As 2022 draws to a close, we've been looking back on the year to see who takes the spots in the Bristol & West 2022 Fast Team. This is made up of our athletes who have run the fastest, thrown the furthest and jumped the furthest / highest in 2022.
For the men, it's 8 athletes for the 11 spots over the flat distances. Jody Smith retained his 2021 spots, taking the 60m and 100m again, with his 6.84s PB performance in the 60m just 0.09s ahead of Ben Jefferies. Smith also retained the 100m spot by the same 0.09s margin, this time from Ed Wilson. For the 200m and 400m, Briar Cliff University athlete Ben Jefferies again did the double, taking the spots with new PBs of 21.12s and 46.00s ran in Nebraska and Iowa earlier in the year.
Moving into middle distance, and it was an 800 and 1500m double act for Mike Wilsmore, clocking 1:53.83 to narrowly take the 800m, and 3:49.49 to claim the 1500m by some 4 seconds. Into the 3000m, and Hugh Sadler’s 8:12.43 PB left him comfortably at the head of our 3000m rankings. Kurt Taylor made one of the breakthroughs of the year, to lower his 5000m PB from 14:28 to 14:02. Kurt was pipped by just 1s to the top of the 10k rankings, with Tim Lefroy’s 29:24 PB run at Leeds Abbey Dash taking our fastest time of the year.
In the Half Marathon, Jack Millar retained his spot at the top of the club rankings, lowering his PB to 65:49 in the process, with Kurt just 19s back. Adam Stokes also held the marathon spot, running a new PB of 2:25:00 in Valencia.
For the women, it was all change with only Megan Hornung retaining the same spot held in 2021. Hannah Childs returned to competition and took the 60m and 100m spots, with her 7.52s clocking in the 60m earning a new PB, and her 11.75s clocking in the 100m only one hundredth of a second outside her PB. Morgan State athlete Tia Jackson ran into the 200m spot by just 0.06s with her performance in Maryland just pipping Khia'aama Kofi. Sarah Kearsey clocked 58.08s in the 400m to top our rankings.
Charlotte Taylor-Green's 2:12.40 at the Bristol Open Meet took the 800m spot, while Natalie Bretherton ran a new PB of 4:26.79 in the 1500m to comfortably top our 1500m rankings. Megan Hornung again took the 3000m spot, with her time of 9:47.46 beating Bretherton by just 0.16s. Over the 5km, it was Kate Maltby who took the honours, clocking 16:30 at Podium 5k in July.
New signing Chelsea Baker took both the 10km and Half Marathon spots, recording PBs of 34:13 and 1:17:25 in the process, whilst Hannah Alderson – who recorded last year’s fastest Half Marathon time, stepped up to the Marathon. In one of the most impressive performances of the year, Alderson made her marathon debut at London, clocking 2:35:36, finishing as second Brit and first female from the mass start race!
Throws, Jumps and Hurdles
In the 3000m Steeplechase, Steve Kerfoot retained his spot atop of the rankings with his 10:17.20 clocking, joined this year by Kat Entwistle who ran 12:06.97. Jenna Blundell retained her 100m hurdles crown with a 13.30s clocking, with Ben McIntyre clocking 20.1s to clock our fastest 110m hurdles time. For the 400 hurdles, Alex Daley got within 0.02s of his PB to log the club’s fastest time of the year over 400 hurdles, with Sarah Kearsey running 61.87 to take the women’s spot. Melissa En Xuan Choong took the women’s High Jump spot with a 1.68m jump. Charlie Husbands had a breakout year to raise his High Jump PB from 1.96m to 2.08m to record the club’s highest jump and got within 2cm of the all-time club record in the process, which has stood since 1991!
In the Pole Vault, Esther Leong retained her 2021 spot, with a 3.80m jump, with Harry Petyt taking the men’s spot with a 4.40m vault. Jake Burkey again recorded the club’s furthest long jump, with his 7.50m PB leaving him as the third ranked U23 in the country! For the women’s Long Jump, a PB performance from Tia Jackson saw her record 5.99m and the club’s furthest jump in 2022. Onto the Triple Jump and both 2021 athletes retained the spots, with Joel Townley jumping 14.46m for the men’s and Emma Bakare a PB of 11.89m for the women’s. Bakare again doubled up with the Shot Put, recording the club’s longest throw of 12.80m – another PB - while Rory Howorth took the men’s Shot Put with a 13.44m throw. Howorth also recorded our longest discuss throw with 40.24m, joined by Alice Grosjean who threw 38.06m to retain her 2021 spot.
In the hammer, Catherine Beatty threw 58.54m to again take the women’s honours, with Ruben Brady taking the men’s honours. Finally, in the Javelin, Sophie Hamilton again continued her rise, throwing a new PB of 50.08m to rank second U20 in the country in 2022, and was joined by Matt Bryce who threw 43.69m to take the men’s spot.
We wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing all your performances in 2023.
Notes: Results based on Po10 rankings as of 30/12, results in the 2022 calendar year only. Higher claim athletes included.