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