Yate athletes enjoy early season success

July 03 2016

The new athletics season is turning out to be a successful one for Yate athletes.

The new athletics season is turning out to be a successful one for Yate athletes.
The senior men and women, in a combined team with Bristol & West AC in Division One of the Midland League, have been the surprise package of the season so far.   They won their first match, held at Yate, by a considerable margin over Birchfield Harriers, one of the top clubs in the country.
The women’s 1500m produced the best performance of the meeting when teenager Hannah Hobbs held off a strong challenge from the Birchfield women to win on the line.
The race of the day was won by another young Yate athlete, 16 year old Dan Brooks who took the men’s 100m against strong opposition posting an impressive time of 10.8 seconds. Overall the team finished third with the second, third and fourth teams covered by only five points.
In the U17/U20 Youth Development League, Yate athletes have distinguished themselves in both matches played. In atrocious conditions in Plymouth, Team Avon ran out winners,and in Newport, the athletes finished in third place, leaving them in second overall.
The U13/U15 YDL is a story of on going success with two wins from two matches both by big margins. Home advantage didn’t stop Yate beating Team Bath on their own track. Stand out athlete Abdi Hasan looked unbeatable over 800m and 1500m and in the second match Poppy Clark gave the under-13 girls a lesson in how to run over 1200m coming home 15 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
Schools athletics are taking centre stage at the moment with many Yate athletes picked to represent Avon or Gloucestershire.
Next up is the local Avon Track and Field League where the Yate club hopes to dominate in as many age groups as possible.