The Avon Track & Field Season came to a close with the final match at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on Sunday 26th August 2012. The hosting responsibility fell to Bristol & West with support from Bitton. A big thank you to Pete Davenport, Violet Small, Mike Strange and Keith Brackstone who took the brunt of track judging and time keeping. Other clubs did not supply their quota of officials.
Hilary Nash was assisted in the task of setting out hurdles and moving them for the hurdle races by Colin Hickey, Bruno Laasna, Keith Brackstone, Dave Taylor and Chris Preston.
Chris Preston, Colin Hickey and Murray Grant also fulfilled field judging roles as there was a shortage of officials from the other clubs.
Impressively Dave Taylor (javelin), Colin Hickey (triple jump & 100m) and Hilary Nash (hammer & 100m) also made time to compete and ensure the senior men’s section of the team won the trophy for the season. Colin Also found time to do a spot of announcing – to prove he is multi-talented.
Hilary wants to emphasise the contribution made by Simonne Lowrey who purchased most of the catering supplies and was assisted by a band of helpers on the day including Karen Dyer, Gilly Harris, Jenny Fortune and Suzannah Parselle.
Paula Songu covered team management desk duty as Simonne and Hilary fulfilled a variety of sundry tasks.
In the under-11 girls Tia Jackson broke her own league record in the 75 metres with 10.8 seconds and also leaped 3.98 metres in the long jump which is also a new league record. Katie Jones won the 600 metres impressively in 1 minute 55.9 seconds. Abigail White headed a B&W 1, 2 3 in the ball throw with 34.97 metres. Two fine relay teams rounded off a good afternoon.
In the under-11 boys Oliver Hulbert won the ball throw with 50.60 metres and with Nat Williams, Tom Wilstead and Jack Jones won the 4 x 100m relay.
The under-13 girls have been super all season and have won their age group section every time. Sometime soon we should receive the trophy. Isabella Parselle opted out of the 200 metres and had a go at 800 metres; a race that Hannah Dyer took by storm at the front on the second lap winning in 2minutes 33.8 seconds. Isabella ran 2 minutes 45.6 which is terrific for a first ever 800 metre race. Isabella was second in the 100 metre with Nicola Fortune 3rd. In the 200 metres it was Millie Weeks 2nd and Nicola 3rd. Hannah Stone won the long jump with a new very impressive PB of 4.27 metres after a no jump in round one and Millie was 4th. Hannah Searle was 2nd in both the shot and discus. Catherin Clayton was 3rd in the shot and three no throws in the discus was the only faltering moment. The relay team lead off by Isobel Harris, to Hannah Stone to Nicola and last leg Hannah Dyer winning in 59.0 by over 3 seconds was a fitting end to an excellent season.
In the Under-13 Boys Kurt Cameron finished second in the Javelin (32 metres 63 centimetres) and third in the High Jump (1 metre 40 centimetres) as well as fourth in the 100 metres in 13.9 to again show the potential he has as a future multi-eventer.
The under-15 boys included a number of first timers. Kory Lowe and Tom Holloway ran well in the 100 metres. Kory threw 37.25 metres in the javelin which is encouragingly good. Hilary enjoyed most the fine run from Keiron Dunkley. He is slight in build but purposely strode ahead of the opposition and finished strongly in the 1,500 metres (a testament to his sessions with Alison Hurford).
The under-15 girl turnout was doubled by an under-13 as we used available team spaces. Kinnie Songu ran well in the 100 metres and Jade Stallard experienced competition against older girls in both the 100 metres and shot putt. A daunting experience but meeting other athletes was beneficial.
The under-17 sprinters had a good day against some very fine competitors. Jack Dyer’s 100 metres in 11.6 confirmed the progress he is making. Jamie Roberts as a newcomer with 12.1 in the 100 metres is promising. Mitch Hill, Jack and Ross Shipway all ran well in the 400 metres.
Yemma Songu did the sprint double and equalled the LU17 100 metres league record of 12.3 seconds. Madison Thomas was 2nd in the long jump, Rorie Wilson won the shot, Maria Jones was 2nd in the 800 metres. Alyssa Small contributed a bundle of team points too in the 100 metres, 200 metres and shot. In the 4 x 100 metres relay Maria, Alyssa, Yemma and Kinnie stepping up were just pipped on the line by the North Somerset quartet.
In the Senior Ladies age group Sarah Everitt and Clare Jolliffe ran well in the 3,000 metres and Karen Clayton enjoyed the shot and discus events.
The senior men were a combination of talented athletes and a few old codgers. Together it contributed to a win on the day and for the season. Adam Speake’s effort in the 1,500 metres was not that far off the league record. Matt Spicer hoping for a hammer throw close to 50 metres achieved 48.03. James Taylor did the non scoring pole vault and chipped in with a good 400 metres and was the best ever replacement for me in the 4 x 100m relay team. We were a bit desperate! Hilary missed speaking to Nick Taviner who ran on the track for Bristol probably for the first time in over 15 years. A very creditable 4 minutes 26.4. Nick was a regular in the boys Young Athletes “A” team. Steve Best and Matt Lattibeaudiere backed up by Bruno, Dave, Colin and I all made contributions to the team score.
Full results of Bristol & West performances can be found at:
Hilary Nash Reports