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
PS Many of our athletes also ran in the relays. For more detailed
results please look at