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Manchester International - Wednesday 17th August 2016

Four club members of the club took part in the Inaugural Manchester International Meeting on Wednesday 17th August 2016 which involved England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, a GB Under 20 team, the UK Armed Forces and representatives from the British Athletics League and UK Women's League.

In her England debut Charlotte GREEN finished winner of the 2,000 metres steeplechase in 6:36.03 which is just outside her personal best of 6:35.60 and ranks her third in the UK this summer. Another club winner was Lucy BRYAN in the women's pole vault. Lucy was competing for the UK Women's League representative team and her best clearance of 4 metres 20 centimetres saw her just 5 centimetres shy of her seasons best of 4 metres 25 centimetres set at Manchester 10 days ago.

Kate HULLS was also representing the UK Women's League team and finished third in the 3,000 metres in 9:18.84 which was just outside her personal best of 9:17.91 set at Lea Valley on 3rd July 2016.

Bethan WAKEFIELD was also there and clocked 12.21 finishing third in one of the guest 100 metres races.

Well  done ladies - all finishing off the track season on a high note.


Jess Frazer and Tia Jackson in Gold Medal Form at Midland Under-15 Championships

It was a great weekend for the two Bristol & West athletes who travelled up to Nuneaton for the Midland age group championships there.

On Saturday Jess FRAZER followed up her 200 metres PB of 25.87 at the South West Inter Counties in Exeter the previous weekend with a 25.96 to win the Under-15 Girls 200 metres. Jess also ran the same time in the heat which shows that with the right level of competition she can consistently churn out fast times. This bodes well for her favoured 300m next season.

Tia JACKSON  who ran PBs of 12.54 and 25.24 in Exeter the previous weekend travelled up on Sunday for the 100 metres and came away with the gold, running into a slight headwind (-0.3) and with relatively little competition. Her 12.58  would have been significantly faster with a better start and conditions.  After a great season in the Long Jump pit and the longer sprint, Tia is hoping to hit her target of a sub 12.4 100 metres at the end of the month in Bedford, at the National age group championships.


Senior Men's Track & Field Awards 2016

As those who were there will be well aware, the three trophies for 'National Athlete of the Year', 'BAL Performance of the Year' and 'BAL Athlete of the Year' were handed out after the last match on Saturday.

'BAL Performance of the Year' could have gone to Tom Gale for his staggering 2.13 metre high jump clearance at Cardiff, Chris Stone for his 21.10 200 metres in Bedford beating a number of sub-21 runners in the process or Adam Wall for an outdoor PB of 2.09 metres to win the High Jump on Saturday, but in the end it went to William Christofi, whose 800 metres 'B' win followed by a 1,500 metres 'A' win at Bedford really set the tone for the day and helped spur the team to our first ever Division 2 Match win.

'National Athlete of the Year' - we had Mike Wilsmore running for England Indoors and winning the South of England Champs Indoors and Out while Harry Lane stormed to the National Under-23 Steeplechase title in June, but in the end it had to go to Tom Gale for a truly stonking season of high jumping culminating in a ninth place finish with a 2.18 metre Club Record in the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz. Tidy.

Finally, the most important award. We had four ever present athletes this year - Andrea Manfroni was a stalwart in the javelin, setting PBs in three of the four matches and top five in the 'A' string in all of them, while Jordan Harry was a constant cheery presence on the runway, even though he managed to injure himself in two of the four matches! In the end, though, it was between two outstanding candidates: Mark Cottam has been an absolute rock this year, filling in in the 100 metres, 200 metres and both relays when required while always putting in a solid 'A' string performance in his main event - the 400 metres - finishing no lower than fourth in the 'A' string and putting in four of his best seven times of the season at BALs. However, the trophy went to unsung hero Samuel Boulton who unfailingly turns up, sits with Dad and Granddad in the sun and does his job for the team with an incredible series of consistent and mature performances in the Senior Shot and Discus (bearing in mind he is still a Junior) throughout the year. Simply put, without people like Sam the team wouldn't exist, and it was a great pleasure to award him the trophy.

Sam already has his trophy, while Roger and I will do our best to get the other two to you asap, William and Tom (although Alex needs to give it back first...!)

Caspar Eliot Reports.


Entries Open for England Age Group Championships

On-line entries are now open for the England Athletics Under-15 and Under-17 Championships to be held at Bedford International Stadium on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2016. Further details and how to enter on-line can be found at the following link:



Javelin Master Class - Whitehall Athletics Arena - Thursday 9th June 2016

Paul Filer has arranged for James Campbell to visit Whitehall on Thursday night (9th June 2016) to teach a Javelin Master Class commencing at 6.45 p.m. James is a thrower with experience of World and European Games at Junior Level and Commonwealth Games at Senior Level on two occasions with a Personal Best of 80 metres 38 centimetres. Any coaches and athletes interested in learning more about the event are strongly urged to come along and learn from this very experienced competitor.