Bristol & West AC continued its early season indoor success at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the NIA. As you would expect, it was an opportunity for the sprinters and jumpers to show how their winter training was progressing – and they relished the prospect.
Pride of place should go to two of Joy Bray’s high jumpers, new-member Adam Wall and Hayley Pitman, who both won the open competition; Hayley with 1.65 and Adam with 1.90. Madison Thomas won a silver medal in the South-West of England (SWE) championships in the long jump with 5.06 and finished fourth in the 60 metres in 8.39.
Our male sprinters showed their undoubted potential with Leon Reid clocking 6.93 in the 60 metres at Cardiff, closely followed by Greg Smith’s 7.0 – twice – at Birmingham. Other performances included a good double by 20-year old Chris Stone, winning the SWE titles at 60 & 400 metres in 7.03 and 50.67 respectively, both personal best performances. Club coaches Lloyd Rice and Alastair Abrams should be well pleased with their form. There were other good 60 metre runs from Romaine Hyman (7.28), Theo Campbell (7.32 after slipping at the start), Alex Daley (7.74 & 24.98 in the 200 metres). Alex Fields won the SWE title in the 400 metres.
Our ‘fast’ ladies, led by Bethan Wakefield (7.88 & 26.17) Alyssa Small (8.16 PB), Madison Thomas (8.39) and Caroline Powell (double Welsh Masters champion in 8.81 & 29.15) made sure that the boys didn’t have it all their own way.
Hurdling was represented by new-comer Ollie Jeffries in the 60 metre hurdles with a time of 8.86 in second place, followed closely by Will Hartley (BU)
Our middle distance runners were thin on the ground with club stalwart Steve Mitchell showing an improved performance over his recent 3k indoors at Sheffield with a second place in the open 1,500 metre race in a very encouraging 3.48.25. Matt Harris won his first 800 metres indoors in 2.01.4 after leading throughout.
With the Midlands Indoor Championships to come next month, the club has a few good prospects to follow throughout the remainder of the indoor season as pointers for our strength during the outdoor season. These results are encouraging for our national league teams next summer.
Cy Knibb – Temporary reporter.