Summer of achievement for Yate athletes

October 02 2019
Summer of achievement for Yate athletes

THE athletics season is over and athletes from Yate & District AC can look back on a summer of many achievements.

They have maintained their position alongside Bristol & West AC at the top of the Midland League; they have kept their place in the top flight of the junior Youth Development League; they sent one of the highest numbers of athletes to English Schools and they 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, where they competed as part of Team Avon.

Leading the Yate charge were the Brooks brothers. Both pulled off remarkable doubles. The older boy, Adam, below, finished second in the high jump, where his opponent had to clear 2.05m to beat him, and second also in the triple jump. Jack Moore took the B event gold medal with 1.85m.


Adam Brooks

Younger brother Daniel finished a storming first in the under-17 100m, with a very good time of 10.88 secs, and followed that up with a second place in the 200m behind the English Schools champion.

Toby Conibear has had the season of his life with the hammer and crowned it with an emphatic win here by over five metres from the nearest rival, with 55.05m.

In the under-17 men’s 400m, Nathaniel Mitchell was fourth in 52.17 secs and Isaac Cory, running in the B race, came home a clear winner in 54.50 secs.

In the 800m Abdi Hasan, below, led from the bell and despite being shadowed, with 300m to go he stepped on the accelerator and came home a in 1:57.82 secs – 5 seconds ahead of the second runner.


Abdi Hasan

There was disappointment for Hannah Hobbs, who led the under-20 women’s 3000m from the gun but was caught in the last 30m.

The meeting came to a climax with the 4x400 relays. The Avon team contained three Yate athletes – Nathaniel, Isaac and Abdi – and they destroyed the rest of the field, finishing in 3:29.93 secs, more than ten metres clear of the opposition to help the team to an overall fourth place finish.

In the Avon League, Yate went in to the final match at the top of the overall table but were pipped by North Somerset, who 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.


Yate AC Quadkids

Yate Quadkids athletes


Karen Jones has had a wonderful season and this was crowned by representing Great Britain in the Masters World Championships held in Malaga, Spain. She threw 36.84m – close to her personal best and good enough for 12th place.

Congratulations to Karen – and all the Yate athletes who have competed all summer in heat and – believe it or not – pouring rain.


Stuart Nunn