Welsh Indoor Grand Prix 2 – Sun 20th Jan

22 Jan

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD – Mike Strange reports…

Welsh Indoor Grand Prix 2 (incl. South West Indoor Champs & Welsh Masters Champs) – NIAC Cardiff – 20thJanuary.

It was good to see a fine sprinkling of B&W Senior & Masters on display and winning medals once again at Cardiff NIAC.

Pride of place must go to Sam BARRETT who looked light and fast in her Long Jump to surpass her Indoor pb quite soundly with 2 Jumps at 5.32m.  Good to see that confidence and enthusiasm showing even more these days.  Also in the field Freddie OWSLEY dabbled again to build up his Multi-event competence but just failed to equal performances set 2 weeks ago with 2.80m in the Pole Vault and 1.65 in the High Jump following his 60m runs.  Silvia AMBILINO will be disappointed with her 3.41m Pole Vault after clearing a near to her best 3.70m recently. 

Equally impressive was a magnificent Indoor and Outdoor pb at 400m for Natalie JONES.  Nat waited until the bell (in 27.5 secs) before taking the lead and powering away to win by nearly 3 secs in 60.05 secs to take a well-earned gold medal.  All that hard work under coaches Matt & Debo is paying off and augers well for a sub 60 clocking the 2019 season.  In the Mens 400m series Mikkel BASSUE looked powerful in leading well through the first lap but then seemed to lose confidence on the second to fade to a 52.78 clocking for 3rdplace at the finish.

In the Men’s 60m Scott BAJERE showed consistency qualify for the final with 6.99 in his heat and then 6.95 in a very, very tight final.  Just behind Scott in that final came Freddie OWSLEY clocking 7.07 after qualifying with 7.03 in his heat. Will KENNEDY just failed to make that final with a 7.15 heat run but was awarded Gold in the South West Champs and Ben TULLOCH won another heat magnificently to take the South West Silver medal with 7.43.  Masters Athlete, Mark ELLERY took the South West (Senior) Bronze Medal with an 8.62 clocking.  In the Women’s 60m Emma CONNISBEE (HEATH) confirmed that she will re-join B&W after moving back to the area and followed up her recent 8.17 clock with a similar 8.18 to take the South West Bronze Medal behind HCA Member Yvette WESTWOOD who took the Gold with 7.76 (heat) & 7.78 (final).  In the U20 age group HCA Member Abbie PEAKE showed us some fine form taking the Gold with an impressive 7.89 clocking.  Carol POWELL now in the Masters 65 age group clocked 9.27 (Club Record) and Hen ANSTEY (M45) clocked 9.53 secs.

In the Masters medal events (the 60m was not a medal event) B&W fared well with Sarah EVERITT taking Over 50’s golds in the 800m with 2:34.48 and (coming through latish) in the 1500m with 5:16.98.  The remarkable Over 70 Anne DOCKERY matched Sarah’s golds with 3:24.11 and 6:46.69 clockings at the same events.  Very impressive running.

In the 200m Carol POWELL hung on for dear life straining everything to take V65 Gold with a Club Record 30.73 clocking and Henrietta ANSTEY would have taken the V45 Silver if she had entered the Masters instead of the Senior event with a well earned 31.77 clocking.

On the Men’s side Peter MOUNTAIN took M60 Gold in the 800m with 2:34.50 and again in the 1500m with 5:19.37 with Tony ROPER clocking 4:54.04 in the M55 age group.  Neil KENNEDY competed here as a Senior and clocked 4:18.56 in one of the very competitive heats. 

There were some outstanding Indoor performances set elsewhere recently which we have not yet reported on.  Commonwealth Games representative Lucy BRYAN returned to her study base in the USA and cleared 4.30m in Lexington KY on 6 Jan.  Lucy then improved that mark with a 4.36m clearance in Reno NV on the 18thJan as she nears her best of 4.47m.

Hannah WILLIAMS after a year out resumed competition with an outstanding 60m run of 7.69 for a pb at Eton on 12 Jan and according to her Coach Darryl MAYNARD she is right back to her best.  Also at Eton Julia COOK clocked a 7.98 pb at the same Meet. 

Outstanding U23 Hurdler Dajon WRIGHT ran a flat 60m debut at Loughborough on 12 Jan with a 7.49 clocking.  One day perhaps he will try a 400m Hurdles?

Mike WILSMORE ran a very promising 3,000m at Sheffield EIS to clock 8:28.51 on 5thJan and Mark COTTAM followed an excellent 200m in 22.66 ahead of a 7.39 60m at Sport City, Manchester on the same day.  Mark also ran 49.22 for 400m along with Matt Newton who ran 51.50 at Lee Valley this past weekend.

Freddie OWSLEY obviously now has eyes on an outdoor Decathlon following a fine Heptathlon opener at Sheffield in the England Athletics multi event Championships.  Performances were 60m – 7.05; 1,000m – 2:45.78; 60 Hurdles – 10.33; Pole Vault – 3.00m; High Jump – 1.65m; Long Jump – 6.22m and Shot – 10.52m.  A great opener Freddie, we trust that you will improve rapidly as you concentrate on learning each separate event.

Mike Strange – 20 Jan 2019