Fast times were obviously out of the question as torrential rain at the second Youth Development Meeting replaced the freezing cold of the meeting held on 23rd March 2013. The athletes (and parents) must be congratulated on their commitment to staying to take part and the officials deserve a real pat on the back for seeing things through to the end. The Track referee made the sensible decision that the hurdles would be limited to athletes in spikes and one keen athlete went and borrowed a pair of spikes in order to compete.
Lots of athletes from the junior academy and young athlete sessions were joined by some new comers – let’s hope the rain didn’t put the newcomers off. Alison Hurford and Dave Taylor brought athletes from their groups to contest the 1,500 metre races which led to a couple of good races. Nathan Marchant was a clear winner of the under-13 boys 1,500 metres. A late burst from Katie Jones saw her win the under-13 girls 1,200 metres. Harry Leeming beat Hugh Sadler in an interesting under-15 boy’s 1,500 metres. Late on in the evening under-17 Freddy Owsley was cheered on as he ran a solo 53.2 in the 400 metres.
In the shorter races there were good numbers in the 75 metres and some close finishes certainly kept the timekeepers and track judges on their toes. There were three races in the under-11 boys 75 metres with Jack Jones’ 12.2 in the second race the fastest of the day. Similarly in the under-11 girls 75 metres there were 3 races with Sadie Gledson’s 12.6 the fastest time.
In the boy’s under-13 100 metres Oliver Pitt won in 15.0 seconds. There were three races in the girls under-13 100 metres with Charlotte Roberts (14.3) beating Tia Jackson (14.6) in the fastest of the races. Isabelle Parselle took the under-15 girls 100 metres in 14.2. Gabriel Dos Santos won the boys under-15 100 metres in 13.4, while Jack Dyer won the under-17 Men’s race in 12.2 from Tristan Jamieson (12.6) with under-20 Mark Smith recording 12.9. Yemma Songu ran with the men to record 13.2 as an under-17 Lady. Ella Falk won a competitive under-15 girl’s 200 metres in 27.4 seconds.
Tia Jackson won the under-13 70 metre hurdles in 13.8 with Sam Barrett taking the under-15 75 metre hurdles in 12.9. Matthew Colton ran 16.4 in the under-13 boy’s 75 metre hurdles.
The long jump and ball throw were popular events. Jason Soodeen jumped furthest in the under-11 boy’s long jump with 3 metres 27 centimetres. Sadie Gledson completed a double taking the under-11 girl’s long jump with 2 metres 73 centimetres. Like Sadie, Oliver Pitt completed a double as he won the long jump with 3 metres 18 centimetres. Tobi Elegbede was the sole under-15 boy jumping and he recorded 4 metres 40 centimetres. In the under-13 girl’s long jump the winner was newcomer Libby Hayett with a jump of 3 metres 93 centimetres. In second place was under-15 Katharine Cartlidge with a jump of 3 metres 51 centimetres.
Romeo Sewell won the ball throw with a throw of 27 metres 94 centimetres. Phoebe Lewis was the only under-11 girl to throw and was rewarded with 11 metres 11 centimetres. Nat Johnson took the under-13 javelin with a throw of 20 metres 25 centimetres off a slippery run-up and Ellie Cryer took the under-13 girl’s javelin with 11 metres 94 centimetres.
Full results are at:
Our young athletes now move on to the Mendip AC young athlete’s meeting (Thursday 18th April 2013), the Avon League (Sunday 21st April 2013) and the Club Open Meeting at Kip Keino Athletic Stadium (Tuesday 23rd April 2013) as they prepare for the home Youth Development League match on Sunday 4th May 2013.