Success indoors and out for Yate athletes
WITH winter in full flow and the track refurbishment only half complete, Yate & District AC athletes can do one of two things: brave the cold and wet of the cross-country season or compete indoors.
For sprinters and jumpers the choice is an easy one. Two of the club’s promising youngsters headed for the relative warmth of the Cardiff indoor track and competed in the South West Indoor Championships.
Phoebe Havard, above, won the under-13 girls’ 60m for the second year running. Her time of 8.68 sec offered plenty of promise for the summer.
Luke Ball loves to compete in several events besides his main love, the high jump. In Cardiff he took part in both 60m hurdles and long jump. He would have competed in the 60m as well, were it not for a niggle in one knee. He won both events he competed in, with a leap of 5.41m in the long jump and a time of 9.23 secs over the hurdles.
For those happy to battle the elements, the Gwent League is the best local cross country competition and Yate athletes, running as Westbury Harriers, have made a mark this year. After three races, several young runners are in contention for the overall title.
Dalis Jones, Rosie Hamilton-James and Abdi Hasan are all leading their respective fields, and Seamus Robinson is in second place. Katie Howard, Amelia Honor and James Harrod are all within the top ten.
The most recent race saw Abdi lose out by a few seconds to Sam Gentry of North Somerset AC, a man he has beaten regularly in the past. Seamus also came second behind a Welsh competitor. Abdi’s most recent race was in the South West Inter-Counties Championships in Yeovil where he came third behind two Devon runners.
Rosie and Dalis also ran in Yeovil. Rosie finished in third place in the under-17 women’s and Dalis 7th in the under-15 race.