ath­let­ics Huge praise for ath­letes at na­tion­als

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT - Kevin Fa­hey @Som­lives­port | 01225 322264 sport@bathchron.co.uk

Team Bath ath­letes have been hand­somely praised for their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards ar­guably the most suc­cess­ful sea­son the com­pos­ite Team Avon squad has en­joyed in the Youth De­vel­op­ment League Na­tional Fi­nals. The squad, com­pris­ing un­der-20 and U17 ath­letes from Yate & District AC, Bristol & West AC, North Som­er­set AC, Mendip AC and Team Bath, fin­ished a highly cred­itable fourth in the end-of-sea­son fi­nale at Bed­ford. “It was a bril­liant re­sult due to a great team ef­fort from everyone,” said a state­ment is­sued by joint man­agers San­dra Wood­man and Jim Strud­wick. “We achieved this be­cause you all bat­tled so hard for every point. You can feel very proud of your­selves as you are a great credit to your clubs and your fam­i­lies. “Well done to those of you who were awarded in­di­vid­ual medals and/ or achieved per­sonal bests. A big thank you to our lovely band of of­fi­cials who sup­port us so faith­fully and earn us ex­tra points. “We hope be­ing in the na­tional fi­nal in­spires you all to con­tinue with your ath­let­ics and train hard this win­ter for an­other great sea­son for Team Avon next year.” Team Bath ath­letes cer­tainly played their part in a suc­cess­ful cam­paign cul­mi­nat­ing in the fi­nal, where they se­cured 31 medals which in­cluded eight golds, 11 silvers and 12 bronzes. Jenna Blun­dell led the way with sil­ver medals in both the U20 200m and 100m hur­dles while John Howorth also chipped in with two medals fin­ish­ing third in the U20 men’s 800m and 1,500m races. There were also A string silvers for Will Stock­ley (U20 3,000m), Enya May­lor (U17 1,500m steeplechase) and Re­nee Jelf (U20 high jump) and bronze medals for Re­becca Ousby, Sarah Long, Eleanor Web­ster, Harry Mered­ith, Alexan­der Par­sons and Robyn El­li­son. Multi-even­ter Rory Howorth had his usual busy day win­ning bronze in the U17 shot and then play­ing his part in a vic­tory for the 4x400m re­lay team as he un­leashed a fi­nal split of 50.7secs in a fi­nal time of 3mins 29.93 to put them 11th in the UK U17 rank­ings. Among the B string medal­lists Marcin Olech stood out with golds in both the U20 men’s long jump and triple jump events. There were also golds for Femi Ak­in­bobola in the U17 200m, Hay­den Bai­ley in the U20 800m, Ellery Cole in the U17 400m hur­dles, Re­becca Ousby in the U20 high jump and Gabriella Holt in the U20 ham­mer. Sil­ver medals were won by Robert Howorth, Justin Davies, Enya May­lor, Jonathan Evans and Kee­lan Tucker while there were fur­ther bronzes for Sarah Long, Sam Roberts and Cole. In the U20 men’s 4x400m there was a great bat­tle with Black­heath and Brom­ley just tak­ing the vic­tory in 3:22.65 and Team Avon shar­ing sec- ond with Team Ed­in­burgh with a time of 3:23.47. The quar­tet of Robert Howorth, Joshua Snook (Yate), John Howorth and Hay­den Bai­ley recorded splits of 52.1, 50.2, 50.9 and 50.3 re­spec­tively lift­ing them to third in the UK. Joe Carter and Filip Oczko ended the Avon Track & Field League sea­son on a high as they dom­i­nated the U15 boys sprints at Glouces­ter. Carter did the dou­ble in the 100m and 200m, clock­ing 11.9secs and 24.4secs re­spec­tively, while Oczko was run­ner-up in both events (12.3/24.9) and then went on to win the 300m in 40.1. In the field, Ki­ran Carter pro­duced an­other dou­ble win in the high jump (1.75m) and triple jump (11.56m) into a fierce head­wind. So­phie Har­ri­son won the U15 girls’ shot (8.77m) and was sec­ond in the 200m (28.2), while Char­lotte Long­den won the U17 women’s long jump with 4.68m and was run­ner-up in the 300m hur­dles (53.9) and shot with (8.75m). Other win­ners were Alex Knight (U13s 1,500m, 4:59.1), James Lan­fear (U17s 100m, 11.3), Luke Scott (U17 triple jump, 11.31m), Imam Qazi (masters 100m, 12.1 and senior 400m, 58.0) and Chris Elmer (senior 1,500m, 4:31.3). Team Bath AC’S senior men wrapped up the team prize at the Chip­pen­ham Half Marathon with Josh Tay­lor lead­ing from the front with an em­phatic vic­tory in a time of 1hr 15:48. Club­mate Gary Dun­stone fin­ished run­ner-up (1:17.43) with solid sup­port from Stu­art Henderson in 15th and Lee Allen in 63rd to com­plete the scor­ing four. There was also an over-60s’ age group prize for Tom Hutchi­son in 106th over­all (1:37.50) and lead­ing club woman was Ewelina Wo­j­tala in 250th. The Team Bath AC pair of Ali­son Vaug­ni­aux and Sarah Street fin­ished 14th and 15th in the women’s race at the Old­bury Power 10 which in­cor­po­rated the Avon Cham­pi­onships. Vaug­ni­aux clocked 81:09 to fin­ish run­ner-up in the over-55 age group while Street (81:40) was fourth veteran over 50. The Chron­i­cle’s ath­let­ics cov­er­age is spon­sored by Run­ning Bath, Bath’s spe­cial­ist run­ning shop. Find run­ning Bath at 18 High Street, call 01225 462555 or visit run­ning­bath.co.uk.

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Ethan Hall at the Youth De­vel­op­ment League fi­nals

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