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Talks planned over Kip Keino track after league match is switched to Yate

BRISTOL & West AC chairman Roger Brocklesby will be holding talks later this week with the management of the Kip Keino Stadium in Filton over access to the facility.

Brocklesby was left frustrated when the club’s British Men’s League Division Two team were forced to switch their ‘home’ fixture on Saturday from the north Bristol facility to Yate because the in-field area was being used for a women’s football match.

While Brocklesby, who also doubles up as the men’s team manager, was delighted with the reception that the Yate track management team gave to the club in taking over the fixture, he said it was ridiculous that Bristol & West AC couldn’t stage their home matches in the city.

“Bristol City Council put a lot of money into building the tack at Filton and we are not getting a fair crack of the whip in using it,” said Brocklesby.

“We booked the track to host a British League match for this weekend a long time ago but we were bumped off because they are playing a women’s football match.

“We are the only track and field club in the city and we are working very hard to promote athletics among our young people and yet we find ourselves in a situation where we have to hold our home matches at Yate in Gloucestershire.

“It just does not help us at all. To be fair to Yate they were really good to us. The management there understand the sport and that helped us put on a really good match.”

Sadly as far as the action is concerned the club’s ambitions of finishing in the top two to boost their overall points score after only placing sixth in the opening match was hit by a number of late withdrawals and injuries and they struggled to seventh place on the day.

“To be honest it was a nightmare and we have now sipped into the bottom two,” groaned Brocklesby.

“We have two matches left and we need to start winning some points to make sure we stay up.”

On the track there were wins for Ben Westhenry (1500m, pictured left) and Jack Bancroft (5000m) while former British junior international sprinter Chris Stone (pictured right outside the Easy Runner shop) continued his return to form with second place in both the 100m  and 200m.

Once again the field events proved to be a weak area for the club with just the single victory for Jacob Lange in the hammer.

British Men’s League, Division Two, Yate – overall teams: 1 Newquay & Par AC 298 points; 2 Kent AC 295; 3 Bournemouth 293; 4 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 288; 5 Crawley 280; 6 Herne Hill Harriers 273.5; 7 Bristol & West AC 240.5; 8 Enfield & Haringey 201.

Overall (after two matches): 1 Kingston & Polytechnic 11.0 league points (597 match pts); 2 Kent 11 (587); 3 Bournemouth 9 (578); 4 Herne Hill 8 (535); 5 Newquay & Par 8 (535); 6 Crawley 6 (557); 7 Bristol & West 3 (502.5); 8 Enfield & Haringey 1 (404).