South West Indoor championships 2nd December 2019, Day one

I am still not sure how I feel about indoor competitions during December, when athletes are either getting stuck into hard winter training or competing over the mud in the Gwent league, but it was well worth the trip to Cardiff International indoor arena, for a number of the Bristol & West athletes at the South West Indoor championships, Sunday 2nd December.
Pick of the bunch were RYAN BRADY and LILY BAILEY who both secured gold medals in the competitive U15 age group. Lily warmed up with a 1.51 in the high jump, which equalled the winning height but had to settle for a bronze after count backs. However she then went on to dominate the 300m from gun to finish, winning in a time of 42.99. Lily looked so much stronger than last year, when she ran the event for the first time.
Ryan has just moved up from U13 and only started running for the club in July, but looks like he will be a force to be reckoned with, over the next couple of years. On the day, you could see that he was nervous, and found it difficult navigating the tight bends, but he was a cut above his competitors in the 200m and fully deserved his win , in a personal best of 25.71
Kasavia Smolka Headley also looked impressive clinching the U15G 200m silver medal, in an overall personal best of 27.33 which suggests she will make big strides in the upcoming season.
Tamara JACKSON, Alice Mathews and Ella BOWELL all had a taste of things to come this year, as they moved up to the U15 age group for the first time. Tamara and Ella both achieved personal bests in the 200m, running in tight inside lanes (29.69 and 29.99 respectively) , while Ella was close to her best in the long jump, with 4.18.
Alice fared the best of all the first year U15’s finishing well in the High jump (1.41) and 300m (46.11). The youngest club competitor was Owen Garrett who just missed out on the bronze in the U13 shot put, with a fourth place, but hopefully it will inspire him to continue training during the long winter months.
Day 2 of the championships are on the 6th January 2019 and entries are open now.
http://welshathletics.org/competitions/events/track–field/2019/january/welsh-athletics-junior-open–regional-championships-day-2.aspx
Older athletes can compete at the Cardiff Met Xmas classic which takes place on the 16th December.
http://welshathletics.org/competitions/events/track–field/2018/december/cardiff-met-christmas-classic-grand-prix.aspx
Jon Jackson
Development Advisor

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