A bright but chilly Saturday afternoon saw increased numbers in the younger age groups but, frustratingly the numbers in the older age groups remained low. Nevertheless the Senior Men’s mile race produced the race of the day with 17 year-old Will Paulson of Stroud jumping James Thie at the bell and despite his years of experience and undoubted reputation as a street miler James could not get his nose back in front and Will held on for a well deserved win in 4.37 to James’ 4.38. Mike Kallenberg was an isolated third in 4.50.
In the Senior Women’s Race there was a field of 4, which included 17 year-old Kelly Leat. Hannah Alderson stepped down from recent endurance training to win in 5.19; seven seconds clear of Floren Scrafton showing improved form after an injury lay off. Georgie Salmon was third in 5.39.
In the under-11 and under-13 age groups numbers dictated two races and the athletes were then placed in order based on time. In the under-11 girls it looked like a Bristol & West 1-2-3 for Katie Jones (6.28), Abi White (6.46) and Jess White (6.50) in the second race but in the first race Ellie Hobbs ran 6.19 for overall fastest and Anne Jones ran third fastest with 6.34.
In the under-11 boys races Sam Gentry of North Somerset took the honours winning the second race in 5.51. Club colleague Oliver Lock won the first heat in 6.10 with Tom Wilstead one of few non-club athletes to make a top three finish in third place in 6.18. A result that will make Simon Botten the Headmaster of Blackhorse Primary School very happy.
In the under-13 boy’s race Hugh Sadler’s winning time in the first race of 5.30 withstood the challenge of Oscar Rogers of North Somerset in the second race as the latter clocked 5.36 with Ben Cureton of North Somerset third in 5.40. Anton Mills was just outside the top three with a 5.42 finishing time for fourth overall.
Alice Davies and Harriet Emery recorded a one-two for North Somerset in the under-13 girls in 5.42 and 5.45 respectively with Eloise Browne of Bristol & West third in 5.53.
Byron Marriott of North Somerset took the under-17 race in 5.06 from a disappointing field of only 3 athletes.
The under-11 sprints – run for the first time this year on the grass – produced some exciting races with the boys getting three rounds and an ‘A’ and ‘B’ final. The one, two, three was Oliver Hulbert, Nathaniel Williams and Louis Joseph. All three are members of the Bristol & West Athletic Club Whitehall Athletics Academy.
In the final of the girls’ under-11 sprint it was again a one, two, three for the Whitehall Junior Academy with Tia Jackson defending her title from last year in defeating Jessica Frazer and Imogen Sharman.
Full Results Can be found at: http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/race-results-and-rankings/road-miles-and-street-sprints/