Athletics club enjoys hot season

October 02 2018
Athletics club enjoys hot season

Yate & District Athletics Club has finished the summer season strongly, maintaining their position alongside Bristol & West AC at the top of the Midland League and keeping their place in the top flight of the junior Youth Development League.

They also sent one of the highest numbers of athletes to English Schools and were pipped for top spot in the Avon Track and Field League.

The season finished on a high note with terrific performances in Bedford at the National Final of the Youth Development League competing as part of Team Avon.

In this top-level competition local athletes faced opposition from across the nation, including  teams such as Shaftesbury Barnet and Blackheath & Bromley from London; Rugby & Northants, who beat Team Avon in the Regional Final, and Team Glasgow and Team Edinburgh from Scotland. For many of the athletes this was the stiffest competition they had ever faced.

Leading the Yate charge were the Brooks brothers. Both pulled off remarkable doubles, with Adam finishing second in the high jump, where his opponent had to clear 2.05m to beat him; and also second in the triple jump.

Younger brother Daniel finished first in the under-17 100m, in a very good time of 10.88 secs, which he followed with a second place in the 200m behind the English Schools champion. His time of 22.44 secs was another excellent performance.

Toby Conibear has had the season of his life and crowned it with an emphatic win by over five metres from the nearest rival. 55.05m is short of his personal best but he was aiming for 60 metres. His first throw came very, very close to that, but it was a few centimetres outside the sector, so didn’t count.

In the under-17 men’s 400m, Nathaniel Mitchell and Isaac Cory have struck up a prize-winning partnership. Nathaniel ran the faster time of 52.17 secs to take fourth place. Isaac, running in the B race came home a clear winner in 54.50 secs. Definitely a partnership to watch out for next season.

Abdi Hasan is an athlete who is always worth watching and this match was no exception. He led from the bell, but was shadowed for the first 600 metres by Oliver Bright of Blackheath & Bromley. It looked as though he might be in danger but with 300m to go, Abdi simply stepped on the accelerator and came home in 1:57.82 secs, a good five seconds ahead of the second placed runner.

The meeting came to a climax with the 4x400 relays. The Avon team containing three Yate athletes in Nathaniel, Isaac and Abdi destroyed the rest of the field, finishing in 3:29.93 secs, more than ten metres clear of the opposition.

A fourth place finish was better than team managers Sandra Woodman and Jim Strudwick, had hoped for. It placed them ahead of both Glasgow and Rugby & Northants and gave hope for better things to come in future seasons.

Yate went in to the final Avon League match at the top of the overall table with a 169.5 Match Points cushion ahead of North Somerset.  The task was made difficult with the National Upper YDL Final on the same day, but the team from Yate fought bravely, with many athletes filling events they might not have even tried before.

In the end, North Somerset managed to win the match with 1308 Match Points, leaving Yate in second with 1071 Match Points.  North Somerset won the overall league with 29 League Points and 4392 Match Points, leaving Yate in second with 28 League Points and 4324.5 Match Points.

In the Girls Quadkids, Arissa Burgess set a new Club Record in the Vortex Throw with 28.03m, as well as improving her own Quadkids Total Score Club Record, from 234 points, to 238 points.  Arissa is the only girl to appear in 3 out of 4 Top 10 Avon ranking lists.