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England/Inter-Counties Championships - 1st/2nd August 2015

Nine Club athletes competed in the England/Inter-Counties Senior Championships at Bedford over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd August 2015. Theo CAMPPBELL was one of three athletes to finish fourth in the final. After finishing second in his heat in 21.57 and third in his semi-final in 21.33 Theo placed fourth in the final with 21.61 racing all three rounds on the Sunday.  Club Captain Caspar Eliot finished seventh in his 400 metre heat recording 49.62.

Hannah JACKSON finished sixth in heat 2 of the Women's 100 metre hurdles in 15.06, while Alex DALEY finished sixth in the 400 metre hurdles final for men in 54.63 (in a race won by Dai GREEN in 50.26).

Steve MITCHELL placed fourth in the 3,000 metres steeplechase final in 9:16.17. Christina JONES finished fourth in the final of the Women's Hammer with a best throw of 59 metres 30 centimetres after finishing first in qualifying group B with a throw of 61 metres 61 centimetres. Another club athlete in the field events was Rownita MARSTON who finished a very creditable sixth in the Senior Women's shot putt with a best putt of 12 metres 75 centimetres.

Charlotte GREEN added to her experience of competing in championship races: this time over 1,500 metres. After finishing second in her heat in 4:26.08 she finished fifth in the final later on the same afternoon in 4:30.57 after a slow first lap. This has been a real break-through season for Charlotte and it will be interesting to see what the summer of 2016 holds after a good winter. Mike WILLSMORE competed in the Senior Men's mile where he finished eighth in 4:11.35.

The feedback was that having a combined England/Inter-Counties made it more of an event than last year's Inter-Counties Competition - although looking at the results some events were still weak. Congratulations to all those from the club who took part: thanks for giving the club colours a good airing on the National Stage. We look forward to seeing you all compete in the final round of National League Matches (BAL and UKWAL)  this coming weekend (BAL at Kingston-on-Thames on Saturday 8th August and UKWAL at Wigan on Sunday 9th August 2015).


More News (and Medals) From British Masters Track & Field Championships

Andrew Thomas took gold in the M40 Discus at the British Masters Champs in Birmingham. He needed to nudge his PB up a few more centimetres to do it, but is still chasing his training best at more than a metre further. Perhaps as a youngster of 43 in his first competitive season for 25 years, he can be excused a few nerves on the big stage! Brilliant throwing , Andrew.

Dave Bedwell also struck gold - twice - in the M60 age group with perfectly executed races in the 800 metres which he won in 2:20.23 (to win by .26 of a second in a season's best) and in the 1,500 metres which he won in 4:53.61 (this time just over a second clear).


Master's Track & Field - A Coach's Eye View

As a Coach at Bristol and West AC I’m really delighted to report about the successes of all three Athletes that I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

Saturday, Georgie Salmon clocked a time of 4:55.58 when picking up the Bronze medal in the O35 Women’s 1,500 metres. Nothing astonishing with the time, but it was reported that due to windy conditions the first 400m was run is a painful 83-84 seconds meaning that the rest of the race was covered at a fraction under 77 second pace!

Clare Jolliffe has recently taken a liking to the track at the Alexander Stadium. Settling in at the middle of the pack and operating well inside her PB pace she reeled off lap after lap. Although clearly drifting in the latter stages her bravery was rewarded with a new P.B of 18:55.74. This was much to the delight of both her and her travelling fan club.

Georgie Salmon went one better than her Saturday exploits when competing in the 800 metres. Reaching the bell in time of 70 seconds, she fought hard to chase down the leader but had to settle for a season’s best of 2:20.83 – Nice one Georgie.

Pete Mountain really did get his timing right as he peaked at the right time. Granted he didn’t win a medal this year but he did knock more than two seconds off his PB to record 2:18.06, this was achieved off a first lap of 67 seconds. He was so surprised with his new mark that he questioned the officials. Perhaps taking a week off on Holiday should be taken by all Athletes wanting to peak at the right moment!

Dave Talor reports


Ladies Win Medals in Masters Track & Field Championships

Clare Jolliffe finished second in the W45 5,000 metres in the British Masters at Alexander Stadium held over Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th July 2015. Clare's time was a new PB of 18:55.74 and daughter Emma has already put photos of her proud Mum on Facebook. Also featuring in pictures on Facebook is Georgie Salmon who finished third in the W35 1,500 metres in 4:55.56. Both Ladies are coached by Dave Taylor - so it's a big well done Team Taylor.


Senior and Junior Athletes Needed for Avon League - Sunday 2nd August 2015

The next Avon Track & Field League fixture is at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex BS37 7PN on Sunday 2nd August 2015.

We hope to be able to fill the team slots of three per event so please get in touch with Dave Hart to stake your claim to a team place, by e-mail adh_1000@btinternet.com  or by phone 0788 7942699 as soon as you can. Alternatively see him at Whitehall on Monday as he will be there from 6.30 to 8.15pm. He will be providing a list of competitors to Hilary Nash on Thursday who will make sure you have a registered competitor number. This has to be done by Friday 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

For the Avon League meeting in September a volunteer to undertake this task is needed. Hilary did match 1, Dave Hart did match 2 and now 3 so how about offering to be the focal point for the13th September 2015 meeting just for the U20s/Seniors?

The events on 2nd August 2015 are:

SENIOR & MASTERS MEN                                     SENIOR & MASTERS WOMEN

110m Hurdles                             12.40                Hammer                                12.00

Pole Vault                                   12.45                100m Hurdles                        12.25

Discus                                           1.00                Pole Vault                             12.45

100m * (includes Masters)         1.35                  1500m * (includes Masters)    12.55

Triple Jump                                         2.30         100m * (includes Masters)        1.35

Shot                                                       3.10      Javelin                                       2.00

High Jump                                           3.10        Long Jump                                 3.10

800m                                                   3.50       400m                                           4.50

200m                                            4.20     4x100m Relay 5.10                                       

100 metres is three seniors and three masters and should be separate races.