The BMC Grand Prix Final at Cardiff on Saturday 28 August 2010 saw several good performances from Bristol & West athletes. I am probably biased as his coach but athlete of the night from a club perspective must surely have been Steve Mitchell for his fine win in the Men’s 1,500 metre ‘A’ race. Initially looking for a PB it appeared to Steve that with the entry on the night this was a race he could win and that is what he did. Never off the pace he kicked on with over a lap to go and held off a fast finishing Jonny Hay of Aldershot to win in 3:45.65 (just outside his PB of 3:44.29).
His namesake Ruth Mitchell produced another fine performance in the Women’s ‘B’ 800 metres to record a PB of 2:10.02 when finishing second to Carol Glover of Swansea – who won in 2:08.77. I know Ruth had her heart set on a sub-2:10 clocking this season – how close can you get!
Another athlete with a clear time target in mind was Hannah Alderson who after running 4:30.6 earlier in the year was hoping to run sub-4:30. A strong early pace saw her in the lead and on target at half way in the Women’s ‘B’ 1,500 metres but she had to be content with third place and 4:30.74 at the finish -just 0.14 outside of her PB. Behind her in sixth place Katie Knowles continued her comeback from injury in a time of 4:35.56.
Andrew Dean-Young continued to make his transition from 400 to 800 metres in the Men’s ‘E’ 800 metres but found a month without racing and the proximity of other runners challenging as he finished eighth in 2:00.35 in a race won by Luke Carroll of Cheltenham in 1:55.01.
One to watch for the future is Bristol University student Andrew Woods who, shortly after finishing second in the Men’s 1,500 metre ‘C’ race in a 4 second PB of 3:56.18 in his first ever BMC race, declared that he would be joining Bristol & West when he returns to University in October 2010.
A quick word for Tom Marley who as ever decided that the role of pacemaker suited him better than racing on the night and Owain Jones who regularly trains with the club who took his pacemaking duties very seriously taking the leader in the Men’s 5,000 metre ‘B’ race to the end of lap 11.
Finally, the last race of the night saw a great Women’s 5,000 metres with Freya Murray (Chester-le-Street) cutting out a very fast pace before being passed by Charlie Purdue (Aldershot) in the final 600 metres – both athletes tuning up for the Commonwealth Games with excellent PBs.