This weekend was the peak of the 2014 Indoor season with the British Grand Prix and the Birmingham Games being held at Birmingham’s NIA. (I was at Cardiff timekeeping where unfortunately there were no Bristol & West athletes for me to observe so this report is compiled purely using the Power of 10 system)
It is a great honour for any athlete to be selected to compete in the British Grand Prix and this year that honour was bestowed on Lucy BRYAN and Emily DIAMOND. Lucy competed in the ‘A’ Pole Vault (being Britain’s number 2 at the moment) and it must have been great for this under-20 lady to mix with and go against the very best vaulters in the World. Lucy’s clearance of 4.16 metres which is virtually level with her second best vault of the season but she would be slightly disappointed with finishing behind Sally PEAKE in eighth place. Emily performed in the 400 metre ‘B’ race and was rewarded with an Indoor PB of 53.46 which is a Club Indoor Record. Emily is gradually inching towards her 2012 levels but will find that there is stiff competition for 400 metre places this year. Well done to both of our Ladies.
At the Birmingham Games we had another great 400 metre Indoor Club Record from Omar SIMPSON running an excellent 47.69 which surprisingly only took him into fifth place in a very competitive field. Yannick BUDD picked up a commendable second in the ‘A’ 60 metre hurdles with an 8.02 clocking in his second fastest run of this season. Earlier in the week Yannick sampled runs without hurdles running 7.13 for the 60 metres to win by a clear 2 metres and then he ran a leg of the 4×200 metre relay. Yannick felt that he ran these races typically as a hurdler with good rhythm but no explosion. It does send a note to team management that once he has completed his hurdles race then he is game for a sprint relay leg. Scott BAJERE was the other outstanding Bristol & West athlete on the track after what I thought were some slightly below par runs earlier in January. Scott’s 6.86 for 60 metres brought him a fourth place in the ‘A’ final but even more outstanding was his exceptional 200 metre winning run of 21.88 seconds. This looks like being another outstanding season for Scott. Romaine HYMAN continued his very good season with a 7.11 clocking to finish third in his 60 metres race.
Elise GAUNTLETT (Under-20) continued her run of outstanding performances with a Pole Vault of 3.45 metres to come third in her event. This follows clearances of 3.55 metres in her last two competitions. Well done Elise. You can’t keep down our dominant High Jumpers can you. Adam WALL probably edges the headline this week with his second clearance at 2.05 metres this season and a very near miss at 2.10 metres. Adam’s sights are set high for the 2014 season and it looks like he is about to achieve. Hayley PITMAN cleared 1.75 metres for second in her competition but was not quite up to her 1.81 metre Club Record achieved last week. Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS cleared 1.60 metres to also finish second in her Under-20 competition.
In the Women’s sprints Emma HEATH came out on top of the Bristol & West athletes present with a fine 7.96 clocking to come second in the ‘B’ race but she was followed closely by Yemma SONGU (Under-20) who clocked a consistent 7.98 seconds. Alyssa SMALL (Under-20) clocked 8.51 seconds but Ella FALK (Under-17) will set worries in the senior’s minds after an outstanding 60 metres win in 8.06 seconds. 300 metre specialist Ella followed with a fine 26.16 200 metres clocking to come second in the Under-17 age grouping whilst Yemma clocked an equally fine 26.28.
It was good to see that Freddie OWSLEY (Under-20) had emerged from a winter with a few injury problems with a very good 22.72 clocking in the 200 metres and Yusef AMEUR (Under-17) consolidated his first season in athletics with a PB clocking of 24.22 seconds. Yusef also ran a fine 7.44 second 60 metres to achieve a second PB on the day.
Our Club Decathlon record holder Mark SPIVEY came second in the Master Pentathlon Championships at Lee Valley to record 3,147 points which is surely a Club Over-50 Record with performances of 6.69 – 60 metre hurdles; 1,000 metres – 3:19.6; Shot – 11.14 metres but he notes that his High Jump and Long Jump performances were disappointing. Mark was second only to an exceptional British athlete (and RAF representative) Greg Dunson so keep going while you are enjoying it Mark and keep alive those great memories of when you were a key member of the Bristol & West Teams.
Mike Strange – 18 February 2014