Once again, BASC was delighted to support Vault Cardiff held on Sunday 10 March at the NIAC facility on the Cardiff Met campus - the largest ever Vault Cardiff event. Having had over 160 entries, on the day 142 athletes competed across 12 pools on 4 landing mats – making it a true spectacle of UK and international pole vaulting – including athletes from Sweden, Luxembourg, Spain and Ireland! There is little doubt that pole vaulting in the UK is in a good place currently and moving from strength to strength!
A total of 51 athletes set lifetime best performances (indoors or out) – many of them doing so on multiple occasions. A further 20 set season’s best performances, meaning that 50% of the athletes jumped their highest they have so far in 2019… truly remarkable.
Individual highlights included a Welsh All-Comers record for European Indoor silver medallist, Holly Bradshaw, who cleared 4.58m to win the women’s elite competition. UK Championship silver medallist, Jade Ive, cleared a new personal best of 4.43m to finish runner-up, while UK U17 Champion, Sophie Ashurst, set a personal best of 3.93m, before attempting a UK U17 indoor National record of 4.03m. Silvia Amabilino (LUX) was delighted to clear a personal best of 3.83m to secure her qualification standard for the Small Nations Games. There was a welcome return to form for Harry Coppell who won the men’s elite competition with a season’s best of 5.33m before missing at a would be personal best of 5.43m.
At the other end of the spectrum, we had 4 athletes contest their first ever pole vault competition, including several U13s.
BASC provided prize money for the top 3 in the junior men's and women's competition:
1: Felicia Miloro – 3.93m
2: Sophie Ashurst – 3.93m
3: Victoria Barlow – 3.73m
1: Frankie Johnson – 4.93m
2: Jacob Clark – 4.63m
3: Jack Harris – 4.53m