Czech High Jump Comp; Welsh GP 3 – Cardiff; Loughborough Open; WSEH Open – Eton;
The above venues had Bristol & West athletes competing and yet again they excelled.
For once I will feature our hurdlers first as all of them ran PBs with one breaking the Club 60 metre record. That Athlete was Yannick BUDD who had a somewhat chequered day at Loughborough. Yannick let slip an early lead in the first run of the 60 metre hurdles to come second but again bettered the Club Record with a great 8.03 clocking. So off he set in the second round to go under the 8 second barrier. He led to the first 4 of the 5 hurdles but with a lapse in concentration hit the final hurdle. This left Yannick rolling on the floor cut and bruised and worst of all embarrassed. That race was won in 7.96 seconds. Oh what could have been? At Cardiff Oliver JEFFERIES nibbled at his recent high 8.5 clockings to achieve a fine PB of 8.41 seconds. It was a balanced run without mishaps and leaves Ollie ready to break into the 8.4’s. Rebecca COURTENAY has been flirting with a 3 stride pattern sometimes just achieving and sometimes breaking her pattern. This week she had a brilliant trouble free run finishing in a PB of 9.93 seconds. Great Rebecca, I would say that this week you really convinced me that you can now move forwards in the outdoor season and be highly competitive for the Club. It was interesting to see Higher Competition 400 metre hurdles Athlete Hattie DENT (Under-20) over the 60 metre Hurdles where she finished with a fine 10.35 PB clocking just behind Rebecca. Hattie took the Gold medal in the South West Championships because Rebecca only entered the Open event? Over at Eton young Nikki FORTUNE (Under-15) really came of age with two – 10.05 second second places to bring her PB down by O.3 seconds and to really register a threat to Samantha BARRETT’s Club Record of 9.95 seconds.
Joy BRAY’s High Jumpers were again working at the highest level. Joy herself I believe was in the Czech Republic supporting Hayley PITMAN with an England Team that was graced with top UK names like Grabaz, Parsons and Pooley. Hayley performed well clearing 1.74 metres to come third in the ‘B’ event. Well done Hayley, you have earned the right to compete at the highest level. At Cardiff Adam WALL (Under-23) fresh from his 2.05 PB last week put on a real show with clearances at 1.90, 1.95 and 2.00 metres before failing by such a small margin in his three attempts at 2.05 metres. I think 2.05 will soon become a relatively easy target and Adam can soon move onward up the heights. Shaun SCOTT (Under-23) cleared a good height for him of 1.80 metres to finish fifth. Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS (Under-20) improved her season’s best to 1.65 metres and won the Women’s Competition as she inches back to her top form.
The previous day at Cardiff (1 Feb) saw the annual Vault Cardiff competition in which Luke BAILEY vaulted 4.35 metres to come sixth equal in his competition and Elise GAUNTLETT (Under-20) cleared 3.55 metres (seasons best) to finish fourth equal in her completion. Martin DAVIES could not compete as the meeting clashed with a Bristol City home match???
Chris STONE (Under-20) achieved a momentous break through at 60 metres at Eton on Saturday. Our star 400 metre man sharpened up for next week’s Midland Champs with a stunning 6.91 60 metre clocking. To put it in perspective that is faster than our No1 sprinter has achieved this season. Chris’s training partner Debo ADEMUYEWO (another 400 metre man) was second in 6.99 seconds. At Cardiff Debo ran again and produced a 6.91 timing in the heat and was second in the final in 6.93 seconds. Behind Debo came Scott BAJERE third in the final in 6.95 which was his winning time in the heat. Evergreen (and with no winter coat) Derek MORGAN V40 chose the Open event rather than the Masters and avoided a showdown with ex member Chris MILLARD clocking 7.73 seconds. Other 60 metre Male competitors were Josh STARKEY 7.34; Daniel LEVY 7.49; Jack DYER 7.50; Mark SMITH U17 7.54 and Simon PARK 7.70. In the 200 metres Josh STARKEY ran 23.00 and Simon PARK 25.46.
The women’s sprinters were led by Yemma SONGU (Under-20) who came third in the final with a great PB of 7.94. Yemma was also second in her heat in 7.95. Rebecca COURTENAY ran fourth and was quite close to her 2011 indoor best with 8.32 and Alyssa SMALL (Under-20) emerged from her winter build up with 8.34 seconds. Back to Eton and Nikki FORTUNE (Under-15) added to her hurdles runs to make it a trio of PBs on the day with a sound 8.85 second run.
In the 200 metre runs Yemma SONGU (Under-20) again excelled bringing her PB down to 26.99 seconds in second place. Higher Competition Member Emma PIATEK (Under-20) ran slow to start but strong to finish her race to win in 27.41 seconds and Alyssa SMALL (Under-20) opened her season with a 28.42 clocking. Emma had earlier run an exciting 400 metres where again the early part of her race was her undoing and her fast finish brought her almost to her sub 60 second goal with a 60.01 clocking.
Club Captain Charlotte GREEN was thwarted in her attempt to slash her indoor PB at 1,500 metres into the 4:30s when she found that her race only contained 2 other competitors. So Char was forced to make the pace all the way which included her usual mighty last lap. However with no assistance she just failed to meet her target but still was able to claim a massive 7 second indoor PB of 4:41.59. Char although a mite tired also competed in the 800 metres, where the competition was tough, in an Indoor PB of 2:21.49.
Mike WILSMORE is another with recent long term injuries who returned with a top performance. In a really high level race Mike performed cautiously at first as pacemakers took away some of this class field. Then as the race end was approaching he stepped up a gear and finished with a very sound come back time of 3:55.19. Dave BEDWELL V60 ran 4:41.59 in the Master’s category and Jeremy HOGAN V50 was satisfied with his 4:48.56 clocking. Andy DEAN-YOUNG followed up his 1.58 clocking a week ago to run away from the field in his 800 metres in 1:59.39 and Corey HAYNES (Under-20) 2:11.35 and Reuben WILMSHURST (Under-20) 2:12.83 continued their introduction to Indoor racing with sound times.
Our heavy throwers showed good form in the Shot competitions thanks to Murray GRANT nursing his troops and ferrying them to Cardiff. Alex LEEMING-FROUDAKIS won the Under-20 event (6kg) with a 12.92 metre throw and Gemma TINGAY was second in the Senior Women’s event with a throw of 11.94 which showed a 1 metre improvement on her performance a month ago in Bath.
In the horizontal jumps Madison THOMAS (Under-20) began the competition then dropped out to receive treatment on a nagging back injury after jumping 5.32 metres. This competition was won by Amy WOODMAN with 6.08 metres and Yate’s Emily WRIGHT was fourth in 5.67 metres. In the Triple Jump Higher Competition Athlete Toby PONTREATH (Under-20) continued his progress toward 14 metres with a supreme final round jump of 13.60 metres. It was good to chat with your family Toby while you were competing. Their enthusiasm is great.
I apologise for the delay in publishing this week but with James THIE in Stirling for the BUCS Championships things weren’t as slick as they normally are at the Welsh office.
Mike Strange – 3 Feb 2014