Track & Field Bulletin – 20th September 2012

Whist we all basked in the Glory of our Women’s Team success at Abingdon last week-end the multi eventers lined up for the English Schools Championships at Bedford.  James TAYLOR (U20) was our main hope after his success, with a PB of 5705 points, winning the South West event.  James started well and was 6th after the first day of competition with PBs at 400 metres (54.09) & High Jump (1.72).  Then disaster struck in the hurdles where he sustained an injury.   He managed to finish the event and clocked a season’s best of 18.91 and he moved up to third position after a poor (for him) discus throw of 36.21metres.

In the warm up for the Pole Vault he just could not bear the pain of the injury any more and was forced to withdraw from the event.  What a disaster for James who was poised to finish in the first 3 of this National event.  Nevertheless well done James we are proud of you.  He now takes his place at UWIC and hopes to come out bigger, stronger and faster for next year.

Interestingly second placer in the South West event and Higher Competition Member Harry HALL finished fourth in a PB of 5,646 points.  Harry set PBs of 11.89 – 100 metres; 16.40 – 110metre hurdles; 2.90 – Pole Vault and 6.29 metres – Long Jump along with a very respectable 1.87 metre – High Jump.  Well done Harry, we hope to see you performing in B&W colours in the British League next year.

Anicia SKEATS is a new recruit to B&W and after a long hard season she will still be disappointed with a score of 3,670 points.  Her PB set earlier this year is 3,910 but in this week-end’s performance she did clock the following very respectable times: 26.85 – 200 metres; 4.88  – Long Jump and 12.74 – 80metres hurdles.  Anicia is capable of covering a wide range of events and will be a major asset to our Women’s team in 2013.  Welcome Anicia.

Down at Bournemouth on Sunday two of our very talented youngsters rounded off their season in style.  Nicola FORTUNE (U13) ran 14.4 – 100 metres; 30.8 – 200metres & 13.1 – 70 metre hurdles.  Each performance was close to her best.  Samantha BARRETT (U15) did 14.5 – 100 metres; 13.7 – 75metre hurdles & 4.47 – Long Jump.  All performances were back close to her pre-holiday bests and her Long Jump was a new PB.   Samantha’s father Gary continued his pathway to Discus success with a second place throw of 28.56 which was pretty close to his PB of 31.55 metres.  Don’t be disheartened Gary you are getting there.

At the end of August our Finnish 400metre hurdler Gustav Klingstedt was selected to represent his Country in a match against Sweden following his third place in the Finnish Championships (52.28).  Gus ran a great 300 metres to lead off the last bend but was overtaken in the finishing straight and just beaten to the line still clocking an exciting new PB of 51.67.   Well done Gus we hope to see you hurdling for us in the UK in 2013.  I have a link to Gus’s races on you-tube if anyone wants to see them.

And last but not least Caroline POWELL continued International Masters success’s with Medals at the European Championships in Germany.  She achieved Gold Medals at 200metres (28.48 (27.96ht)) & 400metres (62.30) with a Silver in the 100 metres in 13.84.  Her 400 metres was the usual dominant formality for this World Record Holder but her sprint races were a dynamic struggle with Dutchwoman Tilly JACOBS.  After being pipped by 2 100ths in the 100 metres she fought back with a resounding run in the 200 heats to dispirit Jacobs and then went on to beat her by 4 100ths in the final.  Keep going Carol we all love your success   

Mike Strange 20 September 2012