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Young Athletes League – Bracknell – 6 May

Paula Hine reports.

Nineteen WAC athletes travelled to Bracknell to represent Team Dorset (TD) in the first round of the National Young Athletes League (NYAL). Wimborne’s largest contribution to the Team Dorset ranks were the under-13 girls, where we had five athletes taking part, for Grace Copeland and Rebecca May this was their first time in a TD vest.

The highlight of the day’s performances has to be Grace Copeland winning the U13G 1200m in a grade 1 time of 3:59.2. However, it was the way she ran the race, tactically perfect with a confident fast finish that was so impressive. The first of many wins to come this season I feel. Other under-13 highlights came from Bethan Burley with two second places in the hurdles 13.3 sec. (grade 4) and shot putt 7.49m (grade 3), and Pippa Hine’s 150m third place in 21.2 seconds (grade 3). Pippa also finished fifth in the 75m in 11.0 (grade 4). Becky Kent had a fine day in the ‘B’ string events in the 800m and then shed jumped close to her PB in the long jump with a distance of 3.80m (grade 4). Rebecca May, who was asked to compete at late notice, rose to the occasion with a PB in the high jump of 1.20m (grade 4) and she finished second.

In the under-13 boys, Alfie Beddow was our only athlete. He was wearing a TD vest for the first time, running the 100m in 15.8 and 200m in 33.4 seconds. He would have felt more at home in the long jump pit and hopefully next time he will be able to jump.

WAC had three athletes in the under-15 girls’ team, Kelly Snook, Ella Hearne and Maddie Williams. Kelly was pleased with her performances in the 100m (14.6 sec.) and 200m (30.5) as she has only just started training and competing again. Maddie ran close to her PB in the 1500m in 5:31 and Ella took a number of seconds of her PB in the 800m with a time of 2:42.8. Both the girls were first-timers in the NYAL.

Piers Copeland, Ryan Long and Tom Boulton had some good results in the under-15 boys events. Ryan’s pole vault of 2.70m was a grade 2 performance and gave him second place. He also threw a discus to finish fourth with a throw of 16.53m. Piers finished second in the 1500m after having led most of the way, with a grade 4 performance of 4:42.2 seconds. Tom had a busy afternoon, running in the 800m in 2:40.7, recording 3.84m in the long jump pit and pole vaulting 2.00m.

In the older age group, under-17 men, we were well represented by Matt Curtis, Archie Watts and Ryan Walbridge. Matt put in three grade 4 performances finishing second in the sprint hurdles in 15.0, third in the 400m hurdles in 61.2 and threw 31.46m in his discus. Archie also threw the discus to finish third in the ‘B’ string event with a throw of 17.99m. He ran 25.0 in the 200m, a very fast race where he finished fifth. Ryan was recovering from illness, but put in a solid performance in the 1500m finishing fifth in a time of 4:33.9.

Charlotte Bourne was WAC’s only athlete in the under-17 women. She ran the 300m and 3000m in 53.9 seconds and 12:23 minutes respectively.

Team Dorset finished in fifth place overall, but only 25 points behind fourth-placed Winchester AC. However, we only fielded 56 athletes compared to some teams who had over 80/90. We need more of you to make yourselves available and submit your PBs to the Team Dorset website. This league is an excellent opportunity to compete at a high level and improve your performances. The next meeting is in at Reading on 20 May so get online and let Team Dorset know you would like to be considered for selection!


PS Many of our athletes also ran in the relays. For more detailed results please look at http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/resultslookup.aspx


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