Cardiff Met Christmas Classic

10 Dec

Mike Strange reports:

Cardiff Met Christmas Classic – NIAC Cardiff – 8th December.

The festive spirit was once again maintained at this traditional meet with all and sundry dressed in appropriate Christmas costume and with the annual Santa 60m Dash held at the conclusion of the match.

Our 3,000m men were our principle competitors on the day in the 6 – BMC Races. First up in the ‘A’ race were our two Senior Men Neil KENNEDY and Benedict WESTHENRY. Neil ran a steady race to finish in 9:37.13 short of his 9:20.06 pb set last year. Ben returning gently after a long injury lay off followed a couple of places back in 9:49.19 for which his pb is 8:24.35 set when he was properly fit in 2017. In race 6 which resulted in a fine front run by the impressive David OXLAND, Dave BEDWELL V65 ran his typically canny race and used his great finishing ability to run away from the following pack and almost catch OXLAND on the line in 10:46.44 – 10:44.19 was Dave’s V65 age best set at this meet last year. Peter MOUNTAIN V60 stayed in that pack to finish soundly in 11:07.80 making I believe his Indoor debut at the distance. All in all these were excellent pre- Christmas performances for all 4 B&W competitors.

Henrietta ANSTEY V45 with her sights set on some 400m challenges this year ran a 300m warm up this time. With an U20 as her main challenger which was no help at all Hen held her form in 2 nd place throughout to record a creditable 51.28 secs pb and Club Record.

We had strangely very few people contesting the 60m dash races but Vicky CATNACH V35 kept the Club in prominence and looked delighted at the end of her race posting a solid 9.69 secs pb performance. In the Mens 60m evergreen Mark ELLERY V55 ran 8.47 for his season’s Indoor opener.

Our only competitor in the field was come-back kid Cally WALDER U20 who narrowly failed to match last week’s Lee Valley opener with a 3 rd place 3.51m clearance in the Pole Vault. Cally would be disappointed that she could not advance toward her pb of 3.55m whilst competing in her training location but just needs to be patient – it always comes to those who wait.

Mike Strange – 10 Dec 2019