Emily DIAMOND opened her account in the UK Indoor Championships with a heat win in 54:71 (the second fastest time of the first round). She returned to the track just over 4 hours later to contest the second semi-final where the first three would qualify for the final. Shana Cox (52:89) and Nicola Sanders (53:71) were first and second as Emily secured her place in the final finishing third in 54:48. On the Sunday in the final Shana Cox set a fast pace from the gun and Emily also set out hard from the inside lane looking for a sub-54 clocking. At the break it was Shana Cox and Nicola Sanders in front with also moving across in front of Emily. Shana Cox ran home a clear winner in 52:38; with Nadine Okyere winning silver in 53:01 ahead of Nicola Sanders (53:11), Emily battled to the line but just failed to hold off Laura Langowski and ended up in fifth place in 54.24 – just outside her recent PB.
After some good early season form that saw him clear 14.94 indoors at Cardiff before clearing 15.01 in Birmingham on 4 February 2012 Theo CAMPBELL will be disappointed with his eighth place in the Indoor Championships triple jump. A first round of 14.58 was a solid opener but Theo improved by only 1 centimetre in his following jumps – which came with a 14.59 clearance in the Third Round. Fouls in the fourth and sixth rounds and a pass with his fifth round record an unhappy second half to the competition.
The strongest club representation was in the Men’s 1,500 metres which saw three club athletes taking part. In the first heat Mike WILSMORE showed at the front early on – despite losing a shoe in the first 50 metres. He took the field through 400 metres in 62:21 and 800 metres in 2:06:37. James Brewer (Cheltenham) then took the lead followed closely by Steve MITCHELL and that’s how it remained with James winning in 3:50.27 and Steve half a stride behind in 3:50:51. A disappointed Mike WILSMORE finished ninth in 4:04:15 with friction burns on his shoeless foot.
In the second heat Kris Gauson led almost throughout to win in 3:49:51. Behind him Dave BISHOP qualified for the final as a fastest loser running 3:50:40 in fifth place.
The final was a really competitive affair with Steve MITCHELL always in the mix until a very quick last lap. Lewis Moses (South Marske) (3:45:58) getting the better of James Brewer (Cheltenham) (3:45:66) in the final strides and a fast finishing former club member Frank Baddick (3:46:88) getting up to snatch bronze from Kris Gauson (3:47:13). Steve MITCHELL was disappointed with his fifth place in 3:48:72 as was Dave BISHOP who finished seventh in 3:51:07 – the later feeling the effects of flying in from Boston on the Wednesday.
Earlier on the Sunday Lucy BRYAN had competed in the Pole Vault and opened up with a first time clearance at 3 metres 75 centimetres before moving on to clear 3 metres 90 centimetres at her third attempt. Lucy had three good attempts at 4 metres 5 centimetres but failed to clear that height and for the third time in the afternoon a club athlete was fifth in a final.
The seventh club athlete competing at Sheffield was Yannick BUDD. Yannick got away to a slow start in the third heat but ran on well to just edge his PB with an 8.13 clocking for fourth place. This time was good enough to make the ‘B’ final some 2 ½ hours later where another slow start saw Yannick struggling and not even bothering to dip as he crossed the line seventh in 8:28. Another athlete who was disappointed not to have come away with a faster time but as with the other members of a very young Bristol & West contingent he will be back stronger and fitter at future championships.
Keith Brackstone reports.