As well as taking two titles on Saturday 17th May 2014 at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre in the Avon County Championships Tia JACKSON set two new county records with her 13.3 clocking in the 100 metres and 12.0 clocking in the 70 metre hurdles. Tia also took the Under-13 Long Jump title with a jump of 4 metres 29 centimetres. Well done Tia. She was pushed hard in the long jump by Libby HAYETT who jumped 4 metres 24 centimetres: Libby was also second in the hurdles in 13.6.
Others running well in the Under-13 girl’s 100 metres included Imogen SHARMAN who was second to Tia in the under-13 100 metres second heat in 14.2, while Kiaa’ama KOFI took the first heat in 14.0. In the final only a guest runner from India split them as Tia won with Kiaa’ama third and Imogen fourth both in 13.9. Jenny HUGHES and Ella GOODMAN made it five club athletes in that particular final.
Four young athletes contested the two heats of the Under-15 girls 100 metres with Danielle PRENDERGAST the fastest in heat one with 13.2, while Isabella Parselle (13.6), Izzy GRIFFITHS (14.9) and Isobel HARRIS (15.0) finished third, fourth and fifth in Heat 2. Danielle was second in the final just one tenth behind the winner after a battle all the way. Isabella finished fifth.
Not to be outdone the under-13 boys also got five athletes to the final with Oliver PITT leading them home in second place (13.4) clocking the same time as the winner. Behind him Jack DONOGHUE (13.8), Nathaniel WILLIAMS (13.9), Lewis OBERHANSI (14.0) and Harrison WOOD finished third, fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.
On a weekend when Club sprinting reached new highs across all the age groups Will Hines added the County Under-15 100 metres record as well as the County title to his name as he stopped the clock at 11.6. In the Under-17 Men’s 100 metres Tomas GOODMAN got the verdict in a close race in 11.6, with Mark SMITH second in the under-20 100 metres (11.6) and Romaine HYMAN taking the Senior Men’s title in 11.2.
Over 200 metres the Under-13 girl’s race was won by a guest from India with Kiaa’ama KOFI finishing second in 29.5 and Imogen SHARMAN third in 30.0. Oliver PITT won the Under-13 boy’s race in 27.6 with Jack DONOGHUE third in 29.7. There were good performances in the Under-15s 200 metres where Bruce DA SILVEIRA took the County title and record in the boy’s race with 23.5. He was closely followed by Will HINES who clocked 23.8 for a Bristol & West one-two. In the girls equivalent the club had four finalists with Isabella PARSELLE (second in 27.4) and Danielle PRENDERGAST (fourth in 27.8) the best placed. It was good to see Natasha JONES (fifth in 27.7) and Tim PIKE (second in 24.0) competing in the under-17 age group – an area where we definitely need to grow numbers going forward.
In the longer ‘sprints’ Tomas GOODMAN recorded second in the under-17 300 metres in 52.2 with Nick SOBSTYL third in 54.7. While Caroline POWELL took the Women’s 400 metres in 64.8.
Ben ROBINSON did an 800/1,500 metre double in the Senior Men’s races – one of few adult athletes taking part – Ben was pleased to duck under 2 minutes with 1:59.6 in the 800 metres, and then recorded 4:11.2 in the 1,500 metres.
The middle distance races had a good club representation but there were still several notable absentees. Eloise BROWN flew the flag in the Under-15 girl’s race and looked strong throughout as she finished fourth in 4:55.5 for a new PB. As usual Alison HURFORD had athletes racing in the Under-13 boys where Stan HARDING-HILL finished second in 5:09.9 and Nathan Marchant third in 5:11.7. In the Under-15 boy’s race Hugh SADLER lay off the pace before finishing strongly to take fourth in 4:30.9 – a PB – but one feels there is more to come if he would commit earlier and spread his effort over the whole race. Behind him Reuben WILMSHURST finished fifth in 4:35.9 and Ali was pleased to see Jasper EDDISON return to racing as Jasper finished tenth in 5:01.4. Harry LEEMING chased Ben Robinson home to take the under-17 Men’s title in 4:18.7 and it was good to see Henry and Billy COCHRANE competing on the track; with Henry second in 4:27.5 and Billy fifth in 4:58.6. Vicky TESTER (second in 5:02.40) and Lisa NEWING (third in 5:32.9) took medals in the Senior Women’s race.
In the field there were some notable wins – but as ever the numbers were disappointing, although the club got many of its athletes out – getting in some good competition experience. Catherine CLAYTON won the Under-15 girl’s Hammer by over 5 metres with a throw of 25 metres 31 centimetres and also took the Discus title with 26 metres 93 centimetres. Matt SPICER took the Senior Men’s title with a throw of 48 metres 58 centimetres.
Alexander LEEMING-FROUDAKIS took the Under-20 Men’s Discus title with a throw of 45 metres 79 centimetres and also won the Under-20 Men’s shot putt with a putt of 13 metres 49 centimetres. Gary BARRETT took the Senior Men’s title with a best throw of 28 metres 22 centimetres and Will TILEY the Senior Men’s shot with 9 metres 6 centimetres. Gemma TINGAY took the Senior Women’s title with a throw of 31 metres 57 centimetres. Nicola FORTUNE (8 metres 33 centimetres) and Catherine CLAYTON (8 metres 15 centimetres) finished second and fourth in the Under-15 girls shot putt. In the Javelin Rownita MARSTON (Under-17 Women) threw 22 metres 8 centimetres, Gemma TINGAY (Senior Women) threw 33 metres 65 centimetres and Kurt Cameron (Under-15 Boy’s 34 metres 50 centimetres.
As usual there were good performances in the Pole Vault with none better than Kurt CAMERON’S standout PB clearance at 3 metres 23 centimetre to take the Under-15 Boy’s title; how long before new PBs with his new pole that arrives on Tuesday! Johnny SHINE took under-17 honours with a clearance at 2 metres 73 centimetres and Tom SKINNER took the Senior Men’s title at the same height. Johnny SHINE also finished third in the Under-17 Triple Jump – his longest jump going out to 10 metres 62 centimetres.
In the High Jump Tom SKINNER cleared 1 metre 75 centimetres in the Senior Men’s competition (Tom was the only competitor) and Sam BARRETT cleared 1 metre 50 centimetres to take second in the Under-17 Women’s event. Tom also long jumped 5 metres 45 centimetres. Sam also ran 12.9 in the 80 metres hurdles and leapt 4 metres 43 centimetres for second in the Long Jump.
There was a good number of club vests on display – but from my perch on the track judges’ stand I noticed several club athletes competing in tops other than their club vests. I won’t name and shame here but as an event run under UK Athletics rules those athletes could have been disqualified for not competing in club colours – so please in future wear your club vests. Some people believe we are under-achieving on some levels and it would help to dispel those thoughts if every Bristol & West athlete actually competed in a Bristol & West club vest! That said with 49 medals in the under-17 age groups and below (the best haul since Dean Garrett started keeping records in 2006) the club is progressing in the right direction.
The results from the Avon Athletics Championships are now available at the following link:
Keith Brackstone Reports.