Once again, few BAC athletes managed to turn out for the second Upper Age Group Youth Development match of the season. However, the seven that did make it to Ealing (taking advantage of the free coach travel – may the rest of out athletes take note of this for future away competitions!) all performed very well. The combined BAC/New Forest Junior team came 5th. All the below results are in the U17 age group unless stated otherwise.
Cameron Hale was the only male from BAC. Cameron was 2nd in the Javelin with a throw of 47.82 and 2nd in the High Jump with a jump of 1.80m.
After gaining a new PB in the South West Athletics Gala in Exeter on Saturday, Madeleine Smith improved once again in the Triple Jump, with a distance of 11.38, coming 1st in the U20W age group. Madeleine was 3rd in the Long Jump U20 W and also competed in the U20 javelin and shot to gain points for BAC/NFJ.
Abigail Richardson was 3rd in U17W 300m with a PB of 45.65, 2nd in 1500m with a huge PB of 5.01.33 and 3rd in High Jump with a jump of 1.35.
Olivia Galloway was 1st in B string 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.38, 1st in Javelin with a throw of 32.67 and 1st in B string Shot with a putt of 10.75m.
Iona Sheerin was 1st competing in U20 High Jump with a jump of 1.55, 2nd in 80m Hurdles in 12.89 and 2nd in Long Jump with a jump of 5.09m.
Amelia Dobson was 1st in Triple Jump with a distance of 10.45m and 1st in B String Javelin with a PB of 28.8m.
Last but not least Danielle Broom continued her fine form coming 1st in all of her 3 events. In Hammer she threw 55.61m, Discus 41.08m and Shot 12.49. All 3 being near her PB’s for U17 weights.
Iona, Danielle and Olivia ran in the 4x100m relay with Danielle Gale from NFJ, coming 2nd in a time of 51.99.
British Athletics had (along with the 1st match) specially selected the 29th May so that it would not interfere with athletes’ studies as this weekend falls during half term for many. Unfortunately British Athletics’ good intentions fell on fallow ground and were not helped by England Athletics organising a jumps competition in Bedford for Saturday the 28th. A number of BAC jumpers opted to compete at Bedford as they are perfectly entitled to do so. Perhaps British Athletics and England Athletics should liaise when arranging their competitions? I don’t think the EU can take the blame in this instance.
Congratulations to Danielle Broom, Angel Kerin, Madeleine Smith, Ben Dickinson, Jack Howlett, Matthew Ridge and Patrick Sylla for being selected to represent Dorset at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead on 10th and 11th July. We wish them all the very best of luck.
The county of Dorset is limited to 25 entrants based on its school population. Hampshire has an allocation of 60. Last year BAC had a dozen or more chosen to represent their respective counties, which was probably a club record. This year, 37 Dorset athletes achieved English Schools Standard. Four BAC athletes gained that standard but were below the criteria level the selectors had to set this year to pick the best 25. Hard luck to Ben Arnold, Rosie Wootten, Cameron Cooke and Olivia Galloway, but well done for reaching the ES Standards.
The English Schools Championships commenced in the 1920’s and is one of the largest athletics competitions by number in the world.
Also please could any parents or supporters travelling to Gateshead manage a photo or two that can be available to be put on the club website it would be most appreciated!
David Long continued to demonstrate the benefits of Kenyan training by running a PB of 31.12 in the Eastleigh 10k on 22 March, finishing 7th of a field of 2171. The remaining four BAC athletes competing in the race also ran well, with Jacek Cieluszecki 14th, and 1st V 35-39, in 31.54 (taking him to the top of the 10kChampionship Table), Josh King 26th in 32.57, Jamie Grose 36th in 33.20 and Anthony Clark 38th in 33.35. The quality of this event is clear from the fact that, despite all these impressive performances, BAC was the 4th Mens’ team!
Also on 22 March, Toby Chapman and Manol Dimitrov were taking part in the Vitality Reading Half Marathon, a massive fixture with, this year, 13338 finishers. Toby ran a PB of 1.13.41 to finish 113th, with Manol not far behind, 162nd in 1.15.55.
The day before, the Parkruns took place as usual, but an unusual feature was that Paul Hillwon at the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park, instead of his traditional second position. Paul‘s time was a PB, the previous PB having been set the week before. Thankfully, the second position was occupied by a BAC athlete, namely Phil Mosley, making a welcome recovery from injury. Also amongst the 326 finishers at Bournemouth were Jud Kirk, SteveCox and Will Price. Meanwhile, over at Poole Park, two BAC athletes, Graeme Miller and Helen Ambrosen, finished amongst the 622 who completed he Poole Parkrun, with Graeme Miller running a PB to finish 5th.
BAC’s talented U17 athlete , Patrick Sylla, won the long jump at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, with a distance of 6.72.
Despite hurting his back in the first jump, Patrick managed to clinch the title in the final round. He later gave an interview, explaining that despite not jumping a great distance by his high standards, he was still please with the victory. He also spoke of his strong season in 2014, and also praised the work of his coach, Zac Kerin, which has brought him on in leaps and bounds this year (please excuse the pun). Patrick was the Inter Boys long jump champion at the 2014 English Schools and also tops the national rankings for his age group, with a best of 7.31m.
I was unable to actually insert the video itself into the post, so please use the link below:
For those of you unfamiliar with the Games, it is an annual event for the best young athletes in the UK. Twelve different sports are included, such as Badminton, Athletics, Gymnastics, Cycling, Judo and Swimming, to name a few. Disability events are included in six of these sports, of which athletics is one.
Around 1600 young sportsmen and women took part in the Games. In the athletics discipline, there were seven regional teams; South West, South East, Midlands, North West, North East, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
BAC would like to wish the very best of luck to all those athletes competing in their regional schools championships, whether it be in the South West champs at Yeovil, or the South East champs at Crawley.
The club is very lucky to have such a talented bunch of athletes representing both their county and their school.
I (Sarah) will be competing at the SAL match (good luck to everyone there too), so will write a report on proceedings there. But I know that in the past, athletes and their parents have been keen to see write-ups of the schools events. If anyone is a willing volunteer to write anything for either schools competition, then please let me know. If not, I can write up a summary, but it will obviously be lacking in the detail of tension, suspense and action that the SAL report will involve, due to my actual being at said SAL match and thus witnessing said tension, suspense, and action.
Also, if anyone takes any pictures, which they would like to be used in reports, or posted on the website, again let me know, and I could sort something out.
Again, good luck to one and all, I hope it all goes well!