With this years athletics season being almost wiped out with the current Covid-19 Pandemic it was good to finally get a competition weekend and to finally sweep away the cobwebs of almost 1 year without outdoor track competition.
The athletes have endured Winter Training followed by competition preparation followed by a Covid-19 lock-down and then another bout of competition preparation leading up to yesterday. It is important to realize that the British Athletics Championships also took place on Friday/Saturday and the winning time for the Mens 100m was 10.3 seconds. Elite Athletics has also been hit hard by the current situation.
Hattie Bond and Sister Maddie Bond had turned out last week with a long trip to Chelmsford to take part in the 300m and 400m respectively. Rosa-May Sprake also competed taking 4th place in the discus with a throw of 27.35m. Her impending transfer of clubs to Winchester and District will be a real coup for a team on the up.
Hattie Bond almost qualified for the final of the 300m even though she is bottom year in the U15 Category. Hattie has competed over the 800m and 1500m since an early age and the switch to 300m has been overseen by Sprint Coach Gary Sprake and it looks to be paying of with a PB performance of 45.48s as the reward. A BMC qualifying time to boot. Maddie Bond who's Primary Sport is football also ran with vigor in the 400m and recorded 68.39s which is a great starting time for what will be a rapid improvement with more training
Moving Forward a week and we find ourselves at the Southampton Sports Centre with 3 athletes competing in the U13G 75m. There were some nerves out on the track but the youngsters still recording PBs with Maisie Read 10.55s, Annabel Webb, 11.45s and Damiola Akinpelu 11.10s respectively. The 100m also took place with 1st up Benjamin Boyle U15B, Zac Williams U15B and Anna Fairbairn U15G. All 3 from the 2nd heat achieved PBs with Benjamin Boyle 13.67s, Zac Williams 12.49s and Anna Fairbairn 13.30s. In Heat 4 Folakemi Odofin achieved a new PB with 12.73s and finally in heat 5 Ella-May Sprake achieving 13.89s after a hiccup with her blocks. The 100m in Worthing on Tuesday will be a good opportunity to put things right. Hattie Bond moving on from her outing in the 300m switched back to 800m and achieved a time close to her PB of 2.34.38s. Moving to the 200m and Isabelle Pycroft who has recently moved to the longer sprints achieved a PB of 33.28s. Zac Williams followed a strong 100m with a strong 200m and a time of 25.64s. Fola odofin also completeing the 100m/200m double with a new PB of 26.47s.
Competing in her new preferred event of 300m for the 1st time Isabelle Pycroft ran a very respectable 56.35s with her goal for the next few months within her grasp.
The Action Continues on Sunday