Twelve Bristol and West under-15 boys and under-17 men took on the BMC races at Millfield School last night. In beautiful surroundings and glorious sunshine (a step up from last year’s torrential rain and thunder/lightning storms) the boys took up the challenge, many setting new personal bests for this track season. First up, Will Chapman running only his second competitive track race, took on the field and finished in 2.45, a 22 second improvement. Race 3 saw Amos Kingston and Jacob Roe battle it out, with Jacob just one second shy of his PB with 2.36 and Amos’ time of 2.40 an improvement of 6 seconds. Race 5, not to be out done by his brother, Otto Kingston made a further one second gain in 2.26, but feeling he could run faster and hopes to at next weekend’s Avon Championships, he was followed closely by Joseph Hull in 2.27 who only moved into this age group in April. Race 7, James Casling, who of late has been preferring a shorter distance with a hurdle or two, took on the 800 metres with a new found determination and proved that he can do the distance, comfortably bringing the race home in 2.14, a 5 second PB. First out for the 1,500 metres were Aidan Oscroft and Jay Akbar, Race 19, sticking with the pacer for the first lap, then sticking like glue to each other, with Aidan showing his experience and edging ahead in the final straight, 4.55 and Jay achieving a PB of 5 seconds, having set himself the challenge of getting under 5 minutes, finishing in 4.56. Rufus Thomas, Race 21, who had also set himself a challenge of 4.40, on the day smashed his PB by 8 seconds, in 4.33. Next up, Fred Hawker and Luke Iles, Race 22, an ever reliable pair who are almost veterans at this race having run the last 4 years. Luke took on the pace early and held his place, whilst Fred, working his way up from the back of the field came in at 4.26.14 and 4.26.68 respectively. Last, but not least, Nathan Marchant took on the last race of the day, the 3,000 metres, with the sun setting, a final PB of the day, 10.17 taking 3 seconds off his previous time. It was also great to see Anton Mills back on the track, with an exciting finish and dip over the line securing him first place in 1.58 a new personal best. Well done to all the boys who made the journey to Street and congratulations to them for a fantastic evening of racing.
Emma Withers Reports