This week we cover the Midland’s Indoor & Outdoor Open at Birmingham; the Multi Events International (GB v France v Spain v Czech Republic v Poland) at Cardiff; the Welsh Indoor Championships at Cardiff; the Sheffield Open at the EIS; the London Games at Lee Valley; Vault Manchester at Sport City and a USA Meet.
The Midlands traditionally hold an outdoor Throws competition in Alexander Stadium alongside their cosseted Jumpers and Sprinters who are indoors at the High Performance‘Hanger’. Two of Paul FILER’S female Javelin throwers braved the very cold weather on 26th January and acquitted themselves in the conditions with outstanding throws. English Schools Champion Jess LEWIS continued at U17 level and threw the 500g implement a mighty 38.10m and V35 competitor Maria TOWNSEND threw the 600g implement 25.52m to show their consistency into the new season. Indoors on that day the in the High Jump competition outstanding all round athlete Lily BAILEY cleared 1.50m to consolidate her early season form however equally talented all-rounder Alice MATTHEWS showed that she has not regained her composure after a recent injury scare when she cleared a modest (for her) 1.35m.
The Midland Open in the High Performance Centre on Sunday 27th January was graced by a number of our outstanding younger athletes. Welcomed to our ranks for the first time after moving to Bristol from the West Midlands area was the Midland Outdoor U17 300m hurdles Champion Alexia BENNETT-CORDY. Her very competent 60 hurdles debut showed her worth to the Club with a superb 9.19 and later 9.23 clocking close to her 9.09 mark registered last year. In the younger U15 age groupings Tamara JACKSON improved her recent pb of 10.29 set at Cardiff earlier first with a 10.19 clocking then improving that to 10.02 in her 2nd race. Tamara always takes time to settle into new age groups but is now well on her way to a sub 10 sec clocking before this Indoor season is out. Tamara also an exceptional sprinter ran 8.53 and 8.54 clockings for her 60m series. Disability T46 U17 Athlete Simran KAUR showed her class yet again with an 8.36 clocking just short of her pb. Ethan GILL was honoured (amongst others) at our recent Awards Evening and made that promising early indication of class quite clear when he registered an 8.36 & 8.45 for his two 60m runs. Young Maxwell JACKSON U13 faced up to his height disadvantage and cleared all obstacles well to clock a notable 13.23 for his 60m hurdles race. Max also ran two good flat 60m races with a close to his best 10.13 and a 10.23 clocking.
With no shows from our top two Welsh based Women Sprinters Hannah WILLIAMS and Julia COOK and an injury aggravated in warm up by our top Man Scott BAJERE we were left with only two runners in the Welsh Senior Championship at the NIA in Cardiff, Will KENNEDY & Callum REA. Will ran 7.15 in his heat and Callum a disappointing 7.20 but both made the ‘B’ Final. In that Final the roles were reversed with Callum finishing 2nd in 7.13 and Will 5th in 7.16. Infact this final was virtually impossible for the Track Judges to adjudicate as all runners finished in a straight line with only 0.04 sec between first and last.
A very exciting appearance in the International Multi-Event competition for GB was HCA competitor Jenna BLUNDELL. Jenna acquitted herself well scoring 3,694 points to come 6thin formidable company gaining 2 personal bests on the way. (60m hurdles – 8.67 pb; High Jump – 1.69m pb; Shot Put 9.49m; Long Jump – 5.59m and finally 800m – 2:33.41). A very strong overall competition for her but with a weak 800m in which she set out well only to fade disappointedly toward the end. A great achievement Jenna, everyone is proud of you and of your primary Coach Julie ALEXANDER.
Lucy BRYAN cleared her 2nd best height of 2019 with an excellent 4.33m Pole Vault in Akron OH USA whilst recent under 20 signing Caroline WALDER successfully cleared 3.41m (her best is 3.54m) in Vault Manchester at Sport City on 26 Jan. Welcome to B&W Cally you I am sure will enjoy a very successful career with this Club. You are a great asset.
At Lee Valley in the London Games Canadian Dan GREGORY ran two competent 60m Hurdles runs clocking 10.25 and 10.74 and HCA Member Yvette WESTWOOD doubled in the sprints clocking 7.84 & 7.87 in her two 60m flat runs following an excellent 25.52 200m on the previous day.
At Sheffield Mark COTTAM continued his good 2019 for to clock 49.48 which I believe is his 2nd best ever 400m Indoors behind his 49.22 2nd place in the South of England Champs at Lee Valley last week.
Missed from last week was the magnificent Long Jump achievement of Simon HAMMAN to jump 6.49m and so complete a ‘three years in a row’ Gold Medal for the South West Indoor Championships.
Mike Strange – 27 Jan 2019