London Games / Master’s & SW Champs / Birmingham Open / USA – 18/19 th January.
Mike Strange reports
US based Lucy BRYAN was our top performing athlete this week-end with a top ranking Pole Vault at her home base of Akron, Ohio. Lucy cleared 4.42m following another great vault of 4.30m last week also in Akron. These performances both auger well in Lucy’s preparation as we move into another ‘Olympic Year’.
Three centres featured in this week-end’s domestic Indoor action with Lee Valley generally being the preferred choice for our some of our Senior Athletes. Ella FALK U23 put in a surprise showing with an outstanding 400m in 60.73 to at last live up to her outstanding 300m performances whilst an Under 17.
Ella is based in London these days and one trusts that she has now settled into a consistent training regime to further her Athletic talent. Another to make a surprise showing was the Connell MACQUISTEN Hong Kong sprinter Bertran CHAN Snr who recorded excellent 7.14 & 7.19 times for 60m. Welcome to UK
competitions Bertran, it is good to see all that hard work at Whitehall paying off. Matt NEWTON Snr went for the 200m / 400m double in which he also showed early season promise although quite short of his PBs with 23.02 & 50.55 clockings. Canadian ‘All Rounder’ Dan GREGORY Snr took in two events and improved his UK mark for 60m Hurdles with a 9.92 clocking plus running a sound 800m in 2:18.59.
At Birmingham ‘HIPAC’ Tamara JACKSON U15 fired off two magnificent PBs and Club Records of 9.66 secs for 60m Hurdles before clocking 8.39 for the 60m flat whilst nursing a perpetual swollen knee problem thought to be caused by her hurdling activity. Ella BOWELL U15 also troubled by knee problems featured
in Tam’s 60m clocking a 8.56 & 8.57 in her two races. Sophia BOWELL U13 was slightly down on her recent Cardiff performance with a very creditable 60m in 9.55 secs and U20 Mia BREEZE clocked 8.37 for her first run of the season 60m race. Under 13 Club High Jump record holder Evie MOIR was at Birmingham the previous day and attempted to improve that record. However it was not to be so Evie had to be content with equalling it with another 1.35m clearance. Don’t worry Evie, you nearly always plateau before moving forward. HCA Adam BROOKS U23 also showed his class in the High Jump with a 2.03m clearance.
Cardiff saw the Non Thomas Open this week-end that incorporated BMC, Welsh Masters and more South West Championships events. Tia JACKSON U20 was the outstanding performer here with a scintillating 60m run of 7.67 pb just behind UK Bobsleigh International Mica MOORE making the star studded final.
However although finishing again just behind Mica in that final in 7.70 she developed a leg injury which completely messed up her chances of making any mark in her specialist event the Long Jump. A sad exit on what was such a promising day for Tia with the additional disappointment of losing her Club 60m Hurdles
Record to her cousin. Close behind Tia in both the heat and final was her training partner Higher Competition Athlete Abigail PEAKE U20 from Mendip AC. Abi clocked 7.81 & 7.84 respectively in her races. Scott BAJERE ran an outstanding 7.08 secs in his 60m to also make the senior final however he did not
appear and one hopes that he did not also develop an injury in the first race.
Matt CURTIS Snr opened his year at Loughborough last week and this week improved that 60m hurdles time down to 8.64 secs. Matt was looking a little sharper and can hope to take even more off this time as the Indoor season progresses. Rightly to improve his speed Matt dabbled with the 60m flat clocking 7.51 secs.
T64 Disability Athlete Sophie KAMLISH Snr showed that she is still well on form in this Paralympic Year for yet another selection with a close to her best 60m in 8.54 secs and newcomer U20 Fahmida Amed also showed well with an 8.84 secs time.
In the 800m Otis MONDIR was timed just outside 2 Mins at 2:00.44 but strangely did not appear in the PowerOf10 results. I have no idea what happened here as no-one can remember a disqualification in this race? In the 1,500m series Neil KENNEDY was slightly down on his Indoor best of 4:18 with a time of 4:22.99 but once again Neil had no-one around him to push him on so ran a largely solo race. Adam WILSON T20 disability has turned Snr this year and should be pleased with his 3,000m debut Indoors with a 9:04.5 clocking.
Kate HULLS looked to be able to dominate her 3,000m race as she went through kilometres in 3:15.0 and 6:24.5 but sadly faded in the final stages to finish well off her indoor best with 9:49.98.
In the Field it was down to HCA Rory HOWORTH U20 to fly the flag with a below par 6.54m jump just behind an interesting athlete Joel TOWNLEY U20 from Gloucester who also cleared a below par 6.58m.
B&W Masters Athletes featured well in their events this week-end at Cardiff. Mark ELLERY M55 once again showed well in the sprint races clocking 8.47 60m & 28.72 in the 200m. Mark was seeded with Senior competitors and fared well holding his own without problem. It was great to see Club stalwart Martin FLOOK M35 back on the boards with an outstanding 57.82 time for 400m. If it wasn’t for the remarkable Jim DIXON in the distant past this would have been a Club Record. Evergreen Peter MOUNTAIN M60 tried for a semi-sprint race in his eyes on this occasion and clocked 65.78 for 400m to win his race in an exciting finish. Many Masters endurance runners contested the series of 1,500m races and Both Tony ROPER M55 & Dave BEDWELL M65 acquitted them-selves well with younger Tony coming out on top 4:53.91 but with David creating a Club O65 Record with 4:54.71 just behind him.
In the Women’s Masters races we largely had sprinters on display. In the 60m another evergreen Caroline POWELL W65 shone with 9.13 secs and newcomer Vicki CATNACH V35 improving on her recent time at Cardiff with 9.63 secs. If you include Club International Member Joanne WILLOUBY we had 4 magnificent Ladies competing in the 200m with 3 being drawn together in one race. Jo W50 managed to overcome the others to lead in with 30.12 followed by Caroline POWELL W65 with 31.28 and Henrietta ANSTEY W45 with 32.11 to improve by over 1 sec on her previous best. Vicky CATNACH was drawn in the following race and executed her first attempt at 200m Indoors or Outdoors with a superb 33.08 clocking. Henrietta after her magnificent 300m Club Record at Cardiff also ventured herself up to 400m for first time Indoors to clock a great debut 74.77 secs. Well done to all Masters.
Mike Strange – 20 Jan 2019