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

World Masters Championships, Malaga- September 2018

27 Sep
A number of Bristol and West AC athletes took on the best of the world’s masters in an exciting week of competition in Malaga, Spain, at the beginning of September.
The club was well represented in the distance events, and you can read a report on the performances from ‘Team Taylor’ below.
In addition, Andrew Thomas and Peter Daw flew the flag in the throws, with Andrew coming in 9th out of 25 in the M45 Discus with a throw of 35m41, and Peter 13th from 20 in the M70 Javelin with 29m77.
Anne Dockery built on her awesome performances at the British Masters, competing in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m quadruple in Malaga. Anne picked up 3 bronze medals in the W70 category and multiple PBs!
Well done to everyone who competed at the championships.
Dave Taylor reports on his team performances:

I was privileged to watch the Team Taylor element of the Club compete in the World Masters championships in Malaga. Taking over the baton of support from Charlotte on the Saturday and in time for the 1,500m heats and finals.

Racing in 30 plus degrees of heat was going to be tough, and especially considering the recent downturn in the British weather acclimatisation was out the question.

1,500m Heats

Qualification for the M55 was top two in each heat along with eight fastest loser spots. Tony (Roper) continued his recent good form which has seen PB’s in his last three outings, nudged his 5k time to 17:07.67 when finishing 12th for the 5k earlier in the week.

Tony’s was the first heat and was always in contention keeping a close eye on the leaders all the way until the final sprint for the line which he reached in 4:41.05 and in 4th place. There then followed a period of anxious nail biting as the following heats unfolded, but there was nothing to worry about as his time was 10th fastest on the day.

The Ladies turn and this time, top two and 10 fastest losers from 3 heats. Sarah Everitt went in the first heat and Clare Jolliffe in the third.

Sarah always looked like she knew what she was doing and stuck to her game plan. Never out of the top three positions and hugging the kerb, the leading group of five were reduced to four. Sarah looked her usual composed self and closed in a time very close to her PB in 5:04.46.

As the second heat concluded I found myself and Ian Humphries in the stand trying to work out what time Clare would have to run in order to progress to the final.

It was clear that Clare still not fully recovered for her exertions for the 5,000m (where she’d collapsed over the line), was still determined to get through the round and make the final. Clare’s approach was rightly more cautious than Sarah’s, as she sat in the middle of the field and gradually picked off several runners. With a time of 5:25.25 Clare was 7th in her heat and was delighted to see a little ‘q’ next to her name on the results.

1,500m Finals

Tony ran close to the back of the quality pack and was rewarded in the final with his 5th PB (masters) in consecutive races, when finishing in 4:40.46 which represented close to an 11 second improvement on his 2017 time.

Sarah Everitt had decided that if nothing else she was going to come home having done herself justice. Although going with the leading four would have been suicidal Sarah was clearly the best of the rest and gradually pulled clear of the middle pack of three. Clare on the other hand was struggling with both the heat and exhaustion.


Running in the first of six heats, Pete Mountain got his tactics spot on in the heats with only the first two guaranteed to go through automatically. Tracking the pace setter on the first lap and going into the lead early on the second lap, he made sure of qualification easing to the line in second spot.

Sarah had similar thoughts and decided to run from the front and that she did until the final straight where she was just pipped at the line.

Although Pete ran a seasons best in the semi final, he found the pace just a little too hot and would have needed to run a life time best to qualify for the final.

It would be hard for me to comment on how Sarah performed in the final of the 800m as I wasn’t there, the four who watched said it was her best race of the year!

As a Coach, I’m really proud of all four athletes, as I know some of the sacrifices made to get there. I hope they agree that the experience was well worth the hard work put in.