Great results in chilly conditions for members and guests

You would have thought by the 2nd of May that we didn’t have to wear thermals to officiate, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case at FB Fields last night.  Our second open meeting of the season saw a great number of members compete, and we welcomed a large number of guest athletes too.  And we tried out our new electronic guns.  We had a few wee teething problems, but overall the new tech worked great – apart from when the starter forgot to go on mute!

The blustery conditions did not seem to hinder some great early season performances.

First of were the longer sprints.  Will Brown easily won the senior race in 50.76s for a great first 400m of the year, with Lucy Hunt producing a PB of 59.69s in the same race.  For the younger racers, Isla Hall (U17W) got a PB of 46.1s in the 300m and Rory Bains (U17M) got a 55.68s for his first outing over the one lap event – lots more to come over these distances for both these youngsters.

Out in the field, Evan Campbell continues his good progress in 2024 with a PB of 40.50m in the discus.  The coaching relationship with Dale Garland seems to be really paying dividends.

Dylan Caires (U17M) from Le Quennevais School jumped the furthest of the evening with 5.34m in the long jump.  Archie Fisher (U17M) was just short of the 5m mark with a PB of 4.96m.  Isabella Gibson was top in the U15 age group with 4.62m, closely followed by Ella Duarte with 4.58m, both a smidgen wind assisted.

In the 1500m, Thea Thompson (U15G) was dominant to take the ladies win in 5:03.91, a great result considering the conditions.  Zane Simpson (U15B) was strong in the junior race, taking the win in a PB of 4:53.70.  Luke Holmes (U20M) was a class above the other athletes with a PB of 4:09.50 in a race that also included his brother and dad.

In the 100m we had 8 races – an excellent turn out.  The Senior mens race had Jamie Oldham (U20M) and Steven Mackay going sub-11, with Oldham just edging out Mackay at the finish.  Unfortunately over the legal wind limit, but great performances none the less.  In the U17W race Megan Griffin took the win in 13.82s, her second PB of the year at this distance.  Newcomer Hannah Pounds followed up her long jump PB with a 100m PB to come in second, also under 14s (13.98s).  Ethan Mills won the U15B race in a respectable 12.84s.

It’s looking really exciting for the summer season and the athletes are in really good shape coming into the Hampshire Champs in just over a weeks time.

Thanks to all the officials and volunteers, without whom we couldn’t put on these events.

Results are on Roster or can be found here.

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