Several Team Bath athletes made the trip to compete at the Cardiff Met Grand Prix Non Thomas Open meeting which incorporated the South West championships. There were 3 gold and 3 silver medal performances in the South West championships and many personal best performances set on the day.
Robyn Ellison had a fantastic day, coming away with a gold and silver in the triple jump and long jump. Robyn finished 5th overall in the triple jump competition with 10.31m and finished 1st in the South West championships, taking the gold. She went on to take silver in the South West champs in the long jump with 4.92m.
Anna Burt was competing in her first 800m of the indoor season and dominated the race, finishing with a season’s best time of 2:09.78, taking gold in the South West champs. Anna’s time currently ranks her 3rd in the UK.
Will Stockley had a great run in his heat of the 800m, knocking 6 seconds of his season’s best, and winning his heat in a time of 1:57.53 (just outside of his PB) and took silver in the South West championships. Themis Bower finished 5th in the same heat with a season’s best of 2:04.95. Ellery Cole (under 17), finished 2nd in heat 1 of the 800m with a PB of 2:05.91.
Rory Howorth and Will Scammell stepped up to the under 20 age group and competed in the open long jump competition which incorporated the south west championships and came away with gold and silver. Rory finished 2nd overall with 6.41m, 2 cm outside of his PB and took gold in the south west competition lifting him to 8th in the uk rankings.
Will Scammell, competing in his first indoor competition of the season, finished 10th overall with 5.71m and took silver behind Rory in the South West champs. Rory also competed in the high jump open competition where he finished 3rd overall with 1.75m.
The outstanding performance of the day went to John Howorth, who was competing in this first 1500m of the season. Competing in the first heat, John finished in 5th position overall in a highly competitive race and broke 4 minutes for the first time, setting a 5 second PB of 3:57.06. John was first under 20 and his time currently ranks him 1st in the UK.
In the 60m sprints, Delano Stewart set a seasons’ best of 7.61 finishing 3rd in his heat. Jonny Evans (under 17) was 5th in the same heat and set a PB of 7.66. In heat 5, Will Scammell and Joseph Keane (both under 17s), competing for the first time over 60m finished 5th and 6th respectively with the same time of 7.59 seconds. Joseph Keane also competed in the 200m and set a new indoor PB of 25.09 seconds. Abi Davies finished 7th in her heat of the senior women’s 60m with a time of 7.98.
Craig Bridges set a season’s best of 4:53.08 in heat 2 of the senior men’s 1500m. Rebecca Pierce finished 6th overall in the senior women’s 1500m, setting a new indoor PB of 4:51.11. Louise Jeffries set a season’s best of 5:46.72 in the same race.
Rebecca was also in action in the senior women’s 400m winning her heat with India Ibbotson, who is a first year under 17 finishing in 2nd place. Unfortunately, the times for this race are currently unavailable.