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National Young Athletes League – Bromley – 17 May 2009

It was another early start for Team Dorset for the second fixture in the NYAL in Bromley. Our opponents this time were teams from, Cambridge Harriers, City of Norfolk, and Team Southampton, and it proved to be a much closer match than the first fixture.

During the early part of the competition, Team Dorset had been in 4th place, though not far behind 3rd placed Cambridge. At every announcement of the scores throughout the day we seemed to be getting closer to that 3rd place, but it was not until the very end of the competition that we knew we had managed to overtake Cambridge Harriers for 3rd – all very exciting.

We were all a little concerned when we arrived at the venue in Bromley as it was tipping down with rain, although at least the wind we had the previous day seemed to be less of an issue. Fortunately for all concerned the rain abated and we had clear blue skies for the start of the first events, though the wind did pick up and it was very blustery along the back straight – not an ideal day for PBs.

Team Dorset were struggling to fill places in all the events – U17W being a particular problem - the main reason being the proximity of GCSE examinations, which was a shame because we could have been vying for the top spot on the day with a full complement. It wasn’t just the athletes we were short of either – we didn’t have many officials, dropping 11 points in that department alone. Let’s hope that the next fixture can be better attended all round.

From WAC we had a small group of athletes: Hannah Winton, Abi Card, Alex Vaughan-Johncey, Sharon Hutchings, Abbie Hine, Alwyn Harries, Matthew Curtis, and Jack Snook.

Abbie was competing for Team Dorset in the NYAL for the first time and had a great run in the 1200m. Her time of 4:32.8 is an AAA grade 4 performance, which given it is the first time in that event and also the prevailing weather conditions is excellent.

Sharon also gave a good account of herself in a sensibly run 800m, running in a PB of 2:37.0 which is an AAA grade 3 performance.

Alex, Hannah and Abi all had a good day in the U15 age category. Whilst Alex’s performance in the 800 was not quite a PB, she managed to win the B string event. Hannah managed to improve her discus throw by some 4 metres to 18.81m. Abi had a good 200m, the time being spoilt by the blustery conditions, and having the outside lane didn’t help.

The boys also had solid performances. Matt and Jack managed a lockout in the high jump again coming 1st in both A and B strings, and this time also did the same in the pole vault; Alwyn managed to break the 26 second barrier for the first time over 200m, running it in a PB performance of 25.8s.

It is not easy to perform at your best in less than ideal conditions combined with such an early start, so I think you will agree that our athletes did really well on the day. Well done to all of them.

Our next fixture in this league is on Sunday 31st May and the venue for that is Basingstoke – not such an early start!


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