Track & Field Bulletin – 18th February 2013

Whilst I recognise that Mike DOWN may have covered this quite separately I really do need to lead with that tremendous Mile time of Richard PETERS in Boston last Thursday.  Richard ran the fifth fastest Mile by a British athlete ever Indoors to clock 3:56.04.  That puts Richard above the great Nick ROSE in our Club Records who ran 3:59.49 ‘outdoors in 1980.  What a brilliant run Rich – well done.

Also in the USA Imogen AINSWORTH ran 4:54.19 in Seattle on 9th February so with the 4:42.5 by Olivia SADLER in New York on the same week-end B&W are truly doing well at Mile runs in the USA.

Back in Britain the ‘big’ event was the British Grand Prix at Birmingham NIA.  We had three B&W athletes competing which demonstrates our re-emerging status as a track force in British Athletics.  Pride of place goes to Omar SIMPSON who once again reduced his 400 metres Indoor Club Record to 47.79 to come a creditable fourth in the UK race.  Omar gets faster and faster and we hope he can make it to the GB relay team with that performance?  Good luck OMAR.

Lucy BRYAN is showing real consistency and is slotting into the number three British slot after again clearing 4.20 metres on her new stiffer pole.  I read in AW last week that Lucy is now more advanced that Holly BLEASDALE at her age (17) so our great expectations are still there for her in the future.

David BISHOP ran a great race to win the UK Trial and EA Championships last week but this week after initially showing well in the Mo FARAH 3,000 metre event was forced to drop out before completing the distance.  Tough David but you will bounce back we know.

In Birmingham (NIA) on Sunday the Midland Open Meet marked what could be for many the closing athletics meeting at the arena (yes I know some are doing the EA Junior Championships next week but not all).  So to see the Arena out our own Caroline POWELL bowed out with a World age record – 62.60 is the new W55 record and Caroline overtook some of her younger opponents on the last lap so had to run that extra distance.  Next time on a clear run she might go into the 62.5’s?  It was a privilege to watch and time this fine run and to blow my own trumpet I got an exact match with that photo-finish time of 62.60?  Carol also ran an excellent and typically gritty 8.93 for 60 metres.

The other big news of the day was the re-appearance of sprinter Emma HEATH on the track.  Emma has now dispensed with her ambitions in bobsleigh so we trust she will help us through next year at least until our Under-17 talent comes of age. 

Emma ran 8.07 which is a good solid performance to come back to the track on.  It was great to see you Emma.

Alex FIELDS followed up his Gold Medals in the South West Championships with an improving 400 metre clocking of 51.56 seconds.  Tomas GOODMAN made the ‘A’ seeded races for the 60 metres and 200 metres and was close to his best in both with 7.72 and 24.42 respectively.  Note that Tomas is new to this age group and his progress is going well.

Nikki FORTUNE (Under-15) again improved her 60 metre hurdles time to come down to 10.34 a couple of places behind our new Club Record holder from 2 weeks ago, Samantha BARRETT (10.03).  It was heartening to see them both seeded in the ‘A’ race and both competing so competently in the big arena.   You have both come a long way and good luck as you go to the English Championships next week.  Nikki and Sam also ran 8.99 and 8.73 for the 60 metres flat and Nikki ran 200 metres in 29.62 as she prepares for 300 metres when she is a little older.

Over in Cardiff I don’t have results at the time of publishing but I do know that Madison THOMAS became Welsh Champion in the Long Jump with three progressive PBs before ending on the final jump with a great 5.58 metres.  Well done Maddy and of course great LJ Coach Paul WESTON.

Over in Cardiff Madison THOMAS came second in the Welsh Under-20 Championships with a magnificent improvement on her Long Jump raising her PB to 5.58 metres.  It was a great series of jumps as she progressively improved her PB through 5.39 and 5.52 before clearing 5.58 on her final jump.   Well done Maddy and of course great LJ Coach Paul WESTON.

Bethan WAKEFIELD was a little below her best run in Vienna recently but still managed clocking 7.94 to take the Bronze medal in the 60 metre sprint.

Elliott PRENDEGAST has only recently commenced his Indoor campaign and last week it took the heat and semi before he got down to a really fast time in the final.  This week with only semi and final he obviously did not get that build up and finished sixth in 7.14 after 7.13 in the semi-final.  Still this is early days for him and we know that Elliott will be a force to be reckoned with when the outdoor season commences.  I believe Elliott plans to do the EA Champs in Birmingham next weekend so hopefully he will come back from there with some excellent times. 

Mike Strange 18th February 2013