Athletics ground ready for upgrade

June 28 2018

Yate athletics stadium is about to be completely redeveloped, but member of Yate and District Athletics Club are hoping it will be business as usual through the rest of the season.

It’s hoped that the planned changes will bring the stadium up to the standard of regional athletics centres such as Exeter and Cardiff. 

The Yate track first opened in 1983 but parts have never been adequately upgraded until now

The track closes on 9 July, the day after the Run for Life charity event, and will not reopen until early October, but training for members of Yate & District AC will continue as normal on the rest of the YOSC complex. 

The second match in the Midland League, Premier Division, was overshadowed somewhat by the news that team manager Matt Muggeridge has been suffering from an illness for several weeks and must now undergo treatment.

The team followed up the win in the first match with a gritty roll your sleeves up performance to take third place.  After two matches Yate/Bristol are second in the league, just one match point away from Birchfield Harriers.

There was a great performance in the 100m for Dan Brooks in the tricky outside lane that ended on a concrete cycle velodrome.  Double wins in the men’s High Jump A and B string for Jack Moore (also 110m Hurdles) and David Thomas and a super savvy run from U17 Rosie Hamilton James in the 3000m all kept the points piling up. 

It’s worth recording also that Adam Brooks competing in the high as a non-scorer cleared two metres for the first time. This is a milestone that all high jumpers look for and is a sign of Adam’s recent improvement after a winter playing basketball.

The next match is closer to home in Cheltenham on the 8th of July.

All young athletes aspire to compete at English Schools, the biggest track and field competition anywhere in the world, in terms of numbers of athletes. This year’s championships will be in Birmingham this month and the first step to qualifying for that are the various county championships which took place in June.

The Avon match at Yate saw several athletes from Yate & District AC in action. There was a double win in the senior boys’ high jump with Jack Moore clearing 1.86m and David Thomas only three centimetres behind him.

In the Inter Boys category, Isaac Cory had a splendid day with good wins in both 100m and 200m. Max Elliott was a fraction of a second behind him in the 100m, suggesting that he has more speed somewhere in the tank. Nathaniel Mitchel has recently discovered the 400m event which he won in an encouraging time of 51.61 secs.

Before this event, Liam Hillier’s best performance in the pole vault was 3.03m. Here he soared to a new personal best of 3.24m, a height that he could scarcely believe. Toby Conibear continued his progress in the hammer with a throw of 52.49m.

The only Yate winner in the Senior Girls age group was Hannah Hobbs in the 3000m. Her time of 10:05.60 secs left her well clear of the opposition. Hannah Lewis won the Inter Girls’ pole vault and Georgia Crew the triple jump.

The Junior Girls 1500m saw Dalis Jones run away with it, well clear of her nearest rival.

Nineteen Yate athletes have been selected for the Avon team to compete in the next stage, the South West Schools in Exeter.

There were two Yate winners at Gloucestershire. Ben Latham took the Inter Boys’ pole vault title with a leap of 3.15m, while Jodie Dale, fresh from her performance at the Midland League won the javelin with a throw of 34.05m.

Meanwhile, in Wiltshire, Owen Merritt and James Viner renewed their rivalry in the hammer. This time Owen came out on top with a throw of 46m while James had to be content with third with a throw of 40m.