Heading for promotion – Braunton (SWL) – 8 July 2012
Peter Impett reports on a great day.
See foot of page for links to Braunton photo gallery.
Kelly Snook matches the winning height in the high jump
Despite losing the services of at least half a dozen athletes in the
Dorchester flooding, Wimborne AC stormed to a resounding victory in the
South West League Division 2 at Braunton, North Devon on Sunday. The win
puts them in line for promotion and providing that they hold their nerve
in the last match at Yeovil in September, the Championship as well.
Pippa Hine recorded two Grade 1 performances in the under-13 girls,
13.6s in the 100m and 28.3s in the 200m but was only placed second in
the 200m in 28.3s. Pippa also won the long jump with a personal best
4m24. Grace Copeland again got the tactics right in under-13 1500m and
with a spectacular injection of pace cruised past the North Somerset
athlete to win in 5m09.1. Bethan Burley wasn’t far behind Pippa in the
200m and took third place with a Grade 1 28.5s. Bethan also produced
Grade 1 in the 70m hurdles for second place in 12.1s and was second in
the shot with 7m87. These three were joined by Ellie Stark to win the
relay in 58.4s. In the under -5 girls Kelly Snook was third in the 75m
hurdles 13.7s and second in the high jump 1m35. Abbie Hine was second in
the 1500 metres.
The senior and under-17 age groups were sparsely populated by the other
clubs and Wimborne accumulated large numbers of points. Highlights in
these age groups were Sharon Hutchings winning 44.2s in the under-17
300 metres and the 1500 metres 5.17.0. and Hannah Winton’s second placed
senior 200m in 28.3s. These age groups belong to athletes like Chloe
Morris who tackled the 1500m steeplechase for the first time and Rebecca
Skeats who turned her hand to the javelin.
Sharon Hutchings ‘beasted’ the field at 300 and 1500m
The under-13 boys was more competitive and Tom Stokes 28.9s for second
in the 200m was hard earned. Tom combined with Alfie Beddow for second
and third in the shot 6m03 and 5m86. Lucas Noble delivered good points
with a second placed high jump 1m25 and a third place hurdles in 15.2s.
Ryan Webb comfortably won the 80m hurdles in 12.8s from team mate Ryan
Long in 13.8s. Piers Copeland endured a titanic battle in the 1500m but
could not get the better of his opponent and had to be satisfied with
4.38.9 and second place.
Ryan Long then led an almost blanket win for Wimborne in the pole vault
taking the under-15s in a personal best of 2m85 inspiring team mate Tom
Boulton to a personal best 2m25 in third place. Matt Curtis returned
from English Schools duty to win his age group on 3m30 with Chris
Flavell in second place on 2m85. Paul Flavell then won the senior vault
with 2m80. Matt Curtis also won the 100 hurdles his English Schools
event in 15.4s with Christian Flavell second in 15.7s. Matt also won
the shot with a long range 11m82.
There were major points contributions from Jack Snook missing out on
long jump glory by just one centimetre 5m88, Ben Amey 24.1s in the
senior 200m and second place, Olympic torch bearer Graeme Furley 4m50.2
in the senior 1500m, Callum Kennedy 7m 11.4 in the under-20 steeplechase
and Ryan Wallbridge 2nd in the 400m in 55.9. Ashley Long
showed that the seniors are not just about running, with a second-placed
Team managers are still on a high after the result on the day.
High spirits match the high scores
North Somerset 1035
North Devon 604.5
South West Vets 134
After three matches the scores are:
North Devon 7pts
South West Vets 3pts
for link to South West League results page.
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