Track and Field Options
The Eastern AA Track & Field Championships at Cambridge brought about a bonaza of medals and Personal Bests(Pbs) for Braintree & District A.C. athletes both on the track and field. It must be remembered that this is a major Regional Competition taking in some of the most talented athletes from the six Eastern Counties - Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
On the Track the club collected 4 Silver Medals with second place honours going to Mitchell Jarvis in the Senior Men's 200mtrs, Lewis Thorn in the U13 Boys 200mtrs, Frederick Haines in the Under 15 Boys 400mtrs and James McLeod in the U17 Mens 800mtrs. Two other Bronze medals on the track went to Lewis Thorn in the 100mtrs U13 Boys with a new Pb of 13.97s and in the U20s Mens 800mtrs Richard Pollitt took third place in a time of 2m 5.39s. Several unplaced athletes performed to their best by beating their previous Pbs -namely - Ellie Savva Pb in the U13 Girls 100mtrs and 300mtrs, Amy Colman in U13 Girls 100mtrs and Kirsty Ronald in the U15 Girls 100mtrs.
It was in the Field Events that the success on the track really catalysed even greater results for BDAC.
The Jumpers excelled themselves with a double in the Under 13 Girls Long Jump which saw Ellie Savva take the Gold with a new Pb of 4.57mtrs and Silver going to new club member Rhiannon Howard who extended her Pb to 4.53mtrs. The placings were repeated in the Under 15 Girls Long Jump where Clarice Parrott took the Gold with a Championship Best leap of 5.15mts followed by Kirsty Ronald increasing her Pb to 4.90mtrs and taking Silver. A Gold Medal once again came in the Senior Mens Long Jump where Mitchell Jarvis consolidated his jumping talents with a 6.89mtr leap. Kirsty Ronald took Silver in the U15 Girls Triple Jump with a new Pb of 10.45mtrs which also created a New Club Record for the U15 Girls Triple Jump only 5 cms behind the older U17 age group.Lana Gillard added another Silver in the Senior Ladies Long Jump while in the Throws, Chloe Cockell took the Silver in the U15 Girls Javelin. Chloe went on to take the Bronze medal in the U15 Girls Hammer in which her younger sister Elle Cockell created a new Pb with a throw of 27.30mtrs.
At the end of this major Regional meeting Braintree & District A.C. achieved 15 Regional Medals - 3 Gold Medals, 9 Silver and 3 Bronze plus several new individual Pbs.
These athletes have shown they are a true credit to the Club, Coaches and the supporting management of a small but very progressive athletic club.
Mitchell Jarvis, Daniel Baldock, Leighton Green, Richard Pollitt and Simon Mennell representing Braintree & District A.C., all recorded Personal Bests or Season Bests in some of their events during this Southern Men's League Match at Barking where they took 3rd place just behind the eventual winners Havering and Mayesbrook A.C. and second place Belgrave Harriers.
Results of Individual Athletes:
Representing Essex Schools and a member of Braintree & District A.C., Clarice Parrott, performed admirably in the Junior Girls Long Jump at the English School Track & Field Championships in Birmingham., to take 5th place in the Final and help the Essex Schools Junior Girls team win the National Junior Girls Championships.
This was Clarice's first experience at this prestigious major school's athletic event which brings together all the individual County champions throughout England. Just to reach the competitive level of this competition is an achievement and then to go on to the Final is worthy of praise for such a young athlete who has only been competing in athletics for three years.
Her final placing was a true reflection of her ranking in the UK as she is currently ranked 4th equals with a Personal best of 5.34mtrs. Her Final jump of 5.20mtrs plus two further distances of 5.19mts and 5.18mtrs are justification on how she is consolidating her plateau of regular jumps. With two major meetings still to come, this can only, hopefully, lead to further improvements before the end of this season.
Once again Braintree & District A.C. athletes were kept busy over one of the hottest weekends with an East Anglian League meeting at Ipswich.
In the younger age groups there were several Personal Best performances plus some excellent winning spots for several competitors across field and track events.
The Under 11 section had many debutees who gained first places in the 80mtrs - F. Leport, 600mtrs - L.Allen Long Jump - Kieran Culham.
In the Under 13 Girls age group Ellie Savva created two new Pbs in the 100mtrs (14.9s) and 200mtrs (31.3s) before winning the 'A' Long Jump with a leap of 4.17mtrs. Karys Paton was another winner in the 'B' group Long Jump with a new Pb of 3.82mtrs. Karys also took 2nd place in the 'B' Javelin with a throw of 16.35mtrs while her twin sister Kelsey won the non-scoring Javelin took second place in the 'B' Shot with a putt of 5.20mtrs.
Other athletes' results in this category:
The Under 13 Boys faired somewhat better than the Girls gaining the victors laurels in the:
Other athletes who gained valuable points for the club were:
Lewis Thorn who gained a Pb in the 100mts 'A' race with a time of 14.3s also in the 'B' race Alex Eveleigh achieved a Pb with a time of 14.9s. Jacob Parrott improved his Pb in the Shot with a putt of 5.83mtrs and Andrew Ronald made a Pb in the Shot with a putt of 4.63mtrs.
Kirsty Ronald was on form in the Under 15 Girls gaining a Pb in the 100mtrs with a time of 13.3s. While in the 200mtrs Pbs were awarded to Clarice Parrott in the 'A' race with an improved time of 27.8s and Katie Bright who shortened her time to 29.6s. Personal Bests were also bettered by J. Haldock in the 800mtrs with a time of 2m 54.4s, A. Eden in the 1500mtrs (5m 31.3s) with fellow club member, S. Ragus taking first place in the 1500mtr 'B' race. Daisy Solomon took first place in the 'A' high jump with a seasons best height of 1.37mtrs then gained a Pb in the non-scoring Discus and Sophia Diss won the 'B' High Jump with a height of 1.30mtrs.Chloe Cockell proved to be the star of this age group with a new club record, her fourth of the season, in the Hammer, with a throw of 33.12mtrs.
Other results in this age group:
There was only one competitor in the Under 15 Boys, James Murphy who excelled himself in the Long Jump with a new distance of 4.52mtrs then went on to gain valuable points for the club in the Discus and Javelin.
Victors in the Senior Ladies were Aleasha Kiddle - 200mtrs - 25.6s,Chloe Beckett - 1500mtrs 'A' race - 5m 16.5s, JIll Rush - 1500mtrs 'B' race, Louise Deer - Long Jump 'B' - 4.64mtrs, Lana Gillard - Triple Jump 'B' - 9.54mtrs and Vicky Brockbanks - Shot 'B' - 6.82mtrs. Valuable points were also gained by Lisa Potter - Discus 'B' and Javelin 'A', Shot Gemma Jarvis - Shot @a@ , Hammer 'A', Emily Abbott - 100mtrs 'A' - 12.9s, 200mtrs 'B' - 27.3s, Lucina Rolewicz - 300mtrs - 48.5s, Rachel Ball - 400mtrs - 71.3s, 800mtrs - 2m 31.7s
With only 4 athletes competing in the Under 17 Mens group they mustered up some fine performances with a great track win by James McLeod in the 'A' 800mtrs with a time of 2m 05.2s with fellow club 800mtrs runner David Wildgoose taking second place in the 'B' race. In the short sprints Andy Gallacher once again proved his worth some two fine runs in the 100mtrs and 200mtrs. Daniel Baldock came third in his 400mtrs 'A' race before using his throwing prowess in the Discus and Javelin events.
Mitchell Jarvis pulled off a triple victory in the Senior Mens section winning the 100mtrs - 11.2s, 200mtrs - 22.6s and the Long Jump - 6.90mtrs. D. Sorrell won the 800mtrs 'B' race and Leighton Green returned to the sprints with a fine non-scoring victory in the 100mtrs in a time of 11.7s.
Other Senior Men Results:
Another good meeting for the younger athletes of Braintree & District A.C. to gain a yardstick of their improvements over this athletic season in track and field events.
The Under 13s Group saw Danielle Holloway lower her 200mtr time to 33.8s in the 'B' race then she went on to improve her throwing ability in the Shot with a putt of 5.71mtrs.In the same event Kelsey Paton created a new Pb in the @b' group with a throw of 5.69mtrs. When it came to the High Jump Amy Colman increased her Pb height to 1.20mtrs. In the Boys section there was Connor Culham excelled in the throws with 2 Pbs in the Shot and Discus while Bailey Harrod collected a new Pb in the Long Jump and Andrew Ronald threw the Discus out to a new distance of 10.72mtrs.
Other Under 13 Results:
The Under 15 Girls started the day with a victory for Chloe Leach in the 100mtrs 'B' race which was followed later in the day by victories in the Long Jump 'A' & 'B' by Clarice Parrott and Kirsty Ronald and the inevitable victory in the Hammer for Chloe Cockell while her younger sister Elle took the Javelin 'B' group honours. Elle Cockell also gained a new Pb in the Shot 'A' group while fellow Club athlete Chloe Leach gained a Pb in the 'B' group. Sophia Diss who has been showing a marked improvement over the past few weeks gained a new Pb in the Sprint Hurdles 'B' race.Personal Best specialist of the day in this group was Daisy Solomon who improved her High Jump , Discus and Javelin Pbs.
Other Under 15 Girls Results-
Freddie Haines conjured up a new Pb in the U15 Boys 200mtrs while Richard Singleton added two new Pbs to his CV, one in the 100mtrs and the other in the Sprint Hurdles.
Other U15 Boys Results
Three U17 Women competitors, Emily Abbott, Gemma Wright and Melanie Deer made up the team for BDAC. Gemma Wright made a break through in her Long Jump with a new Pb of 4.04mtrs then equalled her High Jump Pb to complete her day.
Other U17 Womens results:
Again in the U17 mens section BDAC competing members were depleted though there were some good results from each of these athletes. Daniel Baldock improved his Pbs in the Discus and Javelin.
U17 Men's Results
The intense heat and the prospects of missing the England game did not deter the true athletes of Braintree & District A.C. from competing in the Eastern Young Athletes League meeting at Braintree on Sunday.
Their efforts did not go unrewarded as many achieved Personal bests or victories in their chosen events. In the Under 13 Girls Ellie Savva improved her 200mtrs time by recording a Pb of 31.9s and then went on to win the Long Jump with a new Pb leap of 4.28mtrs. Danielle Holloway improved her personal time in the 200mtrs 'B' race while Emilia Rolewicz cleared 1.10mtrs to record a new Pb.
Under 13 Boys followed a similar pattern with Andrew Ronald achieving 2 new Pbs in the throwing events(Shot and Discus)and J. Sharman created a new Pb in the 800mtrs. . There were some respectable results by Lewis Thorn ( 100mtrs, 200mtrs and Long Jump), Bernard Mayo ( 100mtrs and 1500mtrs), R. Wallace (200mtrs), Aaron Fribbens in the 800mtrs , Connor Culham in the 1500mtrs, Morgan Thompson in the Sprint Hurdles and Long Jump and Jacob Parrott in the Shot.
In the Under 15 Boys Long Jump James Murphy increased his Pb to 4.43mtrs while on the track Frederick Haines improved his 100mtrs Pb to 12.7s then completed a 400mtrs in time of 56.00s. Fellow club athletes, Angus McLaren and Felix Cousin performed well to gain much needed points for the club.
Personal Best achievers in the Under 15 Girls were Kirsty Ronald who vastly improved her best Long Jump to a distance of 4.75mtrs and the Cockell sisters, Elle and Chloe, who proved their growing prowess in the Hammer and Javelin respectively. Katie Bright made her return to the 'B' string Long Jump winning this event with a jump of 4.24mtrs. Across the spectrum of track and field events valuable points were gained by Sophia Diss, Melanie Deer, Emily Bulleid, Chloe Leach and Jennifer Baldock.
Reduced to only two competitors in the Under 17 Mens' events both athletes performed well with James McLeod continuing his success as an up and coming County and Region class athlete by winning the 800mtrs with fellow club colleague Daniel Baldock winning the Discus and Javelin with personal best distances in both events plus a 2nd place spot in the Shot.
Similar to the men's section there was a marked reduction in the Under 17 Women's section with only four competitors. Though the numbers were low, those who did compete, did remarkably well in achieving 2 victories, one in the 1500mtrs by Chloe Beckett and the other by Gemma Wright in the 'B' Long Jump with a Pb leap of 3.99mtrs.Gemma then competed in the High Jump and 300mtrs with Emily Abbott having two good short sprint runs and Lucina Rolewicz performing well in the 300mtrs and Long Jump 'A' groups.
Under 13 Girls
Under 13 Boys
Under 13 Girls
Under 13 Boys
4 x 100mtrs Relay - 63.7s
Under 15 Girls
4 x 100mtrs Relay - 56.1s
Under 15 Boys
Under 17 Women
Under 17 Men
The Eastern Region Championships of the Junior Schools Pentathlon at Chelmsford was the preliminary trial to find the team to go forward to the National Schools Championships in Stoke in September 2010.
Braintree & District A.C. athlete , Clarice Parrott, was selected to represent Essex School's team of four athletes, with the total scores of the top three in each team accumulating into their final score. Essex have always been strong contenders in this type of athletic event and sure enough at the end of a very demanding day the Essex Schools team of Abi Ashford, Clarice Parrott, Alysha Mitchell and Hannah Pettie- Baelleli were the outright winners with Clarice Parrott taking an individual 3rd place of 14 competitors.
Within her five discipline programme, Clarice created two new Personal Bests one in the Shot and the other in the High Jump, gaining a final individual total of 2,592 points for all 5 events.
With success in this event, Clarice has added an extra bonus to her athletic season as she will also be representing Essex Schools in the Junior Girls Long Jump at the National Schools in Birmingham later in July.
Braintree & District A.C.'s women made a tremendous concerted effort against some very strong opposition from London based clubs, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets and Newham & Essex Beagles taking 3rd place overall in this 10 team Southern Womens League Match at St. Ives.
The hot energy sapping weather was nor conducive to good performances on the track though there were a few outstanding runs by athletes which achieved winning spots on the track. There was more opportunities for athletes to create Personal Bests in the Field events and several athletes came away with improved distances. It was in the Under 15 Girls section that Elle Cockell continued in her quest to improve her throwing distance in the Discus with a distance of 17.31mtrs in the 'B' string while fellow club athlete Sophia Diss extended her Pb to 20.55mtrs in the 'A' section. Vastly improved Kirsty Ronald showed her skills in the U15 Long Jump with a new Pb winning jump of 4.59mtrs into a gusty headwind. Another victory and Pb was achieved by Daisy Solomon in the Javelin 'B' group with a throw of 17.02mtrs . Other winning athletes in this younger age group were Sophia Diss in the 'B' High Jump and Jennifer Baldock in the 'B' string 800mtrs.
Results of Girls U15 Events:
4 x 100mtrs Relay - 57.1s
The Senior Ladies accumulated many points over a wide variety of Track and Field disciplines with the victors laurels going to Aleasha Kiddle in the 100mtrs 'A' string, Kara Hannon in the 400mtrs Hurdles 'A' and Lana Gillard in the 'B' section Long Jump. Josie Sheffield made her debut appearance for the Senior Ladies and ran a demanding 3000mtrs to take 4th place in a respectable time of 12m 29.3s .Because of the shortage of numbers in this age group many of the athletes had to over stretch their abilities to cover as many possible events., notably Vicky Brockbank, Lisa Potter and Gemma Jarvis who added valuable points to the final scores for the team to take 3rd place.
Results of Senior Ladies Events:
Aleasha Kiddle - 100mtrs - 12.4s, Long Jump - 4.86mtrs
4 x 100 mtrs Relay - 53.1s
Against very strong opposition from the East Region, Braintree & District A.C. eventually took 3rd place behind Chelmsford A.C. and Luton A.C, beating Cambridge A.C. and Huntingdon A.C.
There were some very outstanding results and several Personal Bests achieved during this match notably in the Under 13 Boys where the victors laurels went to Lewis Thorn in the 200mts 'A' race, Jacob Parrott in the Long Jump 'B' event , Tom Joslin in the Javelin 'A' and Tom also gained a Pb in the 800mtrs 'A' race with a time of 2m 37.4s to take second place. Jacob Parrott increased his Pb in the Shot with a putt of 5.46mtrIs. With several other U13 Boys doing extremely throughout the whole track and field competitions the team as a whole took first place in their age group with a total of 96 points.
In the Under 13 Girls there was only two Personal Bests which went to Ellie Savva in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.20mtrs to take 2nd place and a fast improving Danielle Holloway in the 200mtrs 'B' race with a time of 34.00s Again many other competitors added valuable points to the age group score for them to take 3rd place.
With only 4 competitors in the Under 15 Boys section, two of whom were making their debut for the club, the athletes performed well enough to take 4th place at the end of a very long day.
A very strong team in the Under 15 Girls section BDAC were 2nd, only 10 points behind the eventual age group winners Chelmsford. There were some outstanding results across field and track events which saw Clarice Parrott take the winning position in the Sprint Hurdles and Long Jump 'A' groups, Elle Cockell winning the Javelin 'A' with a new Pb distance of 18.99mtrs then adding another Pb in the hammer with a throw of 21.82mtrs. Fellow Javelin thrower, Daisy Solomon won the 'B' string Javelin in her first outing of the season in the throws events, reaching a distance of 16.13mtrs. Jennifer Baldock improved her Pb in the 800mtrs 'B' race with a time of 2m 48.9s.
A depleted Under 17 Mens age group saw James McLeod continuing in a winning vein with victory in the 800mtrs 'A' race with fellow club colleagues David Wildgoose winning the 'B' string 800mtrs and S. Johnson winning the 1500mtrs 'B' race.
The Senior Women with several debutantes in their midst did well enough to take 3rd place in their group which saw Gemma Wright the only victor in her High Jump 'B' competition and the only Personal Best coming from Lisa Potter in the Javelin 'A' with a spear launch of 19.43mtrs.
In the Senior section of the Mens age group, Mitchell Jarvis made a late entry into the 200mtrs, which he won, after dashing from Bedford where he had been competing in the Long Jump competition of England Athletics Aviva U23yrs Championships - taking 10 place in this UK field event with a distance of 6.63mtrs.
Another versatile and dominate figure in this age group was Leighton Green who won the Javelin 'A' event after coming 2nd in the 100mtrs 'B', Shot 'A', Discus 'A' and Hammer 'A' and taking 3rd in the Long Jump 'A' with a seasons best of 5.76mtrs.
There were several U11 making their first appearances in track and field but unfortunately these results are not at hand, similarly the non-scorers in all age groups have not come through. but I shall probably mention these athletes in a future report.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS OF EAST ANGLIAN LEAGUE MATCH @ BRAINTREE
Under 13 Boys
Under 13 Girls
Under 15 Boys
Under 15 Girls
Under 17 Men
Representing NW Essex Schools, several athletes from Braintree and District A.C successfully continued their selection by improving their Personal Bests and in two cases picking up coveted County medals.
The two medallist in question were James McLeod, who in his first year as an Intermediate Boy, took the Silver Medal in the 1500mtrs with a new Pb time of 4m 18.22s. This was a worthy reward for a brave run which saw him take the lead with 600mtrs to go but then found out this was too earlier drive for home as he was overhauled on the run in to the finishing line.
The Gold medal was awarded to Clarice Parrott in the Junior Girls Long Jump who extended her PB to 5.34mtrs which qualified her for the National Schools Championships in Birmingham and broke Braintree & District A.C. Under 15 Girls Club Record by 1 cm. This leap also brought her up the UK U15 Rankings to equal 3rd place so far this season and number one in the East Region of the UK.
Other BDAC athletes who also achieved Pbs on the day were
Kirsty Ronald (Junior 100mtrs - 13.43s), Katie Bright
(Junior 100mtrs - 13.79s), Emily Abbott (Intermediate
100mtrs - 12.87s & Finalist ), Chloe Cockell (Junior
Javelin - 25.12mtrs). Experience at this level is always a great beginning
for any athlete which was the case for several other BDAC members
who performed well on the day, notably Jacob Parrott, Daisy
Solomon, Elle Cockell, Lara Walker and Chloe Beckett.
On Tuesday evening, Braintree & District A.C's home track was the venue for the prestigious Essex County AA Relay Competitions. This home fixture proved to be to the advantage of the home club as they claimed 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals over age groups ranging from Under 13 to Under 17.
The evening's first Gold went to the Girls Under 15 4 x 100mtrs team consisting of Clarice Parrott, Katie Bright, Chloe Leach and Kirsty Ronald. The Under 15 Girls Medley team of Clarice Parrott, Kirsty Ronald, Melanie Deer and Daisy Solomon brought home the Silver medal, while the Ladies U17, 4x 100mtrs quartet continued the medal haul with a Silver medal position gained by Chloe Beckett, Jessica Parks, Gemma Wright and Emily Abbott, this same squad took Bronze in the 4 x Medley Relay.
It was the Under 17 Men's Relay squad of Andy Gallacher, David Wildgoose, Daniel Baldock and James McLeod, who really shone on the night gaining a set of medals in the following relay events:
4 x Medley Relay - Gold, 4 x100mtrs - Silver Medal, 4 x 400mtrs - Bronze Medal.
Braintree & District A.C. Men's Team recorded a respectable third place in their Division 3 North Southern League match against two extremely strong teams teams from Bedford and Dacorum & Tring.
With only ten members in the team covering 31 track and field events this was a commendable performance.
Mitchell Jarvis took the victors honours in the Long Jump and 200mtrs.Versatile Leighton Green picked up valuable points in the 'A' String 110mtrs Hurdles (1st), Shot Putt( 2nd), Discus (2nd),Javelin (2nd), Hammer (3rd) together with a victory in the 100mtrs 'B'. Three Under 17 athletes, Daniel Baldock, Jack Pitts and Andrew Gallagher performed well in field and track against some very strong Senior opposition.
Worthy results in the Discus and Hammer 'B' section were gained by Graham Jarvis. while on the track and field events Dave Sorrell, R. Askew, Martin Pitts and Damien Hartshorne added much needed points to the final score.
Results in Full:
With a depleted team of only seven athletes, Braintree & District A.C's men put on a valiant show of prowess and pride in performances over a wide variety of disciplines to take third place in their Southern Mens League match at Stevenage.
Damien Hartshorne sent an example by competing in no fewer than eight events taking 1st pace in the 800mtrs 'A' and 400mtrs 'A', added to 5 second places in the 400mtrs Hurdles, 1500mtrs, 200mtrs, Javelin, and Pole Vault plus a 3rd place in the High Jump.
Two first by Mitchell Jarvis in the 200mtrs and Long Jump added valuable points to the team's score, while Daniel Baldock an U17 athlete picked up points in the 100mtrs, 400mtrs and Javelin.
Jack Pitts stepped onto the track to record good runs in the 800mtrs, 400mtrs and 1500mtrs with Graham Jarvis showing his prowess in the field events by taking 2nd place in the Shot 'A', Hammer 'B' and Long Jump 'B' adding a 3rd place in the Discus 'A' to add to the points tally.
In the endurance distances Neil Speed ran well in the 5000mtrs 'A', 3000 Steeple chase and 110mtrs Hurdles to close the points gap over the leading teams.
Team manager, Danny Perkins, then stepped up with some fine performances over 5 events - 110mtrs Hurdles 'A', 100mtrs 'B', Shot 'B', Hammer 'A' and High Jump.
The BDAC team rounded off their day with victory in the 4 x 100mtrs
Relay with the team comprising of - Damien Hartshorne, Mitchell
Jarvis, Daniel Baldock, Jack Pitts.
Though members of Braintree & District A.C., the Castle family are not eligible to compete in the Essex County AA Champs because they live in Suffolk where all the four sisters go to school.
This talented family of 4 sisters mainly compete in the hurdles on the track and throws in the field events.
Between all of them they managed to win 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals with several Personal bests gained in the process.
Their results are as follows:
U20 Ladies - Evie Castle
U17 Ladies - Hannah Castle
U15 Girls - Debbie Castle
With the weather necessitating thick water and wind proof coats for the spectators, a few brave athletes from Braintree & District braved the cold conditions at Thurrock for the first day of the Essex County AA Championships.
The first day is always an opportunity for the younger members of clubs and schools to experience a major athletic competition that is the stepping stone to competing at a much high level. This is the bedrock and grassroots level from whence all future champions evolve.
In the Under 13 Girls age group Ellie Savva set a new Personal Best(Pb) in the 150mtrs with a time of 22.27s then eclipsed this with a much better performance in the Long Jump Final winning the Gold Medal with a leap of 4.08mtrs. This was a fitting reward for all the hard work she has been putting into her training to perfect her speed and jumping technique off the board. Another young lady, Amy Coleman, in the same event exceeded her Pb by 30cms, to just miss out on a final place in the same Long Jump competition with a leap of 3.60mtrs. Amy is only 11 years old and has another year in this age group and could prove to be a contender in next years County event.
Other Under 13 athletes who gained valuable knowledge from this experience were Emilia Rolewicz in the Shot, Morgan Thompson in the 75mtrs Hurdles and Long Jump with Personal Bests being improved by Lewis Thorn in the 200mtrs Final and Long Jump.
In the Under 15 Girls, Sophia Diss, who has just stepped up to this age group had a fine run in the 1500mtrs and complemented this with some good throws with the much larger and heavier Discus.
Raising the age groups to the U17 there were two competitors in
this section Emily Abbott who ran a new Pb time of
27.23s in the 200mtrs but just failed to reach the Final and James
McLeod, in his first track race for BDAC, who struck the
front in the 1500mtrs, remained there for half the race then was slowly
reeled in to finish just out of the medals over the final lap
Braintree & District A.C Men's team took the victors laurels in their first meeting on Saturday on their home track. With a total of 104 points they eclipse their nearest rivals Barnet A.C. by seven points with some fine individual results on the track and in the field.
Several athletes were making their first appearance for the club since last season and notable returns were Michael Cole and Jack Pitts who both took first place in the opening 'A' & 'B' event the 400mtrs Hurdles. Another hurdle victory was in the 110mtrs hurdles 'A' string when Leighton Green was first past the post.
In the short sprints Michell Jarvis and Andy Gallagher dominated the 200mtrs with fine runs to take maximum points. With such a strong sprints team is was no wonder that the club won the 4x 100mtrs and came second in the 4 x 400mtrs. There were some excellent middle distance and endurance running by Damien Hartshorne ( 800mtrs & 1500mtrs) , Richard Pollit ( 400mtrs & 1500mtrs), Daniel Baldock ( 400mtrs), S. Read ( 5,000mtrs & 3000mtrs Steeple Chase) Colm Scoland ( 3000mtrs Steeple Chase) and Wayne Bulleid ( 5000mtrs)
After totalising the track scores BDAC were in second place but in the field events the host club athletes proved their worth by gaining valuable points to win the field events thus accumulating enough total points for track and field to win the meeting overall.
Notable wins in the field were by Mitchell Jarvis ('A' Long Jump) , Leighton Green ( 'A' Pole vault, 'A' Javelin, 'A' Discus), Richard Pollitt ( 'B' High Jump) and Michael Cole ( 'B' Pole Vault). These results were admirably backed up with good results from Connor Mennell, Daniel Baldock and Richard Nott.
Final Results and Placings of BDAC Athletes:
Once again this Easter meeting was dogged by cold, wet and windy conditions which did not promote good results in this opening track and field competition for many of the Braintree & District A.C.members.
This is a meeting in which young U11 Girls and Boy athletes can experience their first taste of competitive athletics while rubbing shoulder with older and more experienced athletes, many of whom are County Champions in their particular events.
In the Under 11 category for Girls Emma Devere did well in the 600mtrs by taking 4th place in a time of 2m 17.17s then tried out the shorter distance of 80mtrs before progressing to the Long Jump for the first time creating a Seasons Best of 2.49mtrs, once again taking 4th place overall. Madison Fribbens made her track debut in this 600mtrs race and performed well over the distance which shows great promise for this coming season. Madison also showed great determination in her 80mtrs sprint.
In the U11 Boys section Luke Allen ran a closely contended 600mtrs race to take 3rd place in a time of 2m 01.68s.
Stepping up to the U13 results there were no girls from BDAC in this age group but the boys who did compete produced some good results in their first season of this age group.
Aaron Fribbens created a new Seasons best in the 800mtrs with a time of 3m 50.45s then competed in the 400mtrs. Fellow club U13 athlete Lewis Thorn made his first appearance in the 100mtrs coming 7th out of a field of 14 athletes with a time of 15.01s. He then turned his sprinting skills to the 200mtrs where he came 4th overall with a time of 31.16s. In the field events Morgan Thompson had his first outing as an Under 13 in the Long Jump and acquitted himself admirably with a leap of 3.23mtrs.
In the Girls Under 15 age group Clarice Parrott continued to consolidation her Long Jumping ability with a jump of 4.89mtrs which is her Season's best outdoors , 40 centimetres better than her best jump at the same time in 2009.
This is a good sign in her progression as one of the leading U15 Girl Long Jumpers in the UK. Sophia Diss, now stepping up to the U15 age group had a good opening run of 5m 37.41s on the track over 1500mtrs, gaining excellent experience against some very strong older opposition.
James Murphy, now in his first season as an U15, started his day with a 2m 53.43s , 800mtrs which was a new PB, then established another Personal best in the 100mtrs with a time of 15.4s followed by a Long Jump distance of 4.13mtrs.
There were no BDAC Men in the Under 17 age group but in the Ladies section sprinters Amy McCormick and Emily Abbott ran well in the 100mtrs and 200mtrs, while Gemma Wright gained a Personal Best in the Long Jump and competed well in 300mtrs. Over the middle distance Chloe Beckett maintained her good progress in the 1500mtrs which is looking encouraging at the start of the season.
Honours in the Senior sections go to Aleasha Kiddle in the Junior age group, with wins in the 100mtrs and 200mtrs. She was ably supported by Gemma Jarvis who was making a return to the track after a long lay-off.Lana Gillard, returning from illness, made a respectable start to her season in the Long and Triple Jump.
The Mens section brought about some encouraging highlights plus an upsetting injury to one of the leading BDAC Long Jumpers in the county, MItchell Jarvis. After gaining 2nd place in the Long Jump with a leap of 6.55mtrs. Mitch returned to the track to compete in the 200mtrs. Unfortunately coming off the bend in pole position, his hamstring muscle was injured which did not allow him to finish the race.
The highlights were a win at Junior and Senior Men's level in the 800mtrs. This race was run as a combined age group event which saw the overall winner Damien Hartshorne finish 1 second ahead of his Junior BDAC rival Richard Pollitt.
In the field events, it was good to see Connor Mennell getting
back to form in the Junior Long Jump with a respectable distance of
5.60mtrs taking second place in the competition.
The Throwing Festival at Chelmsford brought about a New Braintree & District Athletic Club Record for Chloe Cockell in the Under 15 Girls Hammer when she launched the hammer out to 20mtrs 7cms in her first outdoor hammer competition of the new season. Chloe carried on her success in the Javelin with a distance of 16.66mtrs.
Her younger sister Elle Cockell, stepping up to the higher U15 age group, produced two season bests in the Discus (14.32mtrs ) and Shot (6.27mtrs). With fellow club member Chloe Leach also producing a Seasons Best throw of 16.53mtrs.
The four Castle sisters shone in all their throwing events with elder sister Evie creating 2 new Pbs , one in the Junior Ladies Shot with a putt of 9.28mtrs taking the number one spot with fellow club competitor Vicky Brockbank taking 3rd place with 6.62mtrs. Evie then went on to produce a Pb in the Hammer (19.51mtrs) after coming 3rd in the Discus (21.58mtrs) and 2nd in the Javelin (26.89)
The other Castle sisters who produced new Personal Bests were: -
In the Boys and Men sections BDAC only had two competitors, James Murphy and Oliver Deacon.
This is James's first season as an Under 15, which means he has to throw a heavier implement but he established an excellent new throwing base distance of 18.83mtrs.
Oliver Deacon continues with his good outdoor season
results taking the winning spot in the Junior Mens Discus with a throw
over 36 metres then added the victors laurels by taking the Shot with
a putt over 12mtrs.
CHELMSFORD MINITHON COMPETITION
Promising athlete, Jean-Luc Hammersley opened his programme with a win in the High Jump with a final clearance at 1.60mtrs, followed by a victory in the 60mtrs in a time of 7.7s and completing his trio of events with a second place in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.94mtrs. These results gave him the victors laurels in his first major competition for Braintree & District A.C.
April Castle started her busy weekend with new Personal Bests in the Long Jump (3.72mtrs) and 60mtrs Hurdles (10.04s) followed by a 1.10mtrs jump in the High Jump.
These results for both athletes can only point to further achievement once the real outdoor season commences.
CAMBRIDGE THROWS COMPETITION
Debutante, Ollie Deacon established his new Personal Bests in the U20 Men's Shot and Discus with respectable distances of 11.48mtrs in the Shot and 30.20mtrs in the Discus. These distances are a credit to this inexperienced competitor and to his coaching mentor Roy Deer.
A cascade of Personal bests were achieved by all the Castle sisters in their Shot and Javelin competitors.
Under 20s Evie Castle improved her Personal best in the Shot with a putt of 9.24mtrs then threw the Javelin out to another Personal best of 30.99mtrs.
Under 17s Hannah Castle created a new Pb of 5.39mtrs in the Shot and 16.09mtrs in the Javelin
Under 15s Debbie Castle and April Castle recorded new Pbs respectively in the Shot - Debbie - 7.53mtrs, April - 5.01mtrs and Javelin - Debbie - 14.25mtrs , April - 13.97mtrs.
Again all these girls should be proud of their achievements, as
should their mentors - Neil Potter and Brian
Three Senior Braintree & District Athletic Club athletes exceeded themselves on Saturday when they competed for the Essex AA team in a triangular inter counties meeting against Kent and Middlesex at Lee Valley.
To be chosen for your County is the first serious stepping stone to further success and these three athletes have shown that from such a small rural athletic club major champions can be created.
Established Senior competitors Aleasha Kiddle and Mitchell Jarvis both enhanced their Indoor Season Bests in the Senior Women's and Men's Long Jump competitions. Aleasha won her discipline with a seasons indoor best of 5.19mtrs while Mitchell took his seasons best jump to 6.68mtrs taking 2nd place overall.
Aleasha continued her winning ways in the afternoon with a victory run over 200mtrs equalling her indoor Personal best with a time of 25.6s.
Lana Gillard, making her Essex debut, as second string to Aleasha, in the Senior Womens's Long Jump, did extremely well after recently recovering from a virus that had left her somewhat debilitated, which showed in her under par jumping. Up until her illness she had been jumping consistently well with a promise of greater distances to come. I am sure these will return and continue.
With the indoor season now at a close all these athletes can positively look forward to continuing their successes over the outdoor track and field which starts at the latter part of March
Two Braintree & District A. C. athletes, Under 15 Clarice Parrott and Under 20 Aleasha Kiddle,qualified to compete in the Aviva England Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham at the weekend.
Their personal results supported their UK rankings and condoned that their Winter training was on track to better performances once the new outdoor season starts in the Spring.
The day started well, with Clarice Parrott taking the unenviable 4th place the Under 15 Girls Long Jump with a distance of 4.97mtrs which was 10cms behind the 3rd placed athlete but her distance confirmed a consistent jumping pattern over the major indoor competitions which bodes well for the outdoor season. During the Indoor season Clarice has won medals in all the other major U15 Indoor Long Jump competitions, taking the Silver Medal in the South of England AA Championships and winning the Gold in the Essex AA Indoor Championships.
Aleasha Kiddle saved all her best results in the
Under 20 Ladies age group for the sprints. After a disappointing Long
Jump competition she proceeded to enhance her sprinting prowess by
improving her Personal Best (Pb) in the Semi- Finals of the 60mtrs
recording a time of 7.84s though she was unable to qualify for the
Final. She did however qualify for the Final of the 200mtrs and again
improved her Indoor Pb by running into 5th place in a time of 25.56s.
This promising athlete is now showing that her sprinting is now becoming
her main development area in her athletic career and is a credit to
her sprint coach Ken Hills.
Considering the small number of athletes from Braintree & Disrict A.C.(BDAC) who competed in the Essex County Athletic Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on Saturday and Sunday, the increased amount of podium places achieved were an ever encouraging sign to the number of talent young athletes that are emerging from this small corner of Nort West Essex. In total the club achieved 14 recognised medal awards over the weekend.
Four Gold Medals were awarded to :
Seven Silver Medals were awarded to:
Three Bronze Medals were awarded to:
Apart from these medallists there were some very good personal best(Pbs)results by some of the more Junior members of Braintree & District A.C. Under 13 Boys Andrew Ronald and Morgan Thompson gained valuable experience and established Pbs in the Long Jump and sprint events. While, Kirsty Ronald gained a new indoor Pb in the Under 15 Girls Long Jump just missing out on a medal in 4th place in the final jump off.Emily Abbott ran a good 60mtrs but unfortunately did not qualify for the final.
Apart from the Essex County Competition there was also an open competition that catered for athletes who did not qualify to compete in Essex as they did not reside or were not born in the county. One such family of athletes from BDAC, the Castle family, who compete for the club but live in Suffolk thus exempting them from the main County competition. Though, it gave the athletes a good chance to improve on past performances and hone their skills for the coming Summer Outdoor Season.
The Castles, a family of 4 young ladies ably performed well in their different age group disciplines with:
Under 15 April Castle achieving a Pb in the 60mtrs Hurdles, Under 17 Debbie Castle gaining a Pb in the Shot and 60 mtrs with fellow U15 sister Hannah Castle taking a new Pb time in the 60mtrs and finally JUnior Woman Evie Castle made improvements in her Pbs in the Shot and 60mtrs.
Probably the greatest achievement of the weekend was by Frederick Haines who has only just joined the club and in his first ever major Championship took a coveted County Silver medal in the Under 15 Boys 400mtrs.
One unfortunate athlete who had a clash of competitions was Chloe
Beckett , who was representing Essex in an Inter County Cross
Country race over a muddy and hilly 4500mtrs course taking a very
respectable 28th place overall.
Braintree & District A.C (BDAC). athletes were able to gauge their training progress at the weekend when they competed in Saturday's/ Sunday's South of England AA Indoor Championships against some of the most talented Under 15, U17, U20 and Senior athletes from this part of the UK. This is one of the most prestigious elite meetings for club athletes during this part of their development programme. At this early part of the year, before the more serious outdoor championships take place, it gives them a good indication on how their training is developing,where their weaknesses and strengths lie within their respective athletic disciplines.
The number of athletes, who did compete from BDAC, were not disappointed at their results, at such an early part in their periodisation training cycle., many gained new indoor Personal Bests, Final places and in one case a Silver Medal.
Saturday brought about a Final 5th place in the 200mtrs U20 Women for Aleasha Kiddle and a new Indoor Pb in the heats with a time of 26.6s. This was followed by a Final 6th place for Mitchell Jarvis in the Senior Mens Long Jump which produced some of the best long jumping for this age group in the UK this season.
Mitchell created a new indoor Pb of 6.66mtrs which shows a progression of 52cms over last years results at this time of the season. Connor Mennell and Louise Deer gained valuable experience in their first year as an Under 20 Men Long Jumper/ U20 Women Triple Jumper respectively, which I am sure will improve their performances in the Summer months to come.
Sunday saw Aleasha Kiddle reach the Finals of the Under 20s Womens Long Jump gaining 6th place while her fellow club member, Louise Deer enhanced her ability to compete at this level with some respectable jumps but failed to reach the Final group. In the 60mtrs sprints Emily Abbott ran well in the U17 heats but was unable to qualify to get into the Finals even though she reduced her Pb 8.48s. Aleasha progressed through the opening Under 20 60mtrs heats only to be run out into 5 th place in the Final in a time of 8.02s
Another finalist was Chloe Beckett, who was a finalist in the Under 17 Girls 1500mtrs completing the course in a new Pb time of 5m 18s. This was good speed training for young Chloe who tends to excel for the Club over the cross country courses.
It was left to Clarice Parrott to take the honours
for BDAC, in the U15 Girls Long Jump. This diminutive but strong willed
young lady showed her true prowess by taking the lead in the opening
rounds with a new Personal best leap of 5.05mtrs. This was 4 cms further
than her training colleague Sarah Prescott- Smith from Colchester
Harriers. These two athletes remained in 1st and 2nd place until the
5th round when their medal positions were downgraded to Silver and
Bronze when a winning jump by another finalist of 5.07mtrs took the
Gold. This was a remarkable achievement by Clarice so early in her
training cycle and just reward for all the hard work during her Winter
training. This will surely enhance her chances of competing at a much
high level within her present and future age groups.