Any details or other newsworthy detail, such as whether it was a Personal Best performance
2 DEC - South West Indoor Championships - Cardiff
Several of our junior athletes took part in the South West Indoor Championships in Cardiff – the first competition of the 2019 season and for some of them the first time in their age group – and between them won 5 medals!
Fiona Barkley won the gold medal in U17W high jump
Adam Nolan won two silver medals in U15B 200m and 300m
Amy Nolan won a bronze medal in U13G high jump
Toby Woodhams won a bronze medal in U13B high jump
Harry Williams achieved a 5cm PB in high jump
200m – Adam Nolan (U15) 26.79s
200m – Megan Willaims (U17) 29.58s
200m – Amy Nolan (U13) 32.31s PB
300m – Adam Nolan (U15) 42.58s
300m – Grace Horswell (U15) 47.44s
HJ – Harry Williams (U15) 1.35m PB
HJ – Toby Woodhams (U13) 1.21m
HJ – Fiona Barkley (U17) 1.60m
HJ – Amy Nolan (U13) 1m PB
LJ – Amy Nolan (U13) 3.76m PB
Well done to all of you, including Megan Williams and Grace Horswell who didn’t quite make it on to the podium this time, a fantastic start to the season!
24 NOV - Winter Throws Invitational - Swindon
James Viner (U17)
SP – 8.73m (PB)
WT (9.08kg) – 14.19m (PB)
HT – 41.15m (PB)
TriWt – 1630Pts (PB)
29-30 SEP - Final Fling Open Meeting - Wrexham
Owen Merrett (U15)
SP – 8.48m
DT – 27.27m
HT – 47.23m
JT – 31.46m
Throws Quadrathlon – 2123 Pts
Adam Merrett (U13)
HT – 15.05m
SP – 6.42m
DT – 16.63m
JT – 18.29m (PB)
Throws Quadrathlon – 1060 Pts
23 SEP - Combined Events Open - Exeter
DAY 1 DECATHLON
Liam Hillier (U17) – 2058 Pts
100m – 13.37s
LJ – 5.10m
SP – 8.22m
HJ – 1.60m
400m – 60.22s
David Thomas(U20) – 2360 Pts
100m – 12.62s
400m – 61.09s
HJ – 1.78m
LJ – 5.58m (PB)
SP – 7.58m (PB)
Fiona Barkley (U15) – 2152 Pts
800m – 3:32.74s
75H – 13.27s
HJ – 1.60m
LJ – 4.79m
SP – 5.66m (PB)
Ruby Tsangari (U11) – 199 Pts
SP – 4.60m (PB)
LJ – 3.16m
60m – 10.17s
600m – 2.28.32s
70mH – 14.19s
David & Liam
22 SEP - Winter Throws Invitational - Swindon
Toby Conibear (U17)
James Viner (U15)
WT(7.26kg): 16.98m (PB)
Owen Merrett (U15)
Theo Spurrell (U15)
Adam Merrett (U13)
HT: 16.97m (PB)
22 SEP - UNLV Cross Country Invitational - Henderson, NV, USA
Ellie Leather recorded her first Cross Country in America with a time of 19:18
16 SEP - Newquay & Par Last Ditch Throws Open - Par
Owen Merrett (U15)
Discus – 26.76m
Hammer (4kg) – 48.78m
Hammer (5kg) – 40.49m (PB)
Adam Merrett (U13)
Discus – 17.91m (PB)
Hammer – 14.40m
Shot – 5.95m
15-16 SEP - English Schools Combined Events Championships - Bedford
Luke Ball finished in 23rd place with 2417 points in the Junior Boys Pentathlon.
800m – 2:33.77s
80mH – 12.20s
HJ – 1.71m
LJ – 5.38m
SP – 10.21m (PB)
9 SEP - AVON LEAGUE (4) - GLOUCESTER
Yate pipped at the post!
Yate went in to this final Avon League match at the top of the overall table with a 169.5 Match Points cushion ahead of North Somerset. The task ahead was made difficult with the National Upper YDL Final on the same day, but the team from Yate fought bravely, with many athletes filling events they might not have even tried before!
In the end, North Somerset managed to win the match with 1308 Match Points, leaving Yate in second with 1071 Match Points. This result meant North Somerset won the overall league with 29 League Points and 4392 Match Points, leaving Yate in second with 28 League Points and 4324.5 Match Points. Well done North Somerset!
AGE GROUP RESULTS
Girls Quadkids: First on the day, First over the whole season
Boys Quadkids: Fifth on the day, Seventh over the whole season
U13 Girls: Third on the day, First over the whole season
U13 Boys: Fourth on the day, Sixth over the whole season
U15 Girls: Second on the day, Fifth over the whole season
U15 Boys: First on the day, First over the whole season (Won EVERY match!)
U17 Women: Third on the day, Third over the whole season
U17 Men: Second on the day, Second over the whole season
Senior/Veteran Women: Third on the day, Second over the whole season
Senior/Veteran Men: Fourth on the day, Third over the whole season
Some Yate highlights from the day include:
Owen Merrett set a new PB and Avon League Record in the U15 Boys Hammer Throw, breaking the 50m barrier for the first time, with a best of 50.22m. This League Record was set last year by training partner, Toby Conibear. The performance was also deemed good enough to give Owen the award for “Male Performance of the match”.
In the Girls Quadkids, Arissa Burgess set a new Club Record in the Vortex Throw with 28.03m, as well as improving her own Quadkids Total Score Club Record, from 234 points, to 238 points. Arissa is the only girl to appear in 3 out of 4 Top 10 Avon ranking lists.
“TEAM AVON came top of the Midland South West Premier Division this season, thanks to some excellent performances by athletes from Yate & District AC.
For the first time for four years we reached the National Final at Bedford on 9th September by coming second in the Midland Regional Final at Newport. This was a great experience for all the athletes who took part.We competed against teams from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Rugby & Northants, Shaftsbury Barnet and Bromley & Blackheath (the eventual winners). TEAM AVON did exceptionally well to finish fourth overall. Hopefully, this success will motivate and inspire our young men and women to continue in the sport and strive to improve even further next year.
All the Yate athletes who took part in the YDL UAG this season have been a great credit to the club. Second only to Team Bath, Yate contributes the most competitors and our athletes are always willing to take part in whatever needs doing:
Yate success at the National Final:
Yate athletes won the only gold ‘A’ string medals for TeamAvon in the National Final:
Daniel Brooks, U20 100m; Toby Conibear U17 Hammer Throw and Abdi Hasan U17 800m.
These were outstanding performances. Abdi and Nathaneal also won gold in the U17 4 x 400 relay.
Other gold medallists in ‘B’ string events were Josh Snook (400), Jack Moore (HJ), and Isaac Cory (400m).
Silver and Bronze medallists include:
U20 men: Adam Brooks (HJ & TJ), Daniel Brooks (200m), 4x 400 relay team (Josh Snook).
U17 men: Toby Conibear (Discus), Ben Latham (PV).
On the women’s side the best performance by a Yate athlete was by Hannah Hobbs who won a silver in the Under 20 ‘A’ 3000 metres while Lucy Durham won Silver in the ‘B’ Triple Jump.
Other Yate medallists were Jodie Dale, Javelin, Megan Williams, Pole Vault, Daisy Harvey, 300 Hurdles and Emily Whittaker, 1500 S/C who all won Bronze in the Under 17 B events.
In addition, we would like to thank all our faithful officials who have supported us throughout the season and earned the team vital extra points in each match.
We have had a wonderfully successful season and are very honoured to say that TEAMAVON is one of the best teams in the country.
Sandra Woodman (men’s team manager)
Jim Strudwick (women’s team manager)
4-16 SEP - World Masters Championships, Malaga (Spain)
Congratulations to Karen Jones who travelled to Malaga, Spain for the Bi-annual World Masters Championships.
Competing in the W55 Age Category, this was Karens first time representing Great Britain in a Masters Championships.
She dealt very well with nerves and threw 36.84m, less than a metre down on her PB that she set in June (37.69m).
This caps off another great year for Karen.
Former Yate athlete, Eugene Lawlor, the man who can be credited for bringing Hammer Throwing to Yate in the 1980’s, also competed two days previously. Eugene had been struggling with injury in the weeks leading up to the championships, but did fantastically well to finish 6th with 48.46m.
25/26 AUG - U15/U17 National Championships - Bedford
In Bedford, at the national U15/U17 championships, Owen Merrett won the silver medal in the U15 boys hammer throw with a PB of 49.11m! Fantastic result Owen… Congratulations!
James Viner also competed in the hammer on Saturday and achieved a respectable 6th position, with a distance just short of his PB, which is a brilliant result at this level of competition.
Abdi Hasan ran a fantastic 800m on Saturday in a time of 1.56.44, and qualified for the final, which was run on Sunday. Sunday was very wet but Abdi ran hard in the final, against the top 800m runners in the country, and crossed the line 8th place.
On Sunday, the rain poured down! During the U15 boys high jump it looked like the officials were about to stop the competition at one point – but they and the athletes bravely continued despite being drenched and very cold, with a flooded apron and a high jump bed like a paddling pool! In these tough conditions nearly all the competitors were 15cm or more below their personal bests and Yate athlete Luke Ball managed a joint 7th place finish (out of 17). Which a jump well below his PB. However, in his first year as an U15 he still managed to place above the other ‘year one’ athletes so he’s looking good for next year’s competition!
Toby Conibear, taking part in the U17 hammer, also had to compete in the heavy rain and cold, and achieved a 6th place finish, with a throw just short of his PB. Again, Toby is in his first year in the age group so this is a fantastic result for him (especially in those conditions) and we are sure he will be back at the competition next year aiming for a medal!
The Hammer Squad
Owen Merrett (silver)
25/26 AUG - British Masters Championships - Birmingham
Karen Jones (W55)
Weight Throw – 2nd with 11.45m
Hammer Throw – 5th with 30.91
Graham Howell (M60)
Javelin – 6th with 28.13m (New Club Record)
Pat Gallagher (W70)
1500m – 2nd with 7:09.55s
Karen was disappointed with her Hammer Throw distance, but felt as though she redeemed herself with a Silver Medal in the Weight Throw (a short, heavy hammer).
Graham had entered four events, but unfortunately picked up a groin injury during a warm up. He did however try to compete in the Javelin and bravely managed to record an extremely respectable 28m (standing) throw, just five metres away from a medal!
12 AUG - Devon Open Series - Tavistock
Owen Merrett (U15)
Shot Put – 9.02m
Discus – 26.02m
Hammer – 45.81m
Adam Merrett (U13)
Shot Put – 5.99m
Discus – 16.55m (PB)
Hammer – 14.67m (PB)
12 AUG - AVON LEAGUE (3) - GLOUCESTER
YATE GO TOP!
This third match saw Yate climb to the top spot overall, thanks largely to the U13 Girls, Senior/Veteran Women and U15 Boys, who are all curently winning their respective Age Groups.
On this occasion, almost every group improved on their result from the previous match, with maximum points scored by U13 Girls, U17 Women, Senior/Veteran Women, U15 Boys, U17 Men AND Senior/Veteran Men!
Worthy of particular mention are our U15 Boys, who have scored maximum points at all three matches. Also Jodie Dale who achieved an Avon League Record in the U17 Javelin, with 36.11m, also improving her own Club Record in doing so.
We now go to the fourth, and final, match in Pole Position with 21 League Points. There is absolutely no room for complacency though as our nearest rivals, North Somerset have the same amount of League Points. We do however have a higher match point total (3253.5 vs. 3084)
11/12 AUG - Midland U15/U17 Championships - Nuneaton
James Viner won the U15 Boys Hammer Throw with 43.87m
Emily Whitaker won the U17 Ladies 1500m with a time of 5:44.49s
Toby Conibear came third in the U17 Mens Hammer Throw with 53.01m
James & Toby
5/6 AUG - England U15/U17 Combined Events Championships - Manchester
Congratulations to Liam Hillier for completing his first decathlon at the England Championships this weekend with a great overall score of 4237 points.
It was a tough competition… over half of the athletes taking part were in the year above Liam and temperatures reaching 30 degrees at one point.
Liam finished in 15th place, with a fantastic 5 new PBs, as well as TWONEW CLUB RECORDS – in pole vault (3.27m) and the overall Decathlon score!
Liam is currently 18th on the UK U17 decathlon rankings, with only six ‘year ones’ ahead of him!
Huge well done to Liam, and to coach/mum Sam! Great to see a Yate vest at this national event!
5 AUG - MIDLAND LEAGUE (4) - NOTTINGHAM
PIPPED AT THE POST!
The joint Bristol & Yate team travelled to Nottingham hoping to retain their League Champions title from last season. At the half way stage during this final league match, things were looking good, as we were in third position and our nearest rivals, Birchfield, were in fourth. However, despite people filling in events way beyond their comfort zone, we just fell short of retaining the title, finishing fourth (327.5pts), while Birchfield finished second (358.5pts).
Athletes worthy of special mention are the two U17 athletes Toby Conibear and Lewis Wall. Both athletes had travelled up to compete in throwing events, but bravely stepped up to fill the empty 3000m Steeplechase spots. Their heroics meant we beat Birchfield in that particular event.
A valiant defence of the Midland Athletic League title but pipped at the post in the end.
We were first in the league entering the final match of the year by the narrowest of margins from Birchfield and it was all about where we finished up relative to one another for the title. We led Birchfield for about 2/3rds of the day even though we were both in unfamiliar positions of 3rd and 4th, but in the end our injury weakened and smallest team for a while got pipped, but still took a worthy second in the league.
We were either first or second in the league all season confirming we are one of the main players on this league while also knowing how to enjoy ourselves. Through the year we introduced a significant number of new athletes to team athletics from U17’s through seniors and Masters backing up our longer serving contributors.
We always have highlights at every match, but two U17 throwers volunteering themselves for the 3000m steeplechase to try and retain the title is very special. Toby Conibear (Hammer) and Lewis Wall (Discus) were full of enthusiasm before the event and even when the reality of what they were doing hit them in the race, they kept going in real pain and brought home more points home than Birchfield. We had a similar situation at Match 2 in Wolverhampton when 4 female athletes volunteered to cover the 100mH and 400mH hurdles between them. You know you have a team rather than a group of athletes when things like that happen.
Late injuries on top of the ‘August effect’ hit us hard and we had lots of multi-eventing going on as well as athletes being moved unexpectedly to the team. U17 Aaron Belchamber came along to his first match as a guest in the 100m and 400m but was told he was 400m B string when he got on the coach, and then A string an hour before the event to be backed up by M60 Pete Mountain to help keep the points coming in. Daniel Gregory was another debutant who expected to do a hefty four events but ended up doing six with Notts showing great sportsmanship by loaning him a pole to compete in the pole vault.
Tia Jackson is one of our most consistent high performers across multiple events and this match was no different. When asked if she could do one legal High Jump for points, she gladly went off and just stayed ultimately taking second place. Great talent and a great attitude combined.
Dan Brooks has competed in and won all four A string 100m races and also ran every A string 200m race recording two victories. Given the clubs we are up against in this Division that is a fantastic consistently high level of performance.
Lucy Durham and Matt Spicer are two athletes who are always there for us, and this match and season was no different. Lucy covered ‘extra’ events as she has often done over a number of years, and at the other end of the age range, Matt did his normal ‘Mr Versatility’ act of throwing anything that needs thrown.
We rarely reference specific performance levels but some things come along that deserve special mention. Adam Brooks (HJ) cleared 2.00m for the third time this year taking an A string win backed up by Jack Moore winning the B string in one of our many double wins of the day. Both Adam and Jack were multi-eventing as well.
Our U17 Abdi Hasan ran a PB of 1:55.5 for the 800m which is a remarkable time and the face of the runners behind him as he moved away from them was a picture. Abdi also ran the 1500m (SB) and 4x400m relay to celebrate. To continue the theme, Mike Proffitt won the 800m B string, ran the 1500m for fun and then also did the 4x400m relay.
Thanks again to Pat, Tony, Bev and their team of officials who make it possible for us all to compete and ensure maximum officials points every time.
Another fine year completed and we look forward to next year where we will see Cannock & Stafford back with us and Abingdon AC as new faces, with Cheltenham & County and Wolves & Bilston being relegated.
13/14 JUL - English Schools Championships - Birmingham
THREE MEDALS FOR YATE AC ATHLETES!
There was no need to worry about superstition, with 13 Yate & District Athletic Club athletes competing on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, at the biggest Schools Championships of the year…, THREE Yate athletes returned with a medal!
First up early Friday morning were Owen Merrett and James Viner in the Junior Boys Hammer. This duo are well used to training and competing together, with varying results. Ranked second in the UK going in to the competition, on paper, Owen was actually favourite for the Gold medal, as the top ranked hammer thrower is also the top ranked thrower in the country for his favoured event, the Shot Put (athletes may only enter one event in these championships). The form books were ripped up in this competition, as the eventual Gold medal winner improved his PB by a massive five and a half metres, which meant going in to the final round, Owen was in the Silver Medal position. Unluckily for Owen again, the Gloucestershire athlete produced a big two metre PB, leaving no opportunity for Owen to reply. He must however feel extremely pleased with the Bronze. James had a magnificent competition and should be extremely happy with his new PB and fifth place. He is now just centimetres away from that 45m National Standard!
Being bottom of the age group this year, last years Silver medalist, Toby Conibear, had to fight hard to make ‘the cut’ in the Inter Boys hammer. He just about managed to do this, as he was in eighth position after his first three throws. This was just as well, as he went on to throw a PB in the sixth and final round and move up one place, to seventh, with a National Standard performance.
The hard work on the Yate High Jump training apron is obviously really paying off, as Fiona Barkley won a Silver medal in the Junior Girls High Jump with a National Standard performance and Luke Ball won Bronze in the Junior Boys High Jump, again, with a National Standard performance. Both athletes competing in their first English Schools. In the Senior Boys age group, Jack Moore finished a very creditable 11th place.
Dan Brooks won his Senior Boys 100m heat with an Entry Standard, he then finished third in his Semi Final, again with an Entry Standard. He then finished fifth in the Final, again with an Entry Standard performance.
Hannah Hobbs finished in Seventh place of the Senior Girls 3000m with a National Standard performance.
Dalis Jones finished eighth in her heat of the Junior Girls 1500m, with an Entry Standard.
Max Elliot and Isaac Cory both finished in seventh place of their respective heats of the Inter Boys 200m.
Nathaneal Mitchell finished fifth in his heat of the Inter Boys 400m.
Abdi Hasan finished third in his heat of the Inter Boys 800m
An away win in the searing heat takes us back to the top of the league!
The team responded brilliantly to the disruption caused by the late cancellation of the Hammer and Discus and injury withdrawals to take an away win and return to the top of the league by one league point from Birchfield.
Tamworth continued their season of consistent performances with second place on the day and pipping Birchfield by one match point, followed up by Cheltenham & County, Notts and Wolves & Bilston. The last match is likely to be between us and Birchfield for the league victory with Cheltenham and Notts fending of relegation and Wolves almost certainly going down.
Winning is great, but as importantly we had another great day out with athletes pitching in, multiple team debutantes adding to their experience, mutual support all round and athletes and supporters enjoying themselves. Sadie Gledson smiling all the way down the 100mH is a perfect example and she was also 3rd which isn’t bad for a long jumper who hasn’t trained for hurdles in years.
Other examples that typify the teams commitment and spirit of adventure is Jo Smerdon advising our two male novice Shot Putters of Simon Hamman (horizontal jumper) and Tim White (vet endurance runner) on how to get legal throws; Jess Mead (Hammer thrower) travelling just to do her ‘help out’ event of the 400mH; and Jodie Dale doing the same for the Javelin despite her Discus being cancelled.
It is unusual to have so many debutantes at this point in the season, but it is part of the teams remit that we offer athletes additional competitive opportunities. New to the team and this type of competition were James Casling (400mH and possibly the first s/chase guest in league history), Claudia Spice (1500m), and Amena Kofi & Olivia Knight in the 100m and 4x100m relay. Familiar with this level of competition, but new to the Midland League team were Ben Tulloch, Mike Proffitt, Julia Cook, Olivia Wilding with remarkably her first 4x400m relay along with Hannah Hobbs, and finally a long term supporter of the team in Emma Jolliffe who ran her first individual team event.
The next match is in Nottingham on the 5th of August when we have the chance to secure our second League victory in a row and have another good day out no matter the result.
Unfortunately, despite all our best efforts we remained in 5th place at the end meaning we will head to the promotion final in Swindon on 21st July.
A great day for Owen Merrett, following his disappointment the day before at the South West Schools. He sailed to Second in the UK Rankings for the U15 Hammer with a massive new PB of 48.83m (AAA Grade 1 performance).
Fiona Barkley also achieved a AAA Grade 1 Standard, as she comfortably won the U15 Girls High Jump with 1.62m
Other Yate wining performances were:
Seamus Robinson (U15) 1500m A – 4:33.00
Luke Ball (U15) High Jump A – 1.66m (AAA Grade 3 performance)
Theo Spurrell (U15) Discus B – 23.20m
Sashah Pashaei Tarighoun (U15) Hammer B – 24.27m
Owen Merrett (U15) Javelin A – 31.68m
Adam Nolan (U15) Javelin B – 25.82m
Grace Horswell (U15) 800m B – 2:41.67
Dalis Jones (U15) 1500m A – 4:56.50
Amelia Honor (U15) 1500m B – 5:12.20
Dalis Jones (U15) Long Jump B – 4.25m
17 JUN - Masters South West Championships - Exeter
Pat Gallagher won the V70 800m in 3:34.82s AND the 1500m in a seasons best time of 7:14.65s
Karen Jones won the V55 Hammer, with a Seasons Best 36.23m
16 JUN - South West Schools Championships - Exeter
10 JUN - Midland U20/Senior Championships - Nuneaton
100m h1 – 3rd: Yvette Westwood (U23) – 12.75s
10 JUN - Devon Open Series - Braunton
Ciaran Merrett (U10 Boys)
Long Jump – 2.68m
Adam Merrett (U13 Boys)
Shot Put – 5.71m
Hammer – 11.22m (PB)
Discus – 14.50m
Owen Merrett (U15 Boys)
Shot Put – 9.16m (PB)
Discus – 24.80m
Hammer – 43.78m
10 JUN - Bradley Stoke 10k - Bristol
6th Aidan Noble (U17) – 36:44 (PB)
69th Katie Matthews (V40) – 46:12
9 JUN - Avon Schools Championships - Yate
Results taken from Power of 10 website. Most athletes clubs are named as “Avon Schools”. The following athletes clubs are recorded as Yate:
2nd Daniel Brooks (U20) 100m – 10.95s
1st Dalis Jones (U15) 1500m – 4:49.54s
1st Hannah Hobbs (U20) 3000m – 10:05.60s
2nd James Harrod (U17) 3000m – 9:40.73s (PB)
4th Georgia Crew (U17) 80mH – 15.86s
1st Jack Moore (U20) HJ – 1.86m
2nd David Thomas (U20) HJ – 1.83m
1st Liam Hillier (U17) PV – 3.24m
2nd Lucy Durham (U20) TJ – 10.48m
1st Georgia Crew (U17) TJ – 10.52m (PB)
3rd Toby Conibear (U17) SP – 10.11m (PB)
2nd Toby Conibear (U17) DT – 27.46m
1st Toby Conibear (U17) HT – 52.49m
9 JUN - Gloucestershire Schools Championships - Cheltenham
3rd: Dylan Armstrong (U17M) – 200m – 24.7s
2nd: Luke Ravenhill (U17M) – 400m – 55.0s (PB)
3rd: Tilly Spinney (U15G) – 800m – 2:26.8s (PB)
1st: Ben Latham (U17M) – Pole Vaut – 3.15m (PB)
3rd: Ruby Ogborne (U17W) – Long Jump – 4.83m
4th: Ruby Ogborne (U17W) – Triple Jump – 9.09m
2nd: Ross Webb (U15B) – Javelin – 32.95m (PB)
1st: Jodie Dale (U17W) – Javelin – 34.05m (PB) NEW CLUB RECORD
9 JUN - Wiltshire Schools Championships
Junior Boys Hammer
Swindon’s Harry Ricketts (UK Rank 2) faced up against the two boys from Yate, Owen Merrett (UK Rank 4) and James Viner (UK Rank 5).
On this occasion it was Owen who took the honours, with his first round performance of 46.02m. A new personal best and an English Schools National Standard.
Team mate James also threw his best in Round One, an English School Entry Standard of 40.20m. This was enough for second place until the sixth and final round, when Ricketts managed to throw 41.08m
Junior Boys Discus
3rd – James Viner – 27.86m
Junior Boys Javelin
3rd – Owen Merrett – 32.03m
4 JUN - Blaise Blazer 4 - Bristol
9th: Aiden Noble (U17) 24.22s (PB)
10th: Hannah Hobbs (U20) 24.22s (PB)
3 JUN - MIDLAND LEAGUE (2) - WOLVERHAMPTON
We followed up our win in the first match with a gritty ‘roll your sleeves up performance to just take 3rd place with 2nd not too far off, but 5th or 6th a bit too close for comfort. There was no question that the competition has gone up a notch in this league with higher turnout and strong performances all round.
After two matches we are 2nd in the league, just one match point away from Birchfield Harriers, 1 ahead of Tamworth, 3 ahead of Notts with Wolves & Bilston and Cheltenham struggling 7 points back.
The Team Managers agreed that this match was one of our most difficult to fill in a long time, but in the end we had only 2 gaps out of 82 team spots which I think is the best turnout since we became involved.
Some of our regular were missing, but we had a fantastic team response in advance and on the day to fill the gaps, and that is unquestionably what made the difference in securing 3rd place on another incredibly hot day.
Highlight of the day for me was the response of the three U17’s Lexy Bond (TJ), Sadie Gledson (LJ and team debut), Emily Whittaker (middle distance, and team debut) along with Ana Maria Duran Mingo (middle distance) in volunteering to do the obstacle races of the 100mH and 400mH. All of these athletes ran the risk of compromising their main events to cover these vacant spots. Thanks also to Henrietta Anstey for considering the 100mH but finding she was just too vertically challenged but also doing a fine job helping out younger athletes through the day.
Emily Whittaker (400mH, 1500m and TJ) and Rosie Hamilton James (3000m) also pitched in to the 4x400m relay along with Daisy Ackerman (800m, 400m) and our established lead of Georgia Taylor. It was a quiet day for our ever reliable Sarah Everitt with “only” the middle distance double of 800m and 1500m.
Other have a go heroes were Darren Tremble in his team debut and doing the Hammer, Javelin and the more familiar but rusty 400mH; Tim White in the Shot Putt and 3000m S/C; Robbie Stewart doubling up in 400mH and 3000m s/c; Jonny Shine returning to the team to fill the Long Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault slots with Liam Hillier also filling in the Triple Jump and 100m relay on top of his regular events. Matt Spicer did his usual cover job competing in three events (Hammer, Shot and Discus) and said the Hammer throwing of Darren had shown him things he’d never seen before – it’s never too late to learn Matt.
Our female throwers did a great job of covering all events between them – Jo Smerdon, Karen Jones, Anhya Kerr, Jodie Dale (U17 and winning the B string Javelin on her debut) and Maria Townsend who gave up competing in her own event to help out the team. Hannah Lewis (U17) kept the flag flying in the women’s pole vault and Lucy Durham pitched in with the High Jump in addition to her normal Triple Jump with Emily John going from High Jump to join our three established sprinters in the 4x100m.
There were great performances from our sprinters with a double win in the 100m for Tia Jackson and Dan Brooks in the tricky outside lane that ended on a concrete cycle velodrome. They were backed up in the B string by team debutants Zara Gabbidon and Tai-Jan Diedrich; double wins in the men’s High Jump A and B string for Jack Moore (also 110mH) and David Thomas; super savvy run from U17 Rosie Hamilton James in the 3000m; thrilling runs in the men’s middle distance races with a 1st and 2nd in the A and B string from Ben Robinson and Adam Wilson and a charge for the line in the 3000m with David Awde and Luke Evans giving us a 3rd ( 0.1s from 2nd) and 1st in the A and B strings.
I’ll never say no to a match where we win lots of individual events and take the day, but events like Wolverhampton when everyone pitches in to give it a go are great.
Thanks to everyone who competed, supported and our brilliant officials who yet again got us full points and are as much a part of securing 3rd place as anyone.
The next match is closer to home in Cheltenham on the 8th of July.
Women’s PB’s: Lexy Bond (100mH), Sadie Gledson (100mH), Emily Whitaker (400mH), Ana Maria Duran Mingo (400mH), Daisy Ackerman (400m & 800m), Rosie Hamilton-James (3000m), Lucy Durham (HJ), Jodie Dale (JT)
Women’s SB’s: Zara Gabbidon (200m), Sarah Everitt (800m), Tia Jackson (LJ), Jo Smerdon (SP & DT), Maria Townsend (HT), Anhya Kerr (JT), Lexy Bond (TJ)
Men’s PB’s: Tai-Jan Diedrich (100m), Robbie Stewart (400mH & 3000m S/C), Darren Tremble (HT & JT), Tim White (3000m S/C & SP)
Men’s SB’s: Rob Phillips (200m), Andrew Dean-Young (400m), Abdi Hasan (800m), Ben Robinson (1500m), David Awde (3000m), Luke Evans (3000m), Jack Moore (110mH), Darren Tremble (400mH), Jonny Shine (LJ & TJ), Matt Spicer (SP & DT).
Steve Grant, Pete Mountain and Matt Muggeridge
NEW CLUB RECORD! – Non-scoring Guest, Adam Brooks, equalled the U20 High Jump Club Record of 2.00m
Cardiff AAC used home advantage to reverse the result from Round One, leaving Team Avon in second place.
However, Team Avon still top the table, by 74 Match Points.
Nathanael Mitchell (U20) – 2nd B – 200m
Josh Snook (U20) – 1st A – 400m
Jack Moore (U20) – 3rd A – 100mH
Jack Moore (U20) – 1st A – HJ
David Thomas (U20) – 1st B – HJ
David Thomas (U20) – 5th A – SP
David Thomas (U20) – 4th A – DT
Annie Lewis (U20) – 3rd A – 400m
Alexis Bond (U20) – 3rd B – 400m
Jessica Mead (U20) – 3rd A – 400mH
Jessica Mead (U20) – 2nd B – HT
Alexis Bond (U20) – 1st B – TJ
Max Elliott (U17) – 5th A – 100m
Isaac Cory (U17) – 2nd B – 100m
Max Elliott (U17) – 5th A – 200m
Isaac Cory (U17) – 1st B – 200m
Nathanael Mitchell – 2nd A – 400m
Dylan Armstrong (U17) – 1st B – 400m
Greg Hayward (U17) – 2nd B – 800m
Abdi Hasan (U17) – 2nd A – 1500m
Greg Hayward (U17) – 2nd B – 1500m
James Harrod (U17) – 2nd A – 3000m
Liam Hillier (U17) – 2nd B – 100mH
Liam Hillier (U17) – 1st A – PV
Ben Latham (U17) – 1st B – PV
Toby Conibear (U17) – 2nd B – SP
Toby Conibear (U17) – 6th A – DT
Toby Conibear (U17) – 2nd A – HT
Rhiannon Paton (U17) – 1st A – 1500m
Rosie Hamilton James (U17)- 2nd A – 3000m
Jodie Dale (U17) – 3rd B – SP
Jodie Dale (U17) – 1st A – JT
Hannah Lewis (U17) – 3rd A – PV
Georgia Crew (U17) – 2nd A – TJ
24 MAY - Mendip AC Open - Millfield School, Street
Amelia Honor (U15 Girls) – 800m – 2:30.1s
23 MAY - Avon/Bristol/Yate Open Meeting - YATE
QUAD KIDS RESULTS
PERSONAL BEST PERFORMANCES
Lewis Wall (U17) – 100m – 15.1s
Alfie King (U15) – 100m – 12.96s
Lucas Harrell (U13) – 100m – 15.8s
Felicity Whiteway (U13) – 150m – 22..58s
James Edwards (U20) – 400m – 54.66s
Jonathan Mead (U17) – 400m – 62.4s
Will Bridges (U20) – 800m – 2:09.58s
Henry Watling (U15) – 800m – 2:13.47
Megan Witham (U15) – 800m – 2:51.61s
Seamus Robinson (U15) – 800m – 2:12.68s
George Peacock (U13) – 800m – 2:38.77s
Laura Chance (U13) – 800m – 2:33.88s
Fiona Barkley (U15) – HJ – 1.63m – CLUB RECORD
Hannah Lewis (U17) – PV – 2.30m
Zach Moffatt (U13) – LJ – 4.16m
Daniel Falconer (U13) – LJ – 3.47m
Chloe Pitts (U20) – HT – 36.66m
Evie Boucher-White (U15) – HT – 28.57m
Toby Conibear (U17) – JT – 25.65m
Liam Hillier (U17) – JT – 22.80m
Jonathan Mead (U17) – JT – 22.31m
Lewis Wall (U17) – JT – 16.14m
Hannah Lewis (U17) JT – 20.31m
George Peacock (U13) – JT – 19.80m
Daniel Falconer (U13) – JT – 16.77m
Felicity Whiteway (U13) – JT – 9.34m
Racing in the sunset. Kane Lee wins the 200m in 24.56s
19 MAY - LOWER YDL (U13/U15) - BATH
Well, that was a hot one!!
Massive well done to all athletes that braved the heat and competed as part of Yate and District AC. Massive PB’s all round by the majority and I think the day was enjoyed by all…
A wonderful atmosphere and great team spirit meant we remained above Bath by some lead…
1st Place finishes:
Laura Chance – 1200m U13 Girls A – 4:02.5 (PB)
Seamus Robinson – 1500m U15 Boys A – 4:35.2
Dalis Jones – 1500m U15 Girls A – 4:49.0
Tilly Spinney – 1500m U15 Girls B – 5:07.3 (PB)
Luke Ball – High Jump U15 Boys A – 1.84m (PB and CLUB RECORD)
Fiona Barkley – High Jump U15 Girls A – 1.62m (PB and CLUB RECORD)
James Viner – Discus U15 Boys A – 28.14m (PB)
Owen Merrett – Discus U15 Boys B – 26.46m
Owen Merrett – Hammer U15 Boys A – 40.49m
James Viner – Hammer U15 Boys B – 38.54m
Owen Merrett – Javelin U15 Boys A – 35.61m (PB)
Adam Nolan – Javelin U15 Boys B – 29.60m
Jai Patel – Javelin U13 Boys A – 29.62m (PB)
L-R: Sashah Pasha Tarighoun, Adam Nolan, Luke Ball & Mackenzie Davies
Our new Gazebo
13 MAY - Bristol 10k - Bristol
5th – Brett Halliwell (31:49)
28th – Joe Connors (33.13)
93rd – Aiden Noble (37:16)
13 MAY - Wiltshire County Championships - Tidworth
U15 BOYS HAMMER THROW
Possibly one of the Country’s most interesting and as it turned out, exciting competitions, saw the UK Number 2, Owen Merrett, up against his training partner and UK number 4, James Viner. As if that wasn’t enough, both lads had to also face the UK number 3, Harry Ricketts from Swindon.
On the day it was Ricketts who took the spoils, who set a new PB and Championship Record in doing so. Frustratingly, this was just a mere 3cm ahead of Viner.
2nd – James Viner – 43.94m (PB)
3rd – Owen Merrett – 42.74m
2nd Arissa Burgess (U11G) 75m – 11.62s
1st Arissa Burgess (U11G) 600m – 2:03.12
2nd Adam Merrett (U13B) SP – 5.98m
2nd Adam Merrett (U13B) DT – 16.14m (PB)
5th Adam Merrett (U13B) JT – 17.97m (PB)
2nd James Viner (U15B) SP – 8.28m
2nd James Viner (U15B) DT – 23.82m (PB)
1st Owen Merett (U15B) DT – 27.54 (PB)
2nd Owen Merett (U15B) JT – 32.48m
12/13 MAY - Gloucestershire County Championships - Gloucester
1st Lucas Harrell (U13B) JT- 19.92m (PB)
1st Imogen Latham (U13G) JT – 13.83m (PB)
1st Hattie Dent (SEN) 400mH – 70.2s
1st Ben Latham (U17M) PV – 3.05m (PB)
2nd Megan Williams (U17W) 100m – 13.7s
2nd Bryn Davies (U17B) 3000m – 9:49.3 (PB)
3rd Harry Williams (U15B) 100m – 15.0s
3rd Thomas King (U15B) 100m – 14.5s (PB)
3rd Dylan Armstrong (U20M) 200m – 24.7s
3rd Harry Williams (U15B) LJ – 4.12m (PB)
3rd Imogen Latham (U13G) LJ – 3.93m (PB)
4th Ben Latham (U20M) 100m – 12.5s (PB)
4th Luke Moffatt (U15B) 100m – 15.3s
4th Megan Williams (U17W) 200m – 28.2s (PB)
4th Tilly Spinney (U15G) 800m – 2:28.5s (PB)
4th Megan Williams (U17W) PV – 1.80m
4th Luke Moffatt (U15B) LJ – 4.11m
5th Dylan Armstrong (U20M) 400m – 55.5s
5th Harry Williams (U15B) HJ – 1.30m
5th Zach Moffatt (U13B) LJ – 3.64m
5th Megan Williams (U17W) SP – 6.61m
6th Imogen Latham (U13G) 100m – 14.9s
6th Lucas Harrell (U13B) LJ – 3.57 (PB)
13th Megan Witham (U15G) 1500m – 6:00.6 (PB)
12 MAY - Avon County Championships - YATE
Yate/Westbury athletes only:
Under 13 Female
Under 15 Female
Under 15 Male
Under 17 Male
Under 15 Male
Under 17 Male
Under 13 Female
Under 13 Male
Under 13 Male
Under 17 Female
Under 15 Male
Under 17 Female
Under 13 Female
Under 13 Male
Under 20 Female
Under 20 Female
Under 15 Female
Under 20 Male
Under 20 Male
Under 17 Female
Under 17 Male
Under 20 Female
Under 13 Female
Under 17 Male
Under 20 Male
Under 13 Female
Under 15 Female
Under 15 Male
Under 17 Male
Under 17 Male
CHAMPIONSHIP BEST PERFORMANCE
Luke Ball (U15B) High Jump – 1.80m
PERSONAL BEST PERFORMANCES
Laura Chance (U13G) 1500m – 5:18.97 (2nd)
Clementine Lee (U13G) 1500m – 5:20.30 (4th)
Caitlin Witham (U13G) 1500m – 5:57.06 (6th)
Sophie Lane (U13G) 1500m – 6:10.46 (7th)
Maddox Davies (U13G) 100m – 13.90 (heats. 2nd in Final with 13.97)
Molly Bryant (U13G) 200m – 29.86 (2nd)
Emma Champion (U13G) 100m – 14.00 (heats)
Phoebe Havard (U13G) 200m – 29.37 (1st)
George Peacock (U13B) 1500m – 5:04.91 (1st)
William Taylor (U13B) LJ – 2.95m (4th)
Daniel Falconer (U13B) DT – 19.94m (1st)
Amelia Honor (U15G) 1500m – 5:19.15 (6th)
Fiona Barkley (U15G) 75mH – 12.70 (1st)
Fiona Barkley (U15G) LJ – 5.19 (1st)
Naomi Dawson (U15G) 300m – 46.84 (4th)
Grace Horswell (U15G) 300m – 47.42 (5th)
Ruby Saunders (U15G) 100m – 13.80 (heats. 7th in Final with 14.06)
Ruby Saunders (U15G) 200m – 27.91 (3rd)
Seamus Robinson (U15B) 1500m – 4:33.47 (3rd)
Adam Nolan (U15B) PV – 2.12m (1st)
Adam Nolan (U15B) JT – 30.32m (1st)
Mackenzie Davies (U15B) LJ – 5.25m (3rd)
Emily Whitaker (U17W) TJ – 9.45m (1st)
Rosie Hamilton-Jones (U17W) 3000m (1st)
Jodie Dale (U17W) JT – 32.84m (1st)
James Harrod (U17M) 3000m – 9:46.89 (3rd)
Isaac Cory (U17M) 100m – 11.82s (3rd)
Toby Conibear (U17M) SP – 10.04m (2nd)
Toby Conibear (U17M) DT – 26.58m (2nd)
Liam Hillier (U17M) PV – 2.92m (1st)
Liam Hillier (U17M) 400m – 57.60 (4th)
Jessica Mead (U20W) 400mH – 77.32 (2nd)
Jessica Mead (U20W) HT – 28.12m (2nd)
Annie Lewis (U20W) 400m – 60.06 (1st)
Kane Lee (SM) 400m – 50.54 (1st)
Tom Pallot (SM) 400m – 51.38 (2nd)
We won 57 medals in total, this is an improvement of one medal on the 2017 total.
30 Golds (same as 2017)
20 Silver (4 more than 2017)
7 Bronze (3 fewer than 2017)
OTHER NOTICEABLE PERFORMANCES
Brett Morse (Cardiff AAC) the 2012 Olympic Discus thrower, set a new Championship Best Performance. His Brother Jay Morse (Cardiff AAC) attained the 56m qualification mark for the European Junior Championships Discus Throw.
7 MAY - Brewer Games Open Meeting - Cheltenham
Lilia Killourhey (U11) – 11.9s
Ruby Tsangari (U11) – 11.7s (PB)
Maddison Hillier-Smith (U11) – 13.5s
Nils Rehm (U20) – 12.1s (PB)
Jonathan Mead (U17) – 12.8s (PB)
Adam Nolan (U15) – 41.8s (PB)
Evie Green (U17) – 44.3s (PB)
Liam Hillier (U17) – 57.7s (PB)
Ruby Tsangari (U11) – 2:16.2s (PB)
Maddison Hillier-Smith (U11) – 2:34.2s (PB)
Lilia Killourhey (U11) – 2:16.9s
Amy Nolan (U11) – 2:37.5s
Evie Green (U17) – 2.27.4s (PB)
Dalis Jones (U15) – 4.44.4s (PB)
Fiona Barkley (U15) – 13.00s
Millie Watkins (U15) – 12.7s (PB)
Jonathan Mead (U17) 67.9s
Liam Hillier (U17) – 2.90m (PB)
Adam Nolan (U15) – 2.00m (PB)
Fiona Barkley (U15) – 4.83m
Dalis Jones (U15) – 4.59m (PB)
Millie Watkins (U15) – 3.78m (PB)
Ruby Tsangari (U11) – 3.19m (PB)
Lilia Killourhey (U11) – 2.77m
Maddison Hillier-Smith (U11) – 2.74m (PB)
Amy Nolan (U11) – 2.36m
Lucy Durham (U20) – 10.17m
Owen Merrett (U15) – 21.66m
Toby Conibear (U17) – 46.56m
Owen Merrett (U15) – 44.33m (PB)
James Viner (U15) – 38.16m
Karen Jones (M55) – 34.34m
Adam Nolan (U15) – 26.95m (PB)
6 MAY - MIDLAND LEAGUE - YATE
Bristol & West
Tamworth AC ‘A’
Cheltenham & County H
Wolves & Bilston AC
We continue winning ways at the first match of the 2018 season
You can’t get better than a home win to start the season and that is what the combined Bristol & West/Yate & District team delivered at Yate. As League Champions you have a target on your back, but our regulars and new team members delivered on the day.
In the end, we won by 26 points in 408 from a strong but incomplete Birchfield team with Tamworth coming in 3rd after assembling a full team to travel on a Bank Holiday weekend. Notts AC, Cheltenham and Wolves filled the rest of the places.
Our field eventers led the way and finished as first women’s and men’s team. Our women’s track athletes were second to Birchfield with Notts not far behind while the men were third behind Tamworth and Birchfield with Cheltenham close behind us. With so many clubs in the mix it could be a very interesting year.
PB’s and SB’’s are listed below. While it’s not surprising to have such a long list of SB’s at this time of the year, there are plenty of PB’s which has good to be a good sign for those athletes.
This team is about more than how far, high or fast, so well done to our first year U17’s, masters and all between who competed in the league for the first time. Hannah Lewis celebrated by getting a 20cm PB in the Pole Vault; Liam Hillier filled his boots by competing in four events (1 PB and 1 SB); and Tim White (Vet) fancied doing the s/chase for the first time since school, did one trial race and then also added the 400mH on Match day to get the complete experience.
Of our regulars, Anhya Kerr turned up just before the Javelin started, collected her numbers, won the A string and went home with a season’s best – great stuff Anhya. Matt Spicer keeps leading from the front as athlete and coach with a win in the first event of the day (Hammer) and one of his training group, Toby Conibear, winning the B string. Andrew Thomas arrived for the Discus while others were thinking of leaving, popped out, and won the A string with Matt bookending the day with him in the B string.
Relays are always a likely source of drama and in this case it was the men’s 4x400m that delivered. Tom Pallot was our only recognised 400m man and led us off brilliantly to be at the front. The next two legs had Kurt Taylor (1500m and 3000m at the British Athletic League the day before and 1500m on the day) and Ben Robinson (5000m only 20 mins earlier and even less notice he was running the relay) who both ran like the wind to have us in a welcome but surprising first place. Up steps Liam Hillier in his first year as an U17 and after three events on the day. Taking over in first place makes is a scary place for an experienced 400m runner, but youth doesn’t know that and off Liam went in front of a screaming home crowd. He never looked phased and kept himself going right to the end to secure an amazing fourth place.
A home match requires a massive effort to get right from a whole host of officials, recorders, announcers, Yate volunteers and staff so thanks to everyone. We hope we made it worthwhile,
Women’s PB’s: Jess Mead (400mH), Natalie Griffiths (800m), Andrea Jesudason (=HJ), Hannah Lewis (PV)
Women’s SB’s: Tia Jackson (100m), Bethan Wakefield (100m & 200m), Liberty Pullen (100m), Henrietta Anstey (100m), Georgia Taylor (400m), Hannah Jackson (100mH), Hattie Dent (100mH & 400mH), Natalie Griffiths (1500m), Sarah Everitt (1500m), Ana Maria Duran-Mingo (3000m), Julia Belyavin (3000m), Sam Barrett (LJ), Andrea Jesudason (TJ & LJ), Georgia Crew (TJ), Christina Jones (SP & HT), Maria Townsend (DT), Karen Jones (HT), Anyha Kerr (JT)
Men’s PB’s: Dan Brooks (100m), Isaac Cory (100m), Kane Lee (100m & 200m), Josh Snook (400m), Tom Pallot (400m), Will Bridges (400m), James Edwards (400m), Robbie Stewart (400mH & 2000m S/C), Tim White (400mH & 2000m S/C), Kurt Taylor (1500m), Liam Hillier (=HJ)
Men’s SB’s: Simon Hammann (=LJ), Christian Pestell (LJ), Liam Hillier (TJ), David Thomas (=HJ), Matt Spicer (SP, DT, HT), Toby Conibear (SP, HT), Andrew Thomas (HT), Matt Muggeridge (JT), Anthony Glover (1500m), Mark Ellery (200m), Ben Robinson (5000m), Dan Schofield (5000m),
Thanks to everyone who competed, supported and willed us on. We roll on to Wolverhampton on Sunday the 3rd of June and the cycle of Team Managers checking availability will start again soon.
Results are not on Pof10 yet but will be soon. There are usually a few club affiliation errors and we will get them fixed.
Steve Grant, Pete Mountain and Matt Muggeridge
29 APR - UPPER YDL (1) - SWANSEA
Team Avon comfortably won the match with 724 Match Points, ahead of second place Cardiff AAC, on 607 points!
Yate Point scorers:
100m (U20) Daniel Brooks – 1st B
200m (U20) Josh Snook – 1st B
400m (U20) Josh Snook – 1st A
110mH (U20) Jack Moore – 1st B
HJ (U20) David Thomas – 1st A
HJ (U20) Jack Moore – 1st B
100m (U20) Annie Lewis – 2nd B
200m (U20) Annie Lewis – 5th A
400m (U20) Harriet Emery – 4th A
400m (U20) Georgia Taylor – 1st A
400mH (U20) Jess Mead – 3rd A
Triple Jump (U20) Lucy Durham – 2nd A
100m (U17) Max Elliott – 3rd B
400m (U17) Dylan Armstrong – 1st B
800m (U17) Greg Hayward – 2nd B
3000m (U17) James Harrod – 2nd A
3000m (U17) Bryn Davies – 1st B
100mH (U17) Liam Hillier – 1st B
1500m (U17) James Harrod – 1st B
TJ (U17) Archie Davis-Grant – 1st B
PV (U17) Liam Hillier – 2nd A
SP (U17) Toby Conibear – 3rd B
DT (U17) Toby Conibear – 6th A
HT (U17) Toby Conibear – 1st A
3000m(U17) Rosie Hamilton-James – 2nd A
3000m (U17) Rhiannon Paton – 1st B
1500m (U17) Emily Whitaker – 3rd A
LJ (U17) Ruby Ogborne – 3rd B
HJ (U17) Emily John – 3rd A
TJ (U17) Georgia Crew – 2nd A
TJ (U17) Ruby Ogborne – 1st B
PV (U17) Megan Williams – 4th A
SP (U17) Jodie Dale – 6th A
DT (U17) Jodie Dale – 4th A
JT (U17) Jodie Dale – 2nd A
Yate performances that achieved an “AAA Standard”
100m (U20M) Daniel Brooks – 10.89s (Grade 2 AAA Standard)
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.