A sparkling line-up of talent gives the judges another puzzle to solve
FOR many local athletes watching the action at the Olympic Games proved a welcome distraction from competing while the fixture list was also cleared to avoid any unnecessary clashes.
That meant August wasn't as busy as normal as the summer season – did it ever happen this year? – drew to a close, but there was still a few meetings for our athletes to keep themselves busy from the climax of the British League to the local Avon League meeting.
As always there were some outstanding performances that will give our judges plenty to think about as they decide who should win the prize of a pair of adizero training shoes from Easy Runner, the leading athletics retailer in Bristol.
MADISON THOMAS: The Bristol & West AC teenager leapt to the top of the South West Rankings for under-17 women in the long jump with a superb mark of 5.37m for victory in the Avon County Athletics Open meeting at the Kip Keino Stadium on August 14. It added 12cms to her previous best of 4.25m set the previous week when finishing runner-up in the Midland League Division One match in Nottingham. She also threw a personal best of 21.88m in the discus in that match for sixth and was fourth I the javelin (20.50m) as she did her bit for the club.
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KANE LEE: Yate's 17-year-old runner Kane Lee ran a personal best of 1:58.35 in the British Milers' Club meeting at Exeter, eclipsing his 2011 PB of 1:58.18.
YEMMA SONGU: Showed her progress this season by contesting the heats of the under-17 women's 100m at the England Athletics Championships, Bedford, clocking 12.70secs. The 15-year-old also won the 100m in a sparkling personal best of 12.3secs in the final Avon League meeting
TOMAS GOODMAN: The 14-year-old showed his progress this season by contesting the heats of the under 15 boys' 300m at the England Athletics Championships, Bedford, clocking 39.46secs. Also won the 100m (12.7secs) and the 00m (24.9secs) in the Avon Athletics Open meeting.
LAUREN ELLIS: Not many athletes run PBs in August as the season winds to an end, but 17-year-old Ellis did just that competing for Tea Avon I the National Junior League match at Derby clocking 62.5secs to finish third in the 400m. That time clipped almost a second off her 2011 PB. In the same match she also won the 1500m B race in 5:08.5 and was first in the 1500 steeplechase. Also in August she won the 800m for Yate & District AC in the Midland League, setting a PB of 24.1 and then completed the double with maximum points in the 1500m (4:59.2).
ELLIOTT PRENDERGAST: The 17-year-old Bristol & West AC sprinter won vital points for the club in their final British League Division Four match at Eton with victory in the 100m B race clocking 11.14secs, his fifth fastest time of the season and not far outside his PB of 11.01secs that he set in July.
KATHERINE GODFREY: The 17-year-old has been a key member of the Team Avon squad that did so well in the National Junior League and in the final Midland Premier Division match at Derby was third in the 400m hurdles in a personal best time of 69.5secs, eclipsing her 2001 best of 69.87secs and fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.1sec).
YVETTE WESTWOOD: Showed her progress this season by contesting the heats of the under-15 girls' 100m at the England Athletics Championships, Bedford, clocking 13.15secs.
JAMES DIAMOND: The 18-year-old claimed vital points with third place in the B long jump for B&W at the fourth and final British Men's League Division Four match
MAX NETHERCOTT: The 15-year-old Yate athlete equalled his PB of 11.6secs in the 100m at the final Avon League meeting.