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Medal Haul by BAC Athletes at 2019 SW Inter Counties Championships

The 2019 South West Inter County Championships were held in mostly warm and sunny conditions at Exeter on Sunday 21st July. This report will be restricted, for the sake of brevity, almost solely to medal winners. Unless otherwise mentioned all the medal winners below were competing for Dorset.

Starting with the younger age groups saw Oscar Ewen Matthews win a Gold medal in U13 Boy’s Long Jump with a leap of 4.75 metres. Oscar also won Bronze in U13 Boy’s 800 metres in a time of 2.20.11 seconds.

Sofina Sommerseth won Silver in U13 Girl’s Long Jump with a jump of 4.37 metres.

Mariah Marshall won Bronze in U13 Girl’s Javelin with a throw of 15.54 metres.

Abigail Phillips won Gold in U15 Girl’s 300 metres in a time of 41.79 seconds which was a PB. She also won a Bronze medal in the U15 Girl’s 200 metres in a time of 26.72 seconds.

Brooke Ironside continued her fine summer season with a Gold medal in U17 Girl’s 100 metres with a PB and new Championship record of 12.03 seconds. Amelia Verney won Silver in a time of 12.26 seconds which was very close to her PB. BAC athletes were close to a 123 on the medal rostrum with Lana Blake coming 4th in a Season’s Best time of 12.63 seconds.

Brooke Ironside won Gold in U17 Girl’s 200 metres. Her winning time of 24.97 seconds was another PB. Amelia Verney won Bronze in a time of 25.36 seconds.

Larna Blake won U17 Girl’s Long Jump with a leap of 5.44 metres. Brooke Ironside won Silver with a jump of 5.39 metres.

Jasmin Cooke won Gold in U20 Women’s High Jump with a jump of 1.55 metres.

Chloe Burrows achieved a sprint double, thus continuing her fine 2019 season. Chloe won Gold in Senior Women’s 100 metres in a time of 12.23 seconds and Senior Women’s 200 metres in a time of 24.58 seconds. Both times were just short of her PB’s at those distances.

Isabell Shepherd won Bronze in Senior Women’s Hammer with a throw of 39.19 metres.

Joe Bacon, who now competes for BAC’s BAL team, represented Cornwall. Joe won Gold in U20 Men’s 400 metre Hurdles in a time of 55.69 seconds. He also won Silver in U20 Men’s 110 metre Hurdles with a time of 15.69 seconds, which was a PB.

I hope I have included all BAC medal winners out of over 500 entries from the day’s competition. Apologies if there are any omissions

Thanks to all officials at the event, particularly to BAC’s Wynne Munden. (Some other BAC members were officiating at the London Anniversary Games).

Thanks also to BAC and County stalwart Brian Camp who was very busy all day as Dorset Team Manager. His final duty of the day was to collect a Dorset 2019 vest left by the Long Jump/Triple Jump pits at Exeter. The vest is believed to be a junior’s size. As of Tuesday 23rd July no one had claimed the vest from Brian. If you know anyone who left it at by the LJ/TJ area or would like to have it (if no one from around Dorset claims it), please contact Brian.

By William Kearsey

Super SAL Saturday, Southampton

What an Super SAL Saturday.

Such a great bunch of people.

I was rather nervous about today. Southampton at home

Chelmsford top 3.  Thames Valley who are 6th.

To secure our league position next year we needed at least 2nd and a healthy bunch of match points.

Team orders were given on the bus.

Have fun or stay on the bus. It would be safe to same fun was had.

By the half way point of the match and to my horror we were joint 1st with Southampton.

Towards the end of the match Southampton pulled ahead. We finished with a magnificent 2nd place and 216 match points. A great great result…. no a huge result.

We will have to wait to hear the other results. But it looks good for BAC.

Thanks to you all for making this year such a wonderful experience. Jemma and I were chatting after the match and agree that you are a very unusual but lovely bunch of people.

I never thought of athletics as a team event until I experienced the SAL. What a team.

Thank you!

By Andrew Sheerin, Team Manager.

BAC Athletes at English Schools’ T&F Finals, Birmingham

BAC Athletes at English Schools’ Athletic Association 2019 Track and Field Finals, Alexander Stadium Birmingham.

The Finals held over Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July had ten BAC (first claim) athletes selected, not the nine I erroneously reported previously. I apologise for omitting Amelia Verney.

All athletes mentioned below represented Dorset Schools unless otherwise stated. 

As earlier reported, the Finals are one of the largest sporting events held globally and thus since inception in 1925 are now meticulously timed and run. The athletes travelled up to Birmingham on Thursday 11th July.

Friday dawned and the first BAC athlete to compete was Abigail Phillips in Event T1 Junior Girls 300m commencing at 10:00 hours, Abigail was drawn in Heat 3. Only 8 of the 24 competitors would go through to the Final T95 to be held at 16.39 on Saturday. Abigail acquitted herself well running in a time of 42.35 secs, her 3rd fastest time. All the more creditable considering how early it was. Abigail did not make it to the Final but surely gained experience for future finals at ES.

Soon after T1 started, Isabella Shepherd was in action in Event F4 at 10:10 Senior Girls Hammer. Isabella could not reproduce the form from earlier in the season and finished 20th with a distance of 37.18. She did however enjoy the whole experience of the 3 days camaraderie and hopefully will continue in the sport now School competition has come to an end for her.

Mia Wilkinson was in Event T6 at 11:18 hours Junior Girls 75 m Hurdles. Mia came 7th in Heat 2 in a time of 12.53 seconds. Mia didn’t progress to Saturday’s Final T81 at 15.09 but hopefully gained a lot of experience from the trip to Birmingham. Although not a first claim member, recent new second claim member Molly White deserves a mention. Molly was 6th in Heat 3 in a time of 12.20 seconds.

Yasmin Bridet was selected for Intermediate Girls 80m Hurdles T9 at 11:32 but unfortunately due to injury was unable to compete. We hope Yasmin makes a full recovery and is fit and ready next year.

Leah Sullivan was in F12 at 12:45 Junior Girls Long Jump. There were 24 competitors. English Schools can be a very daunting competition with more officials, totally different surroundings and other events going on simultaneously sometimes in close proximity. Leah came 24th with a best jump of 4.33 m well down on her PB of 5.08 m. Leah will surely learn from her experience and strive to be back at ES in future.

T21 at 13:54 saw two BAC athletes in Intermediate Girls 200m. Brooke Ironside was first in action in Heat 2, fighting through and coming 3rd in a time of 25.13 seconds. Amelia Verney was in Heat 3, coming 3rd in a time of 25.61 seconds. The first 2 in each Heat qualified along with the 2 fastest losers overall. Brooke qualified for the Final T 75 on Saturday at 14:29 but unfortunately Amelia just missed out as 4th fastest loser.

Saturday saw the athletes back early at the stadium from their overnight accommodation, with Isabelle Franklin in action at 10:00 in F30 Intermediate Girls Long Jump. Also in action was Lana Blake representing Hampshire Schools. Lana, having competed previously at ES, finished 9th with a best jump of 5.32m, down on her PB. Isabelle was 22nd out of the big field of 25 competitors with a best of 4.97, down on her PB of 5.18m. You have to accept the event was at 10:00, not ideal for Long Jump. The athletes have to be up, fed and ready to travel and prepare when it suits the whole team. These are part of the character building aspects of the competition.

About the same time, in Event F31, commencing at 10:15 Adam Phillips was in action in Senior Boys Discus. Adam chose the perfect time for a PB with a throw 46.98 m to come a very commendable 4th.

Brooke’s moment with destiny duly arrived at 14.29 with T75 Intermediate Girls 200m Final. Brooke again battled through to finish fifth in a time of 25.05 secs. It is only Brooke’s 2nd year in athletics. Congratulations to her, her current coaches Zac & Tim and her earlier coach Dave. Despite being only 16, Brooke is one of the fastest 200 m runners in the SW of England.

Due to restriction in the total number of competitors counties can take to the Schools Finals, especially the smaller ones such as Dorset, a relay team can’t always be entered by a county. The relay is 4×100 m only.

Dorset this year had sufficient Junior Girls and Intermediate Girls selected for ES to enter a relay team for each age group, both of which included BAC athletes. The Junior Girls failed to finish in their heat. The Intermediate Girls clocked a very good time in their heat but failed to progress to the Final.

Lana Blake ran in the Hampshire Intermediate Girls relay team, they progressed in their heat on Friday to Saturday’s Final. Lana ran superbly in the second leg of the Final and had two brilliant baton changes, thus helping Hampshire to win that relay Final and gaining herself a gold medal.

I won’t go into the many individual cups for different size counties, ages, genders etc. The award for the aggregate totals of all ages and genders saw Hampshire come third in Group A (the Broadbridge Trophy for the largest counties by school population) with 275 points. Dorset came 6th in Group C, the Tonkin Cup with 66 points. (There are four groups/ aggregate cups/school population categories).

Finally a brief mention of a young man called Alfie Why. Alfie was recently selected to represent his area of Dorset at Dorset Schools Junior Boys Long Jump. He won Dorset Schools with a best jump of 5.55 m. He was thus selected to represent Dorset at SW Schools at Exeter and won that with a wind assisted jump of 6.32 m.

Alfie was then invited to represent Dorset Schools at ES. He accepted their invitation, came to King’s Park for a quick couple of coaching sessions with BAC’s Brian Camp. On Saturday in one of the last events, F48 at 15:30, (probably using the two days extra time to practice a bit and some brief coaching from BAC’s Tim Ward) saw Alfie win the ES Junior Boys Long Jump with a best jump of 6.65m. Hopefully Alfie will return and maybe join BAC.

Hopefully all participants will have enjoyed the experience, have learned something which will further their athletic ability or just put to good use in general life. Especially as many of the team were from the Junior and Intermediate Age group and have the chance to train even harder and return in future years.

Written by William Kearsey

Nine BAC Athletes Selected to Compete at English Schools Finals

The athletes with their coaches Zac Kerin, Tim Ward and Paul Rees.

Congratulations To BAC Athletes Selected To Represent Their County At The 2019 English Schools’ Athletic Association Track And Field Finals.

Nine BAC athletes have been selected to represent Dorset or Hampshire Schools at Birmingham on Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July at The ESAA Track and Field Finals.

The following eight athletes have been selected to represent Dorset Schools:-

Yasmin Bridet- 80 m Hurdles & Relay, Inter Girls.

Isabelle Franklin- Long Jump & Relay, Inter Girls.

Brooke Irionside- Long Jump & Relay, Inter Girls.

Abigail Phillips- 300m & Relay, Junior Girls.

Adam Phillips- Discus, Senior Boys.

Isabella Shepherd- Hammer, Senior Girls.

Leah Sullivan- Long Jump & Relay, Junior Girls.

Mia Wilkinson- 75m Hurdles & Relay, Junior Girls.

Lana Blake has been selected to represent Hampshire Schools at  Long Jump & Relay, Inter Girls.

Seven of the Athletes. Hopefully more photos including Bridget Bidet & Adam Phillips will follow.

The English Schools Athletics Track & Field Competition and Finals first took place in 1925 and has continued every year since except during the Second World War. It is the fourth biggest sports completion in the world and the biggest held over two days.

There are three categories of counties in the competition. The biggest counties, including Hampshire, (Category A) with a secondary school population of over 100,000 are allowed to select up to sixty athletes. Those with a population of between 60,000 and 100,000 (Category B) are allocated a lower number. Dorset, with a population below 60,000 (Category C) are now allowed to select up to 32 athletes.  To be selected an athlete normally has to reach at least a specific “English Standard” time or distance based on their age group, gender and event.

The Junior Age Group is for under 15, Inter Age Group is for under 17 & Senior Age Group is for under 19.

BAC hope the athletes, parents, relatives and coaches enjoy the trip to Birmingham. Hopefully the athletes can stay injury free and rise to the challenge of the size and intensity of the event. Judging is of the highest order. Any minor error, normally going un-noticed, is sure to be picked up at this event, so please check all the rules and regulations for whatever event you are participating in.

By William Kearsey

BAC athletes perform well at SEAA 2019 Championships

BAC athletes turned in some excellent performances at Bedford last weekend on 1st & 2nd of June. Bedford was again the stage this year for the South of England Athletic Association’s Senior & Under 20 Championships.

Winning a Gold Medal, Sophie Merritt came first in Senior Women’s Shot with a putt of 14.13 meters.

Phoebe Dowson continued her trend for 2019 by winning a silver medal by coming second in Senior Women’s Discus with a throw of 50.14 meters. Phoebe continues to be ranked second in the UK for Women’s Discus. Sophie Merritt came 4th in the same event with a throw of 42.16 meters.

A Silver medal was also won in the Senior Men’s 3000 m Steeplechase by Jamie Grose in a time of 9 min 30.17 seconds.

A surprise Bronze Medal was won by Jasmin Cooke in U 20 Women’s High Jump with a height of 1.63 meters. It was Jasmin’s second taste of competition at this sort of level with all it’s added pressure.  She also competed at Lee valley EESA in U17’s last year and received a bronze medal

Jack Messenger came 6th in the Sunday morning’s Final of the Senior Men’s 400 m Hurdles in a time of 55.45 seconds. Jack had battled through in the 10 AM Saturday morning’s heats with a qualifying time of 54.75 seconds to reach the final.

The Senior Men’s 5000 m was thankfully for all competitors a straight Final. Former local Craig Palmer returned to Bedford and along with Josh King were up near the front in the first half of the race. The fast pace eventually told on Josh who couldn’t hang onto the leaders and finished 11th in a credible time of 15 min 39.58 seconds. Craig paced his race exceedingly well, finishing 7th in a PB of 15 min 21.41 seconds.

Rob Woolgar on the Saturday finished 6th in Senior Men’s Long Jump with a jump of 6.77 m. Rob unfortunately didn’t finish the Senior Men’s 110 m Hurdles Heats held the next day. Despite Rob’s height, elevating one’s self successfully over the high hurdles is not an easy task.

Chloe Burrows ran the Heats of Senior Women’s 100 m in 12.30 seconds, in the Semi Final she came 7th in 12.51 seconds.

Joel Harvey and Kevin Richardson ran in the Senior Men’s 400 m Heats. Joel qualified for the Semi Finals in a time of 50.77 seconds, Kelvin did likewise in a time of 50.97 seconds. They both ran in the same Semi Final, Kevin coming 5th in 50.05 seconds and Joel 6th in 50.08 seconds.

Madeleine Smith was disappointied coming 10th in Senior Women’s Triple Jump with 11.46 m due to registering a number of no jumps. She struggled with the warm still conditions, normally contending with cold windy conditions.

Although not a Higher Claim BAC member, David Clarke is a BAC uni student member. David ran in the Senior Men’s 1500 m under High Wycombe club colours . David regularly trains at KP and is always cheerful. He was just even more cheerful on Saturday as it was a straight Final, coming 12th in a time of 4 min 11.22 secs.

Hopefully I have not overlooked any BAC competitors. Special mention must be made of Hazel and Jemma Bates who went all the way to Bedford to officiate on Sunday and to Mike Phillips who did likewise on Saturday. Without such sacrifices competitions at any level would not take place. I overheard the officials being told at 9 AM on Sunday they would be granted £4 for food and drink instead of a packed lunch for their toils lasting till gone 5 PM.

Report by William Kearsey

Triumph at Hampshire Vets Match, Basingstoke

Three BAC athletes were in action for Southampton in the Hampshire Vets League on Monday night in Basingstoke

Joy legging it home to win the 400m A.

Southampton Ladies Masters team won the Hants Vets League Match and the men were second.

Andrew Sheerin won M35 Hammer and was 3rd in Shot. He impressed all with some big warm up throws in the Hammer and was on top form as usual. We are looking forward to seeing some more PBs soon from the muscular, throwing man.

Janet Dickinson competed mainly in the younger W35 age group.  She won the Hammer, 100m and came a close second in Javelin.  It was another first place for Janet in W50 High Jump.  Only taking limited attempts at all these events as they followed each other in close succession.  In fact the High Jump and Hammer took place at the same time so Janet had to switch between throwing and jumping.  Fortunately they were next to each other to facilitate this.

Janet Dickinson W50 throwing the Javelin after just winning the 100m. She went on the win Hammer and w50 High Jump before running the 400m leg in the relay. 

Joy Wright had an excellent evening, winning the W35 400m by a significant margin. She won the High Jump and came a near second in W35A 100m into a stiff breeze. Again the High Jump was cutting it fine due to a late start and Joy just managed to secure a winning jump before running almost 200m to the relay start. She was delighted to be back from long term injuries and illness.

Joy’s winning high jump with ample clearance.

The match concluded with the usual relay and this time it was a Medley, comprising 2x 200m, 400m & 800m. It was the perfect way to end the day with a win. Janet ran 400m and Joy 800m as part of the winning team.

Winning Medley relay team pictured.  Becky Mulley,  Tracey Bezanze along with our Joy and Janet after the final race.  All did many individual events as well.

Congratulations to Southampton ladies winning the match by 6 points, ahead of Winchester. There were fantastic performances all round.  Well done to the men’s team on an excellent second place.

A win puts the ladies team in the driving seat for the league. A victory at Aldershot on the 8 July will mean an automatic place in the finals in Kent on 1 September.

It was a fantastic evening throughout.  Well done to everyone that competed, officiated, managed the teams and provided tea and cakes!

Recent Individual Performances by BAC Athletes

Phoebe Dowson came second in Women’s Discus at the BIGish Jumps & Throws Fest at Bedford On Monday 27th of May, with a throw of 54.79 meters.

At the same meeting, James Lelliott was 4th in the Long Jump with a jump of 7.39 meters. James was unfortunate in that 2nd, 3rd & 4th places jumps were within less than 2 inches of each other. A slightly longer jump would have been rewarded by second place. James is currently ranked 7th in Men’s Long Jump in the UK.

Rob Woolgar was also at Bedford participating in the Long Jump. Rob came 7th with a leap of 6.94 meters in a strong field.

The title “BIGish” derives it’s name from a Bedford International Games held some years ago, it is now mostly a national competition, attracting the best throwers and jumpers from around the UK.

Phoebe Dowson was also competing in the Women’s Discus at the Loughborough International meeting the previous weekend. She finished second with a throw of 55.20 meters. At the moment Phoebe is content with her throwing and is ranked nationally SECOND IN THE WHOLE OF THE UK.

Most of the top ten ranked Women Discus throwers in the UK achieved their best throws of 2019 in exotic venues in the USA & Southern Europe. Phoebe’s best throw of 56.05 meters was achieved in the luxurious surroundings of King’s Park outside throwing area at BAC’s Open Meeting at the end of March.

By William Kearsey

Jazmin Cooke came 3rd in the U20’s W high jump at the south of England championships in Bedford on the 1st June 2019

Yazmin Cooke High Jump
Yazmin Cooke Podium

 

YDL Upper Report Winchester 26 May 2019

Firstly, can I say a huge CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE to all involved in the event. This applies to Parents, Athletes, Officials and Coaches who all assisted in making the day a success. To come second again is truly amazing and demonstrates excellent team spirit. We scored a massive 501 points!

We had a team of 28 athletes including some new faces from last time and we welcome you all into the team.

I am going to try and mention everyone because everyone had some special moments.

U17 Boys

Joshua Dyer, Daniel Owen, Robert Jones, Jasper Todd.

The boys were a little depleted in numbers due to school exams and holidays but that didn’t stop them!

Joshua and Daniel dominated the 100m and 200m races both in A and B stream. Robert performed excellently in 800M as well as Jasper.

U17 Girls

Amelia Verney, Brooke Ironside, Milly Siderfin , Mel Creber, Yasmin Bridet, Molly Hole, Lana Blake, Lucy Wilkinson, Nia Jones and Anya Sandell and Gwyneth Ikoli

Amelia, Brooke, Yasmin, Lana and Gwyneth scored massive points in the sprints. Mel, Milly and Anya took on the longer distance runs bringing us home more points. The combined resources for the relays produced some inspirational results. Molly, Lana, Mel and Anya took on the jumps. Anya bravely took on the pole vault. Whilst Lucy, Molly, Nia and Yasmin performed excellently in the throws.

Thanks girls you were all amazing.

U20 Boys

Joseph Haywood, Daniel Kirby, Sam Cook, Sam Cooper, Adam Petty, Karlo Weeks Fraser Spall, Adam Phillips, Matthew Forster.

The sprints scored us great points by Joe, Sam And Daniel. Longer distance runs were Adam, Karlo Fraser and Sam Cooper. The boys throws were inspirational and the stars were Adam, Matthew, Sam and Fraser. We even managed to turn out a 4x100m and 4x400m relay team. All the boys truly took on the team ethics and tried events they don’t usually do. This assisted us greatly in gaining second place.

U20 Women

Rebecca Hannibal, Jazmin Cooke, Amelia Dobson
Issy Shepherd.

Again, a little depleted in numbers but you scored wonderful points for the team all of you rising to the challenge and trying events you usually don’t know normally partake in. Amelia and Jazmin dominated the Jumps. Becks dominated the running both in the sprints and the steeple chase and Issy showed them all how to throw. Thank you girls for doing the relays, even when I knew you didn’t really want to!

The next event is 30 JUNE at KINGS PARK

My vision is to fill in all the gaps we had on our team sheet. With the aim of winning on home turf! I think we could do it! But I will need your help. We were 120 points behind the winning team. We will need a few more athletes. We need to find some hurdlers and middle distance runners, especially boys.

Let me know as soon as possible if you can compete and like before consider doing events you don’t usually do. But please make sure your coaches are happy for you to do so. U17 can do 3 events plus a relay and U20 can do 4 plus a relay.

Thank you and well done all.

Suzi Shepherd, Team manager.

SAL kicks off the 2019 Season at Eton on 13 April

A new season and the first SAL was upon us and this year we are in the top league, Division 1.

Saturday was bright & cold with a full bus headed off to Eton. The prospect of taking on some of the best teams in the country might dampened spirits but not in the slightest. The team arrived in true BAC fashion – loud and laughing.

Saturday was at the first time out for many of BAC’s younger athletes. How would they manage this new and competitive environment?  Well brilliantly. They sprinted and jumped ahead on many of their older and more experienced competitors. It certainly shows that BAC’s athlete development is doing something very right.

However, it was not just a day for the young, some of our older members, notably Steve Dobson took 2nd place in the shot with 9.18m– an amazing result. Andy Sherrin was 3rd in A string with 10.97m, although he was unhappy with his performance, the points were great against a tough field.

Due to many athletes being unavailable, several athletes took on multiple events during the day. So many athletes put in huge performances with so many PB’s to mark the day.

Holly Collier broke 3 PB’s and won so many events or close a 2nd, including an incredible 1500m, 800m, 3000m, 2000m SC and a 4x400m relay to top it all off. We call her the smiling assassin.

A busy day for Olivia Galloway who won the Javelin, 100h and her 200m race. As well as competing in shot and long jump. As her dad says… “not bad!”
Brooke Ironside, has had a great winter. To see one of our youngest athletes dominating in the 100m and 200m against far older athletes was wonderful. She won the 100m in 12.6 and ran 26.2 in the 200m.  Jazmin Cooke ran B string 100m in 13.6 and had a great high jump result, coming 2nd with 1.50m.


We also had impressive performances from slightly older athletes, Janet Dickinson (sorry Janet).  Janet’s performance in the 400mh hurdles against a class field was HUGE. She came 3rd.  As well as high jump and 400m.

Chloe had a very strong 400m in 61.2, coming 3rd against some tough competition.Our SAL woman throwers are one of our solid strengths in the team. Today was no exception. Danielle, Issy, Amelia and Olivia were all excellent.

It was an impressive win for Olivia Galloway with a 10.39m shot putt and a Javelin throw of 37.40m. Amelia Dobson claimed 2nd place in javelin with 22.11m.

Danielle is going to have a great year; winning the hammer, 52.23m and 2nd in discus against one of the best throwers in the country; simply outstanding. Issy had an fantastic performance with a 2nd place score in the hammer, 38.87m and threw the discus 24.08m.

It was a mother and daughter affair in the woman pole vault; Nikki and Anya Sandell. Anya had a great performance with a 2nd B string jump of 1.80m. It’s only a matter of time before Anya leaps head and shoulders above her mum, obviously Nikki is a great role model and inspiration, having jumped 2.30m before going on to run the 1500 and 3000m. Anya also did high jump and ran a great 800m.

It was a good day for the jumpers with a top scores in triple jump with Madeleine Smith and Amelia winning by a convincing margin, 11.45m and 9.94m respectively and Amelia’s long jump was 4.41m. Lana Blake jumped an impressive 5.19m for 3rd place points in A string.

Harriet Slade was very convincing in the steeple and left delighted with a new PB of 7:42.8 and impressive 2nd place, a well-earned and massive PB of over 20 seconds.

 

The relays were equally impressive. The woman 100m relay was outstanding, leaving the other teams for dust. The winning time for the woman’s 4x100m team close to the senior club record which has stood for nearly 30 years.  Well done Brooke, Isabelle, Lana and Chloe. It was great to watch.

The woman’s 4x400m team was a sterling effort by a mix of middle distance runners and sprinters; all willing to go that extra mile for the team, (well extra ¼ mile).
Well done Harriet, Holly, Olivia and Chloe!

The men were missing a few of their regulars.
So up stepped Adam Nicholas, Fraser Spall, Andy Brown and Steve Cox.
Steve actually earned the name superman from the commentator as he ran from event to event – what an inspiration Steve. We need to get you a cape for the next match (perhaps leave the red pants at home).

Two of the stand out races for the men were the 400m and the 5000m events.  Kevin and Muris in the 400m were on form and both crossed the line ahead of the rest of the field. TOP POINTS.

The 5000m saw Josh King and Rob McTaggart take to the field. These two have trained so hard over the winter. They wanted a hard race and that’s what they gave everyone else. Our BAC men led from the start. They took a group with them and slowly dropped them off. It was a great race to watch. Well done Josh winning the A and Tag winning the B. Tag went on to run in the London marathon, a talented distance runner in our midst.

A few special mentions. Firstly to Andy Brown for beating Andy Sherrin in the discus – NOT FUNNY (says Andy).
To Ryan… who woke up feeling like death yet turned up and did the job.
Also Fraser Spall… who did everything asked of him; Javelin, Long Jump, 1500m, High Jump and Steeple Chase where he showed off his diving skills at the water jump. Thanks Fraser you are a team manager’s dream.

Others may have been missed but their effort has not been forgotten. Thank you to everyone competing, supporting and being involved to make it another great day!

We have a tough year ahead of us. We need every athlete in the club to get stuck in.
The spirit of the SAL is what our team managers, Andy Sherrin and Jemma Bates love about athletics.

Well done to you all. If we carry on as we did on Saturday it’s going to be a very enjoyable year.
Andy Sherrin

I echo Andrew’s comments on the team atmosphere & enthusiasm (Jemma Bates)

Full RESULTS here

THE NEXT MATCH IS ON THE 19TH OF MAY AT CRAWLEY.
GET IT IN THE DIARY.

Andy Sherrin & Joy Wright

Report on YDL Upper Match @ Walton 5/5/2019

We left Kings Park on a very busy mini bus filling almost every seat! Which for me was a much welcome change from previous years! We picked up along the way at both Picket Post and Cadnam. We arrived at Walton all ready to welcome athletes, officials and parents from Salisbury into our newly formed composite team. I was overjoyed when completing my team declaration that I had a pool of 20 plus athletes all keen and ready to compete !!!I must say unheard of!

My first thank you must go out to the officials. Tim and Tina Wilding from New Forest, Juliet Dobson from Bournemouth and new to us Andy Webb, Alan Munro and Andy Angell from Salisbury. It was fantastic to have such a great team of helpers behind us not to mention the additional points the team received from having an almost full quota of officials! Thank you so much.

I also cannot thank the parents who sat in the freezing cold enough! Also thank you to all the coaches that prepared athletes ready for the event and helped me with the team. Thank you to Tim and Dennis for helping the girls on the day particularly with the relay teams.

I now must move on to some of the day’s highlights. What can I say 2nd place overall above teams like Southampton and Team Dorset! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! Well done everyone what a fantastic start!

Now over to the real stars of the day.

The girls put in some strong performances across the board in both age categories on both the track and the field. The biggest highlight was U17 100 m relay team breaking the club record with a time of 49.2. Well done Brooke Ironside, Amelia Verney, Lana Blake and Yasmin Bridet. Yasmin had said to me that the team would do well and you definitely did!!

We scored double points in Long Jump Lana Blake and Issy Franklin U17 both first and first with 2nd place going to Amelia Dobson in U20.Again in the High Jump Jaz Cooke jumped a season best gaining 2nd position in U20 and Amelia Lewis who jumped in u17 also came 2nd place. Lana Blake secured first place in Triple Jump. In shot our 3 athletes were Alice Miell and Issy Shepherd at U20 both gaining first place and Georgia Clarke scored well in U17 age group. In Javelin Alice Miell and Amelia Dobson both first in U20 scored double points along with Lucy Wilkinson came first in U17.Issy Shepherd threw a season best in hammer and took first place, Lucy Wilkinson stepped in and threw the hammer in U17. Georgia Clarke stepped into Discus thank you for doing so alongside Issy and Lucy.
Over to the track. Brooke Ironside ran up in U20 in 100m gaining first place position. Rebecca Hannibal also ran a great race. Amelia Verney, Issy Franklin and Sarah Brett ran great races in 100m and 200m. Alice Miell ran a really impressive 100m hurdles all on her own with me cheering for Sarah! I did say I was sorry!! Thank you for getting us top points. Yasmin Bridet gained first place position in 80M Hurdles. Melody Creber ran her first ever 3000M it’s a long way but you did it! well done! The other 100m relay team included Issy Franklin, Jaz Cooke, Sarah Brett and Rebecca Hannibal you had never ran as a team before but came second with a time of 52.4 well done girls. As the day went on the team spirit grew and amazingly a group of girls actually wanted to run the 400m relay. Thank you to Brooke, Jaz, Sarah and Becks.
Be proud of yourselves!

The boys also performed like real troopers. Showing fantastic results across both track and field. We had some new boys who had never competed before and they bravely rose to the challenge. I do really hope you enjoyed it!In 100m Joshua Dyer and Daniel Owen both ran fantastic races both in a time of 12.1 and Sam Cook ran his first ever 100m putting in a strong performance. Aidan Dure -Smith showed us how to compete at distance running and then showed his versatility by running the 100m relay. His team consisted of Joshua, Daniel and Morgan sorry boys for all the faffing about with the vests !!!Danny Sinclair did amazingly well in High Jump coming second. I hope that you survived the hurdles and that your knee is ok now? Morgan competed in Long jump coming 2nd place well done a great result.

Looking at the U20 Boys. Fraser Spall competed in a maximum number of events including being the only athlete in the steeple chase, I think we might have some more takers next time!!!Sam Cook threw the hammer for the first time ever in a competition. He wasn’t even put off by another competitor saying he could throw 60M plus! Adam Petty only agreed to come on Saturday evening he is primarily a runner but he entered into the spirit and tried a whole host of events. Thank you and well done! Jacob Northcliffe did some great running including the relay.

I really hope I have not left anyone out! You really were all amazing. Thank you for enduring the cold, meeting and making new friends. Together we will build on this success please come again and invite your friends to take part.

Please contact me ASAP to let me know your availability for the next events.

Thank you so much and a huge well done!!!

Suzi Shepherd