Track & Field Bulletin – 30th January 2012

The annual Celtic Cup (Wales v England v Scotland v Universities) was held at Cardiff this past weekend and we had an interest in four competitors plus Bethan Wakefield who was selected by Wales but did not compete. 

Lucy BRYAN improved on her recent outing at Manchester by winning the Celtic Cup event with a back to form 4.02 Pole Vault performance.  Lucy is obviously now settling in with her new Coach and is getting back to the high level of her 2011 successes. Good luck Lucy.  Luke BAILEY was also back to his high standard with a 4.30 clearance to take third place in the Men’s Pole Vault.

Leon REID won an Under-20 race fairly easily with another 6.99 60 metre sprint and Bristol University athlete Ollie JEFFERIES again improved his 60 metre hurdles time with an 8.71 clocking to take second place in his first race in Welsh colours. 

At Lee Valley Caspar ELIOT ventured out to start his year with a very good 51.13 400 metres win followed by a 200 metres in 23.97 seconds.  Caspar is currently studying at Oxford University and is an accomplished 400 metre hurdler who will bolster our British League ranks in 2012.

In the USA Imogen AINSWORTH put in a noteable double as she dipped under 5 min for a Mile, 4:55.47 at her home base of Albuquerque New Mexico followed by a 2:25.80 800 metres on the same day to support her College team at the New Mexico Invitational Meet.

David BISHOP must have seen reports on Richard PETERS 4:00.13 Mile last week as he just emulated this with a 4:00.10 clocking in Bloomington IN.  There seems to be quite a tussle to be our top middle distance competitor this year.  Remember Steve MITCHELL runs for England in Vienna on Tuesday evening as well.

Mike Strange