From March until the end of the year, the 2020 athletics calendar was decimated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
All Championships and Leagues were cancelled, leaving Open Meetings as the sole resource of competition.
Yate & District AC led the way in the South West, being one of the first clubs in the UK to provide a ‘Pilot Event’ that was attended by Martin Rush, the EA Head of Coaching and Athlete Development.
5 JAN 2020 - South West Indoor Championships (Part 2) - Cardiff
The Indoor Championships (Part 2) were held in Cardiff. This competition also included the South Wales, East Wales and West Wales Championships.
Natasha Moyes was the star of the show, winning the U13 60m title with a new PB of 8.61s.
Still only 12, Phoebe Havard, found the step up to the U15 age group a little tough, but performed very impressively, coming 13th out of all the 46 girls. This put her 4th in the South West, just missing out on a medal. She recorded a respectable 8.56sec, just 0.03 off her PB (a time that that would have been good enough for the bronze).
18 JAN - Midland Counties Open (outdoor) - Birmingham
Daniel Marchant (U15) – 27.04m (PB)
18/19 JAN - Midland Counties Open (Indoor) - Birmingham
Daniel Brooks (U23) – 6.97s (PB) Also did 6.99s
Phoebe Havard (U15) – 8.45s (PB) Also did 8.49s
Emily Kovac (U15) – 1.30m
Adam Brooks (SEN) – 2.03m
Luke Ball (U17) – 1.89m
19 JAN - Non Thomas Open inc. South West England, Welsh Masters & Welsh Senior 3000m Championships - Cardiff
3000m – Adam Wilson (SEN) – 9:04.85
24 JAN - SDSU DII Invitational - Brookings, SD, USA
200m – Josh Snook (U23) – 22.05(i)
29 JAN - 3000m Open - Lee Valley
Adam Wilson (T20) smashed his PB and went sub 9 minutes for the first time, recording an excellent 8:56.87s
8 FEB - Charlie Thomas Invitational - TX, USA
1 Mile – Ellie Leather – 4:47.41 – (PB and NEW CLUB RECORD!)
8/9 FEB - Midland Indoor Championships
Heat 1 – 3rd – Phoebe Havard (U15) – 8.29s (PB)
SENIOR MEN – 2nd – Adam Brooks (U23) – 2.10m (=PB)
U17 MEN – 1st – Luke Ball – 1.94m
U17 WOMEN – 3rd – Fiona Barkley – 1.55m
U17 WOMEN – 11th – Fiona Barkley – 4.59
14/15 FEB - Music City Challenge - Nashville TN, USA
Mile – 4:46.23 (PB & CLUB RECORD)
800m – 2:14.22
14-16 FEB - BUCS Championships - Sheffield
4th (Semi Final 2) – Yvette Westwood – 7.91s (7.87s in Heat 10)
5th – Ben Wells – 21.83s
3rd (heat 8) – Katie Robbins 61.61s
12th (qC) – Lucy Durham 4.49,
7th (qB) – Lucy Durham – 10.34m
22 FEB - North Star Athletic Association Indoor Conference Meet - Brookings, SD. USA
200m – 21.88s
400m – 49.10s
22/23 FEB - England U15/U17/U20 Indoor Championships - Sheffield
2nd – Luke Ball (U17) – 1.96m (PB)
22/23 FEB - British Senior Indoor Championships - Glasgow
5th (heat 2) – Daniel Brooks – 7.04s
8th – Adam Brooks – 2.10m (=PB)
1 MAR - England Masters Inter Area Match - Lee Valley
60m (V70) – Pat Gallagher – 3rd – 12.33s
7/8 MAR - Indoor British Masters Championships & Winter Throws - Lee Valley
We didn’t have to wait very long for Owen Merrett to increase his own club record!
Having set it at 65.03m just less than a month ago, Owen has now increased it to an absolutely massive 69.17m! To put the achievement in some perspective, it is the 16th best throw by an U17 boy EVER!
This distance also exceeds the current qualifying standard (68m) for the European U18 Championships, an event that is due to be held in almost exactly in one years time…so plenty of time to improve even further!
15 AUG - Bristol & West AC Throws/Jumps Festival - Whitehall
Felix Fielding (U13) – 24.28m (PB)
Henry Watson (U13) – 24.04m
16 AUG - Devon Open - Tavistock
Naomi Dawson (U17) – 13.10s (=PB)
Owen Merrett (U17) – 67.91m
Matt Page (U15) – 43.21m
Adam Merrett (U15) – 27.90m (PB)
Sophie Page (U15) – 27.37m (PB)
Adam Merrett (U15) – 17.11m (PB)
16 AUG - OPEN MEETING (FIELD) - YATE
FIVE NEW CLUB RECORDS!
Great to see some more field events in action at our comp today, and only one downpour! There were lots of great results and plenty of PBs. Thank you to everyone for coming and for all the volunteers and officials who made it happen.
We were also excited that we had FIVE NEW CLUB RECORDS – Felicity Whiteway in the U15 girls hammer with a throw of 38.91m (3rd on the UK rankings this season); Toby Conibear in the U20M hammer with a throw of 55.08 (6th on the UK rankings this season) and Arisa Burgess in the U13 girls Pole Vault with a leap of 2.25m… which is the top jump of the UK rankings this season! in addition Maddie Hillier set us a brand new U13 girls hammer club record, with 24.67m, which earns her a place on the ‘all time’ UK rankings too! Finally a huge 31.72m from Jerry Musselwhite in the M60 Discus bettered our previous record, albeit with a lighter (age group specific) weight than the one set with a senior implement.
Well done guys, fantastic results!
Adam Brooks (U23) – 2.13m (PB + CLUB RECORD)
Luke Ball (U17) – 2.00m (PB = CLUB RECORD)
Some more great news from Lee Valley – this time it was two of our high jumpers in action. Both Adam and Luke went to compete at the BIG…ish Jumps Fest, along with coach Jeremy, and both came away with PBs – which are also club records!
Adam (SM) added 3cm to his PB, clearing 2.13m. He came second in his pool that consisted of some of the top UK male high jumpers.
After this great performance Adam has been invited to take part in the British Athletics Championships in Manchester on Saturday 4th September. Watch on BBC 2 – HJ at 5.30pm!
Luke (U17) cleared the big 2m for the first time – always a jump of special celebration! This 4cm PB moves him to the top of this season’s UK rankings.
Well done lads – and coach!
Great results! Well worth the 6hr round trip!
Photos by: Peter Milsom Photograpghy
22 AUG - Open Meeting (Throws) - Aberdare
Owen Merrett (U17) – 66.11m
Adam Merrett (U15) – 25.07m
22 AUG - Open Meeting (throws) - Winchester
Owen Merrett (U17) – 63.44m
23 AUG - OPEN MEETING (TRACK) - YATE
Thank you to everyone who came along to our track competition on Sunday, especially those that helped as officials or other volunteers. The event went very smoothly and it was such a pleasure to have athletes back on the track again.
We counted at least 16 PBs from Yate athletes, along with several season’s bests too, not forgetting to mention one Club Record, set by Alan Burgess in the M50 400m Hurdles. This new record bettered the previous best set by Club Legend, Graham Howell, so impressive stuff!
Unfortunately, there was a bit of a hitch with the photo-finish at the start which was extremely frustrating.
But the weather couldn’t have been better.
Lots of PB performances according to P10.
RESULTS results (2)
Just a little note to say thank you for a lovely day. It was George’s first meeting this year and he had a lovely day. Well organised and even the sun shone.
Looking forward to next weekend for more of the same.
Many thanks for a great day at the track and for your help in getting Joe into 2 races.
Thank you so much for putting on todays event, especially my hurdles race. It went very well. I am now back at school training there again, I wondered if you would be avalible for another session during the October half-term.
I just wanted to say thank you for a brilliant event today.
Steph had a great time competing and we all enjoyed watching the athletes doing what they love.
It was very well organised and lovely to be back at Yate.
Take care and thanks again.
Just wanted to say it was fun in the sun everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. In the warm up area athletes from different clubs were socialising at a safe distance.
All round excellent day and seemed professionally organised. So thank you from myself Ryan and Bristol and West for everything.
A big thank you to you and your team for a great day , Molly really enjoyed and had a pb .
See you back at Yate soon
Can I just say what a relaxed and safe meeting we attended today.
My daughter and I travelled down from the North and they would learn a great deal from Yate as to what a covid 19 event should look like.
Keep up the great work. It means that next year there will be no delay on Yate hosting events regardless of what may happen.
Thank you for a positive experience.
Thank you Graham, what a well put together event.
Thank you for having Grace.
Just a quick Thank you to yourself and the team behind today’s open.
As well as being one of very few clubs actually putting on sprint hurdles, the meet was very well organised and safely managed – well worth the journey!
Many thanks for today – Arisa and I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Both of us are pleased with our results which include a new PB for Arisa in the hurdles – thank you again for all of your help these last months with that.
Hopefully, you will have at least a little you time to relax this evening?!
Have a great week and thank you for another great competition.
All the best
Alan and Arisa
Thank you for running such a great event. All the runners appreciated the opportunity to race.
Thank you Graham. All very well organised yet again – you did a great job. Naomi was pleased with her run (the second attempt anyway!)
Just a quick note to say a big thank you to you, the team from Yate, and all of the volunteers who contributed to hosting a brilliantly organised event yesterday; Yeovil was good last week but this surpassed it. Really impressed with the COVID marshalling which the officials delivered.
Well done, Graham
Great event as usual !
I wanted to thank you, the club, officials and volunteers for a great competition yesterday. In these pressing times it is certainly no mean feat and must have taken a lot of work. It was run safely, smoothly and most of all it was an enjoyable experience for both of my children and ourselves. THANK YOU!!
Thank you for helping to put this event together.
It was a great day, and well done for arranging the weather!!! Same again next weekend if possible!!
With best wishes
19 SEP - Open Meeting - Par
NEW CLUB RECORD
Jerry Musselwhite (M60) – 2:33.8
20 SEP - OPEN MEETING (FIELD EVENTS) - YATE
Final Results Yate Field Open 20.09.20
27 SEP - Mark Cawte Memorial Open (Jumps & Track) - Swindon
Max Elliott (U20) – 23.29s
Phoebe Havard (U15) – 27.46s
Evie Turner (U15) – 28.19s
Seamus Robinson (U17) – 1:59.43 (PB)
James Hulme (U17) – 4:45.36 (PB)
Amelia Honor (U17) – 4:46.59 (PB)
Laura Chance (U15) – 5:06.62
Ellen Ruck (U15) – 5:12.23
Estelle Llwe (U13) – 5:14.86 (PB)
Felicity Lowe (U13) – 5:35.66 (PB)
27 SEP - Open Meeting - Tavistock
Owen Merrett (U17) – 65,26m
Adam Merrett (U15) – 28.69m
3-4 OCT - Combined Events Open Meeting - Yeovil
100m – 12.59s (PB)
LJ – 4.98m
SP – 8.07m
Decathlon – DNF
70mH – 13.46S
HJ- 1.29m (PB)
LJ – 3.36m
SP – 6.17m (PB)
Pentathlon – DNF
Kirsty Treglown – 12.73s
Kirsty Treglown – 26.56s
Amelia Honor – 2:21.46
Harriet Middleborough – 2:51.89
Seamus Robinson – 4:16.97
10 OCT - Yate vs Bristol QuadKids - Yate
A big well done to all our fantastic Quadkids who competed at our competition with Bristol and West yesterday! You all did so well, and we were very proud of you all!
Yate AC and Bristol & West AC each had a year 6 boys team and a year 6 girls team, with five athletes in each.
We also had ten younger athletes who were in years 4 and 5.
Each athlete competed in four events: 75m sprint, standing long jump, howler throw and 600m. Each event scores points depending on the time/distance and all the scores are added together to provide a total score for each athlete, and then for each team.
A quick summary of the results:
Year 6 girls:
Yate – 997.5
B&W – 814.50
Year 6 boys:
B&W – 925
Year 4 and 5 team:
Yate girls – 614
Yate boys – 428 (3 athletes)
Matilda Green from Yate was the top scorer in the girls competition, and also jumped the farthest in the standing long jump (2.03m) AND ran the fastest 75m time (11.2s).
Daniel Thomas, also from Yate, was the top scorer in the boys competition, and had the longest throw with the howler (30.5m).
So, a big congratulations to Matilda and Daniel for their excellent performances!
The top five scorers in the Yate teams were as follows:
Matilda Green – 222.5
Abigail Gregg – 199
Summer Richards – 193
Layla Gardiner – 183
Annabel Godson – 180
Daniel Thomas – 233.5
Tristan Wilkins – 221
Finn Macleod – 210.5
Max Baigent – 196.5
Sidney Davis – 187.5
For many of these young athletes it was their first time competing at an athletics event and, despite some understandable nerves, everyone did brilliantly! Three of our older athletes – Toby, Jodie and Liam – did a fantastic job leading each event, recording the performances and making the Quadkids feel relaxed and confident.
Thank you to all the parents who came along, supported and helped out. And thanks to our wonderful club volunteers who once again played essential roles during the afternoon (Stuart – starter; Ellen – club house/announcer; Liz – gate; Kirsty, Jeremy, Ann and Graham – a little bit of everything!)
Thanks also to Bristol and West AC for a thoroughly enjoyable competition! We must do it again sometime!,
17 OCT - Open Meeting - Bristol
Celeste Redmond (U13) – 3:00.7 (PB)
Annabel Gordon (U13) – 4:44.1 (PB)
Natasha Moyes (U15) – 12.4s
Celeste Redmond (U13) – 17.0s (PB)
Naomi Dawson (U17) – 13.2s
Annabel Gordon (U13) – 3.67m (PB)
Celeste Redmond (U13) – 2.89m (PB)
Henry Watson (U15) – 30.30m
18 OCT - Open Meeting - Swindon
Kirsty Treglown (U20) – 26.63
Henry Watson (U15) – 2:35.94 (PB)
Seamus Robinson (U17) – 4:08.27 (PB)
Laura Chance (U15) – 4:53.01 (PB)
Ellen Ruck (U15) – 5:02.49 (PB)
Estelle Lowe (U13) – 5:03.77 (PB)
Felicity Lowe (U15) – 5:28.78 (PB)
31 OCT - Open Meeting - Dagenham
From Jerry Musselwhite:
“I have been fortunate again to squeeze in another couple of races, this time at Dagenham on Halloween.
It had long been an ambition to run the iconic Mile, and there was also the opportunity to run 600m, which I had not run before. Fortunately, the heavy rain of storm Aidan stopped just before my races, but it was still very windy, so it was a question of head down into the wind and making the most of it when behind”.
Results as follows:
Mile – 5.36.52 – “very pleasing to run a consistent pace, move through the field to finish first in my race and go 5th on Po10, (42nd all time) for M60″.
600m – 1.53.32 – “happy with this too being 5th in the fastest heat among some very pacey company. A great learning experience just 40 minutes after the Mile race. I had thought anything below 2 minutes would be a good result. 2nd on Po10 for M60, albeit a short list!”
“The track timing equipment used was very helpful showing time elapsed for athletes to see coming down the home straight. It also showed participants prior to the race and individual finish times at the end of each race. Interesting there were also finish line photos in order on the live results link.
As this could well be the last track and field event of 2020, I must say a massive thank you to everyone at Yate and for access to such great facilities. The whole organisation and attention to detail is first class and I have learnt so much from all the amazing coaches and fellow athletes.”