Firstly we have just had confirmation that Chris Jones CEO of England athletics is visiting Yate and District AC on Tuesday evening 26th September 2017! There is no set format, he will arrive before 7.00 pm and be escorted around looking at our facilities, watching training, meeting coaches and athletes alike. I appreciate some groups are on a break but it would be great to have the track looking busy if possible. Photos and an article will then appear in the EA news letter in the near future. Please support this evening if you can
News update of what’s happening in Yate Athletic Club
Due to the British Target Sprint championships taking place this Saturday 9th September on the athletics track, there will not be the club training session from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm.
The only session taking place on Saturday is the Lodge Sports session from 10.00 -11.00 on the Astro.
Why not come along and support Josh Snook & Katie Robins in their first British Target Sprint National Championship Final.
Best of luck to our Yate and District AC team competing in the last Avon Track and Field League match at Gloucester on Sunday 10th. All support is very welcome as we aim to try and win the league for the third Year in a row. This year is very close and could go either way between us and Team Bath who are nip and tuck at the top.
One Item of news that slipped through the net during the holiday season was the winning of the Midland league title with our joint Yate/B&W team, only a year after getting promotion to Div 1 !!! I remember last year everyone having real concerns we may not be able to stay up! This is a real credit to our team effort filling spaces great performances and support from officials and families! Attached is Matts report for the day.
Thank you to Matt Muggeridge who has been team manager for this and many years before his hard work both on and off the track is really appreciated and with this division win, his GB vest this year and recent no 1 ranking, it great to see his efforts being reward both on and off the track too!!!
So here is the report From Matt
Following the recent home nations success for both Yvette Westwood in the Welsh International in Cardiff where she represented England (Midlands) in the 200 (25.02) and 100m (12.19) achieving second in both races and Jack Moore representing Wales in the Celtic games in Dublin (Bronze medal 1.85m), it is now time to look out for Beth Tucker who has been invited to race in the diamond league race (T37) on 20th Aug. This is being televised so watch out for times etc. We wish her all the best.
Fittingly the other date to put in your diary is the 14 October for our awards night and celebration of the year. This year its on a Saturday and will feature a disco as well as the buffet so please keep the date free for when the tickets go on sale.
For those still not entered entries close 6th August
England Athletics South West Inter-County and Club Championships 2017
Entries are open for the South West Inter-County and Club Championships 2017 which will take place at the Exeter Arena on Sunday 20th August.
Events (entry standards apply)
- Under 13: 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 70/75m hurdles, HJ, LJ, Shot, Discus, Javelin
- Under 15: 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 75/80m hurdles,HJ, LJ, TJ, PV, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer
- Under 17: 100m, 200m, 300/400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 1500m SC, 80/100m hurdles 300/400 hurdles, HJ, LJ, TJ, PV, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer
- Under 20: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 2000m SC, 100/110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, HJ, LJ, TJ, PV, Shot, Discus, Javelin Hammer
- Senior: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 2k Steeplechase, 100/110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, HJ, LJ, TJ, PV, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer
- £8 for first event
- £5 for subsequent events
- Online entry for individuals at http://swic.athletics-uk.org
- Closing date for entries 6th August
THIRD MIDLAND LEAGUE
SUNDAY 16th JULY AT YATE
Sunday 16th July was the home match at Yate – the third of four Midland League fixtures.
The conditions were good with a nice wind for the sprinters ! We had our usual last minute team reorganisation following some unfortunate drop-outs in the days preceding and on the day itself, but in the end the team that made it to the track, albeit our smallest team of the year so far, managed to secure a fantastic win. That means we have won 2 of 3 matches so far, and are in a strong position overall.
Yate AC members who made up the team (male): Daniel Brooks (U17), Mark Lodge (V45), Matt Muggeridge (V40), Elliot Chard (U20), Steve Beardwell (U23), Leon Graham (U20), Adam Wilson (U23), Jack Joynson (U20), Matt Spicer (V45), David Johnson (U17), Ben Wells (U23), Josh Snook (U20), Anthony Glover (V40) & Eugene Lawlor (V60)
Yate AC members who made up the team (female): Karen Jones (V55), Ruby Ogborne (U17), Lucy Durham (U17), Georgia Crew (U17), Emily John (U17), Jo Smerdon (U23), Maria Townsend (V35), Floren Scrafton (SW), Chloe Phelps (U17) & Hannah Hobbs (U20)
There were once again some fantastic performances across the board from both Bristol and West and Yate athletes, with some of the Yate performances highlighted below:
Daniel Brooks took advantage of the favourable conditions in the 100 and 200, with a SB in the 200m.
Ben Wells got back to his early season form with a PB in the 100m and close to his best in the 200m.
Tom Pallot joined the team for the first time this year, and moved up to the 400m, taking a whole second off his PB, in the closest race of the day!
Georgia Crew jumped another PB in the Triple Jump for 3rd place in the A string.
Jack Joynson won both Long and Triple Jump A strings, with a PB in the Long Jump.
Hannah Hobbs won the A string 800m comfortably in a PB time.
Floren Scrafton , competing in the league for the first time in a while, dominated the 1500m A string.
David Thomas showed that he is coming back into form, with a 1.75m SB performance in the High Jump.
Emily John was second in the A string high jump, with a fantastic 1.60m PB.
Ruby Ogborne stepped up to the Midland League for the first time and jumped close to her best in the Long Jump with second place in the B string.
Jo Smerdon won the A string Javelin and picked up valuable points in the Discus as well.
Chloe Phelps threw the 600g Javelin for the first time, and showed excellent form with the second longest throw of the afternoon.
The hammer squad of Matt Spicer, Eugene Lawlor and Karen Jones all brought home great points with 1st or 2nd place in their events.
And I don’t often mention myself, but was proud of my Triple Jump, going No 1 in the 2017 UK V40 rankings as I head into the European champs.
These are a selection of the performances, but this is a team event, so all points, great all small, add up to our final total for the day. A big well done to all the team members whose points all added up to help us secure the win and increase our overall lead of the division. Thanks also to all the officials and helpers that made sure we delivered a home match that ran perfectly.
Looking forward to the fourth and final match, on Saturday the 5th August in Nottingham, where we will look to seal the league victory.
The U17/U20 YDL Regional finals are being held at Yate this Sunday starting at 10.00am, some of the usual crew are away so if you are able to help it would be much appreciated.
The day starts at 8.00 am putting equipment out, then during the day its a case of moving hurdles and putting equipment away at the end. You will be part of a team so will not need to know what you are doing initially.
In between you will have time to cheer on our athletes in a bid to get to the national final!
If you are able to help for any part of the day please contact Pat Jefferies @
or ring 07717264694
Whilst we are still awaiting the official results for the AT&F competition on 9th July all I can say at the moments is it was a great day and a real team effort which everyone seemed to enjoy!
On the 15th July Team manager Sam took the YDL U13/15s to Cardiff for the regional Finals which in itself was a tremendous achievement, as we were only promoted last season! below is Sam email to the athletes which sums it all up.
‘want to say a massive thank you to each and every one of the athletes that competed in any event in any round throughout the season and tried their best. The competition was fierce yet still pb’s were achieved!! Some came and competed whilst feeling ill and injured, some tried events never done before and yet again some stood in last minute! You were all fantastic and behavior was professional and sporting.
Just to let you know we have a team in the 24 hr relay for life at YOSC starting @ 12.00 noon this Saturday 1st July any one who wants to join in the fun, cheer the team on and/or relax in the bar is most welcome. I should be a great weekend finishing at noon on Sunday so plenty of time to pop down and join in!