MIKE DOWN’S SOUTH WEST COUNTDOWN NO 3

23 Dec

IT’S A BTC CAKEWALK ON THE PROM!

The club’s progressive BTC training group could have chosen a more clement night for their Christmas social burnup, but with the rain fortunately relenting at just the right time, our runners defied the blustery conditions to take the race by their own storm and produce the fastest race for years in the Weston Prom 5M series.

Led by Notts’ former Midland champion and current UK marathon squad member JOHNNY THEWLIS, the group ended up with seven of the first eight to finish and four others in the top 20, while there were fine performances too from three other club members DAVE EAGON, ANDY COOKE and ALEX WHITTAKER who all made the top 20 of the huge field that snaked its way up and down the Prom in a veritable charge of the light brigade.

Johnny was having his first race since his sub 2:16 clocking in the Berlin marathon, but characteristically was in no mood to be sat on and took the pace on aggressively from the start, shadowed at first by HARRY ALLEN and KURT TAYLOR for the opening of the three out and back laps, with CALLUM JONES, ANDY WATT and ALEX CROSSLAND leading the chase.

Kurt perhaps wisely decided the pace being set at the front was beyond him on the second switchback, but Harry, undeterred and with the confidence of his recent altitude training stint behind him, hung on doggedly until the final lap when Johnny’s career-honed stamina took its toll. Yet he certainly knew he’d been in a race as his winning time of 24:39 testified – the fastest time recorded here for many years.

Behind him Harry never gave up the chase, finishing no more than 60m back and rewarded with a spectacular personal best of 24:50 for his pains. Kurt meanwhile was tracked all the way by the tenacious Andy Watt, who never fails to surprise these days, but he seemed to find another gear on the last switchback and pull right away from his clubmate to finish a clear third in a time only just short of his best of 25:12. Andy for his part may have tired in the closing stages, but still posted another significant personal best of 25:33 to add to the remarkable 10K time he clocked in the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Further back Alex kept plugging away to finish only just over 10 seconds behind Andy in a more encouraging time of 25:44, while Callum, who by his own admission is still only half fit due to his chronic groin strain, tired percepibly in the closing stages following his fast start but still had enough in the tank to sneak under 26mins in 25:59 and hold off the fast-finishing David Eagon (26:04) and Josh Moody (26:06) who has been suffering with a remarkably similar pelvic problem to Callum and finished well satisfied in his first race for months. As for Dave’s effort he merely emphasised that he is one of the most improved runners
in the club this autumn.

Much the same could be said about Andy Cooke, who is up to the V40 category now and looked well chuffed to have made the top 10 in yet another lifetime best of 26:20, while immediately behind him the club’s latest recruit young ALEX MALE also confirmed his undoubted promise with a more than useful time for a junior of 26:26. ADAM STOKES, who has been nursing a niggling achilles, had to settle for 14th position in 27:09 just ahead of PETE BAINS, who was another to post a big pb of 27:13. The two others to make the top 20 were ANDY DRAKE 17th in 27:32 and ALEX WHITTAKER 18th in 27:58.

Any assessment of the times recorded for the race must take into account both the windy conditions on the day and the five stop ‘n’ start turns demanded by the switchback course, so everyone can clearly go faster which just underlines the on-going progress of our current crop. Let’s keep it rolling!

NEXT CHAPTER – THE RACE OF THE YEAR!

Gwent League #3: u11 and u13 boys take full advantage of festive home fixture

Gwent League #3: u11 and u13 boys take full advantage of festive home fixture
11 Dec

 The ploy of a festive tent,  Christmas lucky dip plus the usual abundance of cake seemed to work its seasonal magic as all 18 lads turned out for their respective team.

The overall improvement from the u11s resulted in  a move up from 7th position in to the bronze position, but only just. We will need to keep our finger on the pulse at the remaining 2 fixtures.

As a result of great team spirit the u13s finished second on the day & have further consolidated the bronze position moving away from Cardiff but we still need to keep it together for the rest of the season.

 

U11s results.

Leading in the team was Oisin O Halloran (9) who was the Avon bronze medalist at last weeks tri counties. Gradually moving through the field was Tom White (24) who had given his all in a school race the previous day. Having his best race to date Eddie Bent (28) managed to stay on his feet & keep his laces tied up so third time lucky. Rufus Hull (46) was clearly on a mission & is  starting to make a big impact on the team result. Providing useful back up Alfie England (72) continues to combine running with his swimming training & he is looking more confident at every race.

U13s results.

The scoring team consisted of Ronnie Wilmott(9) clearly still on a high after his victory at the Avon xc champs a week ago. This set things up well for Zac Cox (10) who thankfully has recovered from falling off his bike quite badly a couple of weeks ago. Fantastic team packing from Alex Auton Green(11) who has shown real consistency all season meant we needed just one more Bristol vest to show up soon.  So it was down to new recruit  Harry Harvey (28) who  was a real star & listened well to my pre race advice & it certainly paid dividends

The B team packed really well starting with Joey Taylor (34) just holding off a fast finishing Vijay Bakrania (35) who also played his role well as team captain on the day. Never far behind & giving his all was Daniel Jarrold (44) followed very closely by Barney Thomas (47) who has made real progress since Pembrey .

Leading the c team in was Max Finning (48) looking an awful lot happier than his race at Bath last week. His finish is something to behold. Felix Pearson (51) continues to improve & clearly enjoys being part of this lively group. It was good to have Oliver Draper back in the team after a break from competing & finally Ben Pocock (57) now looking much more comfortable after thinking about music terminology whilst running ( legato) springs to mind.

Our final finisher was Walter Davies(66) who has very recently become part of Alis Army so full marks for turning out & giving it a go.

Our next big race is the Midland xc champs at the end of Jan. So we have plenty of time to enjoy some festive running over the next couple of weeks before we starting getting back in the zone for the remaining fixtures next year.

If any one wishes to have a social run on Christmas eve we will be at Ashton Court 10am. Please bring a mince pie & some mistletoe!

Merry Christmas.

Ali

Gwent League #3 – u15 boys and u17 men in buoyant form at Blaise

11 Dec

Travelling in the daylight can only mean one thing, a local match. 20 u15 boys and u17 men made the journey to Blaise Castle, the home of Westbury Harriers.  With two almost full squads the mood was buoyant.  With club tent set up, warm ups commenced.

Eoin O Halloran led the u15 boys out, maintaining a good position throughout the race, 15th (15.07), Ishmael Bradley showed great strength and determination in 24th position, (15.31), Ishmaels regular training is certainly starting to pay off, improving with each race.  Misha Evans and Amos Kingston battled out the next two positions, coming across the line with only 6 seconds between them, Misha (15.49) 30th and Amos 31st (15.55.) completed our first team home.  Misha feeling that this had been his best race so far this season.  Jay Hunt lead the second team home in style, 39th place (16.21).  The ever reliable Joseph Hull took 45th position, (16.39) cheered on by Dad, Bill and brother, Rufus.  Behind him relative new comer, Ollie Robertson Kurd who despite being nervous at the start, showed no nerves on the course, 48th (17.08).  Jacob Franklin, who is easy to spot in the crowd with his fluorescent shorts and socks, only 10 seconds behind Ollie in 50th place (17.18) completing the second team.  Alex Robertson, whose last visit to Blaise had resulted in a broken ankle, did not let this deter him, finishing strongly in 56th place, (18.58) and in 62nd place, Joe Mcnamara who continues to improve with every competition (19.54) completed our teams.  The u15 team held their 7th position in the table. Second team 12th and third team 28th.  

Next up, the u17 men.  With almost a full squad, 9 boys set off at 2.05pm running their longest race distance yet of 5500m.  Leading the boys out, Ollie Harper, Rufus Thomas and Fred Hawker packed together tightly,  keeping a good pace for the first medium lap.  Ollie, with the lure of a Gwent League T Shirt in his mind, finished in the top 10%, 5th overall (18.54), just 4 seconds behind, Rufus Thomas secured 7th place, (18.58).  Next in with a solid performance, Fred Hawker, 12th place (19.35) and completing the first team, Jay Akbar who looked relaxed in what where good conditions for Jay, no wind, no rain in 26th place, (20.55).  First home for the second team, Cole Edmonds in 32nd place (21.38), closely followed by Otto Kingston, just 10 seconds separating them, in 34th place (21.48).  James Casling, with his signature 100m sprint into the finish, 46th (23.05) and Jacob Roe, only 4 seconds behind him, 47th (23.09), completing the second team.  Lewis Adamson, who ran through gritted teeth having twisted his ankle early on, was determined to start and finish, in 49th position (24.11).  The u17 boys move up to 2nd place in the table, second team 11th place and third team 27th.

All watched on by Steve Grant, there to get tips for the next Gwent League in Chepstow, which will be hosted by Bristol and West on Saturday 8th February.  

Cardiff Met Christmas Classic

10 Dec

Mike Strange reports:

Cardiff Met Christmas Classic – NIAC Cardiff – 8th December.

The festive spirit was once again maintained at this traditional meet with all and sundry dressed in appropriate Christmas costume and with the annual Santa 60m Dash held at the conclusion of the match.

Our 3,000m men were our principle competitors on the day in the 6 – BMC Races. First up in the ‘A’ race were our two Senior Men Neil KENNEDY and Benedict WESTHENRY. Neil ran a steady race to finish in 9:37.13 short of his 9:20.06 pb set last year. Ben returning gently after a long injury lay off followed a couple of places back in 9:49.19 for which his pb is 8:24.35 set when he was properly fit in 2017. In race 6 which resulted in a fine front run by the impressive David OXLAND, Dave BEDWELL V65 ran his typically canny race and used his great finishing ability to run away from the following pack and almost catch OXLAND on the line in 10:46.44 – 10:44.19 was Dave’s V65 age best set at this meet last year. Peter MOUNTAIN V60 stayed in that pack to finish soundly in 11:07.80 making I believe his Indoor debut at the distance. All in all these were excellent pre- Christmas performances for all 4 B&W competitors.

Henrietta ANSTEY V45 with her sights set on some 400m challenges this year ran a 300m warm up this time. With an U20 as her main challenger which was no help at all Hen held her form in 2 nd place throughout to record a creditable 51.28 secs pb and Club Record.

We had strangely very few people contesting the 60m dash races but Vicky CATNACH V35 kept the Club in prominence and looked delighted at the end of her race posting a solid 9.69 secs pb performance. In the Mens 60m evergreen Mark ELLERY V55 ran 8.47 for his season’s Indoor opener.

Our only competitor in the field was come-back kid Cally WALDER U20 who narrowly failed to match last week’s Lee Valley opener with a 3 rd place 3.51m clearance in the Pole Vault. Cally would be disappointed that she could not advance toward her pb of 3.55m whilst competing in her training location but just needs to be patient – it always comes to those who wait.

Mike Strange – 10 Dec 2019

Blaise Gwent League XC – Senior teams

10 Dec

Chris Elson reports

Report Blaise 7.12.19

There was a 15 strong contingent at the Telford 10K, which included the Master’s selection race for the home international. A goodly number of PB’s were posted with Harry Allan 30.17, Felix McGrath 31.07, Joe Connors 31.58, Jed Bartlett 32.40, Andy Cooke (40) 33.04, Ben Maliphant 33.07, Phil Parry (4th M55) 35.48, Brad Pontin 37.47, Natalie Griffiths 37.33, Clare Jolliffe (2nd W50) 39.32, Sarah Everitt (5th W50) 40.45, Sian Davies 43.10 (7th W55), Fliss Russell (6th W60) 47.13, Christine Rose (12th W60) 52.32, Anne Dockery (2nd W70) 53.17. In addition, David Eagon, Alex Whittaker and Annabelle Grainger were 1st, 4th, & 1st women respectively at Christmas Cracker 10K. So how would B&W AC fare at Blaise? Rather well as it turned out, with a few unanticipated reinforcements and some handy debutantes. In fact the weekend’s events must rank as one the best performance by the B&W AC endurance section in terms of strength in depth in living memory!

This time the women did set a record namely A team 1st & B team 2nd! The C, D, E & F teams were all 1st in their category, out of the 76 teams finishing with the C team 9th, D team 15th, E team 25th,  and F team 54th. The W35 & W45 teams were 1st and W55 team 2nd. I think Keith is going to be pleased with these results! Individually, Kate Maltby led the field home and it was lovely to see Kate in full flow gliding away from her pursuers. Kate even said she enjoyed it! Next up was a rejuvenated Nicky Brookland who produced a cracking run in 6th and was first W45 by the proverbial mile. That left a trio of Rosie Hattersley (10th), Catie O’Donaghoe (14th), and making her club debut, Annie Carroll (15th), all running strongly to complete the A team . The B team was led home by Anna Duran-Mingo, back after injury, in 19th, followed by another debutante Hannah Steeds (23), Katerina Entwhistle (24th), Elaina Gard fighting off a cold (26th) & Naomi Aylwin (31st). That was some performance by the B team! Lucy Wallace, not at her best, was first home for the C team in 40th position, with Tanya Chowdhudry having an excellent run (43rd & 8th W40), Thea Payne making an impressive debut (46th), Emma Clarke (56th) & Nicky Hodges,  (71st & 8th W45) completing the team. Alice Doggrell, warming up for the race with a nippy Clevedon park run (somebody needs to talk to her about this), was first finisher for the D team in 73rd, with W40 Harriet Williams running well in 77th, Ruth Tredgett (90th), a notable performance from Antonia Gooder (106th & 6th W50) and an excellent one from Maggie Salter (120th & 4th W55) & no, I didn’t miss the 26 min park run. Another debutante, Kate Hoffen with a run to be proud of led the all masters E team home in 134th position (11th W50), with Rosey Mushens (139th & 7thW55), Ali Hurford, cheered on by the army, (157th & 11th W55), W45 Julie Ilogu (169th), and W45 Emma-Jane Orchard (174th). Finally the F team was composed of Harriet Middlebrough (184th), Danielle Suttle (213rd) & W45 Katie Ronald (215th) out of the 292 finishers.

In the M65 race run with the ladies Dave Bedwell was 1st & Tom Burgess 10th & they held on to their 2nd place overall.

Could the men emulate their female counterparts? They did give it a good shot! The A team were first and now have a handy cushion of 149 points over our nearest rivals, Aberdare AAC.  The B team were 4th and head the B Division by over 500 points! Notably, the C, D, E & F teams occupied the first four places in the Reserve Division with the G team in 14th out of 31 teams in the division. The M35 team were 2nd on the day and M45 5th. I’m indebted to Mike Down for his report on the A team. The Blaise race was particularly significant for the long awaited comeback of the club’s former junior international Ben Westhenry and the return from injury of Andy Chambers. These two were joined among others by Andy Watt, whose progress has been a revelation this autumn but who himself was returning from an inactive fortnight’s holiday in South America. So there were question marks all round, but the way Ben attacked the three undulating three lap course from the start you could have thought he had never been away! He took the bull by the horns, opening up a lead of as much as 30-40 metres on the first two laps, but a combination of an ankle roll suffered midrace and a predictable reaction to such an aggressive approach in his first race for two years saw him run out of gas on the last lap and have to settle for 7th place at the end. Nonetheless it was a remarkable resumption to what had been a promising junior career before an overuse shin injury suffered during a short athletics scholarship stay in the U.S. left him so exasperated that he made an early return to the UK. Now happily based back with his alma mater in Bristol studying for a Ph.D. and hopefully finally clear of his chronic shin problem, it should not be long before he underlines his outstanding natural talent. While one’s attention was inevitably focussed on Ben’s comeback effort, behind him Andy Chambers, was also returning to action after before being sidelined for the past month due to an ankle sprain together with a recurrence of the back problem that grounded him for the first half of the year. Unlike Ben he purposely started cautiously, and although never in contact with the leaders soon worked his way through to a position in the top six and gradually closed the gap to finish in 4th place in a race that he thought he could have won if his training had not been interrupted. Andy and Ben’s efforts sandwiched those of Andy Watt and Jonny Suttle, who both took their time to work their way through a number of the early pacesetters to finish 5th and 6th respectively just ahead of Ben. Andy Watt, clearly acted as a spur to Johnny, who underlined his ongoing progress by producing what was arguably his best ever performance on the country. (Chris again). The A team was completed by Maciej Bialogonski who finished 15th despite his race warm up over the Seven Bridge at the parkrun earlier in the day. The B team was led home by Graham Breen (19th & 1st M40) who took the scalp of international James Thie, followed by a good run from Olly Sheppard (20th), Rob Farley (21st) who seems to be getting better every race, Pete Bains (39th) and  Lee Gawler (51st) with perhaps his best performance since joining the club. When you have a C team led home by someone of the calibre of Andy Drake (54th 11th M35) you know you have a good team. Henry Sly (68th & 8th M40) was next followed by the ever improving Sam Bentley 75th,  Darren Garmen (76th & 4th M45), who must has kept something in reserve for his exploits at the Cracker the following day and Joe Lyne (94th) another person ascending the league rankings. Under 23 Tom Blake (119th) making his league debut led the D team home, with Matt Burdon some 30 places higher than at Pembrey park (123rd), Neil Turney (125th) a recent addition to the sleep deprivation society but now getting enough to return to the fray, Jon Bennett (130th) a graduate from the said society, and debutante & another parkrun warm up victim, Simon Brice (131st) completed the team. The E team comprised Cameron Grayling (132nd), Steve Swan (148th), M45 Paul Jefferson (154 & 15th M45), Pete Gandon (158th), and M40 Tim White (180th) & F team M40 Peter Wang (188th),  Tom Moriaty (189th), Tariq Kurd with a breakthrough run (194th & 28th M45), Mark Taylor (195th & 29th M45), & Dan Titheradge returning after a long break (214th). After Nathan Lomax-Cooke (234th),  the next three members of the G team were all running their first cross-country race with M40 Ben Holding (295th) in the van, followed by Nicko Brooke (299th), Andrew Young (348th), & super coach Nick Crewe (362th & 36th M55) out of 481 finishers. Next Race the SW Championships enter online before 23rd December.

Full results are available here: http://gwent-league.org.uk/2019/res193.htm

Mike Down’s South West XC countdown no2

10 Dec

Following last week’s individual and team triumph in the Tri-Counties cross championships, our runners split their resources this past weekend between the much vaunted Telford 10K and the domestic challenge of the third Gwent League race at Blaise Castle.

The Blaise race was particularly significant for the long awaited comeback of the club’s former junior international BEN WESTHENRY and return from injury of ANDY CHAMBERS. These two were joined among others by ANDY WATT, whose progress has been a revelation this autumn but who himself was returning from an inactive fortnight’s holiday in South America.

So there were question marks all round, but the way Ben attacked the three undulating three lap course from the start you could have thought he had never been away! He took the bull by the horns, opening up a lead of as much as 30-40 metres on the first two laps, but a combination of an ankle roll suffered midrace and a predictable reaction to such an aggressive approach in his first race for two years saw him run out of gas on the last lap and have to settle for 7th place at the end.
Nonetheless it was a remarkable resumption to what had been a promising junior career before an overuse shin injury suffered during a short athletics schoalarship stay in the U.S. left him so exasperated that he made an early return to the UK. Now happily based back with his alma mater in Bristol studying for a Ph.D. and hopefully finally clear of his chronic shin problem, it should not be long before he underlines his outstanding natural talent.

While one’s attention was inevitably focussed on Ben’s comeback effort, behind him ANDY CHAMBERS, who had shown fine early season form finishing not far behind JACK MILLAR in October’s Cardiff cross challenge, was also returning to action after before being sidelined for the past month due to an ankle sprain suffered warming up for the Cardiff race together with a recurrence of the back problem that grounded him for the first half of the year. Unlike Ben he purposely started cautiously, and although never in contact with the leaders soon worked his way through to a position in the top six and gradually closed the gap to finish in 4th place in a race that he thought he could have won if his training had not been interrupted. Like Ben he still has plenty of time to prepare for the championships early in the new year.

Andy and Ben’s efforts sandwiched those of ANDY WATT and JOHNNY SUTTLE, who both took their time to work their way through a number of the early
pacesetters to finish 5th and 6th respectively just ahead of Ben. Andy, having missed a couple of weeks running, decided to refrain from racing hard early on, which clearly acted as a spur to Johnny, who underlined his ongoing progress by producing what was arguably his besr ever performance on the country.

Four in the first seven must have removed any lingering concerns team manager CHRIS ELSON may have held about the club’s continued domination of the men’s League, while to underline it behind our leading quartet  MACIEJ BIALOGONSKI (15th), GRAHAM BREEN (18th), OLLIE SHEPPARD (20th), ROB FARLEY (21st), PETE BAINS (39th) and ANDY DRAKE (54th) provided further backup in the huge field of some 400 runners.

As for the Telford 10K, like the also much heralded Leeds Abbey Dash, it more than lived up to its reputation for producing fast times, with Scotland’s ADAM CRAIG winning in a spectacular 28:32 from Birchfield’s Ethiopian born OMAR AHMED (28:39). HARRY ALLEN as expected headed the B&W contingent and duly set a new personal best by just over a quarter of a minute at 30:17. Frustrated as he was at not finally realising his dream of breaking the 30 minute barrier for the first time that had been fuelled by three weeks altitude training in Kenya and a best ever mile rep session midweek at Aztec West, it was his first race since the National 6-srtage relay in early October and the culmination of a heavy training mileage during the interim that he had decided not to ease up for before yesterday’s event. Clearly there is much more to come from Harry down the line, especially when one considers that he was more than a minute slower at Telford last year.

Our new Tri-Counties champion FELIX MCGRATH, who conveniently had just taken up a new locum appoitment at a Telford hospital, was just outside his pb with a time of 31:04, and he will probably rationalise that his recent solo training on the hilly terrain of North Wales where he has been based was hardly ideal preparation for a fast course like Telford’s.

Further back there were new pb’s all round. Recent recruit JOE CONNORS clipped nearly half a minute off his previous best to dip under 32mins for the first time with 31:58. JED BARTLETT was hoping to go faster, but his 32:39 still shaved second or so off his best, while ANDY COOKE and BEN MALLIPHANT were both only a few seconds from breaking 33mins for the first time with times of 33:04 and 33:06 respectively. On the debit side ADAM WILSON unfortunately failed to finish despite apparently setting a 5K pb at halfway. Perhaps Ads should offer his services to the society of pacemakers as finishing is not part of the deal and he could indulge what he does best! Joking apart, I am sure he will eventually get the message and fulfil his undoubted talent.

Not to be outdone KURT TAYLOR reports a multiterrain Parkrun effort of 15:48 in Surrey that was nearly half a minute faster than he recorded last year on the same course. Keep it up guys!!

Gwent League #3 – junior girls battle it out at Blaise!

Gwent League #3 – junior girls battle it out at Blaise!
09 Dec

under 11s – Simon Jones reports…

It was a perfect winter’s day for round 3 of the Gwent League at Blaise Castle. Our team of 5 walked the course and warmed up together before taking their positions on the start line with around 90 other under 11 girls. Gabi was first home in 9th, equalling her best placing, and edging into the top 10 of the league overall! Phoebe was second home in 11th, a brilliant run, improving on her 14 place at Cardiff. Holly came home in 19th despite still struggling from a foot injury the previous week. Amira finished in 35th, a fantastic debut and Anisa in 62nd; again improving dramatically on her previous placing, continuing her progress across the season. Most impressively, all of these individual performances meant that the team finished in 2nd overall, just 2 points behind league leaders Swansea! With two meets to go, if they keep this going there is a slim chance of a team medal position!

under 13s – Paul Owen reports…

On Bristol soil and a dry but windy day Holly Sanigar continued her fine development and form establishing herself early on in the top 15-20, steadily progressed and held for a strong and credible finish of 11th in her younger year in this age group. Definitely feel a top 10 finish is on the cards this season. Katie Beech making her first appearance of the season DNF due to being sick part way through. She will be back though and with some consistent training I see her as a top 20 finisher this season.

under 15s – Paul Owen reports…

A strong line up in windy conditions with the girls in team bronze position not far off silver. As ever after a blistering start Megan ‘Duracell’ Hornung soon glided her way to lead position where she kept her foot on the gas and as the race progressed further increased her lead to take 1st position. Amy Nichols looking strong at the finish was next in with 9th, Fleur Hayden also looking good at the finish and continuing her return to fitness and form with 13th, Sophie Hayes not far behind was 14th after putting in a really good effort completed what must be 1st place team on the day. Molly Thomas although a little disappointed with her own performance of 21st worked hard all through the race and will continue to improve this season. Carmen Chance was our final team member in with 37th having ran a consistently paced race. Well done all, looking forward to seeing how much we have closed the gap at the top by…
Current team standings = 2nd place with two races to go. Megan Hornung ranked 1st girls individually. Amy Nichols 2 pts outside top ten.

 

Indoor Track & Field Update

05 Dec

Mike Strange reports:
South West Indoor Champs – NIAC Cardiff – 1 st December. The Track & Field season opened with a bang at Cardiff last week-end with the Welsh
Regional Championships and incorporating part 1 of the English South Wet Junior Indoor Championships.

But first we should recognise a great return to Pole Vaulting by Caroline ‘Cally’ WALDER our U20 star. In the spring of 2019 Cally seriously injured her back whilst Pole Vaulting. With perseverance Cally finally reached full health and fitness again and last week-end at Lee Valley she competed in a competition mainly comprising of Men and managed to clear a near pb of 3.52m. Well done Cally and welcome back to competition. We will need you in the new and highly competitive Joint National League competition.

At Cardiff I will highlight the BOWELL Sisters where Ella U15 completed a fine double in the Long Jump (4.86m) to take Silver in the South West Champs (SWC) and the 200m with a 28.13 secs (Silver SWC) and Sophia U13 jumped 3.54 to take (Bronze SWC) her first competitive medal. Jasmine RICHARDS U13 followed Sophia in the Long Jump with a leap of 3.33m (4 SW) and a very competent 200m of 31.27 secs for the Bronze Medal.

Tamara JACKSON U15 set herself a big task by going for a 200m / 300m double with very little previous experience of the tight Indoor bends. In the 200m she was quite shy of the bends and in the 300m she flowed off at a great rate but hit the wall early then hung on well to the bitter end. Despite Tam going through those learning cycles she still performed excellent debut times of 28.46 & 48.47 secs. Do go for that 300m again Tam but with a more reserved initial drive.

Under 15 Alice MATTHEWS was disappointed with her 300m run because after starting too fast last year she set off cautiously. Unfortunately in a good class race she slipped behind and strive as she would never got back into the running. Never the less her final time of 47.09 was still very creditable.

Ellie BREEZE U17 ran a very respectable 200m in 28.11 secs but was no match for the ultimate outstanding Champion Delleuh BELGRAVE from Swindon who is Coached by our own Paul WESTON.

In the Field Events Evie MOIR U13 had to wait a long time to come into the competition as she was seeded in the ‘B’ competition and all the less accomplished competitors were in that but when she did come in she had the floor to herself and achieved a new Club Record to take the Gold Medal with a 1.35 clearance.
Also in the field was the outstanding U17 Moni BRADY who threw an excellent 9.21m with the 3 k Shot.

On the Male side young Owen GARRETT U13improved no end on his last years performances and smashed his own Club Record with a 7.24m throw to take the Gold Medal.

The other B&W male competitors were confined to the track and I was most impressed with young Tom MULLEE’s U15 performances. Just out of the lower age group Tom ran an excellent 45.25 secs for the Silver Medal in the 300m following a very sound 200m in 27.47. Great running by someone so young. Also in the 200m U15 we had a B&W Club race with three of our outstanding star performers with Ryan BRADY taking the Gold Medal with 25.14 secs followed by Maxon PECCOO with the Silver in 25.45 followed by Ishaq RAHMAN in 26.07.

Overall a very profitable South West Championships for Bristol & West AC showing that the Y.A. Academy is really working.

Mike Strange – 3 Dec 2019

Reminder: Club places for London Marathon 2020

28 Nov

A reminder that the deadline for applications is 30-NOV.

The club has been allocated 4 places for the London Marathon 2020.  If any club members would like to bid for one of these places please email Owain Jones: secretary@bristolandwestac.org.

When allocating places preference will be given to athletes who have applied for and missed out in the event ballot and those who have supported the club regularly as a volunteer or as an athlete over the past year.  The deadline for applications is 30-NOV-2019, please include a copy of your ballot rejection notification and any other reasons why you think you should be allocated one of the places.

Please note that EA only permit these places to be allocated to current competing club members.