Bristol & West Young Athletes Shine In Birmingham 

28 Jan

This weekend (27th and 28th January 2018) saw the second of three open meetings at the Birmingham High Performance Centre (HPC). It was a good opportunity for the younger sprinters, jumpers and throwers to test how their winter is faring without the big trek to Lee Valley in London. Bristol & West had nne athletes in attendance and most should be happy with how they performed.
Joy Bray’s top two jumpers were in attendance. Jamie ANDERSON (now at Birmingham University) matched his season opener with 1.90 and Charlotte MARTIN who was a little below her effort in Cardiff earlier this month with 1.45, but would have learnt a lot about her new run up in the process.
Jess LEWIS must have been pleased with her first competition of 2018, throwing 30.90 just short of her best of 33.67 from last season
An under the weather Tia JACKSON failed to register a legal jump on Saturday. This has happened a few too many times, and suggests she needs to go back to the drawing board before she gets the 6 metre jump we all know she can do.
Sunday was the turn of the sprinters and hurdlers. Alice MATHEWS impressed a lot of people in Cardiff last month and reduced her PB even further with 10.41 and 10.37
Alice was followed by Tamara JACKSON who again improved on her personal best from Cardiff to finish her two races in 10.71 and 10.56 and is now starting to gain confidence in her second best event.
First year Under-15 athlete Libby DICKENS also continued to impress with her run in the 60 metres hurdles. Although she would have been disappointed not to have registered a PB, 10.47 and 10.42 are still very respectable times.
ED WILSON looked very accomplished over the 60 metres hurdles Under-15 but was just pipped by his Taunton based nemesis, Oliver D’Rozario, to clock a personal best of 8.93
The day started badly for Tia JACKSON who missed her first race due to a timetable change, but to her credit delivered spectacularly in the second race, smashing her PB to clock 7.68 which subject to other weekend performances, puts her third in the national rankings for the year so far. Tia has attended the majority of the S&C sessions put on by the club over the last 2 years and she is starting to reap the benefits, looking stronger and sharper in her third best event.
Following in her footsteps was her cousin Tamara JACKSON in the Under-13 60 metres, she improved her personal best to 8.66, the fastest at the club for the last 4 years and subject to clarification from Mike Strange, sits very close behind Tia’s club record of 8.58
Tamara turned the tables on hurdles specialist Alice MATHEWS who also finished in a personal best of 9.16 seconds and will need to do more of the flat sprints to help improve her hurdle performances.
The other Jackson competing was Maxwell JACKSON in the Under-13 60 metres. Although he struggled to compete with the older boys, he should be pleased with his PB over 60 metres, coming in at 10.21
ED WILSON would have been pleased that he got a last minute slot in the Under-15 60 metres; he lowered his personal best from Cardiff again with a time of 7.79.
Jon Jackson reports