To Bath for my annual venture into stuff that athletes get up to during the winter months. There's nothing like something like that to make a fellow feel old. I forgot to take the Christmas cards I'd taken for friends in other clubs who I knew would be there; I forgot my phone, and the rolled up waterproof trousers that I took turned out to be a rolled up waterproof jacket. Apart from all that, the day went very well.
There were fewer Westbury athletes than I expected, but this was explained by the fact that the Gwent League was last weekend; Bristol Schools was on Thursday and the SW Championships are next weekend. Athletes can't do it all.
But some did catch the eye. A young lad called Seamus Robinson won the under-11 boys race. I look forward to seeing him on the track in a Yate vest. In the under-15 boys race, Ben Rawlins and Aidan Noble ran well. And so did the Westbury trio of Ellie Wallace, Rosie Allen and Sophie Reed in the under-17 ladies.
Meanwhile, over in Cardiff, other Yate athletes were doing it indoors. It says something about the state of athletic facilities that the SW Indoor Championships have to be held over the water. I'm grateful to Mr Dakin for alerting me to what was going on. Robert Dakin came away with a silver in the 200m; David Thomas and Jack Moore did very well in the high jump with David taking gold with a jump of 1.73m and Jack the silver with 1.65m. Adam Nolan took gold in two events - 200m in 29.47 and the shot in 5.55m.
And that seems to be that for another year. Lesley and I are away for Christmas so no more blogs till the new year.
A very merry Christmas to everyone who still rocks up here on a Monday (haven't you people got work to do???) and a prosperous and happy 2016.