Continuing their Hertfordshire family break, the Merrett brothers took some time to compete at Lee Valley on the Easter Monday Bank Holiday.
Adam Merrett increased his U13 Discus best he set only three days before, to a new PB 15.99m
Owen Merrett couldn’t emulate his brothers Discus performance, as he threw 24.01m, which was just 6cm down on his PB. He did however increase his U15 Hammer PB by a further 53cm, setting a new best of 41.59m.
30 MAR - Herts Phoenix Easter Open - Welwyn
Taking advantage of a trip to visit their relatives, the Merrett family managed to find some time to compete in a Welwyn Open Meeting.
Adam Merrett threw two new PB’s. Firstly, in the U13 Shot Put with 5.55m and then in the Discus with 15.54m, Adam then completed the day with a 11.52m Javelin throw.
Older brother, Owen Merrett, threw a new PB in the U15 Hammer with 41.06m, the third time he has surpassed the 38m English Schools Entry Standard this season! He also threw the Discus 22.24m. Owen completed a busy day in the Javelin with 29.94m, just half a metre down on his best from last season.
25 MAR - Midland Counties Open - Birmingham
60m – Phoebe Havard – 8.63s (PB)
100m – Phoebe Havard – 13.82s (PB)
60m – Luke Ball – 7.84s (PB)
100m – Luke Ball – 12.73s (PB)
60m Hurdles – Luke Ball – 9.51s
80m Hurdles – Luke Ball – 12.69s (PB)
24 MAR - Throws & Jumps Open (Sport Relief) - YATE
The first thing to report is that the “Yate AC Throws and Jumps Spring Open” raised a very impressive £503.30 for Sports Relief.
Secondly, we think the event was a great success. We had 70 athletes from 19 clubs who took part in a total of 121 competitive performances across 7 disciplines (PV/HJ/LJ/HT/DT/SP & JT).
As well as a number of volunteers from Yate AC, the event was well supported by the local athletics community with YOSC donating the track hire and officials support from Bristol & West, Team Bath and Avon AA
James Viner became the second member of the “Hammer Squad” to achieve an English Schools Entry Standard. As a Junior Boy (U15), James needed a distance of 38m. He easily surpassed this with a first round effort of 39.28m.
Although down on his best, Owen Merrett also surpassed the 38m Entry Standard for the second time, with his last round throw of 38.49m. Owen also threw a PB in the shot with 8.12m.
Toby Conibear threw a comfortable 49.36m in Round One,but failed to progress his distance any further during the rest of the competition as he chased the 50m Inter Boys (U17) English Schools Entry Standard.
17 MAR - English Schools Cross Country Championships - Leeds
IT’S GRIM UP NORTH!
Conditions under foot were very, very heavy as the ground was very wet due to the snow and rain of previous weeks. Conditions were in fact so bad that athletes were unable to walk the course prior to racing. Instead, athletes had to make do with a drone film, to familiarise themselves with the course!
JUNIOR (U13) BOYS
63rd and highest placed Avon athlete, Seamus Robinson (15.24)
INTERMEDIATE (U15) BOYS
18th and highest placed Avon athlete, Abdi Hassan (18:19)
176th Bryn Davies (19.55)
SENIOR (U19) BOYS
244th Ben Rawlins (27.18)
261st Aiden Noble (27.40)
JUNIOR (U13) GIRLS
28th and highest placed Avon athlete, Dalis Jones (12.07)
133rd Kate Howard (12.46)
INTERMEDIATE (U15) GIRLS
91st Ellie Hobbs (15.29)
102nd Rhiannon Paton (15.34)
161st Emily Whitaker (15.59)
291st Charlotte Livesy (17.07)
SENIOR (U19) GIRLS
37th and highest placed Avon athlete, Hannah Hobbs (17.02)
157th Steph Cummins (18.52)
257th Phoebe Gould (20.09)
17 MAR - Mark Cawte Memorial Open Meeting - Swindon
Two U15 members of the “Hammer Squad” opened their 2018 account at this annual Open Meeting in Swindon. Held on a day where bitter temperatures and snow was promised, conditions were never likely to help big performances.
However, Owen Merrett threw a new Personal Best of41.03m in the very first round. This is some three metres over the English Schools 38m Entry Standard. Owen will be relieved to achieve this standard so early in the season, but he still has work to do, as all five of his other trials were “No Throws”
Like Owen, teammate, James Viner, also threw a new Personal Best of 36.12m, but unlike Owen, James waited until the sixth and final round to unleash his best throw.
The battle to be Wiltshire’s best U15 Hammer Thrower this year promises to be a very interesting one, as the Yate lads are joined by another English Schools prospect, the Swindon thrower, Harry Rickets, who also managed a Personal Best of 39.54m.
U13 Boys 600m – Thomas Darton 2.04.3
U15 Boys Discus – Owen Merrett 24.07m (PB)
U15 Boys Discus – James Viner 18.78m (SB)
U13 Boys Discus – Adam Merrett 12.56m (PB)
U15 Boys Javelin – Owen Merrett 25.98m (SB)
U13 Boys Javelin – Adam Merrett 13.97m (PB)
17 MAR - Midland Counties Open - Birmingham
U20 Men High Jump
1.80m David Thomas (Seasons Best)
U17 Boys Pole Vault
2.80 Liam Hillier (Seasons Best)
10-11 MAR - England U15/U17 Combined Events Championships - Sheffield
Congratulations LUKE BALL who came 5th in the U15 Boys Pentathlon with 2393 Points.
These National Championships also incorporated the Midland Championships, which provided Luke a BRONZE medal
With the Championships being held in Sheffield, it was an especially long day for Luke. Along with the long travel, his first event was at 11am and last event at 7pm!
Its worth noting Luke is a first year U15 Boy and that three of the athletes who beat him are in their second year.
Luke attained a new PB in all five disciplines, he was especially pleased with his new High Jump best, which is just 1cm short of this years English Schools Entry Standard:
800m – 2.30.67s (PB)
60m Hurdles – 9.50 (PB)
High Jump – 1.71m (PB)
Long Jump – 5.42m (PB)
Shot Put – 8.95m (PB)
10-11 MAR - British Masters Indoor Championships- Lee Valley
British Masters Indoor Championships, incorporating the British Winter Throws Championships.
Karen entered the championships looking to defend the “Double Champion” title she won last year. However, after waking up feeling ill on the morning of the competition, Karen had to make a last minute decision as to whether she was actually fit enough to compete. Fortunately, she decided to go ahead, as much to her surprise, she managed to launch her 3kg hammer 34.84m. Amazingly, this distance was just a little more than 2m down on her lifetime best but, annoyingly, she was pipped to the Gold Medal by a mere 4cm.
Maybe buoyed on by her performance in the Hammer, Karen then went on to throw “The Weight” (a 7.26kg shot with a handle attached) 11.27m, half a metre down on her Personal Best, but enough to secure a Gold Medal.
As the Indoor Track & Field season draws to an end and attention starts to shift towards the summer season, it looks as though Karen’s winter training has paid off and she can look forward to the season ahead.
2nd – Karen Jones – V55 Women Hammer Throw (34.84m)
1st – Karen Jones – V55 Women Weight Throw (11.27m)
10 MAR - Inter County Cross Country Championships - Loughborough
10/11 FEB - Midland Indoor Championships (pt.1) - Birmingham
DOUBLE SILVER FOR LUKE BALL!
Long jump 5.41m, which increased his PB by 20cm.
High jump 1.65m, equalling his PB and enough to secure joint second place.
Having won her heat, Yvette Westwood got the Bronze in the Senior Womens 60m with a time of 7.79s
Fiona Barkley came 5th place in the U15 Girls Long Jump, in a huge group of seventeen competitors, with a great jump of 4.59, only 4cm off her PB. She also finished in 9th place with a jump of 1.35m in the High Jump
Emily John finished in 9th, equaling her Seasons Best of 1.50cm, in the U17 Ladies High Jump.
10 FEB Welsh Junior Indoor Championships
David Thomas (Bronze) Jack Moore (Gold)
Congratulations to High Jumpers Jack Moore and David Thomas, who picked up a Gold and Bronze medal at the Welsh Junior Indoor Championships, both jumping a Seasons Best.
Jack Moore – 1.90m (GOLD)
David Thomas – 1.80m (BRONZE)
4 FEB - South West U20 & Senior Indoor Championships (Part 2) - Cardiff
*SM 200m – Kane Lee (23.85s)
SM 400m – Kane Lee (50.99s)
SW 400m – Harriet Emery (61.84s)
SW 400m – Annie Lewis (62.98s)
*SM 800m – Adam Wilson (2.03.54s) SILVER MEDAL
*U20 Triple Jump – Lucy Durham (9.73m) SILVER MEDAL
Team Manager, Pat Gallagher, described the course as hard and muddy one with lots of tough climbs.
England International, Hannah Hobbs, again stole the show, winning the Senior Girls competition. Hannah, who said it was a tough race, but still managed to cross the line nine seconds faster than her nearest rival from Dorset.
Sister, Ellie Hobbs, also did fantastically well, finishing second. Ellie was told to “run as she felt” and perhaps started the race slower than she normally does, but she had such strength to pull them all back and bring home a Silver. This should give her plenty of confidence for the rest of the season.
Katie Howard deserves a mention, as she had an excellent race and finished in 9th, as does Rhiannon Patton, who is improving with every race and this time finished in 16th.
There were questions over health/fitness with two of the boys, as both Seamus and Abdi apparently seemed to be suffering with a bug and finishing down on what they would probably be hoping for, but still scoring well for the team.
29th Clemmie Lee (10:08)
51st Abbie Woodworth (10.28)
6th Dalis Jones (13:06)
9th Kate Howard (13:16)
2nd Ellie Hobbs (15:28) SILVER
16th Rhiannon Patton (16:20)
29th Emily Whitaker (16:45)
36th Charlotte Livesley (16:52)
1st Hannah Hobbs (17:10) GOLD
19th Steph Cummins (19:55)
60th Phoebe Gould (23:18)
33rd Seamus Robinson (15:17)
17th Abdi Hasan (22:45)
22nd Bryn Davies (23:01)
33rd James Harrod (23:14)
48th Greg Haywood (24:00)
44th Ben Rawlins (25:50)
48th Aiden Noble (26:01)
50th Ben Whitaker (26:11)
27/28 JAN - Midland Counties Open - Birmingham
60m – Molly Bryant – 4th (9.18s)
60m Hurdles – Molly Bryant – 3rd (10.56s)
27 JAN - Midland Counties Cross Country Championships - Nottingham
NOTE – Yate AC members compete as Westbury athletes for all XC competitions.
U13 BOYS 3km
8th – Seamus Robinson (11:47)
U13 GIRLS 3km
85th – Meghan Porteous (14:43)
U15 GIRLS 4km
4th – Dalis Jones (15:49)
8th – Rosie Hamilton-Jones (16:14)
15th – Katie Howard (16:42)
23rd – Rhiannon Paton (17:03)
44th – Phoebe Gould (23:03)
SENIOR WOMEN 8km
28th – Katie Hughes (34:44)
44th – Kirstie Hamilton-James (35:57)
61st – Emma Woodworth (37:28)
73rd – Tamsin Chick (38:19)
145th – Linda Phillips V40 (44:32)
27 JAN - Welsh Senior Indoor Championships - Cardiff
Senior Men 400m
2nd – Kane Lee (51.54s) with a Seasons Best of 51.53s whilst winning his heat.
Senior Men High Jump
4th Jack Moore (1.80m)
27 JAN - Fresno State Indoor T&F - Washington, USA
Yate/Westbury runner, Ellie Leather, had a great time in Washington racing for Fresno State Uni this weekend.
First she saw Galen Rupp warming up, then Lynsey Sharp spoke to her as they were jogging round the track. The meeting was full of music, good runners and security and she raced on a blue track.
Ellie ran the indoor mile on track that was 307m long, she was in heat 2 of 6 and finished a very impressive 3rd place out of 13 in a time of 4.59.24. and her first sub 5 min mile.
Why it was so impressive is that if it was a 1500m race she more than likely would have broke her outdoor pb (as it was she most likely did during the race). For the record her Great Aunt Diane Leather was the first female to break the 5 min mile mark 63 years ago.
20 JAN - Avon Schools Cross Country - Blaise Castle
A fantastic day at Blaise Castle, where the Yate/Westbury Alliance scored Two Gold, Three Silver and Two Bronze medals!
Seamus Robinson – 2nd
Ceredig Jones – 23rd
Abdi Hasan – 2nd
Bryn Davies – 3rd
James Harrod – 5th
Greg Haywood – 9th
Fred Stewart – 16th
Ben Rawlins – 6th
Aiden Noble – 8th
Ben Whitaker – 9th
Hugh Tarren – 11th
Laura Chance – 4th
Clemmie Lee – 8th
Abbie Woodworth – 10th
Tanya Gosh – 11th
Dalis Jones – 1st
Kate Howard – 2nd
Rosie Hamilton-James – 1st
Rhiannon Paton – 5th
Emily Whitaker – 6th
Charlotte (Lottie) Livesey – 7th
Rosie Allen – 3rd
Phoebe Gould – 6th
In addition to Hannah Hobbs who was away on International duty, there were several of our athletes not running, due to injury and illness. Hopefully they will have been put forward for South West Cross Country selection.
The South West Cross Country teams will be published on the Avon Schools web site within the next couple of days.
14th JAN - South West U20 & Senior Indoor Championships (Part 1) - Cardiff
60mH – Molly Jones (U20) 9.88s (PB)
800m – Adam Wilson (SM) 2.04.33s
800m – Annie Lewis ((U20) 2.26.20s
60m – Yvette Westwood (SW) 7.72s (GOLD MEDAL)
400m – Kane Lee (SM) 51.92s (GOLD MEDAL)
400m – Josh Snook (U20) 51.68s (BRONZE MEDAL)
400m – Harriet Emery (U20) 62.51s
HJ – Emily John (U20) 1.50m
7 JAN - Midland Counties Indoor Open Meeting - Birmingham
Jack Moore (U20 High Jump) 1.85m (PB 1.95m)
David Thomas (U20 High Jump) 1.75m (PB 1.87m)
Emily John (U17 High Jump) 1.50m (PB 1.60m)
Luke Lodge (SM Javelin) 42.10m (PB 42.72)
Chloe Phelps (U17 Javelin) 30.54m (PB 30.90m)
David and Jack were ‘lucky’ enough to find themselves competing against 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Robbie Grabarz, who opened his 2018 account with a leap of 2.30m, just 7cm down on his PB he set in 2012.
6 JAN - South West U13/U15/U17 Indoor Champs. - Cardiff
U13 / U15 / U17 SOUTH WEST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
A grand total of nine medals as follows:
Maddox Davies (U13) – Shot put (5.67m) and 60m (8.93s)
Luke Ball (U15) – Long Jump (5.04m)
Ben Latham (U17) – Pole Vault (2.62m)
Adam Nolan (U15) – Pole Vault (1.72m)
Molly Bryant (U13) – 60m hurdles (10.53s)
Megan Williams (U17) – Pole Vault (1.82m)
Henry Watling (U15) – 800m (2.23.76s)
Phoebe Harvard (U13) – 60m (8.76s)
Other athletes who just missed out on a medal, but did achieve some great PBs were:
This was Phoebe’s first Indoor event and at still only 10 years old, she managed to win the U13’s Gold in the 60m, with a time of 8.76s. She was the 7th fastest girl out of 67 girls entered, across the three Championships being held at the same time.