YDL Match 2 Southampton

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Bracknell AC secured a very respectable 3rd place in the YDL Match at Southampton on Saturday 20th May.  The weather was a little kinder than last year, with the driving rain restricting itself to just the Hurdles, Pole Vault & 800m competitions!  The Sun was spotted at frequent intervals after that.  Third place on the day is a FANTASTIC performance & one you & your Sons & Daughters should all be VERY proud of.  The YDL Premier Division 1 table reads as follows after 2 matches;


Match 1 (Bracknell)

Match 2 (Southampton)


Southampton AC




Blackheath & Bromley AC




Bracknell AC



7 (ahead on Match Points)

Havering AC







3 (ahead on Match Points)

City of Portsmouth AC




As a reminder, at the end of the season the top 2 clubs move on to represent the South in the National YDL Final, the team in 3rd place will go into a “paper match” for an additional place in this National Final and the 2 teams in 5th & 6th are relegated to Premier Division 2.  2016 was the first time in Bracknell AC’s history that we had reached the Premier Division 1 finishing 4th & we have clearly never made the National Final, but this year we are in with a real chance.  The final two YDL matches of the Premier Division 1 season are at Eton (Sunday 18th June) & Bromley (Saturday 15th July).  For the Bromley match the Club is investigating hiring a Coach to take us to the match (for a small fee) & thereby saving us all the fun of the M25.

In the Southampton match as usual ALL Bracknell AC athletes were heroes.  Great ambassadors for our Club & many competing in 2nd & 3rd events outside of their normal area of specialism.  The boys team in particular was “stretched” by a large number of withdrawals / unavailable athletes, so thanks to all who embodied “The Bracknell Spirit”, by doing extra events to keep the match points rolling in throughout the day.  However, as always we will also flag the individual event winners & new PBs.

U13 Girls

Four individual winners all in the track events. Kitty Mair in the 800m A string, Maddison Grandin 800m B String, Nathalie Camp 1200m A string and a PB and Manisha Dave 1200m B string and again with a PB. 

Other PBs on the day were Jasmine Hatch in very wet and windy conditions in the 70m Hurdles B string, Isabella Izod in Shot B string, Dane Grundlingh achieved a massive PB in Long Jump B string and April Palmer in the High Jump B string.

U13 Boys

Two individual winners, both in the 800m which seemed to coincide with the worst that the Southampton weather threw at us this year!  Ted Enser won the 800m A race & Connor Law the NS 800m with a new PB.

As far as I can see, Connor’s was one of nine new PBs for the U13 Boys.  Other PBs on the day went to Nathan McWilliam in the 100m & 200m, Charlie Borgnis in the 1500m & the Javelin, Joshua Aaron in the 100m, Ben von Bonsdorff in the 100m, Samuel Johnson in the Shot and Hector Daniel in the High Jump.

U15 Girls

Nine individual winners.  Matilda Robinson in the 100m and 200m both B string, Emma Morris in the 300m B string, Hannah Roberts in the 800m A string, Laura Watkins 100m non scoring, Layla Beaud in the High Jump B string, Abbie Sillett in the Pole Vault A string, Lauren Watkins in the Pole Vault B String this included a PB too, Imogene Cook, Matilda Robinson, Lauren Watkins and Abbie Sillett in the 4 x 100m relay and Hannah Stone, Susie Mair, Emma Morris and Hannah Roberts in the 4 x 300m relay.

Four PBs on the day.  Lucy Wells in the 1500m A String, Lara Croft in the 1500m B String and Lauren Watkins in the Pole Vault B String.

U15 Boys

Four individual winners:  Luke Turner in the 200m A race, Sam Green in the 80mH B race, James Shefford in the Javelin B & Henry Fieldsend in the 800m NS with a new PB.

In addition to Henry’s PB another eleven were achieved on the day:  Sam Green in the 200m, Cameron Enser in the High Jump, Ethan Halliday in the 800m, James Shefford in the Javelin, Joe Carless in the 300m & the Shot and Lehlohonolo Mokhothu in the Discuss & Hammer.  Final mention must go to Ben Britton who achieved a remarkable THREE PBs on the day in 80mH, High Jump & Pole Vault.  Biggest cheer of the day came when Ben made his first Pole Vault clearance, & led to the Officials asking why supporters were cheering louder for this than the winner!  Ben went on to clear 2 metres.  Not bad for his first competition & in fine Southampton rain.

Many thanks also to all those who travelled to Southampton to support the team, & especially to those who volunteered their time to help officiate events.  Not only does this help the smooth running of the day, but also ensured BAC gained their full quota of Bonus Points.  A great performance today by the ENTIRE TEAM.  You should all be extremely proud of what the combined effort of your Sons & Daughters has achieved to date.

Onwards to Eton on Sunday 18th June!