The Bristol & West/Yate composite team made home advantage count when they won the second Midland League Match at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on Saturday 7th June 2014. Even so it was a close call with the team scoring 371 points to 368 scored by runners-up Cheltenham. In a busy weekend for the club with the men competing in the British Athletics League at Southampton and the Women in the UK Women’s League at Newham, Team Manager Roger Brocklesby and his Yate counterpart Julian Ponting had done well to fill most of the events. In addition the club had athletes competing in the Guernsey Games and the Midland Masters (but more of that in other blogs).
The stand-out performance of the day was Christina Jones’ hammer win with a throw of 61 metres 69 centimetres – not only did this eclipse her recently set PB and club record but it was also a Midland League Division 2 record – so well done Christina (who like a couple of the other ladies went on to compete at Newham on the Sunday).
On the men’s side the Bristol & West contribution was limited on the track with Andrew Dean-Young third in the 800 metres A race in 1:59.0, Ben Robinson third in the 1,500 metres A race in 4:10.4 with Ben Haines (9:45.8) and Alex Whittaker (9:46.8) finishing sixth in the A and fourth in the B 3,000 metres on the track debuts. Well done and we hope to see you competing regularly on the track in the future. The composite Men’s relay teams won both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metre races.
In the Men’s Triple Jump Luke Reynolds won the A string with a best jump of 13 metres 17 centimetres. Jonny Shine scored good points coming second in the B high jump with a clearance at 1 metre 55 centimetres and third in the A string pole vault with a clearance at 2 metres 90 centimetres. Will Tiley putt the shot 9 metres 42 centimetres to take fifth place in the A string, while Rhys Llewellyn-Eaton took third place in the B hammer with a throw of 17 metres 52 centimetres. Newcomer James Artingstall won the B javelin with a throw of 37 metres 66 centimetres.
On the track for the ladies Alyssa Small won the B 100 metres in 12.7 and also finished fifth in the B 200 metres in 26.2. The women’s 400 metres saw Charlotte Green racing under-distance as she finished third in the A string with a 59.5 (PB) clocking. Caroline Powell was runner-up in the B race with 63.9. There were good points in the hurdles with Rebecca Courtenay taking the A 100 metre hurdles in 16.7, while Yate’s Hatti Dent took the A 400 hurdles in 66.2. Vicky Tester took third place in the A 800 metres in 2:28.4 before winning the B 1,500 metres in 5:06.8. Anna Burton won the A 1,500 metres in a PB of 4:48.9. Julia Belyavin took second place in the A 3,000 metres in 10:58.5 and Lisa Newing won the B race in 11:32.0, which meant the women’s middle distances were a great source of points. The composite relay teams finished second in the 4 x 100 metres but were disqualified and third in the 4 x 400 metres.
In the field Christina’s divisional record and PB has already been mentioned. Alyssa Small cleared 1 metre 30 centimetres for fourth place in the B high jump and Rocio Moya and Ruby Juan took maximum points from the pole vault with Rocio clearing 2 metres 40 centimetres in the A string and Ruby 2 metres in the B string. Alice Grosjean finished second in the A discus with 33 metres 71 centimetres and fourth in the A shot with 9 metres 58 centimetres.
With two matches to go the team remains in with a chance of promotion up into the First Division of the League. Links to the Midland Counties web-site will be added here once the results are uploaded there.