INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
National Masters Championships – Lee Valley & ‘Vault Cardiff’ – Cyncoed
Our Masters athletes have been finding good competition all over the UK wherever it was available but this week-end it was the coming together at the British Championships. Caroline POWELL has held World Records at the W60 age group but finally she stepped up to the W65 age group and will no doubt break more records now. She began at Lee Valley by becoming British Champion at the 400m with a splendid 71.31 clocking but had to step down to Silver in the 60m & 200m where she was pipped by the outstanding Helen GODSELL but Caroline still returned a remarkable times of 9.27 & 30.74 secs. Anne DOCKERY forges away at the higher W70 age group and also achieved Gold at 1500m with a season’s best of 6:45.19 but like Caroline had to step down to Silver in her 400m & 800m with 91.26 & 3:25.46 clockings although her aim is for times and not placings I understand so she will be well satisfied all round. Henrietta ANSTEY only competed on the Sunday due to logistics with the programme mixed with a family life balance. In a very competitive race with GB Medalist Michelle THOMAS as the winning favourite she ran the third of her pb’s this winter with a fine 31.11 clocking just .76 secs away from the Bronze Medal. Hen is now more than excited looking forward to the outdoor season and has stopped joking about running a 400m in the near future.
On the Male side Dave BEDWELL fresh from his outstanding Mile record last week won Gold with a 1,500m 5:04.84 clocking at the M65 age group. Dave had battled well with rival Kevin Archer but sprinted away from him in demoralising fashion toward the finish. Dave then went on the following day to gain a full set of medals with a Silver in the 800m in 2:30.17 and a Bronze in the 3,000m in 11:25.46 and found that Kevin ARCHER was not demoralised the previous day but just saving himself for a similar tussle in the 800m. Peter MOUNTAIN M60 took an excellent Silver in the 800m 2:27.18 with a strong burst in the final straight and a solid Bronze in the 1,500m again with place taking finish in 5:09.75 and Tony ROPER was 4th in the M55 event with a season’s best of 4:43.87 but as he was generally feeling under the weather did not compete at 3,000m.
Extra celebrations are in order for Peter Mountain and Dave Bedwell as it has now been confirmed that they both have been credited with British Age Records, M60 & M65 for their Mile runs at Cardiff on 3rd March.
At the Vault Cardiff there was a plethora of fine Pole Vaulters on show within 12 pools of competition and including British #1 Holly BRADSHAW. Yes this is a really big event now with top Pole Vaulters from all over the UK competing. B&W had 3 competitors showing and starring was Silvia AMABALINIO who won her pool and followed upon her excellent 3.75m pb near miss last week in the Welsh International by shattering her pb with a magnificent 3.83m clearance. This consolidates Silvia as B&W’s #2 all-time vaulter behind the great Lucy BRYAN. Silvia began at a modest 3.43m and progressed with first time clearances through 10cm increments until being challenged by that startling pb of 3.83m. Two attempts saw her knock the bar off but on the third occasion she triumphed. The whole Arena I am reliably informed erupted with fellow competitors and Coaches embracing Silvia after so many frustrating previous attempts at upping that pb. Silvia went on to new targets with one heady attempt at 3.93m but there was no more left in the tank so she left that for another day. Amongst that adulation it was sad to see U20 Caroline WALDER ‘no height’ in this same pool despite her magnificent 3.55m pb clearance last time out in the British Championships. The highs and lows of Athletics? The magnificent Rubi JUAN moved up to the W45 age group this year and in her pool against much younger competitors finished 11th and achieved a meritable Club W45 Record clearance of 1.98m. Well done Rubi – keep on vaulting.