Yes, the combined Bristol & West and Yate & District team won the Midland League match yesterday.
By three points.
Right up to the end of the last event no one could be sure whether it would be us or Cheltenham that came away at the top of the division. Over the years we have acquired many friends at Cheltenham, but even so it was good to come out on top.
And what made it even better was to see how evenly the team was split between the two clubs. Yate sprinters predominated in those races while Bristol provided the bulk of the middle distance runners. All in all, a most satisfactory day's athletics.
Stand out performances came from Luke Lorenzi in the 100m and 200m. He won the 200m - testing his dad's timekeeping integrity - and then came second in the 100m in a time of 11.0 seconds - not quite a PB. It was good to see Jamie Brock back to winning ways in the B 100m. In the 400m hurdles Michael Green and Rob Phillips gained two first places in very strong performances, and it was good to see Rob back in action after his injury, looking very strong. Hattie Dent also looked strong winning the women's hurdles.
Inevitably there were doubts about the team's chances when the match fell on the same weekend as Bristol's British League/UK Women's League matches. But yesterday should have put those doubts to rest. Likewise, anyone who doubted the wisdom of combining with Bristol for this league must surely now doubt no longer. We are top of division 2 - pushing for promotion to the top division: something that neither club could have done on their own. Team managers Roger Brocklesby and Julian Pontin were delighted and must now start thinking about the team for the next match - a much tougher prospect given that it is being held at Cheltenham.
I'm looking for parents (or anyone) willing to be a field official for the next YDL match in Cwmbran. These are likely to be people that I don't know yet, so please, if you feel able to offer your services, come and talk to me any club night between now and then.