Whilst former club member Jo Pavey got all the publicity for her win in the Women’s 10,000 metres, Bristol & West’s Claire Hallissey showed that she is clearly best of the rest with a fine silver medal pulling clear of Sonia Samuels and Michelle Ross-Cope in the second half of a race run in unusually hot and humid conditions for Alexander Stadium. Claire’s 33:24.15 is the fifth fastest by a UK athlete this year in her first serious track outing of the summer.
Also in the women’s distance events Kate Goodhead clocked 17:04.38 when finishing 14th in the Women’s 5,000 metres; whilst Tom Russell finished 9th in the equivalent Men’s race in 14:39.11 – way off his season’s best mark of 13:51. Earlier on the Friday night Jon Wills had run a personal best when finishing 18th in the Men’s 10,000 metres and had the frustration of missing a milestone by one hundredth of a second – his finishing time was 30:00.01.
The club was also well represented in the middle distance events with Mike Wilsmore running 1:51.43 for 7th place in Heat 1 of the Men’s 800 metres. In the same event Tom Marley ran a 1:51.67 fourth place in his heat before finishing 6th in his semi-final in 1:50.96.
Finally, in the Men’s 1,500 metres Steve Mitchell made the transition from under-23 to Senior ranks with an excellent fifth place in his heat in 3:45.27 to end up as the fastets non-qualifier – despite running faster than everyone in the first heat. He learnt a lot finishing behind Andy Baddeley and Colin McCourt the eventual Gold and Silver medalists and afterwards said “I was really pleased with my performance and it is very encouraging for both the season ahead and the future. It was deeply frustrating to just miss out on the final though!”. I am sure it won’t be too long before we see Steve in Senior Championship finals.