Cardiff Met Christmas Classic

20 Dec


Cardiff Met Christmas Classic – NIAC Cardiff – 16th December.

A largely sprint contingent ventured to Cardiff last week-end to contest the semi-serious Christmas Classic. We saw Officials in fancy festive dress and the traditional 60m Santa Dash with all competitors dressed in red outfits with beard and hood as well as athletes trying to assess their winter form in close competition.

The 3,000m saw 72 competitors over 6 separate races and race 3 featured our own Kate MALTBY in close competition with Neil KENNEDY. Both ran closely together interchanging their positions in about 37 sec laps then Neil moved away to win the contest in 9:20.06 (5th place) with Kate just behind in 9:22.54. Kate won the Ladies category but was just over 20secs down on her best Indoor time set last Jan in the USA as she builds up again for herusual outstanding season we hope. Neil beat his pb (Indoor) by about 7 secs. In a later raceV65 Masters Dave BEDWELL went through 1k in 3:38.57 and 2k in 7:17.86 before opening up to finish 4th in 10:44.19 to set a new Over 65 Club Record. Well done evergreen Dave.

In the 60m sprints Bristol sprinters dominated. Exiled Chris STONE won the final in 6.94 following a 6.90 the ‘A’ heat that showed our strength by featuring 3 other B&W runners.Scott BAJERE clocked 7.04 (then 6.98 to come 3rd in the final), Alex DALEY 7.07 (followed by7.04 in the final) and Callum REA 7.18. In later races new boy Chun CHANG raced away to win his heat impressively in 7.25 and Ben TULLOCH was just pipped for first in his in 7.29 –  both looking good.

In the Ladies competition Emma HEATH (now CONISBEE) (along with recent husband and new baby) showed that she has lost nothing of her old 60m power by just beating new star Amalia WESTERLUND in 8.17 secs to 8.28. Paralympian (T64 Disability) Sophie KAMLISH was also in that race and ran close to her best with an 8.71 clocking. HCA Member Yvette WESTWOOD continues to perform well and ran 7.93 in her final after 8.00 in her heat.

Amalia who now seems to be targeting 400m ran a solid 300m and after being slightly balked into the bend to clock 43.69 secs (whilst boyfriend Callum JONES running for Bristol Uni ran an outstanding 3,000m in 8:27.15).

B&W were also dominant in the Jumps with Jordan HARRY taking the Triple Jump in 13.77m with Jack JOYNSON in a close second place with 13.55m. Simon HAMMAN was 3rd in theLong Jump with a 6.29 leap. In the Ladies Long Jump a back to form Sam BARRETT improved her Indoor pb by 1 cm witha 5.24 m jump to take 3 rd place in a very large field of 20 competitors.

B&W also excelled in a large Pole Vault field with 2 x 22 strong pools competing. SilviaAMBILINO was just 6cm off her best with 3.70 m and new girl (U20) Caroline WALDER followed her closely with a 3.50 m clearance only 2 cm off her indoor best.

Mike Strange – 16 Dec 2018