Track & Field Bulletin – 31st March 2013

Well the Indoor season closed last Sunday with the Midland ‘Open’ at the HPC Alexander Stadium.  The event, although Indoors, was held at a very snow covered venue so those who did brave the travel conditions were rewarded with decent high level competition.

Theo CAMPBELL was the ‘Star’ of the day with a solo 100 metres beating the 11 second  barrier indoors for the first time with a 10.97 clocking.  Unfortunately it was a truly solo performance as Theo was seeded in a race with Paralympic Athletes and Veterans (no disrespect to those people) but not the race for the fastest man on the track in the whole meeting?  Whatever, this was a truly spectacular run that will stand our 200 metre specialist in great stead for the Summer Season.

It was also great to see our Women’s ‘Sprint’ specialist Emma HEATH out again running the 60 metre and 100 metre events.  Emma looked to be back near to her old form breaking 8 seconds with an impressive 7.92 second 60 metres and then following up with a solid 12.57 for the longer race.   Emma did say that she was looking at the summer programme and was intending to compete quite a bit for Bristol & West this year.

Rebecca COURENAY showed that her recent races on a 3 stride pattern were no flashes in the pan with a 10.19 60 metre hurdles clocking but having missed her strides at the start of the 100 metre hurdles she had to revert back to 4 strides and clocked a respectable 17.59 seconds.  With the sun on your back it will all come together for you Becky I can assure you.

GB International Anthony MATTIS is still pursuing his come back after a longish lay off and clocked 7.59 (60 metres) and 12.04 (100 metres).  Remember all that effort and training that you put in when you were at the top Anthony well it needs even more as you get older?  Nevertheless it has been great watching you improve towards your goal throughout the indoor season.

Under-20 James DIAMOND Long Jumped to an indoor PB on the Saturday with a very good 6.16 metres and followed up with two solid sprint performances on the Sunday with 7.37 (60 metres) and 11.88 (100 metres).   Good to see you see you going well in your gap year James please keep it going through the summer.

Lucas REGAZZO is a highly promising French sprinter / hurdler and after only 3 weeks working at the new increased hurdle height for his age group he managed times of 9.64 (60 hurdles) and 15.94 (100 metre hurdles).  Both races were of the highest standard and Lucas held his own against class opposition.  Lucas also sprinted to times of 8.22 (60 metres) and 13.17 (100 metres) to complete a full day of competition.

Yemma and Kinnie SONGU performed exceptionally in the sprint races with Yemma (Under-17) steadily working back after injury to run 8.26 for 60 metres and 13.07 for 100 metres and just lose out in close finishes.  Kinnie (Under-15) virtually matched her older sister with times of 8.23 for 60 metres and 13.11 for 100 metres to show that she is about to emerge as a strong force in the South West for sprinting in 2013.  

Sam BARRETT and Nikki FORTUNE showed the fine form that they have grown into through this indoor season just failing to achieve 60 metre hurdle bests with 10.03 and 10.54 respectively but having not raced the longer distance since last August they both showed marked steps forward with times of 12.70 and 13.56 for 75 metre hurdles.  Both showed great resilience by also competing in the flat sprints clocking respectively 8.68 and 9.05 for 60 metres and 13.76 and 14.62 for 100 metres to complete a tiring day’s competition.

Caroline WALDER (Under-13) from North Somerset works with the hurdles group at Whitehall and seems destined to become a star hurdler.  She finished 3rd in her 60 metre hurdles with a strong PB of 10.01 but disappointingly just failed to catch her club colleague Sophie PARKER in a very close finish.  Caroline has only recently challenged the full 70 metre distance and coped well to keep her stride pattern to clock 12.31 seconds.  Well done Caroline.

Going back a few weeks (unreported) our great Under-17 Pole Vaulter Lucy BRYAN improved her PB to achieve a new UK age best and 4th in the UK (senior) this year with a brilliant clearance of 4.30 metres.  Lucy won the event (by about a metre) wearing her England representative vest as she competed in the Celtic Cup International Match at Cardiff.

Also in the match and making a memorable England debut was Chris STONE. Chris consolidated his sub-50 second form with a fine 49.65 clocking in 3rd place and then ran what I hear was an exceptional leg of the 4 x 200 metre relay to help England into the Silver Medal position.

Now a mainstay in the Welsh Under-20 Team Bethan WAKEFILD was a little off par running 26.23 for third in the 200 metres behind the impressive Yate runner Emily WRIGHT.

On the Master’s scene we had a World W55 Record from Caroline POWELL at Birmingham on 17th February 2013 but on 10th March in the National Championships she surpassed it once again with a 62.11clocking to again improve her record.  Carol also won the 60 metres with a very fast 8.75 second time.  So on to the European Masters Champs in Spain where Carol won the 200 metres in a Championship Record of 28.33 seconds, came second in the 60 metres in 8.77 but in her eyes failed in the 400 metres as she again won the title.  How did she fail?  She did not clock a World Record on this occasion?  Come on Carol you are the best but sometimes you cannot beat yourself!

One of our string of accomplished Club Coaches Dave BEDWELL also performed well in the British Champs with two Bronze Medal performances at 1,500 metres (4:41.01) and at 3k (10:20.82).  A fine achievement Dave.

Life Member Martin DAVIES was pushed off the Gold platform in the Pole Vault by past International Alun Williams but still took the Silver Medal with a consistent 2.80 vault

Mike Strange – 31 March 2013