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Gold is the Preferred Medal Colour at the South-West Schools - Saturday 20th June 2015

There were some great performances from club young athletes at the South-West Schools competition at Exeter Arena on Saturday 20th June 2015. Full results can be found at the following link:


As usual our performances were stronger on the track than in the field but this is something the Club Committee are looking to address. However, as always there were great individual performances both on the track and in the field.

In the Senior Boys it was two of our sprinter/jumpers who led the way with Toby PENTREATRH finishing fifth in the final of the 100 metres in 11.36 and winning the Long Jump with a best jump of 6 metres 81 centimetres (making the most of a 3.7 metre per second following wind). In the 200 Metres it was Ollie HINES who made the final finishing eighth in 23.61, having run slightly faster (23.44) in his heat.

In the Intermediate Boys Declan WALTERS kept the sprints flag flying with a great runners-up spot in the 100 metres in 11.25 coupled with seventh in the 200 metres in 23.27. Sam CHIVERS finished fifth in the 400 metre hurdles in 65.52. However, the middle distance and endurance boys also caught the eye with the Dave Bedwell coached trio of Anton MILLS (fourth in the 800 metres in 2:03.14), Harry LEEMING (ninth in the 1,500 metres in 4:35.23) and Hugh SADLER (winner of the 3,000 metres in 9:16.12) all performing well.

There was only one club athlete competing in the Junior Boys age group but it was a winning performance as Bruce DA SILVEIRA won the 300 metres in 36.49.

In the Senior Girls competition Rownita MARSTON won the shot putt with a best putt of 12 metres 87 centimetres.

In the Intermediate Girls age group Ella FALK showed that she is in fine form with a clear victory in the 300 metres in 40.82. Isabella PARSELLE also made the final where she finished seventh in 43.27.

Sam BARRETT and Nikki FORTUNE both competed in the 80 metre hurdles in this age group with Sam clocking 12.6 for fifth in Heat Two and Nikki 13.56 for sixth place in Heat One. Neither was quite quick enough to qualify for the final. Nikki also competed in the 300 metre hurdles where she finished fifth in the final in 50.56. Sam also competed in the Long Jump where she finished seventh with a longest jump of 5.04 (she too took advantage of a 3.7 metre following wind).

Catharine CLAYTON was in action in the throws finishing third in the Discus with a best throw of 33 metres 38 centimetres for third place and backed this up with 34 metres 14 centimetres which gained her fifth place in the hammer.

In the Junior Girls Age Group Khiaaama KOFI had an excellent win in the 200 metres clocking 26.0; having won her heat in 26.2. Anna LOUGHLIN also produced a winning performance taking gold in the hammer with a best throw of 36 metres 10 centimetres.

Overall it was a very good day for the club's athletes with athletes winning seven gold medals plus a silver and a bronze.


Six Medal Haul from Under-20 and Under-23 Championships

A talented group of young club athletes competed in the England Under-20 and Under-23 Athletics Championships at Bedford on the weekend of 20th and 21st June 2015.

In the Under-20 Long Jump Emily WRIGHT came second with a best jump of 6 metres and 8 centimetres, beaten only by Morgan Lake. Alex DALEY came second in the Under-20 400 metre hurdles just losing out over the last hurdle; his 53.10 was a PB. In the Under-23 5,000 metres Bethan KNIGHTS in her nice new B&W vest came second in 16:07.8 with Anna BURTON seventh in 17:33.8. It must have been tough with the strong wind judging by the way the trees were bending in the Vinco Sports coverage.

In the Under-20 1,500 metres final Harry LANE (who just pipped Ben WESTHENRY in the heats, in 3.51.9 to 3.52.4) was seventh in 3:59.8. Joe THORTON had a busy weekend finishing sixth in his heat of the Under-23 200 metres in 22.3 before finishing seventh in his semi-final of the Under-23 400 metres in 49.33 (after a 49.21 clocking in his heat). Mark COTTAM (Yate & District and Bristol & West higher competition) was another to make the semi-finals of the 400 metres clocking 49.96 for sixth place in semi-final three. Another higher competition athlete competing was Floren SCRAFTON (Westbury Harriers) who finished tenth in the Under-23 Women's 1,500 metres in 4:36.78.

Then came the three gold medals! First Molly LONG leading from the gun and pulling away up the final straight to win the Under-20 800 metres in 2:08.70. Coach, John Knowles, will be pleased! Next up, the Under-20 400 metres. Enter Freddie OWSLEY to take gold in 48.56, after posting two sub-48 second clockings in the heats  and semis (47.91). Finally, in the field, Lucy BRYAN was back, in what must have been difficult conditions for vaulting clearing 4 metres 10 centimetres for first place.

A great weekend for the club's up-and-coming young stars with a medal haul of three gold and three silver medals. e wait to see how many will be selected for the European Age Group Championsips.


Fast Times, Long Throws and Medals at the Midland Championships

A contingent of mainly sprinters and throwers travelled to Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on the weekend of the 13th/14th June 2015 to take part in the Midland Championships. As usual the numbers competing in this once prestigious regional Championships were disappointing, particularly in the field events. As usual our athletes marked the event with a flurry of PBs and good performances.

In the Senior Men's 100 metres Chris STONE took the first heat in 10.72 but then decided not to contest the final. Elliott PRENDERGAST was seventh in 11.22 in the same heat.

In the 400 metres it was definitely a case of club athletes to the fore as Freddie OWSLEY won the final in a swift 47.76 for yet another PB from Debo ADEMUYEWO who ran 47.98 (just outside his PB of 47.49). Joe THORNTON finished fifth in 48.94 having run a PB of 48.65 finishing third in his heat to make the final.

In the Under-20 400 metres Mark COTTAM (Yate & District and higher competition Bristol & West) won in 49.15 with Nick SOBSTYL seventh in a 51.11 PB.

Alex DALEY was another winner taking the Senior 400 hurdles in 53.40 (just outside his 53.16 PB).

There were only three club athletes in the longer events. Andrew DEAN-YOUNG continued his progress under James Thie's guidance as he clocked a PB of 1:56.20 for second place in the Senior Men's 800 metres. In the 5,000 metres Ben ROBINSON was a clear winner in 15:20.69 while Claire JOLLIFFE was the sole female competitor finishing twelfth (and first lady) in the same race in 18:59.69.

Our sole jumper was Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS won the high jump with a best clearance of 1 metre 65 centimetres - let's hope she is available for the final UKWAL match.

Alex LEEMING-FROUDAKIS won the discus with a best throw of 44 metres 29 centimetres and was also second in the shot with a best putt of 13  metres 14 centimetres for a PB. Alice GROSJEAN (Mendip and higher competition Bristol & West) finished third in both the discus and shot putt with a best discus throw of 36 metres 67 centimetres and a best putt of 9 metres 94 centimetres.

Rownita MARSTON continued her fine run of recent form taking the under-20 Shot Putt with a best putt of 12 metres 23 centimetres - just 8 centimetres off her PB.

Well done to all our competitiors some great results here and a great build up for those competing in next week's England under-20 and under-23 Championships at Bedford.


Oxford Miles - Saturday 18th July 2015

Oxford University Athletic Club will be holding graded open races for all abilities (from age 11 upwards) over 600 metres and the mile on Saturday 18th July 2015 at Iffley Road Stadium (scene of the first sub-4 minute mile). Additionally the event will incorporate the BMC Oxford Grand Prix, with races over 800 metres, the mile and 5,000 metres. It should be a fantastic day of racing, and all competitors in the open races are welcome to stay and watch some of the country’s top athletes compete in the Grand Prix ‘A’ races!

Further details are on the OUCCC website (http://ouccc.org.uk/events/iffley-miles/), including an entry form for the open races – BMC races should be entered at www.britishmilersclub.com/enteronline

Finally, OUAC are looking to recruit some more officials for this event - if you would be prepared to officiate at the event please email hugo.fleming@ccc.ox.ac.uk.


Previous Records Remembered - 4 x 400 Metres Relay

John Gingell, who is a Bristol & West Life Member and Member of Bristol's 'Hall of Fame', contacted the club to congratulate the BAL team who broke the club record for 4 x 400 metres with a 3.15.33 clocking at Watford on Saturday 6th June 2015. John did point out that it was on a fast all weather track. It beat the 3.15.8 set by Alan Force, Bob Roberts, John Gingell and Bob Lavis in 1969 on the cinder track at the White City for bronze medals in the AAA Champs.

John remembers running 48.7sec that day. At 75 years old John would love to see his only other records 4 x 200 metres and the medley relay go as well.

John also add that he wished to say "Well done" to all four team members.

A picture of the former 4 x 400 metre record holders can be found at: