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

Welsh U20 International – Cardiff – Indoor T&F report by Mike Strange

05 Mar

Welsh U20 International – Cardiff

Bristol & West showed well in the traditional end of season England v Wales Under 20 Match at Cardiff on Sunday March 3rd which also included some interesting Open events.

First the domestic International that included two of our Higher Competition athletes competing for England, Jake BURKEY and Jenna BLUNDELL.  Jake who has set some exciting pb’s at Long Jump in the past few weeks with a 7.25m pb for 3rd place in the recent British U20 Championships surpassed 7m for the second time in his career with his final jump of 7.05m.  Jake had at least 3 other 6.90m jumps to his credit on the day.  In front of Jake was an amazing 7.66m by leading UK Jumper this year Dominic OGBECHIE.  Jenna who recently represented GB at Multi-Events excelled in the 60m Hurdles where she achieved a sparkling pb of 8.48 just being edged out of first place by 2 hundredths of a second by her England compatriot and Millfield athlete Marcia SEY. 

In the non-match events Silvia AMABALINIO & Hannah WILLIAMS were our stars.  Silvia from Luxembourg who has a pb of 3.76m was right back to form with successful first time clearances at 3.45m; 3.55m & 3.65m then a second time clearance at 3.75m to win the competition.  Wisely taking her time on each attempt she went for a new pb of 3.80m and with her final attempt came so very close to achieving just that.  Oh so close Silvia but you will have another attempt I hope at Vault Cardiff next week where you can surely achieve your goal.  Hannah WILLIAMS is a great 60m sprinter and after taking a year out where she went to the Commonwealth Games in Australia as the Physio to the Welsh team she has come back to domestic competition.  Hannah came out of the blocks slightly down on young Welsh star Zoe NASH.  Then Hannah really stepped up the agro with those legs moving like pistons to gradually peg back the inches and take an excellent win in 7.68 secs. Close behind in third also in a Bristol vest was U20 HCA Member Abigail PEAKE.  Abigail who is now Coached by Jon JACKSON was very close to her season’s best of 7.89 with a fine 7.92 clocking.  Well done to both Sprinters.

An interesting and now rarely run Indoor Mile provided a real record setting cash for local Master’s competitors.  Past Member and GB International James THIE used the event to record his own UK Record with an outstanding run of 4:25.45.  Behind James an interesting tussle developed between V65 Dave BEDWELL and V60 Peter MOUNTAIN.  Peter set off with intention and slotted into 4th place with Dave just 2m down on him in 6th place.  At halfway as Peter began to fade a little roles were reversed until at the end they both finished in that same order with Dave clocking 5:21.41 and Peter 5:31.88.  Both are seeking to get verification that these are UK Age records for their age groups which when confirmed will be great reward for these tenacious competitors who are a credit to our Club.  

At Cardiff on Saturday evening young Owen GARRETT U13 competed in the ‘Shot in the Dark’ competition.  Young Owen was in great company throwing under flashing lights in this new spectacular event and came close to his pb and Club U13 Record of 6.08m with a throw of 5.76m.  A great experience for you Owen.

Over in the USA Lucy BRYAN again improved her season’s best with an Indoor clearance of 4.43m in the ‘Mid-American Championships’ which is closing in on her 4.47 best set in 2018 and consolidated her ranking as #2 in the UK behind recent European Silver Medallist Holly BRADSHAW.

Mike Strange – 4 Mar 2019

Track and field update: 26th Feb

27 Feb

Mike Strange reports on the British Under 20 Championships in Sheffield & English Masters Inter-Area Challenge at Lee Valley.

In a week when it would be very difficult to emulate the great performance by the B&W Senior Men at the National Cross Country Championships our Indoor athletes Under 20/U17/U15 youngsters enjoyed their moment of glory with their National Indoor Championships in Sheffield as did our prolific Masters Athletes who competed in the Inter-Area Challenge at Lee Valley.
In the U20 Championships and competing for the first time in her new B&W vest Caroline WALDER excelled herself with a superb lifetime pb in the Pole Vault. Cally inched up her pb by 2cm to record a great 3.55m Vault to finish 5 th in the competition and move herself to 3rd on the Club ‘all time’ U20 Indoor ranking list. Well done – a great way to christen your B&W colours. There were high hopes for another recent convert from North Somerset Emma BAKARE to Triple Jump close to 12m but unfortunately the
timetable did not allow her to compete as she also had another commitment that day. Also competing were two Higher Competition Members Multi-event athletes Jenna BLUNDELL and Rory HOWORTH. Both
competed well in the Long Jump: Rory was extremely close to his 6.63m best with a jump of 6.59m and Jenna did achieve a pb with a 5.93m performance. Jenna also competed in the 60m hurdles finishing with
an 8.53 pb clocking to take the Silver Medal in the final behind a solid 8.63 clocking in the heat.

At Lee Valley some of our leading Masters athletes Sarah EVERITT (W50); Clare JOLLIFFE (50); Henrietta ANSTEY (W45); Tony ROPER M50); Anne DOCKERY (W70) and Peter MOUNTAIN (60) kept the B&W flag
well and truly flying. Sarah competed in and won all three of her events 800m 2:32.83; 1,500m 5:17.81; 3,000m 11:13.31. A mean feat, don’t you agree? Clare came a close second her training partner the younger Sarah in two of those races :- 1,500m 5:19.57 & 3,000m 11:19.03.

Anne, a distance specialist, strangely competed in the 60m sprint where she finished with a new Over 70’s Club Indoor Record of 11.96 secs. And took the Bronze Medal before taking Silver in the 800m with a 3:22.53 clocking. Hen ran another 200m sb and looked powerful in 31.50 before she competed for the South West Vets in the 4x200m relay. Tony did compete in the 1,500m even if he was nursing an ongoing ankle problem so saved
himself a bit for the later 3,000m but never the less clocked a respectable 4:53.11. Having saved himself for the 3,000m Tony then clocked a season’s best of 10:14.10 and took the Bronze Medal also beating one of our greats from the past International Nigel GATES. Peter, an over 60, was persuaded to run down an age category with the V35 to V50 athletes in the 1,500m and the outcome was successful as he clocked 5:03.97 for a 5 sec seasons best of 5:03.97. In the later 800m Peter clocked another respectable 2:29.47.

Mike Strange – 26 Feb 2019

South West Indoor Champs – NIAC Cardiff – 6th January 2019

07 Jan

What a joy it was to witness at Cardiff such a plethora of Bristol & West young athletes competing in this prestigious Indoor Meet. We are pleased to note not only quite a few Gold, Silver and Bronze performances amongst our ranks but also good competitive spirit amongst the circa 30 B&W athletes on show. Well done to our Junior Academy. With the first event commencing at 10:30 and the final event clearing the track at 16:45 this was truly mammoth. Quite short events (from 60 metres to 1,500 metres) came relentlessly on to the track providing a spectacle of Indoor Athletics. The field featured Pole Vault and Long Jump competitions with very lengthy Start Lists.
Where shall we start – I think with our sprinters where the spectacular Under-15 Ryan BRADY (who had already excelled before Christmas to win the 200 metres Gold) ran 8.03 for 60 metres to dominate and take another Gold Medal. Interestingly for older members Ryan headed Luke GAME son of our past Junior International Sprinter Duncan GAME in the medals. Ricardo POWELL also dominated to take Gold in the Under-13 event winning in 8.39 (a Club Record) ahead of our other competitors Akalie REED 8.92 and an injured Maxwell JACKSON 10.10. In the Under-17 event Josh MAGGS took the Bronze position with 7.42 and coming back from an injury that has kept him away from hurdling Edward WILSON just missed the medals running 7.49.
In the Women’s sprints Kasavia SMOLKA-HEADLEY (Under-15) led the pack but just missed the medals with an 8.38 clocking followed closely by Tamara JACKSON 8.54, Ella BOWELL 8.87 and Libby DICKENS 9.19. A word about Libby who is an outstanding hurdler and sprinter but has had a long term painful leg injury that has prevented her from training. Her current times do not reflect her talent but of course in both events she was drawn in the lead race which made it more difficult to succeed and made her feel that she had let herself down. It is tough when coming back from injury Libby you have to be patient. In the Under-17 races Disability International Simran KAUR also drew a tough top seed race against able bodied competitors but she still excelled with an 8.66 clocking. In the Under-13 series Jasmine RICHARDS clocked 9.37 and hurdler Rivie BATES 9.48.
In the longer events Steve KERFOOT ran cautiously for the first lap of the Under-17 Men’s 800 metres but then took the initiative with regular 32 second laps to win in 2:07.74 and take the Bronze Medal in a fine Outdoor as well as Indoor PB. Steve surely would have beaten the Silver medallist’s time (in a separate race) had he taken the initiative earlier. Danni SINCLAIR took the Bronze in the Under-17 women’s races with 2:27.94, as did Tilly EDWARDS 2:39.09 and Jasmine RICHARDS 2:58.20 Club Indoor Record in the U13 races. Grace CLARIDGE ran 2:39.56 for fifith SW place having started well but settled back in the middle of her race then finishing with a flourish on the final lap.
In the field Lottie STEIN had a number of excellent clearances in the Under-15 Pole Vault to take the Bronze with a 2.51metre (Indoor PB) clearance behind Gold winner and our adopted athlete Nyree PERRY who cleared 3.01 metres. Nyree trains with us at Whitehall. In the Under-13 Long Jump the youngsters performed well with Ricardo POWELL jumping 3.88 metres, Akalie REED 3.64 metres and Max JACKSON 3.37 metres. Patrick KYLE jumped 4.21 metres in the Under-15 Long Jump to take an excellent Bronze Medal following an earlier Bronze in the 60 metre Hurdles with a 10.23 clocking. Two Bronze Medals in one day Patrick, where will it end as you now are growing? Newcomer Keanu WONG had a difficult hurdle race where he was disturbed by the arm of another competitor which disturbed his stride to see him finishing in 10.70 seconds. Keanu had also returned on the previous day from a skiing holiday in Austria which possibly compounded problems but this was nothing like the beautifully smooth and accomplished hurdling that Keanu shows in training. We all have bad ones Keanu, just put this race behind you now and look to future races.
Outstanding Alice MATTHEWS did not start in the re-run Under-15 60 metre Hurdles (in the first race the hurdles were not spaced correctly) but her shoes were amply filled by our other competitors. Smooth hurdler Nyah REUTER led the field with 10.19 closely followed by a rejuvenated Ella BOWELL in 10.20 and Tamara JACKSON in 10.29 in the same heat. Very close and requiring a detailed photo finish picture to decide this result. Libby DICKENS clocked 10.47 as commented about earlier just off the pace was in her top seed race. Sole Under-13 hurdler Rivie BATES missed the Under-13 medals by one place showed good promise clocking 13.15.
Two athletes caught my eye as I know both were searching for confidence in training. Patrick KYLE has been struggling to get 3 strides between the hurdles and had to be convinced that he should give it a go at Cardiff. In the warm, windless NIAC compared to the outdoor Winter nightmare of Whitehall he accomplished his goal and with his Long Jump triumph went home a happy boy. Ella BOWELL had a similar confidence problem with hurdles but under the pressure of competition she came through with flying colours looking the part just behind Nyree. She also did well in the 60 metre sprint to add to her fine 200 metres before Christmas. So a great day was had by all.
Mike Strange – 6 January 2019