South West & Welsh Masters Indoor Championships – National Indoor Athletic Centre Cardiff

Following some outstanding performances by our young sprinters and hurdlers last week it was heartening to see a great number of under-20s, Seniors and Masters participating in this Meeting at the NIAC Cardiff on Sunday 14th January 2018.

The race of the day, the Men’s ‘A’ 1,500 metres included a great duel at the front by in form Mike WILSMORE and evergreen Steve MITCHELL.  Mike with his head shorn (so it was difficult to recognise him at first) forged into the lead almost immediately and set off at great pace with Steve in hot pursuit. Mike kept up the pace relentlessly until in the last 400 metres Steve closed up to his shoulder but Mike just upped his rate and eased away.  This was just outside Mike’s Indoor PB of 3:47.20 from 2012 as he won in 3:48.21 with Steve just behind in 3:48.72.  A truly great race to a very high National standard (they are currently ranked one and two Indoors over 1,500 metres for 2018).  In a separate race relative newcomer Josh MOODY showed great form to post an Indoor PB just being beaten to the line in 3:59.90 with Miles CHANDLER seventh in 4:15.62.  In the third race V50 runner Tony ROPER ran exceptionally to record what must be an Indoor PB (at his age group) of 4:52.76.

The Women’s race turned out to be another great success for a B&W Athlete with Fiona MARKS in her very first Indoor race winning in a formidable 4:48.10.  Fiona ran cautiously in her first adventure on boards until about 800 metres when she showed that she was comfortable enough to take the lead.  Fiona then took it on to record that excellent time close to her outdoor best performance.  Consistent Sarah EVERITT V50 ran steadily to record a time close to her best in sixth place (first Masters) in 5:05.36.

In the Men’s 800 metres our two outstanding over 60’s runners Peter MOUNTAIN and Dave BEDWELL battled it out with Dave leading Peter for most of the race then the positions reversing near to the end with fast finishing Peter recording 2:25.01 to Dave’s 2:25.10.  Peter went on to record a V60 Club Record in his 200 metres with a 29.95 clocking.

The rest of the 200 metre series showed some interesting results with International Debo ADEMUYEWO (wearing a Club Vest for the very first time so we must assume that at last he has joined us) clocking 23.33 just in front of Under-20 sprinter Treay REID just finishing behind Debo in 23.98.  New faces greeted us in the Women’s 200 metres races with Olivia WILDING winning in an outstanding 26.34 with young Natasha JONES Under-23 also wining in 27.64.  Liberty PULLEN (who is also an excellent sprint hurdler) coming second in 28.05.  These five (and others in the 60 metres) will make a big difference to our Sprinting force in this Summer’s League encounters – welcome to B&W AC.

In the 60 metre series we had an unfortunate set back in the ‘A’ race when Will KENNEDY was disqualified for a false start but Scott BAJERE remained to clock 7.00 in this race and then 6.98 in the Final (both fractionally behind old boy Chris STONE).  Ben TULLOCH (Under-20) equalled his season’s best with 7.41 and Tai Jan DIEDRICH improved to another 7.41.  Simeon WYNN (Under-20) improved to 7.50 and V55 Mark ELLERY also improved to 8.32.

In the Women’s series our newcomers again performed well led by Olivia WILDING 8.00 in her heat followed by 8.04 in the ‘B’ final, Julia COOK 8.05, Liberty PULLEN 8.37, Hannah JACKSON 8.41, Young Under-17 Olivia KNIGHT 8.45 and then T44 Disability Athlete Sophie KAMLISH close to her best in 8.78.  A great deal of congratulations must go to Coaches Nick HARRIS and Debo ADEMUYEWO for sourcing and developing a promising group of young sprinters who will do the Club great credit in 2018.  Higher Competition Athlete Yvette WESTWOOD clocked 7.72 and 7.69 to come second in both heat and ‘A’ final in the 60 metres.

The 400 metre races saw only two B&W athletes but both impressed.  Mikkel BASSUE Under-20 (our top 60m sprinter so far this year) again put his toes in the water at the longer distance and came away with a notable 51.35 clocking whilst developing Under-23 Natasha JONES had a very impressive win in 61.06.

In the field Silvia AMABILINO vaulted 3.60 metres to win her event (followed at 3.50 metres by North Somerset’s Cally WALDER) but sadly Madeline HARTNOLL recently returned from injury no heighted.  Maddy has vaults planned for each of the next two weeks so no doubt will turn her result around.

Outstanding Charlotte MARTIN Under-17 followed up her 1.55 High Jump last week at Birmingham with a 1.50 clearance to show good consistency.

Ex-Bristol & West Athletes were also to the fore particularly in the Masters event with International Member Joanne WILLOUGHBY V50 taking three Gold Medals in the 200 metres, Long Jump and Triple Jump where she exceeded her British Record Outdoor distance with a jump of 10.24 metres.  Suzanne HARDING V40 took the Masters Gold with a 9 sec improvement on last year with 2:37.32 and Jane HORDER V60 as ever taking Gold in the 60 metre hurdles with 9.99.  Also we saw cameo performances from old boys Ian WILLOUGHBY (200 metres), Martin DAVIES (60 metre hurdles ??) and Chris STONE with 800 metre evergreen Brett DAVIES presenting Medals and ex-400 metres star Rosie THORNER there supporting her very talented twins.

Mike Strange – 16 January 2018

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