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Report from the Team Bath Open meeting - 12th December 2009

Our junior athletes have the opportunity to take part in competitive athletics provided by the Sportshall competitions in winter. However, for our more senior athletes, the winter training period can seem monotonous and interminable, with little opportunity to gauge performance progress.

In a bid to spice up our winter training, on Saturday 12th December a group of our track & field athletes made the journey to the indoor facilities at Bath University to take part in an open meeting organised by Team Bath.

The meeting was restricted to athletes in the under-15 age group and upwards and it was great to see the red and black contingent numbering nine along with four coaches (and one minibus).

We’ll start with our sprinters. The indoor track at Bath can only accommodate the 60m, it being only a straight, but the newly relaid surface made for a super running surface. There were a good many competitors from a number of clubs, including some of our Team Dorset colleagues from Poole AC.

All our sprinters had good runs. Karyn ran well in the Senior/U20 women age group, her first race for some time, managing to reach the final and finishing in 5th place. Sophie, in the same age group as Karyn, had a good run, it being her first competition after a couple of years’ layoff due to injury. Kyle, another one of our sprinters going through a rehabilitation process after prolonged injury layoff, performed well finishing 5th in the final for U17 men. Finally Ellie, in her first competition for the club had a respectable maiden run in the U15 girls race.

We also had two hurdlers who ran in the 60m hurdles event. Mo was one of two Masters athletes taking part from Wimborne. Mo has been out of action for some time, but has recently started training again and seems to have not lost her technical ability over the hurdles. Matt also had a run out over the barriers and came 2nd in the U15 boys event.

As well as our sprinters and hurdlers, Wimborne also fielded a number of jumpers. As far as success on the day is concerned, all the jumpers took top honours, winning all their respective age groups.

In the Pole Vault, Wimborne’s growing tradition of excellence in this event continued. Trudi won the Senior Women category with 3.06m; Jack won the U17 men category with a new PB of 3.26m; and Matt won the U15 boys category also with a new PB of 2.96m at the same time exceeding last year’s English School’s qualifying mark.

Our final jumper was Hannah. Now in the U17 women age group, Hannah is looking forward to the challenges of the triple jump. Her performances to date have been hugely promising, and at Bath, despite carrying a leg injury she managed to win her age group with a fine jump of 10.19m. Who knows what she will be able to achieve when fully fit!

All these athletes have now laid down a performance benchmark, and we are looking forward to 2010 and the next indoor competitions to see how they can progress. We also hope that some of the athletes that were not able to make it to Bath will join us for the next competition.

Steve Snook


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