WITH the Midland age group championships on Saturday and the South West Inter-Counties match on Sunday, it was a busy weekend for Yate and District AC athletes.

And that is to say nothing of Yate member, Beth Tucker, making an appearance at the Diamond League fixture on Sunday. Beth has cerebral palsy and runs in the T37 category.

Across the area, Yate members were glued to their TVs to see Beth run in the 100m, a race that included the current world champion, Sophie Hahn.

Far from being intimidated by such company, Beth ran a terrific race, only fading slightly in the final twenty metres.

Her time of 14.36secs was a personal best.

Because the race was included women in both T37 and T38 classifications, the result means that Beth was the second placed woman in T37, three of the four women ahead of her being T38s.

Meanwhile, Yate hammer throwers were in action on both days of the weekend, and had success in both major events.

The under-15 boys squad – Toby Conibear, Owen Merrett and James Viner – took three of the top four places in the Midland Championships.

Toby’s winning throw of 45.31m was down on his best but still a remarkable throw.

Owen took the silver medal with a throw of 33.64m and James came fourth with 30.29m The following day, the three of them travelled to Exeter and took on the South West.

Once again Toby, representing Avon, won, throwing 48.87m, a considerable improvement on the day before.

Owen and James were throwing for Wiltshire.

Owen came second with 35.11m and James third with 31.45.

All three of them adding valuable metres to their Saturday throws.

Luke Ball is rapidly making a name for himself in the under-13s.

He took a trio of gold medals in Exeter, winning 75 hurdles, high jump and long jump.

His performances, 12.60secs in the hurdles, 1.56m in the high jump, and 4.98m in the long jump, were down on his personal bests, but easily good enough in the competition.

Luke Lorenzi also had a good day, taking gold in the 100m (11.16secs) and bronze in the 200m (22.95secs).

The Brooks brothers were in good form too. Adam took silver in the high jump, clearing 1.92m; while Daniel won the 100m in a good time of 11.11secs.

As the season winds down it is clear, that the club is in good shape. Several young athletes are starting to shine, promising good things for next year.

There are plenty of changes afoot at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, where the club is hoping for a re-lay of the track, to say nothing of the work that will need to be done around the stadium.