Away Win In The Searing Heat To Take Us Back To The Top Of The Midland League

10 Jul

Midland Athletic League Division 1 – Match 3 Report for Combined Bristol & West/Yate & District team – Cheltenham, 8th July 2018

The combined Bristol & West/Yate & District team responded brilliantly to the disruption caused by the late cancellation of the Hammer and Discus and some late injury withdrawals to take an away win and return to the top of the league by one league point from Birchfield.

Tamworth continued their season of consistent performances with second place on the day and pipping Birchfield by one match point, followed up by Cheltenham & County, Notts and Wolves & Bilston.  The last match is likely to be between us and Birchfield for the league victory with Cheltenham and Notts fending off relegation and Wolves almost certainly going down.

Winning is great, but as importantly we had another great day out with athletes pitching in, multiple team debutantes adding to their experience, mutual support all round and athletes and supporters enjoying themselves. Sadie GLEDSON smiling all the way down the 100 metre hurdles a perfect example and she was also third which isn’t bad for a long jumper who hasn’t trained for hurdles in years.

Other examples that typify the teams commitment and spirit of adventure is Jo SMERDON advising our two male novice Shot Putters of Simon Hamman (horizontal jumper) and Tim WHITE (vet endurance runner) on how to get legal throws; Jess MEAD (Hammer thrower) travelling just to do her ‘help out’ event of the 400 metre hurdles; and Jodie DALE doing the same for the Javelin despite her Discus being cancelled.

It is unusual to have so many debutantes at this point in the season, but it is part of the teams remit that we offer athletes additional competitive opportunities.  New to the team and this type of competition were James CASLING (400mH and possibly the first s/chase guest in league history), Claudia SPICE (1500m), and Amena KOFI & Olivia KNIGHT in the 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.  Familiar with this level of competition, but new to the Midland League team were Ben TULLOCH, Mike PROFFITT, Julia COOK, Olivia WILDING with remarkably her first 4 x 400 metres relay along with Hannah HOBBS, and finally a long term supporter of the team in Emma JOLLIFFE who ran her first individual team event.

The next match is in Nottingham on the 5th August 2018 when we have the chance to secure our second League victory in a row and have another good day out no matter the result.

Results are now on power of 10 and the club affiliations are being corrected:

You wouldn’t think it was a great day for PBs and SBs with the heat and wind, but nonetheless a fair number of you managed it:

Women’s PBs: Daisy ACKERMAN (800 metres), Jess MEAD (400 metre hurdles), Emily WHITAKER (400 metre hurdles)

Women’s SBs: Olivia KNIGHT (100 metres), Sarah EVERITT (800 metres), Hannah HOBBS (1,500 metres), Ana Maria DURAN-MINGO (3,000 metres), Emma JOLLIFFE (3,000 metres), Tia JACKSON (Long Jump and High Jump), Lucy DURHAM (= High Jump)

Men’s PBs: Dan SCHOFIELD (1,500 metres), Tim WHITE (400 metre hurdles and 2000 metres steeplechase), James CASLING (400 metre hurdles and 2,000 metre steeplechase), Robbie STEWART (2,000 metre steeplechase), Simon HAMMANN (Shot Putt), Jonny SHINE (Javelin)

Men’s SBs:  Abdi HASAN (800 metres), Tim WHITE (1,500 metres), Joe CONNORS (5,000 metres), Jack MOORE (=110 metre hurdles), Jonny SHINE (Triple Jump)

Steve Grant, Pete Mountain and Matt Muggeridge