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Dorset County Track and Field Championships – 8/9 May 2010

Club records and Championship Best Performances

Steve Snook reports.

I don’t mean to harp on about the weather, but it has been really poor since the bright sunny start at our first match at Plymouth in the South West League. Last weekend at Kings Park was, sadly, no exception.

Conditions on the Saturday were positively cold and damp – more akin to a dour cross-country day in winter than a pleasant late spring day. Sunday was not much better, though at least it was dry.  Add the north-easterly breeze to the mix on both days, and this made it very difficult for athletes to turn in good performances this early in the season. But, despite the conditions, there were a number of success stories amongst the 24 WAC athletes that competed.


There were three outstanding performances from WAC athletes during the course of the weekend which saw one club record equalled and two others broken together with two championship best performances:

Matt Curtis was a clear winner in the U15 Boys 80mH equalling the club record of 12.7s - no mean feat given the prevailing wind. That club record had been in place since 1996. Matt also achieved a Championship Best Performance with 2.80m in the U15 Boys Pole Vault.
Piers Copeland, in an exceptional run, again in difficult conditions, managed to lower his own pb and club record for U13 Boys 1500m to 5:01.5. Before this year, the previous club record had been set in 1998.

And finally, Jack Snook managed to atone for his ’no height’ performance the previous week to improve his pb in U17 Men Pole Vault to 3.50m, improving his club record and setting a new Championship Best Performance. Before this year, the previous club record was set in 2000.


 In addition to these performances, many of our athletes came away with personal bests, which is excellent at this stage of the season and in those conditions.

We now have several county champions in the club:

Our Gold Medallists:

Piers Copeland (1500m)

Matt Curtis (80mH, Pole Vault)

Kyle Wilson (200m)

Jack Snook (Pole Vault)

Dave Pearson (Pole Vault)

Annabel Brown (Discus)

Hannah Winton (Triple Jump)

Maddy V-J (400mH, High Jump)

Paula Hine (100m)


We also had quite a few places on the podium:

Our Silver Medallists:

Dave Pearson (100m)

Kyle Wilson (100m)

Callum Kennedy (3000m)

Matt Curtis (Shot Putt, Long Jump)

Maddy V-J (400m,200m)

Annabel Brown (Javelin)

Abbie Hine (1500m)

Paul Hine  (800m)

Our Bronze Medallists:

Jack Snook (High Jump)

Maddy V-J (100mH)

Matt Curtis (High Jump)

Hannah Winton (Discus)

Sharon Hutchings (800m)

Abbie Hine (880m)

 In addition to all our champions and medallists mentioned above, there were also a number of athletes who were competing for the first time at the championships, and whilst they did not come away with medals, they enhanced their competition experience and some even came away with personal bests.

Talking of experience, there was good representation from club coaches in the championships, and I’m pleased to report that all managed to walk away from the weekend without artificial aids and under their own steam.

Well done and congratulations to all our athletes.

 Below is a list of all our competitors at the championships, together with links to the full results:


Abbie Hine (1500m, 800m)


Annabel Brown (75mH, HJ, JT, LJ, 200m,  DT)
Kelly Martin (100m, 200m)
Zoe Taylor (HJ, JT, LJ, DT)
Sharon Hutchings (1500m, 800m)
Chloe Morris (1500m)


Hannah Winton (TJ, DT)


Maddy V-J (100mH, 400m, 400mH,  200m, HJ)


Paula Hine (100m)
Trudi Carter (PV)


Liam Winton (100m, LJ, SP, JT)
Piers Copeland (1500m)


Matt Curtis (80mH, HJ, PV, SP, LJ)
Ryan Walbridge (100m, 1500m)
Sam Neill (100m, LJ)


Dominic Tugby (100m, 200m)
Kyle Wilson (100m, 200m)
Jack Snook (HJ, 400m, PV)
Callum Kennedy (3000m)


Paul Hine (100m, 800m)
Steve Snook (100m, 200m, 400m)
Peter Impett (100m, 200m)
Steve Henderson (100m, 200m, 400m)
Dave Pearson (100m, PV)

Full Results:

Saturday         http://www.dorsetathletics.co.uk/DCAASAT10.pdf

Sunday           http://www.dorsetathletics.co.uk/DCAASUN10.pdf


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