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Good Individual Performances at South-West Championships - Sunday 17 August 2014

There were several groups of club athletes competing at the South-West Inter-Counties held at Exeter on Sunday 17th August 2014 and Al ABRAMS’ group of sprinters were probably more active than most.

Chris STONE produced a strong run in the under-20 Men’s 100 metres to take the title in 10.56 with a legal wind. Chris’ time was the fastest 100 metres of the day. Before taking the 200 metres in 21.35. Behind him Elliot PRENDERGAST (11.27) and Alex DALEY (11.40) finished third and fourth in the 100 metres, with Elliott also fourth in the 200 metres in 23.27.

In the Senior Men’s 100 metres Theo CAMPBELL won race 2 in 10.59 helped by a 3.1 metre following wind; Theo then finished second in the 200 metres behind former club member Leon Reid with Theo clocking 21.28.

Debo ADEMUYEWO finished third in Race 1 of the 100 metres in 11.00 with a .4 wind – well within the legal limits. Bruce DA SILVEIRA (Coach Dean Garrett) finished second in the under-15 Boy’s 100 metres in 11.87 (but the wind at 2.4 was just over the legal limit – so Bruce had to settle for a windy PB). Bruce also finished second in the 200 metres in 24.55.

Debo and Alex both doubled up in the 400 metres with Debo finishing second in the Senior Men’s race in 48.18. Alex clocked 50.4 for third in the Under-20s race.

Bethan WAKEFIELD has also been training with Al’s group during her summer back from Birmingham University and won the Women’s 100 metres in 12.78 in a disappointing field of two. Still at least she had more opposition than she did in the 200 metres which she ‘won’ in 27.15 with no opposition. Danielle PRENDERGAST (Coach Lloyd Rice) finished fourth in Race 1 of the under-15 girl’s 100 metres in a windy 13.23 and was also fourth in the 200 metres in 28.19. Other athletes coached by Lloyd who competed were under-13 girls Tia JACKSON (fourth in Race 1 in 13.54) and Khiaaama KOFI (first in Race 2 in a 13.50 PB with the wind at 1.2). Khiaaama also won race 2 of the 200 metres clocking 28.48 in a race that saw Jessica FRAZER finish third in 29.15.

Isabella PARSELLE finished fifth in the under-15 300 metres in 44.73 – a season’s best. Tia also finished third in the 70 metre hurdles in 11.74 – although how any of them coped with a 5.4 metre following wind is beyond me.

Adam SPEAKE was one of three male middle distance runners and is clearly still out of sorts clocking 2:06.36 for fourth in the Senior’ Men’s 800 metres. Ben WESTHENRY (4:12.74& and Tom MERSON (4:13.06) were the others finishing second and third in the Senior Men’s 1,500 metres. Tom MERSON also ran the 5,000 metres where he was a clear winner in 14:49.84; Jason DREW ran 16:07.47 to take the under-20 title in the same race in his first outing in Bristol & West club colours.

Jessica FRAZER finished eighth in the under-13 800 metres in 2:46.30. There were two female athletes in the Senior Women’s 1,500 metres – both from Bristol & West where Georgie SALMON (4:59.77) prevailed over Clare HODGSON (5:13.04). Eloise BROWN finished seventh in the under-15 girl’s 1,500 metres.

Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS finished third in the under-20 high jump with a season’s best clearance of 1 metre 66 centimetres, with Sam BARRETT finishing fourth in the under-17 age group with a clearance at 1 metre 49 centimetres.

James DIAMOND was winner of the Senior Men’s long jump with a best jump of 6 metres 44 centimetres (a distance that was bettered by both the under-20 and under-17 winners). Madison THOMAS finished second in the under-20 long jump with a windy best of 5 metres 47 centimetres and a legal best of 5 metres 24 centimetres. Sam BARRETT was the winner of the under-17 age group with a best jump and PB of 5 metres 30 centimetres. Tia JACKSON was having a busy afternoon and added second place in the under-13 girl’s long jump with 4 metres 44 centimetres to her track successes.

Rownita MARSTON put the shot 12 metres and 51 centimetres for second place in the under-17 event. Catherine CLAYTON won the under-15 discus with a throw of 28 metres 35 centimetres and the under-15 hammer with a throw of 31 metres 13 centimetres.

Our only male thrower on display was Matt SPICER who took third in the Senior Men’s hammer with a best throw of 46 metres 95 centimetres.

There were some great individual results in what was often trying conditions.

Keith Brackstone Reports.


Club News from the Inter-Counties – Bedford – 23/24 August 2014

Five club athletes competed in the Inter Counties at Bedford and four came away with medals - our only non-medalist finishing fourth.

Theo CAMPBELL finished second in his heat of the 200 metres in 21.32 to progress to the semi-finals where he ran a PB 21.14 to secure a place in the final taking the victory. His race in the final was the slowest of his three races but 21.40 was still enough to give him the win and gold medal.

Charlotte GREEN returned to the 3,000 metres steeplechase for her final track race of the 2014 summer season and crowned a great year with a silver medal. Not 100% due to a sinus infection Charlotte and her Coach Dave Taylor decided she would still run as it had long been a target for her and still believed that a medal was a possibility and so it proved. Her time of 10:53.30 wasn’t her quickest this season but was still a good run at the end of a very long summer. Such has been Charlotte’s progress this summer that Charlotte and Dave will need to take some strategic decisions about what to do this winter in terms of her targets for 2015.

Chris STONE qualified for the Men’s 100 metres final after making it through in second place from his heat and as a fastest loser from the semi-final where he ran a legal 10.49 for fourth. He then out did himself in the final beating many 10.3 runners to finish fourth in a windy PB of 10.35! According to his Coach Al ABRAMS Al was more nervous than Chris was as he only found out he had made the final 25 minutes prior to the race – just enough time to warm up! What a great end to his season! Next season looks like it could be another big one for Chris when he will be aiming to make the European Under-23 championships.

Tom MERSON, running for Devon was close to his PB as 14:44.90 was good enough for the silver but left him tantalizing short of gold by just .64 of a second.

Christina JONES was another athlete who has performed really strongly throughout the season and threw 57 metres 53 centimetres to come away with a silver medal. Christina is another athlete who has had a long, hard season and has supported the club throughout and it is great to see her finish the season with a championship medal.


British Athletics League at Bath University - Saturday 9 August 2014

The result was like the weather good in parts but below average overall at the final British League Match our so-called ‘home’ fixture at Bath University on Saturday 9th August 2014.

There were some good high points including taking maximum points in the 100 and 200 metres through Chris STONE (10.8 in the ‘A’ 100 metres) and Scott BAJERE (11.1 in the ‘B’ race) and Chris STONE (21.45 in the ‘A’ 200 metres) and Theo CAMPBELL (21.84 in the ‘B’ 200 metres). The 100s were run into a 2.3 head-wind for the A race and a 3.3 head wind in the B race. The 3,000 metres also saw a club double with Steve MITCHELL toying with the field before unleashing a quick last 400 metres to win in 8:24.5 in his last track race of the season; Owain JONES took the ‘B’ race in 8:33.5 having run his usual solid race throughout. In the 1,500 metres Mike WILSMORE showed that a lack of race fitness is being overcome but he let too big a gap open before giving chase to Sam Mitchell of Notts and finishing second in 3:52.95. Adam SPEAKE set off strongly in the B race but had to settle for third place in 4:05.31 – another of our athletes who has had an up and down summer thanks to illness and injury.

Overall the club finished second in the combined track event score and that despite a disqualification in the sprint relay – something for the club to work on for 2015.

In the field Adam WALL lost the high jump on count back having cleared 2 metres: a great height in the conditions which for the high jump were fortunately before the rain started. Another jump to finish before the rain was the pole vault where Luke BAILEY cleared 4 metres 20 centimetres. Had Connell McQUISTEN appeared this might have been a banker for maximum points as it was we had a third in the A competition and no B string.

As usual James PRESTON was - active competing in Shot and Discus

Romain HYMAN became something of an auxiliary jumper for the day gaining vital points in the B long jump (sixth with a jump of 5 metres 44 centimetres), B high jump (seventh with a 1 metre 20 centimetre clearance) and sixth in the B triple jump with a jump of 11 metres 71 centimetres. Will HARTLEY also had a busy afternoon winning the ‘B’ 400 metre hurdles in 58.6, throwing 43 metres 68 centimetres for fourth place in the ‘A’ javelin and jumping 12 metres 25 centimetres for sixth place in the ‘A’ triple jump.

The upshot was fifth place on the day and fifth place overall after 4 matches.

Full results can be found in the results file in:


A big thank you to all the officials and volunteers who helped out on Saturday, especially to Mike Strange who was Officials Coordinator and drew people in from far and wide to ensure the match ran smoothly.

As Cy Knibb steps down after 3 seasons as British League Team Manager I am sure everyone will want to thank him for his efforts which saw two consecutive promotions to Division 2 prior to this year’s consolidation in the Division.

Roger Brocklesby will be taking over as the new Team Manager and has already had his first strategy meeting with Chris Elson and Keith Brackstone (on 12th August 2014).

The provisional dates are out for next season’s Division Two matches – so get them in your diaries early and they are:

9th/10th May 2015, 6th/7th June 2015, 4th/5th July 2015 and 8th/9th August 2015.

The club will bid for a home match at WISE, Kip Keino Athletic Stadium on Saturday 8th August 2015. Be sure that we will be taking a strategic approach to the Summer of 2015 to improve on our fifth position from this year and plans are afoot to get the coaches and athletes more involved to ensure that we get as many of our top athletes out as we can and that we recruit only those higher competition athletes who will turn out regularly and add to the team’s overall strength.


Avon Track & Field League – Gloucester - Sunday 10th August 2014  

The third (of four) Avon Track and Field League fixtures will be held on Sunday 10th August 2014 at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, Gloucester, GL2 5AB. The track is situated on Podsmead Rd, Gloucester which is just off the A38 ring road, Cole Avenue. It is signposted in both directions from Cole Ave. and is signposted again on Podsmead Rd. There are excellent directions on the track website www.blackbridgejubileeathleticstrack.org.uk

Details of the competition can be found on the club web-site at   http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/avon-league/BW%20WEB%20Info%20re%20Avon%20League%202014%20-%20V4.doc : athletes who wish to participate should contact the appropriate team manager for their age and gender. There are events in all age groups and the club can enter a maximum of 3 per event and there are no entry fees.

Club Officiating duties are to provide a timekeeper, a track judge, two to help run the under-11 events and a qualified field judge plus four assistants to run the listed field events.

12.50  Long Jump   U13B

  2.00  Discus           U17M/SM

  3.20  Long Jump   U15B

As at 3 p.m. on Thursday 7th August 2014 Keith Brackstone is the only ‘volunteer’ so if you are willing to help please let him know by phone at 07999-511366 or by email to keithatrvp@blueyonder.co.uk.


The Commonwealth Games - A Personal Blogger's Eye View

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow saw four athletes from the club competing – three in athletics and one in hockey – plus a former club member competing for Northern Ireland and Jo Pavey also has historic links to the club.

To begin with our hockey player: Lily OWSLEY had a great tournament (except for a spell in the sin bin) and was so close to gaining gold as her goal in the final gave England the lead which they held until 13 seconds from time. In the end Australia won 3-1 on penalties (why do England never win on penalties no matter what the sport?) so Lily had to settle for a silver. At nineteen she has time to win golds in major championships and the club was very proud of her performances and her past links to us (and current ones through Mum Jenny and younger brother Freddie).

The Men’s 1,500 metres saw Dave BISHOP running for Scotland and Rich PETERS running for England. They were drawn apart and both ran reasonably well but making the final was within their capabilities on recent form so to exit in the first round (semi-final) stage will have been a disappointment. Rich was in the first race and finished ninth of thirteen in 3:44.1 against a season’s best of 3:38.83 and a PB of 3:37.67. Dave finished eighth of twelve in the second race in 3:43.1 against a season’s best of 3:39.27 and a PB of  3:37.51: either has the pedigree to have run the 3:41.63 which was the slowest qualifying time for the final.

One wonders what Emily DIAMOND has to do to win over the selectors whether they are English or British. Just weeks after being overlooked for the GB team for the European Championships (despite running a PB 51.95 which was within the 52.00 ‘A’ standard set by British Athletics) Emily ran a 51.44 fastest split in the heats of the 4 x 400 metre relay only to be overlooked for the final (and be replaced by athletes 6 or 7 years her senior). I know my views are shared by members of the Club Committee – although we haven’t had a family view yet. Emily is still third fastest over the distance in UK this year and fastest under-23: I don’t understand the lack of offering championship experience to someone who is still an under-23 and only moved up to the distance last season.

Also competing was Leon REID who for the last few months has been a member of Birchfield but spent his formative years with the club. He put his false start in the first round of the 100 metres behind him to finish third in heat 5 of the 200 metres in 20.97. The following day Leon returned to finish eighth in semi-final three in 21.03.

Keith Brackstone Reports.