Maybe it was spring finally arriving that inspired BAC members to produce many fine individual perfomances at King's Park on Sunday 14th April. There was a good turn out of club members, filling many events in both A & B string. Several also competed as non scorers where both scoring places had already been filled. A few were missing due to not getting back from high altitude training (ski hols) but hopefully they will swell the club ranks for the rest of the summer.
Athletes were willing to try new events to score points, in many cases finding they did well and enjoyed their new event. It was gratifying to see new members or many younger ones competing for the first time.
Due to unforseen circumstances a temporary manager was needed and Rob Molyneaux was "volunteered" and did a fine job. He should prove an excellent joint manager this year of the combined team with Poole Runners in the Lower Age Group of The Junior Development League.
Pride of place must go to Patrick Sylla who gave a Grade 1 Wessex League performance with 6.88m in U15 Boys L/J. There is only one other U15 In the UK who has ever jumped further than Patrick. He also smashed the Wessex League record by nearly half a metre and now holds outright the U15B L/J club record.
Those who also achieved Grade 1 League performances were Gemma Kennard in U13G H/J, Hannah Molyneaux in U13G shot & discus, Tom Sears in U15B H/J (in his 1st season with BAC) and Ben Dickinson in U15B javelin.
About 20 or so other BAC performances merited Grade 2,3 or 4 standard. (Sorry but the reporter's typing is too slow to list you all). Many PB's were achieved.
Out of the 6 relays available, BAC won 3 & came 2nd in 2, the 6th relay no team could be mustered. This reflected excellent coaching in the preceding weeks and fine application by the atheletes.
The Quadkid results have not been located by this reporter.
The BAC Quadkids did seem a bit under represented, those that did compete did so admirably and hopefully more U11's can be persuaded to come forward and have a go at the next match.
Keenest athelete spotted by the roving reporter was Jim Dence, walking around in his socks asking how he could get entered for more events. Keenest supporter spotted (when not competing in Quadkids) was Louise Galloway.
Hopefully a good complement of atheletes will travel to the remaining 3 Wesex away fixtures after such a promising start."