Ten athletes who still managed scorching performances during damp June
THE weather may not have been very summer-like, but June still saw some scorching performances by local athletes.
Schools' competitions always takes centre stage in this month, with the Avon and South West Championships providing a showcase for experienced performers and newcomers to shine, as they seek to win a coveted spot in the county squad for the national championships.
That prize led to some sparkling performances – though the gale-force winds that propelled the sprinters in the Avon Championships may have flattered a few – and will give our judges plenty to think about!
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Ellie Winfield: Representing South Gloucestershire, the 15-year-old won the inter girls' 100m (12.55secs) and 300m (43.48secs) events at the Avon Schools' Championships. She followed that up with a creditable fifth place (43.26secs) in the South West Schools' after clocking a PB of 42.92secs in the heats.
James Diamond: The Bristol Grammar School student soared to victory in the senior boys' long jump at the Avon Schools' with a leap of 6.38m. He then bettered that by lifting the South West title at Exeter the following week.
Ellie Leather: The 13-year-old Yate & District AC athlete smashed her personal best in both the under-15 girls' 800m and 1500m in June. In the latter, she carved seven seconds off her PB with 5mins 03secs in the Bristol & West Open meeting, while in the 800m at the Avon League, she clocked a winning time of 2:28 to better her previous best by six seconds.
Ben Watt: Competing in the Avon Schools' Championships for Bristol, the 15-year-old scorched to a sprint double in the inter boys' 100m and 200m, clocking times of 11.46secs 22.98secs respectively – both big personal bests, but aided by a huge following wind. At the South West Schools' finished sixth in the 100m and helped Avon win sprint relay title.
Katherine Godfrey: The Bristol Schools' athlete followed up her success in the county championships with a silver in the senior girls' 100 hurdles (16.96secs) and a bronze in the 400m hurdles (71.18secs) at the South West Schools' Championships.
Kwame Fordwor: This talented 18-year-old sprinter claimed an impressive victory in the senior boys' 100m at the South West Schools' Championship, clocking an impressive time of 10.81secs. He then linked up with his Avon team-mates to add a second gold in the sprint relay.
Anicia Skeates: The 15-year-old was a double gold winner in the Avon Schools' Championships with victory in the inter girls' 80m hurdles (12.62secs) and the long jump (5.06m). At the South West Schools' the following week, she finished fifth in the sprint hurdles (12.69secs) and seventh in the long jump (4.80m).
Tom Pontin: A double gold winner in the senior boys' 100m (11.12secs) and 200m (22.88secs) – both wind-assisted - at the Avon Schools' Championships, he followed up with fifth (11.35secs) and fourth (22.93secs) respectively at the South West event, but gold with Avon's sprint relay team. Representing Team Avon in the latest National Junior League match, he linked up with Yate & District AC team-mates Jake White, Kane Lee and Josh White to break the club's under-20 4x400m relay record that had stood since 1999.
Francesca Allen: The 15-year-old North Somerset athlete continued her good season with victory at the county championships in the inter girls' shot with a throw of 8.30m, which she improved to 8.31m the following week for eighth in the South West Championships.
Elliott Prendergast: The 17-year-old finished runner up in the senior boys' 100m at the South West Schools' Championships, clocking a legal time of 11.10secs. He then helped Avon win the 4x100m sprint title.