Welsh U20 International – Cardiff – Indoor T&F report by Mike Strange

Welsh U20 International – Cardiff

Bristol & West showed well in the traditional end of season England v Wales Under 20 Match at Cardiff on Sunday March 3rd which also included some interesting Open events.

First the domestic International that included two of our Higher Competition athletes competing for England, Jake BURKEY and Jenna BLUNDELL.  Jake who has set some exciting pb’s at Long Jump in the past few weeks with a 7.25m pb for 3rd place in the recent British U20 Championships surpassed 7m for the second time in his career with his final jump of 7.05m.  Jake had at least 3 other 6.90m jumps to his credit on the day.  In front of Jake was an amazing 7.66m by leading UK Jumper this year Dominic OGBECHIE.  Jenna who recently represented GB at Multi-Events excelled in the 60m Hurdles where she achieved a sparkling pb of 8.48 just being edged out of first place by 2 hundredths of a second by her England compatriot and Millfield athlete Marcia SEY. 

In the non-match events Silvia AMABALINIO & Hannah WILLIAMS were our stars.  Silvia from Luxembourg who has a pb of 3.76m was right back to form with successful first time clearances at 3.45m; 3.55m & 3.65m then a second time clearance at 3.75m to win the competition.  Wisely taking her time on each attempt she went for a new pb of 3.80m and with her final attempt came so very close to achieving just that.  Oh so close Silvia but you will have another attempt I hope at Vault Cardiff next week where you can surely achieve your goal.  Hannah WILLIAMS is a great 60m sprinter and after taking a year out where she went to the Commonwealth Games in Australia as the Physio to the Welsh team she has come back to domestic competition.  Hannah came out of the blocks slightly down on young Welsh star Zoe NASH.  Then Hannah really stepped up the agro with those legs moving like pistons to gradually peg back the inches and take an excellent win in 7.68 secs. Close behind in third also in a Bristol vest was U20 HCA Member Abigail PEAKE.  Abigail who is now Coached by Jon JACKSON was very close to her season’s best of 7.89 with a fine 7.92 clocking.  Well done to both Sprinters.

An interesting and now rarely run Indoor Mile provided a real record setting cash for local Master’s competitors.  Past Member and GB International James THIE used the event to record his own UK Record with an outstanding run of 4:25.45.  Behind James an interesting tussle developed between V65 Dave BEDWELL and V60 Peter MOUNTAIN.  Peter set off with intention and slotted into 4th place with Dave just 2m down on him in 6th place.  At halfway as Peter began to fade a little roles were reversed until at the end they both finished in that same order with Dave clocking 5:21.41 and Peter 5:31.88.  Both are seeking to get verification that these are UK Age records for their age groups which when confirmed will be great reward for these tenacious competitors who are a credit to our Club.  

At Cardiff on Saturday evening young Owen GARRETT U13 competed in the ‘Shot in the Dark’ competition.  Young Owen was in great company throwing under flashing lights in this new spectacular event and came close to his pb and Club U13 Record of 6.08m with a throw of 5.76m.  A great experience for you Owen.

Over in the USA Lucy BRYAN again improved her season’s best with an Indoor clearance of 4.43m in the ‘Mid-American Championships’ which is closing in on her 4.47 best set in 2018 and consolidated her ranking as #2 in the UK behind recent European Silver Medallist Holly BRADSHAW.

Mike Strange – 4 Mar 2019

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