ON Saturday at Newport, the young athletes of Yate and District AC fulfilled the promise they have shown all season by winning the Youth Development League 660 points from Team Bath’s 542.

This means that they are now promoted to the Premier Division for next season where tougher challenges will greet them.

Although this was a team effort, some individual performances stood out. Abdi Hasan looked utterly dominant in the under-15 boys 800m.

His finishing time of two minutes 03.6secs was not a personal best, but it did not need to be, with nobody able to live with his pace.

This was shown again at the end of the match when he brought home the 4x300m relay team in a club record time.

The other members of that squad – Archie Davis-Grant, Isaac Cory and Liam Hillier – had already won the race before Abdi took the baton and raced to over 100m ahead of the second team.

There were double first places in the under-13 boys long jump from Luke Ball and Myles Joseph, and under-13 boys shot from Owen Merrett and James Viner.

In the girls’ events, there were double firsts in the under-13 70m hurdles from Willa Gibb and Fiona Barkley, and these two girls took another double first in the high jump.

In the under-15 girls, there were double first in the 100m – Erica Larbie and Jasmine Hall – and in the high jump – Emily John and Amelia Long – as well as in the hammer thorugh Leah Hale and Ismay Lloyd-Fowlin.

Other winners were Dalis Jones (under-13 1200m), Millie Nunn (u-13 long jump), Emily John (u-15 300m), Ismay Lloyd-Fowlin (u15 discus), Myles Joseph (u-13 boys 100m), Adam Nolan (u13 800m), Owen Merret (u-13 shot and javelin), and Theo Harper (u-15 pole vault).

But, in the end, it was the sheer weight of numbers that the Yate club were able to field, with every athlete there contributing points to the impressive overall total.