Welsh International Meeting – Cardiff – 20 July 2016

On a very blustery evening in Cardiff six of our Athletes had a very successful evening at the highest level in the Welsh International Meeting (along with five of our very good Officials.)  It was also most heartening to note that virtually every one of the athletes was sporting the red hooped B&W vest.

Pride of place needs to go to GB International Lucy BRYAN who has been chasing the Olympic Qualifying mark all summer and won the Pole Vault event with a season’s best clearance of 4.15 metres.   After two failures at 4.05 metres it looked like rival Sally Peake might have the edge after making her clearance.  But great competitor that Lucy is she passed on her third attempt.  Sally then proceeded to fail at 4.10 metres so Lucy came back with the one remaining attempt to make a magnificent clearance at 4.15 metres.  Lucy’s three attempts at 4.25 metres were not successful particularly on such a difficult blustery evening but she is really raising her status again after such a long lay-off through a difficult injury period.  With Olympic possibilities now behind her it is great to note that she intends to compete for the Club at the crucial final UK League match of the season at Manchester.   It was also good to be able to congratulate her housemate and supporter Jasmin Sawyers for her Silver Medal at the recent European Championships.

Christina JONES has had a few setbacks recently – not least an ankle injury sustained at the last UKWL match – after a magnificent opening to the Season.  Christina won this prestigious Hammer event with a great throw of 59.62 metres.  However by her own high standards she proceeded to declare her throw as ‘Rubbish’.  That is your opinion ‘Stina not that of your Bristol supporters.  Well done.

A sun tanned (it must be University Holiday time) Bethan WAKEFIELD needed to battle a -1.5 mps wind in a high quality 200 metres but came through with a very excellent 25.75 clocking.  Natasha LEWIS is in the process of stepping up from 400 metres to 800 metres and almost clocked a PB with 2:18.19.  Natasha is now looking comfortable at this level and will be ready for her next stage improvement.

Chris STONE really did need to contend with the wind with a -2.3 mps burst to fight in the 100 metres but he still gained a successful second place with an 11.06 clocking.  Chris then stormed to a 21.53 200 metre clocking to win the 200 metres ahead of Bristol & West Coach Debo ADEMUYEWO (who is still competing for Sale Harriers until the end of the season) who finished sixth in 22.63.  Debo went on to run a 400 metre leg of the Medley Relay for England.   

Good news also from Bydgoczsz in Poland where Higher Competition Member Tom Gale high jumped 2.16 metres to qualify for the World Junior Final.  Good luck in the Final Tom.

Mike Strange – 21 July 2016