When you make the long journey to Manchester (especially from Cornwall) you are looking for a return on the investment and five athletes from the club achieved that when despite windy conditions (when is it ever anything else these days) all five recorded PBs in the first BMC Grand Prix meeting of the season at Sport City, Manchester on Saturday 28th May 2011.
I suppose calling a time a PB when it is your first race over the distance might be stretching a point but when that time is 15:53.27 for 5,000 metres and that time lifts you to fifth on the UK rankings then I believe Annabel Gummow’s run deserves to be labelled a PB. Annabel was third in the Women’s 5,000 metres – a second and a half behind winner, and fellow under-20 athlete – Amelia Gorecka. One day Annabel will reverse this result as she continues to chase the Aldeshot and District athlete hard. This was a super competitive race with several athletes clocking really fast times.
In the Men’s ‘A’ 1,500 metres last year’s BMC Grand Prix Champion Steve Mitchell opened his 2011 BMC campaign with fourth place in a new PB of 3:43.59 to shave .7 of a second off his former PB. Afterwards Steve admitted to a tactical error that cost him a couple of places and perhaps his target time of sub-3.42 but he will get the chance to put that right at the Watford BMC Grand Prix in two weeks time. Still he beat several internationals and moved up from 26th to 17th in the UK rankings in the process and was relatively pleased with the result (a measure of how much he has come on in the past couple of seasons).
Two other athletes also ran 1,500 metre PBs with Charlie Maclean reducing his from 3:56 to 3:53.59 as he finished second in the ‘E’ race and Debbie Niccol shaved a second off her PB when she finished fourth in her race in 4:33.75.
Finally, in the second race of the evening Andrew Woods stormed away to win his race by almost 4 seconds – the amount he lowered his PB by when running 1:52.78 to win the ‘H’ 800 metres. This revised PB should see him well up the order of races in future BMC meetings and I wouldn’t rule out a sub-1:50 clocking from him by the end of the season.
All in all a great night for these five club athletes and I am sure we will be seeing more from them all before the season is out.
Video coverage of all of last night’s races at Sport City can be found at http://www.athleticos.org/coverage/238816-2011-BMC-Grand-Prix-Sport-City.