Sunday saw the end of the FODAC track and field season. The individual highlight of the season has been U15 Lydbrook lad Dylan Mehenett. Dylan won the English schools and national hammer championships.
Team wise the senior team boosted by under 17 and U20 athletes gained promotion from Division 6 of the Midland league. Team manager Mary Watkins has led the way. She has gathered points regularly by competing in several events. Connor Creed has once again been the leading male points scorer. The U13/15 age groups didn’t have as many athletes as previous years competing particularly the Avon League so the team didn’t score as well as normal.
With the season almost over Dylan is 8 mts clear of the next boy in his age group. Assuming he remains as number 0ne Dylan will will be the first FODAC athlete to achieve the position. It is all the more impressive that the club cage can not be used in the Forest and Dylan and the rest of the throwers have had to travel to Gloucester 3 times a week to train. While Dylan will move up to U17 there are 3 others who will competing for the 2nd year at under 17. Will Compton finished 17th on the national rankings Maisey Harvey 24th and Leigh Phillips 90th having only taken up hammer last winter.
Tim Andrew also made the English schools finals at 100mts. Tim did it mostly on off cricket training which suggests there is still a lot to come from him. He is ranked 83rd U20 in the 100mts
Angela Bryant in the V55 category Is in the top 10 from 60mts indoors up through the distances to 400mts indoor and out.Chloe Wheeler ran her first track races since school. She has been very consistent at xc, trails and road running for couple of years. Her second race a 5000mt at Bristol was good enough to place he 19th in the U20 age group
The track and field year started early with indoors in January. Max Lancett finished 2nd in 200mts and 3rd in the 60 at the South West championships held in Cardiff.
Peter Woodward and U17 Ed Leech have had some tight tussles throughout the season. They were both rewarded with pbs in the 1500mts on Sunday. They have knocked a second off here and there and in some cases 10 seconds at distances from 800 to 5000mts.
The season report would not be complete without mention of U11s who have competed in the Quadkids events at the Avon League. The happy, smiling faces have hidden the determined effort they have all put in. The boys have never had more than 3 in their team and finished 6th of the 7 teams. The girls not only had the 6 required they had a number of reserves. The girls made a great effort finishing 3rd to Bristol and West and Yate and District. Although QK is a team event Verity Ainsworth deserves praise for scoring 750 points across the season 2nd by only 2 points.
There will be no rest now as attention turns to XC and Sportshall Athletics.
Sunday 13/10/19 Gloucestershire CC League Wotton under Edge
Saturday 02/11/19 Gloucestershire CC League Charlton park
Saturday 14/12/19 Gloucestershire CC League Old Down Country Park
Saturday 04/01/20 Gloucestershire CC Championships Rendcombe College
Sunday 16/02/20 Gloucestershire CC League Cheltenham
12 October 2019 -LlandaffFields-Cardiff
9/10 November 2019 – Pembrey Country Park
7 December 2019 – Blaise Castle, Bristol
8/9 February 2020 – Chepstow Race Course
29 February/1 March 2020 – Singleton Park, Swansea
Gloucestershire Sportshall League
Sun 10 November-Dursley
SorS 23/24 November-Gloucester
Sun 15th December- Cheltenham