The highlights of the Avon Open Meeting at Whitehall Athletics Arena held on Tuesday 13th May 2014 were the high jump and the various 800 metre races. In the high jump Adam Wall cleared 2 metres 6 centimetres for a PB which ranks him fourth under-23 and twentieth in the UK for 2014. Adam missed the first BAL match at Basingstoke but is committed to the final three matches and with clearances like that should score good points for the club.
Traditionally under-15s have had to choose whether to run 800 or 1,500 metres at the County Championships: by holding the County Championship 800s on a separate day at this Open Meeting it has given athletes the option to compete in both. There were some competitive races on Tuesday and entries in this Saturday’s 1,500 metre races in Yate are up so it looks as though this was a popular move.
In the under-13 Boy’s 800 metres nine athletes contested the race with Sam Gentry (2:22.0) of North Somerset just holding off Matt Humphreys from Rhondda (2:22.4) who was running as a guest. Bristol & West’s Stan Harding-Hill therefore took the Avon silver medal in 2:32.2. We are advised that the county medals will be available at Yate on Saturday.
In the under-13 Girls 800 metres there was another excellent race as Rosie Whitehead from North Somerset (2:28.3) just held off Ellie Hobbs of Yate (2:28.8).Katie Jones of Bristol & West took the bronze medal in 2:30.1. Again there were nine competitors in the race.
In the under-15 Boys 800 metres it was almost like a Bristol & West Club Championship as Anton Mills ran a fast stretch between 300 and 600 metres to build up a winning lead (2:11.4). Reuben Wilmshurst must have been left wondering what might have been had he started his charge for the line earlier as he finished second in 2:11.8. Matt Hogg of North Somerset placed third (2:12.3).
In the under-15 Girls 800 metres there were 13 competitors – quite a gaggle off a curved start – Anna Burt of Team Bath won in 2:20.4 from Rosie Allen of Westbury Harriers in second and Hannah Hobbs of Yate/Westbury in third place. The Bristol & West trio of Nancy Dineen (2:35.6), Olivia Crofts (2:42.1) and Emily Moore (2:43.0) finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.
There were no club representatives in the Women’s 800 metres but Ross Grainger (2:05.3) and Jerry Hogan (2:26.0) finished second and sixth in the Men’s 800 metres.
In the last race of the night Jarlath McKenna showed no signs of tiredness from the Bristol 10k as he lead from start to finish taking the 3,000 metres in 9:22.6. Behind him club Vets Dave Bedwell (10:50.2) and Peter Mountain (10:53.9) tuned up for Saturday’s veterans road relays by finishing fourth and fifth.
Earlier in the evening the shorter races had seen mainly domestic fields from Bristol & West with Abi White winning the 70 metre hurdles for girls in13.8 and Sophie Parker (12.4) of North Somerset took the under-15 equivalent from Nicola Fortune (12.5) and Jade Stallard (13.5).
In the 100 metre races Jenny Hughes won the under-13 girls’ race in 14.4 from Imogen Sharman (14.7). Oliver Pitt won the under-13 boys 100 metres in 14.0 from Jack Donoghue (14.1) and then later took the 200 metres in 28.9. Laura Measor won the under-15 girls 100 metres in 14.7 from Izzy Harris. Jess Frazer won the 150 metres for under-13 girls in 22.1.
Aiden Oscroft won the under-11 boys 600 metres in 1:57.2.
In the field some of the club’s high jumpers were in action with Shaun Scott second in the Senior Men’s event with a 1 metre 85 centimetre clearance. Amelia Hempleman-Adams took the honours in the under-20 Women’s competition with a 1 metre 60 clearance and Kurt Cameron cleared 1 metre 40 centimetres in the under-15 Boy’s competition. In the under-13 Girl’s competition Abi White cleared 1 metre 15 centimetres for third place.
In the shot putt James Preston returned to competition and his winning putt was 12 metres 29 centimetres and he will be a welcome addition to the British League Team. Behind him Will Tiley threw 8 metres 75 centimetres. Gemma Tingay was the only Senior Lady in action putting 10 metres and 2 centimetres. Rownita Marston (under-17) putt 12 metres and 2 centimetres and Nicola Fortune (under-15), who was having a busy night, putt 8 metres 34 centimetres.
There were three club throwers in the Discus with James Preston (Senior Men) throwing 40 metres exactly, Catherine Clayton (under-15 girls) threw 26 metres 25 centimetres and Gemma Tingay (Senior Lady) threw 31 metres 88 centimetres.
In the Javelin Gemma Tingay threw 38 metres 65 centimetres, Rownita Marston threw 21 metres 44 centimetres and Abi White won the under-13 girl’s competition with a throw of 24 metres 43 centimetres, with sister Jess third with 13 metres 97 centimetres. Kurt Cameron was the only male thrower from the club throwing 31 metres 55 centimetres.
There were only four pole vaulters competing on the night with Kurt Cameron clearing 2 metres 90 centimetres and Jonny Shine 2 metres 55 centimetres.
In the long jump pit Aiden Oscroft was first under-11 boy with a leap of 3 metres 30 centimetres. Oliver Pitt jumped 3 metres 38 centimetres for second in the under-13 age group. Thea Clark jumped further than both of them as she took the under-11 girls event with 3 metres 62 centimetres. Jess Frazer recorded 3 metres 88 centimetres to win the under-13 girls event and Millie Rutherford (under-15 girls) jumped 3 metres 23 centimetres.
Full results can be found as Results Avon CAA Open Meeting 13.05.14 at:
A big thank you to all the officials and other volunteer helpers. Without their support these Open Meetings could not be held.