Peter Impett reports
from the County and Regional school events
Two weekends of frantic activity gave the opportunity to head
for the English Schools and the chance to prove your athletic
credentials against the best in the land. Six club athletes have been
selected for Birmingham and at least another three achieved the entry
standard. This is the best array of talent we have had outstripping our
last golden patch in the mid 1990ís.
There were almost too many highlights but Ryan Webbís second
2.00 metre high jump in the County Championships and the follow up 2m02
to establish a new Under 17 South West Championship best performance led
the way. Ryan has increased his personal best by a massive 42 cm in
three years and is currently second in the national rankings. Ryan had
also qualified for the long jump winning the region with 6m33. In the
county Ryan took second, Jack Rees third and Ross Crabbe fourth a
tribute to long jump coaching at the club.
Equally impressive on the track was Grace Copelandís 800m. At
the Dorset County Championships she had to run her own race and put in a
time of 2:19:2. Grace has been steadily whittling her times down and
put in a very impressive 2:14:41 at the South West where she had to
start in lane 8 and ended up towards the back of the pack at the break.
Grace is currently 7th in the national rankings in only her
first year in the age group.
The under 15 girls are a powerful force at the moment and
Pippa Hine was in full flow in the sprints. A time of 12:9 in the
regionals gave her second place and she won the county 200m in 27:3.
Bethan Burley was slightly disappointed with her hurdles but turned the
shot around to a pb at 11.77 at the County and 11.66 and second in the
regionals and heading for Birmingham.
Ellie White has shown a massive improvement in the hammer
this year and her 40m66 in the Countyís in the under 17 age group will
take her to the National finals for the first time. Matt Curtis managed
to get enough training in around his A level exams to proceed with the
discus and a 43.09metre throw at the regionals but also won the pole
vault at 3m40. Tom Bourne did the hard work at the County event and
posted a 4:18.4 time for the 1500m.
Jason Sotheranís 2:04:72 800m at the regional event was not
enough to take him further. Toby Randerson got a qualifying time late
and needs to come back next year and improve on his 11:7 and 24:5 County
Most encouraging were the performances of the year 7s at the
County event. This age group does not progress to regional and national
competition but in the County event Martha Taylor won the javelin with
26m08 and was second in the long jump 4m26. Ben Holland was second in
the long jump on 4m66. Flo Lockwood won the hurdles in 12:0 and Jack
Ayton the high jump with 1m45. Beth Kingswell-Farr was second in the
1500m with 5:31.4
So, lots of top performances and our biggest representation
at the nationals. Lots of promise for the future too.
Well done and congratulations everybody.