49 on a better day.
The final individual event of the night was the International Men’s 3,000 metres and Steve MITCHELL had a ‘bad day at the office’ as he faded to sixth place in 8:35.52 – half a minute down on his PB.
Adam Wall (Yate) who regularly trains at Whitehall with Joy BRAY finished third in the Under-20 high jump with a clearance at 1 metre 86 centimetres.