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Youth Development League 3: Under 13 Girls Report

The Under 13s had another fantastic event, showing the togetherness, support, and versatility that they have carried forward from previous events. Every team-mate was cheered on, and the children showed admirable respect for other competitors. All the athletes stepped up to compete in multiple events to help the team, we had some debutants from Mendip AC, and everyone learned new techniques and gained valuable experience.

In the sprints, Maddie Smith and Mairi Carver Brown came second and third in the 70m hurdles respectively, both in personal best times and continuing to build their strength in the event across the season. Charlie Bowman had an unfortunate fall but jumped up to finish the race and score valuable team points. In the 75m, Felix Gross won their race, with Fred Gore close behind. Alana Cooper set an excellent personal best, following in the ever-competitive Amira Chowdhury Barrett. Lance Staddon made their competition debut in a brilliant 10.90 with Henry Weatherall also making their debut in 12.00. Millie Pope ran a super bend in the 150m, contributing to an excellent sprint group which also included Charlie Bowman coming home to finish 4th in the 150m.

On the field, Mille Pope jumped a personal best 1.20m to come second in the high jump, with Ben Massey – Jones also jumping a PB (1.36) to also finish second in their competition. Ben’s day continued to go well, winning both the shot and Javelin with new personal bests, and scoring in each event on the AA athletics star scoring system. Mairi Carver Brown and Anisa Lawson both threw personal bests in the shot. Alana Cooper did well in the javelin, as did Miles Paines, with Freya Wybrow and Amira Chowdhury Barrett continuing their fine form in the long jump this season, topped off by another victory for Ewan Sparey, and a great jump from Charlie Bowman.

Over the longer distances we saw some brilliant performances. Taking time out from encouraging her team-mates track side, Mairi Carver Brown ran a great 800m in blustery conditions to take second place. Anisa Lawson, in a great B&W track debut, and Silvia Ritter Sherratt both ran personal bests to underline the club’s middle-distance strength in depth, which was further supported by brilliant runs from Callum Skidmore, Korben Holler – Erasmus and in the 1200m Amira Chowdhury Barrett and Millie Pope both ran gutsy personal bests and were separated by a photo finish in second and third. Elijah Buscemi and Henry Mckee also ran brilliantly across this distance. An unbelievable performance from Ewan Sparey in the 800m was a joy to watch. A new official PB of 2.13.96 is the 6th quickest time in the country this year for an under 13.

The day was concluded with some fantastic performances in the 4x100m relay. Alana Cooper, Amira Chowdhury – Barratt, Millie Pope, Mairi Carver – Brown, Ewan Sparey, Fred Gore, Charlie Bowman, and Felix Gross worked together to get the baton round to contribute to an overall match victory from Bristol and West AC. Well done all, on to the play – off match!

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