On Sunday 4th, Yate athletes were in action with colleagues from Bristol & West AC in the last fixture of the Midland League, Division One. Leading in the division, they had high hopes of securing the title. After a sometimes thrilling afternoon’s competition, they were delighted to come out well ahead of Birchfield Harriers, their main rivals. The joint Bristol and Yate team is now Midlands champions.
In the men’s sprints, Yate athletes Dan Brooks, Isaac Cory, Ben Wells and Rob Phillips were up against the Birchfield sprint specialists. Dan stormed to a win in the 100m in 10.70 secs, while Isaac in B race took a good third place. In the 200m, Ben Wells was second in 21.83 secs, and Dan won the B race just one hundredth of a second slower. The four of them were up against a good Tamworth team in 4x100m relay, with Dan bringing them home just short of the win.
Dan’s brother, Adam, went in the high jump and, as he has done most of the season, cleared two metres for a good win. Club-mate David Thomas took the B event for maximum points.
With Toby on international duty, Owen Merrett and coach Matt Spicer took on the hammer. For under-17 Owen, throwing the senior hammer was a challenge, but he was good enough for third place, throwing farther than his coach, who won the B event.
In the 800m, Abdi Hasan ran his usual race, accelerating away from the opposition over the last 300m for a good win in 1:56.51 secs. The 1500m was a thriller, with two Yate athletes, Greg Hayward and Adam Wilson were up against very good Birchfield runners, but held their own right to the final lap where they had to concede but scored two good second places.
Matt Muggeridge is recovering slowly from illness, but here scored good results in the field, winning the javelin and coming second in the triple jump.
On the women’s side there was a good result in the B 800m race, which Kate Howard won in a good time of 2:07.76 secs. In the 400m Katie Robbins broke the club’s record in 57.43 secs, coming second only a couple of metres behind the Cannock runner. Hannah Lewis was a winner in the pole vault and Maria Townsend in the javelin.
Overall a smashing result for the local combined team that they can be proud of.
TEAM MANAGERS REPORT
A storming home win secures a repeat League Championship
Our combined team for this last match was always looking strong, and so it turned out on the day when we won by a massive 89 points to record our 3rd win of the season and take the League title in the top Division for the second time in three years.
Tamworth continued their late season push to take second on the day ahead of Birchfield, Notts and the relegated Abingdon and Cannock & Stafford. The league order and points ended up as:
Bristol & West/Yate & District 22
Birchfield Harriers 18
Notts AC 16
Tamworth AC 15
Abingdon AC 9
Cannock & Stafford AC 4
For 2020, we will be re-joined by Gloucester AC who we last competed against in 2015 in Division 2 and Rugby & Northampton AC who were in the top Division with us in 2016 and 2017. So enough of the statistics, its people that matter win or lose, although I’m not knocking winning.
We welcomed new track & field athletes to our group at Yate and look forward to their continued involvement next year – Sarah Long, Eva Purse, Daisy Harvey, Owen Merrett, Jed Bartlett, Josh Maggs, Josh Moody, Jack Randell and Stewart Wareing.
We had so many fantastic team developments and contributions throughout the season, it’s not possible to list them all but here goes for a summary:
– the growth of our athlete pool means we can get a near full team out match after match. They are not alone in this, but the male and female throwers are a great example of a group of competitors who cover each other’s absences and form a rock solid core of the team.
– Pete Bains running a 800m for the first time in a long while at the Alexander Stadium and then getting a hamstring tear in the 3000m but still finishing on one leg to get the points. Thanks Pete but please don’t you or anyone else do this again. Better timing was David Thomas in the LJ on Sunday and the securing the HJ B string win before damaging his hamstring. Get well soon both of you.
– all of the have a go heroes who make that extra difference on the day and contribute to what looks like, but isn’t, an easy season’s win – Lucy Durham filling the gaps year on year; Hen Anstey trying and now loving the 400mH; Jack Randell’s last minute go at the full height 110mH with James Casling and Matt Lewis doubling up as an official and steeplechaser on many occasions.
– the ever reliable officials and especially Bev Barrett and Pat Jeffries who organise them, accompanying parents , supporters and much larger pool of volunteers we call on to make a home match work.
Another fine year of good company, a few laughs and a nice dose of personal and team success to go with it.
PB’s and SB’s are listed below and what a long list it is, well done all. Apologies if I missed anyone:
Yvette Westwood (200m), Georgia Taylor (400m), Karen Jones (HT), Maria Townsend (JT)
Dan Brooks (100m), Isaac Cory (200m), Aaron Belchamber (400m), Kurt Taylor (800m), Greg Hayward (1500m), Stewart Wareing (1500m), Jed Bartlett (3000m), David Eagon (3000m), Jack Randell (110mH), James Casling (110mH), Kane Lee (400mH), Matt Lewis (3000m S/C), Adam Brooks (TJ), Owen Merrett (DT & JT)
Kane Lee (400m), Josh Moody (800m), Adam Wilson (800m), Matt Muggeridge (JT)