National Youth Development League – Cardiff – Saturday 13th July 2013

Congratulations and well done to all who competed, officiated, supported and team managed at Cardiff. I understand it was very hot and energy sapping so well done for sticking it out.

I have been impressed by many performances through the summer and particularly by those who are first year in their age group. This promises very well for next year.

Bruce Da Silveira was the star of the Under-13 boys at Cardiff. He lost the verdict for 1st place in the 100 metres in 13.5 (G3) but was a 1/10th winner recording 26.5 for the 200 metres which was the only grade 1 performance by a male athlete this season. Oliver Pitt’s 100 metres in 14.0 was a creditable grade 4.

Kieran Dunkley and Reuben Wilmshurst were the most successful of the Under-15 boys’ middle distance runners finishing third in the “A” and “B” races and achieving Grade 4s. Anton Mills and Jack Flowers were almost as successful in the 800 metres. They were called upon to tackle other events too with Anton’s second place in the high jump being the most impressive with a big PB.

Special mention must be made of Jordan Beasley and Jonny Shine who are both inexperienced pole vaulters. Jordan achieved a grade 4 2 metre 50 centimetre PB to finish third and Jonny cleared 2 metres 40 centimetres to win the “B” string competition.

Sam Welsh cleared 1 metre 35 centimetres in the Girls’ Under-13 high jump (a grade 2 performance) and also her 11.2 was a grade 4 in the 75 metres. Libby Hayett produced two grade 4 performances in the long jump and javelin. Tia Jackson produced a grade 3 performance in the 70 metre hurdles and fulfilled her promise with a 4 metre 46 centimetre (grade 2) long jump leap. All three are first year athletes with considerable potential. At Cardiff Nancy Dineen made her league debut in the 800 metres improving her PB by 3 seconds and Olivia Crofts opted for the 1,200 metres improving her PB by 5.6 seconds. Abi Monk threw a grade 4 performance in the javelin and Izzy Harris completed the Girls’ under-13 line up.

We shall miss Samantha Barrett. Mary-Lou Poore, Kinnie Songu and Ella Falk next year. They have been outstanding this year. Sam has faced fantastic competition in the 75 metre hurdles and has always achieved a grade standard performance. Long jump and high jump have been good extra performances. Mary Lou has improved in the throwing events through the season and along with Catherine Clayton the pair have done well. Kinnie is always well placed in the short sprints and Ella is the one to beat and that does not happen often, as evidenced by another win at Cardiff. Isabella Parselle contributed two second “B” efforts in the 100 m and 200m. Eloise Browne ran a grade 3 1,500 metres against some strong opposition in the heat. Hannah Dyer took on the might of the 800 “A” race where performances have been exceptional by athletes from the other competing clubs and produced a pretty fair effort in the heat.

Mike Strange is checking club records as the GU15 4 x 100m winning time of 51.3secs was exceptionally quick.

A summary of Bristol & West results can be found at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/national-youth-development-league/

Hilary Nash Reports.