Busy time for Yate athletes

July 31 2017

Summer has been hectic for Yate & District athletes who have been in action from Cardiff to Bedford and Birmingham to Exeter.

Summer has been hectic for Yate & District athletes who have been in action from Cardiff to Bedford and Birmingham to Exeter.  

Twenty-nine athletes across the age range competed for their county schools teams  in Exeter; under-13s and under-15s qualified for the regional final of the Youth Development League, and Team Avon, involving many older Yate athletes, also qualified for the regional final.

At Bedford the UKA U20/U23 Championships saw two Yate women in action. Yvette Westwood, who was recently selected to run for England, went in the 100m and 200m. She recorded her best time in the 100m in winning her heat in 11.86secs. In the final she came seventh. In the 200m she was third in her heat with 24.79secs.

Team mate Hannah Hobbs finished 6th in the 1500m in time of 4:30.35secs, a national standard.

A record twenty nine Yate athletes competed in Exeter at the South West Schools Championships, most for Avon but a good number also for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. With the standard of competition always very good, a haul of four gold medals by local athletes was a real achievement. 

In the junior boys hammer, Toby Conibear threw a national standard of 46.65m, and he was backed up in third place by Owen Merrett. Adam Brooks won the senior boys high jump with a height of 1.94m. Team mate Jack Moore, took the bronze with a height of 1.88m. In the inter boys 1500m, Abdi Hasan romped home in 4:05.88secs. In the senior boys 400m, Josh Snook came home for gold in 49.42secs.

Adam Brooks brother Daniel took second in the inter boys 100m in an excellent time of 11.17secs. Annie Lewis was second in the senior girls 800m, coming home in 2:21.89secs.

The athletics season for many young athletes culminates at English Schools in July.

Medals were hard to come by, but there was no denying Toby Conibear in the junior boys hammer. After scaring his supporters with two no-throws he finally let rip a throw of 49.88m to secure the silver medal. Toby’s coach Matt Spicer was delighted, having himself been a gold medallist in the National Championships.

Yvette Westwood, fresh from wearing the Yate vest on TV at the British Championships the previous week, came close to a podium finish in the Senior Girls 200m.  Coming on top of a good race at the National Championships where she was by no means outclassed, Yvette is in the form of her life.

Toby Conibear shone again at the Regional Final of the LAG Youth Development League, held in Cardiff. Overall the team, with many new faces in the squad, finished in fifth place. 

Yate & District AC member Karen Jones representing the senior members takes part in the V55 category that sees her compete against ladies between the ages of 55 and 60. In the June meeting in Exeter she became SW Champion in the hammer throw.

A week later in Birmingham she excelled herself by throwing huge personal bests in both hammer and weight throws to become the double national champion. Her hammer distance of  37.17m and the weight winning throw of 11.84m were just too good for the opposition. 

The championships were also a success for another Yate hammer thrower, Eugene Lawlor who competes in the V60 category. Eugene won the hammer event with a throw of 47.70m, a little short of his best but still an impressive distance.