The weekend of 19/20 June 2010 saw a number of the club’s young athletes competing in the England under-23 and under-20 Championships at a typically windy Bedford International Athletics Stadium. Pride of place must go to Emily Diamond for her fine silver medal in the under-20 200 metres where she improved her personal best in the semis and again in the final, running 23:53 in the final chasing Jodie Williams (Herts Phoenix) all the way as the latter ran a very quick 23:15 to win.
In the under-23 1,500 metres Steve Mitchell dictated the race for much of the way including a bold run for home from 600 metres out before being caught by Dan Clorley (Luton AC) and Iuean Thomas (Cardiff A.C.) and having to settle for bronze with a time of 3:51.73 to Dan Clorley’s 3:50.98. Commiserations must surely go to Rich Peters who qualified comfortably for the final but took a bad knock in the heat. The swelling in his right calf had not cleared by the Sunday afternoon and a late try out told him that it would be impossible to compete – so he was forced to withdraw. Given his recent form he was a real medal contender and would surely have challenged Steve for club bragging rights. In the equivalent women’s race Imogen Ainsworth was stepping down in distance for some speed work but was always going to find it tough if the race turned into a tactical affair and so it proved when after a 90 second first lap the race was won by Stacey Smith of Gateshead in 4:29.26 – Imogen finished tenth in 4:38.23.
Annabel Gummow expressed disappointment with her fourth place in the under-20 3,000 metres in a time of 9:45.59. The race was won by Emilia Gorecka (Aldershot, Farnham & District) in 9:25.65 and with a classy field fourth in that company is a result to be proud of.
Ruth Mitchell ran well to finish sixth in the under-23 800 metres in a time of 2:11.34 in a race won by Lucy Yates (Shaftesbury Barnet) in 2:07.82. In the equivalent race in the male under-23 competition Chris Dodd finished sixth in his heat in 1:59.53: a dissapointment when his PB means he is well capable of making the final.
In the field events Cameron Walker-Shepherd finished fifth in the under-20 Pole Vault; which was won by Matthew Devereux (Newham & Essex Beagles) with a vault of 5 metres 10 centimetres. In the under-23 women’s Hammer event Christina Jones finished 5th with her fourth round throw of 46 metres 95 centimetres in a competition won with a final round throw of 50 metres 53 centimetres by Hayley Murray (Birchfield).
Finally, Ding Yang finished sixth in the under-20 Long Jump with a jump of 6 metres 82 centimetres. The competition was won by Kadeem Greenidge-Smith (Harrow) with a jump of 7 metres 59 centimetres.
Wish you had been there – no problems all the track action is available on video on http://www.athleticos.org/ and photos of the two club medalists are on the club web-site (thanks to the respective Mums).