Track & Field Bulletin – 26th February 2013

England Athletics Under 20 Championships – Birmingham 23/24 February 2013

It is difficult to find new words to paint a picture of Lucy BRYAN Pole Vaulting.  Over the last couple of weeks Lucy has been mixing it against the best in her field yet one must remember she is only 17 years old.  Remember the comment from last week – Lucy is now more advanced at her age than Holly BLEASDALE, Katie BYRES or any other British Pole Vaulter before her.  Well this week it was time to pitch her talent against girls of her own age.  As expected Lucy did magnificently clearing 4.15 metres to take the Gold Medal with ease.  Well done Lucy you are magnificent.  To complete the story our new Pole Vaulter Elise GAUNTLETT also jumped magnificently to clear 3.10 metres to take a great fourth place in that final.  Welcome Elise.  I trust you will make good friends in our Club and will enjoy many years of fulfilling competition with us. 

Chris STONE headlined last week at 400 metres and this week settled to concentrate on the shorter 200 metres.  Chris had recently decimated the 200 metres Club Record and this week on the way to his Bronze Medal he chopped it down again to 21.73 seconds in winning his semi-final before finishing with 21.91 to take a memorable third place in the final.

Under-17 Tomas GOODMAN again improved his PB for 200 metres down to 24.54 in taking fifth place in his heat and will find that he will now make even bigger improvements as he steps out onto the larger outdoor track for the summer.  The difficulties of encountering the bends do add considerably to Indoor times. 

Bethan WAKEFIELD found most success at 200 metres getting close to those medals clocking 25.73 in her final to take fifth place but this was an anti-climax to a scintillating 25.10 PB to take second place in her semi-final.  Bethan also just missed out in the 60 metres semi-final with a 7.86 clocking for fourth place.

Yemma SONGU stormed back after an injury lay off to clock 8.02 in her under-17 heat but sustained a hamstring failure in her semi-final so is back to the rehabilitation trail for a few more weeks.

Anicia SKEATES was one hundredth of a second better than Yemma in her heat with 8.01 before coming agonisingly close to making the final with her first sub-8 second PB of 7.98 seconds.   As expected Anicia ran in the 200 metres clocking 26.63 before clocking another PB of 9.17 to come seventh in her 60 metre hurdles semi-final.  A good week-end’s work Anicia.

Elliott PRENDERGAST made that big 7 second breakthrough with 6.99 in his heat and then 6.98 for second in his semi-final but ran out of steam a little in the final to record 7.07 for eighth place.  In the heats Alex DALY made a good breakthrough improving his PB to 7.61 whilst Matty LATIBEAUDIERE clocked a consistent 7.91 also in the heats.  Chris STONE was near to his best of 7.03 with 7.07 and 7.08 but obviously was at Birmingham to concentrate on another event.

Madison THOMAS followed up that very excellent PB in the Welsh Championships last week with a jump of 5.42 metres to take sixth in the under-20 Long Jump. 

Kinnie SONGU was well pleased at her big under-15 60 metres breakthrough with 8.14 for fourth in her semi-final but Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS slipped to =13 with a below par High Jump of 1.60 metres after previously taking Gold in the Midland event.  

Hurdlers Sam BARRETT and Nikki FORTUNE were close to their PBs but found the opposition a little strong in their under-15 60 metre hurdles event and both had to live with hand times after the photo-finish failed to register?

BUCS Championships, EIS Sheffield 22/23 February 2013

Hayley PITMAN as she so often does came up with the goods at Sheffield with another 1.75 metre jump to take the Silver Medal.  This followed an effortless 1.63 metre jump to qualify on the previous day.

Hurdler Oliver JEFFERIES made the final of his 60 metre hurdles event with a superb PB of 8.42 but later helping his Bristol University Team in the 4×200 metres relay he badly pulled a hamstring to see himself resting up in the next crucial weeks before the outdoor season commences.  This is tough on Oliver as he did the self-same thing in an indoor 200 metres at Cardiff last year and took some time to recover his hurdling fitness.   Please lay off the indoor 200 metres in future Ollie!

Along with Ollie, Whitehall trained hurdlers Emma TITCOMBE 60 metre hurdles 9.84 and Will HARTLEY 60 metre hurdles in 8.77 also achieved lifetime bests proving that it is just possible to train in the rain, wind and sleet for such a technical event.

One other person who has succeeded in such conditions at Whitehall is Joe THORNTON who dipped under the magical 50 seconds for 400 metres for the first time in his life to clock 49.54 then 49.77 to exit the competition in the semi-finals.  What will we do with all of these brilliant 400 metre runners in the summer?

Scott BAJERE emerged again after a brief lay off to clock a series of fine 60 metres times and ended with a superb 6.88 seconds to finish agonisingly off the medals.  Interestingly Kwame FORDWAR who was runner up in the English Schools 100 metres final last year emerged with a 7.16 and then a 7.14 clocking to exit in the semi-final.  We do hope to see you competing in B&W colours again this year Kwame.  Welcome back.

Luke BAILEY finished ninth in a very competitive final to clear 4.00 metres in the Pole Vault and can anyone tell us what happened to Mike WILSMORE who won his heat of the 1,500m easily but did not appear for the final?

As mentioned earlier Will HARTLEY scored a PB in the 60 metre hurdles but this followed a major breakthrough in the 800 metres to go sub-2 minutes to clock 1:57.81.  A substantial and well-earned break- through for this likeable and accomplished 400 metre hurdler.  Will also cleared a creditable 13.02 in the Triple Jump qualifying rounds.  Triple jump, 60 metre hurdles and 800 metres are a fairly unusual mix of events for anyone so well done Will who as Captain of the Bristol University Team showed real leadership qualities.

Grace FRANCE is an accomplished GB International at the Modern Pentathlon and she has recently joined B&W AC to develop her running.  In her first race Indoors Grace just missed by a second her outdoor PB with 4:58.60 for 1,500 metres.  This augers well for your main event when you get into your summer event Grace.

Other B&W athletes who performed well at Sheffield were Matt HARRIS, 800 metres in 2:00.76; Aoife KELLY 800 metres in 2:20.76 and Steve BEST with a long jump 5.21 / 200 metre 25.07 double.  One other Bristol athlete to show his support at BUCS was Long Jumper Rainer GROH who could not compete due to a knee injury but it is good to know that 7 metre plus  jumper Rainer is back to full training after a spell of absence.

Mike Strange – 26th February 2013