How did things go in Bournemouth ?

With only 5 men and 7 ladies available for Saturday’s senior match down in Bournemouth we were bound to find the match difficult – however hard our athletes worked during the afternoon. And with the home team Bournemouth using some of their British League athletes to fill in some of their gaps it was going to be harder still.

Nevertheless we made a good start in a couple of the early field events – and especially so in the ladies long jump. Abby Beswick steadily improved as she went through her jumps – with all of them over 5 metres – and her last jump went to 5.65 metres for a new pb beating her own previous overall club record of 5.60 metres set earlier this year. Cat Shin also went over 5 metres with 5.05 metres and that was two first places. (And Jade Mitchell jumped a healthy non-scoring 4.73 metres as well.) Abby and Cat also made it a double first in the 100 metres straight after the long jump and then provided another double first in one of the later field events – the high jump.

Back to the early field events and there was a double first in the mens hammer from Phil Spivey (48.07 metres) and Eddie Vermeer (29.03 metres). Phil later added a surprise A string win in the pole vault with 2.60 metres as well as setting a new club over 50 high jump record with 1.20 metres.

The mens long jump was won by a 16 year old athlete from Bournemouth with 7.28 metres, but our 2 athletes – Wayne Gadd and Matt Burroughs – were surprised to find that they had qualified for a further 3 jumps. Wayne jumped 5.61 metres more or less straight after the 400 metres while Matt’s 5.31 metres won him the B string event. Wayne was busy all afternoon in a range of other events including the long hurdles, a couple of throws plus 1.65 metres in the high jump. Back in the sand-pit Jade Mitchell (9.88 metres) and Hannah Jones (with a 60 centimetre improvement to a pb of 9.49 metres) were both second in the ladies triple jump.

Apart from the ladies 100 metres it was hard work on the track as the gaps in our teams began to tell. Jade Mitchell did find herself alone in the 100 metres hurdles, and she skipped over the hurdles for her win. Ewan Dallas did well to fill the 400, 800 and 1500 metres for the men, as did Tara Deeley in the ladies 800 and 1500 metres. But they are both under 17s running against older athletes.

We managed to fill all the ladies throws and Sarah Hennessy came away with a couple of pbs as did Cat Shin in the discus.

We only managed to field one relay team – the ladies 4 x 100 metres – and with Abby and Cat both running we thought we were in with a chance. And so it proved as, with Hannah and Jade making up the team, we won by about 10 metres in 55.3 seconds.

After the points were added up we were fourth (of the 5 teams taking part) with 150 points with Swindon coming first with 218 points. If we had had more athletes – say 10 men and 10 ladies in total – we would have come much higher and maybe challenging for the lead.

What’s happening over this coming week ?

Tuesday August 18 –training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Thursday August 20 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Saturday August 22 – no academy training this week (but there will be on Saturday August 29.)

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