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UK Young Athletes League – Bracknell – 19 July 2009

Team Dorset’s young athletes went to the final fixture in the Young Athletes League Southern Premier Division in the top spot of the relegation zone. In order to ensure that we did not get relegated in our first season in this division, the team had to come either 1st or 2nd. It was possible that a 3rd spot could have been enough, but we would then be dependent upon results from the other fixtures. This led to an exciting and anxious afternoon of competition.

Right from the first few events the pattern of the competition was laid out – Reading AC were in the driving seat, however it was nip and tuck between Team Dorset, Tonbridge, and Maidstone with only a handful of points separating those three. The scores were announced quite regularly through the afternoon, and as it progressed it became apparent that the competition for second place would be close between Tonbridge and Team Dorset. It really was exciting and we didn’t know how we had done until the final relays started. We were a couple of points ahead in the race for 2nd place, but the results of the relays didn’t all go our way and we had to wait until the final scores were announced for the confirmation that we had clinched that vital 2nd spot.

Great cheers of delight went up from the whole of the team – we had ensured our survival in our first season in the Premier Division. We would have to wait a couple of days until all results from all matches were collated and the final positions in the league would be announced. In the end we came 11th out of 16 teams, 2 positions and 2 points above the relegation zone.

Full results can be accessed through the UK Young Athletes website. Our WAC representatives for the Bracknell fixture were: Hannah Winton, Abi Card, Alex Vaughan-Johncey, Abbie Hine, Ben Amey, Matt Curtis, Alwyn Harries, and Jack Snook, and they certainly played their part performing well on the day, as all our WAC representatives have done throughout the league campaign.

It has been a huge commitment to make it to these fixtures, as the nearest one to us has been Basingstoke, so a big thanks to all the athletes and the parents and helpers who have endured the antisocial early Sunday mornings and helped to ensure another successful season for Team Dorset in the league.

Well done everyone!

Steve Snook


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