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UK Young Athletes League – Eton – 2 May 2010

Steve Snook reports from a cold and windy meet.

It was not the spring day we had hoped for at the first match in this year’s UK Young Athletes League last Sunday. It was wet, cold and windy – not conducive for personal best performances, but the consolation was that it was the same for everyone else.

We compete in this league as Team Dorset – a composite team consisting of athletes from Wimborne, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth. Selection for the team is performance based – and it needs to be as we compete against some of the best young athletes in the country.

On this occasion we were up against Windsor Slough & Eton and Team Southampton, two of the stronger teams in the Premier Division and despite the poor weather conditions there were 128 performances in the match that were UKA Grade 4 or above. Team Dorset ended the day in third place, only 70 points behind Team Southampton.

Wimborne provided a number of athletes in different age groups: Kyle Wilson (U17M), Jack Snook (U17M), Callum Kennedy (U17M), Matt Curtis (U15B), Piers Copeland (U13B), Annabel Brown (U15G), and Chloe Morris (U15G)

Kyle got back to winning ways in the 200m after a long absence from competition – he was also given third place in the 100m although the same time as the first two athletes. Jack had a bit of a mare, no-heighting in the Pole Vault, but managed to bring home some points in the High Jump and Shot Putt. Callum had a great debut in the Young Athletes League achieving a pb in the 3000m and the 1500m Steeplechase – his first ever attempt at the latter.

Matt won his 80m Hurdles, but his High Jump was compromised by having to dash from the end of the hurdles straight in to the High Jump competition. Nevertheless he managed second place there, which was followed up with a comprehensive win in the Pole Vault.

Piers had a good day, providing us with another thrilling 1500m race. He was just beaten into second place by a couple of seconds only. He also picked up points for the team in the 200m and Long Jump.

Annabel had the misfortune to clip one of the early hurdles in the 75m Hurdles race which sent her crashing to the ground quite heavily. Sadly, she was unable to complete the race. However, she picked herself up for the High Jump where she earned some valuable points. Like Annabel, Chloe was another debutant in this league and managed to improve her best time in the 1500m – no mean feat given the weather conditions.

Well done to all our young athletes. It was a really tough match and you all did tremendously. Thanks also to the coaches and parents who also braved the un-spring-like weather to support our athletes and assist with running the field events – a great team effort by everyone.

The next fixture in this league will be on Sunday 16th May at Guildford.

Your Team Manager will advise if you have been selected.

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