The theme for 2012 continued as far fewer Bristol & West club athletes competed in the Liverpool McCain Challenge than has been the case in recent years with only nine athletes starting and eight completing the various races. In the Senior Men’s race Dave Bishop showed that he wanted to make the long trip from the United States worthwhile and was always in the lead group early on. However on the third and final lap he just couldn’t quite maintain his grip on the front half dozen and finished thirteenth in 30.24 just 29 seconds behind winner Jonny Taylor – a great run in what will have been unfavourable conditions for a track runner.
In the same race Dan Studley and Charlie Maclean had high hopes of a potential place on the under-23 team going into the previous weekend but a hamstring niggle for Dan and sore throat for Charlie undermined their preparations. Dan made what is becoming his trade mark fast start and was well in contention early on before fading slightly to finish 38th in the race (11th under-23) in 31.29. Charlie never quite got into the race and finished 69th (24th under-23) in 32.33 having stuck with it throughout. Steve Mitchell decided to call it a day after the first lap when the under-foot conditions were clearly not to his liking. Phil Parry shows that no matter what the conditions he will give it a go: finishing 132nd in 35.15.
There were two young athletes from Bristol & West on show with Miranda Sadler who finished 48th in the under-17 race in 18.18 and Kieran Young finishing eightieth in the Junior Men’s race in 23.06.
In the Senior Women’s race Hannah Alderson was chasing an under-23 GB Team Place and decided to go out hard and hang on, she faded in the final lap to finish 23rd in the race in 29.36 but dug in deep – particularly in the home straight – to hold off Leigh Lattimore of Harrow AC by one second for sixth under-23 position. Hopefully Hannah’s tenacious run will be rewarded with a selection phone call this Monday. Rebekah Randell finished 38th in the Senior Race – as ever Rebekah ran strongly throughout but the fact that she has missed a lot of training over the summer was evident but I am sure Rebekah will come back stronger in the New Year.