The Loughborough International was the ‘big’ event this weekend with three of our top athletes competing against the cream of the UK. It was great to see that our Great Britain Junior sprints star Emily DIAMOND is back from injury. Emily closely matched last year’s personal best of 11.71 with a clocking of 11.74 to take 4th place in the ‘A’ race. As with the 11.71 this performance was aided by a +2.2 wind but never the less I am certain Emily will be pleased with her form and most of all no recurrence of her injury.
Yannick BUDD advanced his personal best to 14.36 with third place in the principle 110H race but was aided (or perhaps hindered) by a massive +4.0 m wind. Believe me it is not easy hurdling in such conditions. Yannick’s improvement has been massive so far and we wonder where he will be at the end of this season. His next race is the Inter-Counties (for Avon & Somerset) this coming weekend at Bedford.
Don’t look at Steve MITCHELL’s time of 3:53.08 because, as with the hurdles, conditions were just horrendous. Steve is so good at tactical races these days that you could bet on him out-sprinting a very classy field and he did it again in the Loughborough Invitation ‘A’ race. As ever these days there was a pace-maker but such was the wind that he reached the 800 metre point in 2.06 (against the requested 2.00) and passing 1,200 metres in 3.11 a fast time was never on but a last 300 metres in 42 (including into the teeth of the wind down the back straight) brought Steve home for the win. He is now praying for the wind to disappear before BMC races at Sport City Manchester on 28th May 2011 and Watford on 11th June 2011.
Olivia SADLER ventured to Milton Keynes to support BMC races and won the ‘A’ women’s 1,500m in 4:33.8. This not only puts Olivia at the head of the B&W rankings for the year but also places her 10th on the UK Under 20’s list for 2011.
During the week Cheltenham hosted some Glos County Championships distance races in which B&W were represented.
Vanessa BRAN came 12th in the 3km 11:42.6 and Tom RUSSELL ran in two races on the same night – a 5km (14:41.2) where he was just pipped by his brother Anders and a 2k steeplechase where Ben Coldray just beat him. From a glance at the results it first appeared that Tom was towing the other two to fast times but if that was the case the times were very respectable? Tom’s 5k time heads our B&W 2011 rankings and his 6:01.12 steeplechase improved slightly on his resounding recent Midland League win of 6:03.4.
At Watford Harry WEBB ran 4:00.21 for 14th in the 1500m ‘B’ race.
Mike Strange reports on 24 May 2011