Bristol & West Athletes to the fore in important Indoor Meetings last weekend

11 Mar

At Lee Valley in the British Masters Championships we had three athletes performing and between them they collected four Gold Medals and two Silver Medals.  Not bad for ‘the Evergreens’ and you should of course also add to this the Silver Medal won by Mark SPIVEY in the Masters Pentathlon two weeks ago.  Life Member Dave BEDWELL was magnificent in the Over 60 age group and took Gold in both the 1,500 metres in 4:46.82 seconds and the 3,000 metres in 10:09.08 seconds.  Dave spends a great deal of time these days coaching our Male Young Athletes but as a spin off he has maintained the great form that he has shown over the years.  Well done Dave. 

Caroline POWELL also stepped up into the Over 60 category after her ‘World Record’ beating spell in the Over-55 group.  Caroline picked up an injury at the World Masters in Brazil at the end of last summer and has been restricted in her Indoor competitions whilst she has battled back to fitness.  Caroline continued that great success and took Gold in her primary event the 400 metres in 68.21 seconds and again in the 200 metres in 30.40 seconds.  She had to settle for Silver in her 60 metres with a 9.22 second clocking in the Final after winning her heat in 9.26 seconds.  Jeremy HOGAN was our other competitor at Lee Valley and he reaped the benefits of a lot of hard work at Whitehall over the winter with a very creditable season’s best 10:10.16 second Silver Medal in the Over 55’s 3,000 metres.  That was well earned Jeremy as your legendary Coach Dave JENNINGS said on Facebook. 

At Cardiff in the ‘Welsh International’ Meet B&W Athletes scored well and Hayley PITMAN showed her consistency to take a great High Jump win with a 1.76 clearance.  Steve MITCHELL ran his best indoor time for 2 years to come second in the 1,500 metres in 3:45.54.   Luke BAILEY took third in the Pole Vault with a 4.21 metre clearance and a rejuvenated Andrew DEAN-YOUNG was fifth in the 800 metres in a solid season’s best 1:58.46 seconds. 

Mike Strange – 11 March 2014