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An Update from Al Abrams at the World Junior Games

It's been a really amazing trip so far and we've (Al and Chris Stone) both learned a huge amount from it. Even more than I imagined possible. The holding camp in Corvallis (1 hour from Eugene) where we used the Oregon State University for one week was out of this world with facilities an athlete and coach in the UK could only dream of! They invested $100m in their athletics program (including track and field) this year alone! These facilities and fantastically hot weather made for a great preparation heading into Eugene. (Photos will be posted on Facebook shortly).
After arriving in Eugene we've added the final touches to Chris' race and he's looking sharp and is extremely keen to run today (Thursday 24th July 2014). The event has been fantastic and many big names in the sport have been present in support. The squad were lucky enough to have a talk from Lord Coe yesterday and I can understand why Eugene want to host the World Championships in 2019 after the great support it's received from the residents of Eugene and the surrounding areas. The name Track Town is definitely appropriate.
I could go on and on about the trip as so much has happened but will share my experiences with you on my return!
Thanks to the club and other supporters who have helped make this trip possible.

Medal Competition - Saturday 12th July 2014 - Results

The results of the Young Athletes' Medal Competition organised by Dean Garrett and held at Whitehall Athletics Arena on Saturday 12th July 2014 are now available at the following link: http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/medal-competition/ .


Track & Field - Welsh International – Cardiff 15th July 2014

On what was a brilliant night of Athletics at the Welsh International in Cardiff, Bristol & West Athletes were once more to the fore.  The weather was great and the crowd was enormous for a great send off for teams going to the Commonwealth Games, for the first sub 4 minute Mile on Welsh soil for 25 years and for a momentous farewell to that great Welsh sprinter Christian MALCOLM.  (Christian first began in the shadow of our own junior star Luke GRINNELL in 1995 – but Christian continued to greatness for another 20 years or so).

Alastair ABRAMS, currently in my view our most successful emerging Coach, was there with his two 400 metre charges Freddie OWSLEY and Debo ADEMUYEMO.  Their runs put the topping on some great results for Al from last week at the English Schools Championships and beyond.  At Cardiff Freddie was honoured to represent England Under-20s in the 4 x 400 metre Relay (recognition of his 48.05 Silver Medal and Club Junior Record at the Schools) and he clocked 48.86 for third in the 400 metres behind training partner Debo who controlled the race and won this with a really great 47.93 clocking.  Debo (a second claim member) delivered a time that he last bettered in 2008 so was elated with this great current day performance.  To reiterate Alastair’s recent success apart from Debo and Freddie he has coached Alex DALEY to 49.94 at Oxford last week, Tomas GOODMAN to 50.45 (Under-17) in the Schools and he added the finishing touches to Ella FALK’s fantastic under-17 break through at 300 metre to equal Rowenna MORTIMER’s 12 year old Club Record of 39.73 seconds.   Bear in mind that following Ella on the Club’s all-time list are Caroline SWINBANK and Katharine EUSTACE who both went on to achieve GB Junior International status in their following years.  Please also recognise that Ella was coached prior to graduating to this top group by Dean GARRETT which speaks loudly for the fine work at Academy level and beyond that Dean is achieving at Whitehall with our Young Athletes.  Well done Dean. 

So Alastair now departs for the Eugene (USA) to support his  number 1 athlete Chris STONE as he matches up against the World in the Under-20 Championships.   Surely the Club will in due course recognise the very fine performances being achieved by our athletes at our fine Whitehall base – there is obviously no need to migrate to Bath or Filton when it is all happening on our doorstep.

Another athlete who is still happily under the wing of Dean GARRETT is Yemma SONGU who was also honoured to be selected to run in this very big match.  Yemma equited herself well into a quite strong wind in the 100m to come fifth in a very tight finish, close to her season’s best in 12.56 seconds.

The star distance runner for the past week has been Dave BISHOP who in Dublin last Friday finally erased Nick ROSE’s 1 Mile Club Record with a great 3:56.96 clocking.  (I do also note that Rich PETERS has run faster with his 3:56.04 but that was indoors).  Nick ran 3:57.5 at Crystal Palace in 1980 so that 35 year old record has nearly lasted for ever hasn’t it.  Dave stepped down to 800 metres to assist his speed at the Commonwealth where he will be competing for Scotland.  In a very close finish Dave stepped on the pace in the final lap to win by 1 tenth in a PB of 1:50.22.

The annual Ann Hill Mile sought to re-establish Welsh Mile running after a failure by anyone to break 4 minutes in Wales had hung over the Principality for the past 25 years.  Pacemakers set the early 440 yard lap marks and the pace was nicely under the target of 60 seconds per lap at 58, 1:58, then 3:59.  Three athletes were together at the bell and one of those was that great B&W runner Steve MITCHELL along with the favourite US based Chris GOWELL.  First being locked together then with 220 yards to go Chris was opening up a gap on our Steve and so it continued to grow to see a magnificent 3:58.25 winning conclusion.  Steve who had just missed the 4 minute barrier in the same race in 2011 ended in a safe second place with a 4:02.24 clocking.  Considering that Steve is now training for the longer 5km distance this was a wonderful achievement.  (Steve also raced in Dublin where he clocked 8:14 for 3,000 metres after shooting for a 7:52/7:53 which was in sight until a 77 last lap!). Well done Club Men’s Captain Steve.       

Mike Strange – 16 July 2014


Emily Diamond Hits the European A Standard

Emily Diamond won a 400 metre race in Rhede, Germany on Friday 11th July 2014 in 51.95 to go top of the UK Power-of-10 rankings. What’s more she became the first UK athlete to go under the European A standard of 52.00 and must now be well placed for potential selection for the European Championships. It goes without saying that she has bettered her own club record. We look forward to hearing how the remainder of this season – which has been a break through season so far – progresses.


Midland Track & Field Age Group Championships - Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th August 2014

Now that the English Schools Athletics Championships is behind us it is probably timely to remind young athletes that the Midland Age Group Championships will be held at the Saffron Lane Track, Leicester on Saturday/Sunday 16th and 17th August 2014. Further details can be found via the Midland Counties web-site at:


Anyone thinking of entering should note that the closing date for paper entries is Friday 18th July 2014 and Friday 25th July 2014 is the closing date for on-line entries which can be made at http://mcaa.athletics-uk.org/