Track & Field Round-Up – Tuesday 8th April 2014

Thank you to Keith who is covering the magnificent exploits at Yate this week-end as I am slightly indisposed.  However we cannot go another week without recognising the great achievements of 60 year old Caroline POWELL in the World Masters Indoor Champs in Budapest.  Between 25th and 29th March Caroline ran 7 superb races and ended up taking the Silver Medals in the 60 metres and 200 metres and then a magnificent Gold Medal in another World Record in her speciality event the 400 metres.  Her 60 metres was a seasons best of 9.03 seconds which she clocked in both heat and final. In the 200 metres she clocked her best of the series winning her semi-final in 29.31 seconds before finally submitting to a Canadian sprinter in the final in 29.44 seconds.  So Caroline had something big to prove in her 400 metre races.  She actually established a new World Record at Lee Valley a couple of weeks ago with 68.21 seconds but her main rival had already beaten her to second place in the 60 metres and 200 metres so after improving her World Record in the semi-final she stormed round the track in the final to strike a new World mark of 64.76 seconds.  Caroline’s Canadian opponent also beat the old record with 67.13 seconds but the win and new World Record was far from the opponent’s reach.  Even more remarkable it is a fact that Caroline now holds the 400 metre Indoor World Record for the W50, W55 and now W60 age groups with times of 61.29, 62.11 and now 64.76 seconds.  This is a remarkable achievement and all at Bristol & West AC are proud of what you have achieved.   Keep going Caroline and continue to amaze us.

Also in Budapest our past member and great friend David BROWN took the Bronze Medal in 50.74 seconds in the very competitive 400 metres at the M35 age group.  All those who saw the You Tube pictures will know that David takes no prisoners as he screams away from the gun and then hangs on for grim death at the line.  What a great reward was a Bronze Medal to this very likeable athlete who hails from Clevedon originally.

One other local competition took place last week-end at Yeovil.  To the forefront was our International Hammer Thrower who must be in line for Commonwealth Games Selection for Cyprus.  This Ken HOLMES Coached athlete threw 56.05 metres to secure a great win and opener for the 2014 season.  Paul WESTON took some of his Long Jumpers to see whether they are ready for the new season.  Paul didn’t reckon on the weather which was atrocious.  New signing Scott MITCHELL came up with some credit winning the Long Jump with a 6.40 metre jump just beating young James DIAMOND into second place, 6.19 metres.  James has had real training difficulties after securing a place at Exeter University he found that the whole track is unavailable for training as it is being re-laid??  Well done with your jump in these circumstances James.  Young Samantha BARRETT (Under-17) was near to her best with a jump of 4.81 metres but would have gone much further on a decent day.  Murray GRANT Coached Catherine CLAYTON (Under-15) won both of her ‘throws’ competitions with a 26.01 metre discus throw and a 32.12 metre hammer throw.

Mike Strange – 8 April 2014