PBs the Order of the Day at the BMC Millfield Meeting

Bristol & West athletes were involved in the BMC Development meeting at Millfield School on Monday 6th May when there were a flood of PBs and excellent performances. In the Men’s F 800 metres Anton Mills ran a good race to record a PB of 2:24.35 when finishing third. Behind him Nathan Marchant ran 2:47.50 in ninth place. In the women’s ‘C’ race Jess Monk was disappointed with her 2:34.01 – we hope Jess will run quicker in the South Gloucestershire Schools next week as we all know she is capable of faster – just put it down as a bad day at the office Jess!

Alison Hurford had two of her athletes in the 800 metres mixed race, where Daniel Marshall finished third in 2:43.85 less than half a second outside his PB, Tyler Nussbaumer was seventh in  2:49.29 (PB) and Stan Harding-Hill was ninth in 2:58.26 (PB).

In the Women’s ‘A’ 800 metres there was a small but quality field and Molly Long finished third in 2:10.47 almost exactly one second off her PB – which was a very good season’s opener. In first place Loren Bleaken (Team Bath) looked strong as she recorded 2:07.48 (Loren’s PB of 2:04.59 indicates her class as an under-20).

In the 1,500 metres Hugh Sadler again finished strongly to record a PB of 4:39.39 in third place – but as ever he left us wondering what might have been had he pushed earlier in the race. Still never complain at a PB and I am sure there is more to come as this track season wears on. Behind him Kieron Dunkley in sixth place also recorded a PB: his time was 4:44.41. In the Ladies 1,500 ‘A’ race Miranda Sadler recorded not just a good win but also a PB of 4:31.69 (so we will probably lose her to the USA before too long). In the ‘C’ race Eloise Browne (and Mum) were pleased to see her go sub-5 for the first time as she recorded a PB of 4:57.37 in fifth place – a reward for really battling down the home straight chasing the Cardiff athlete in front of her.

In the Men’s 3,000 metres Steve Mitchell won clearly although Jon Hopkins of Cardiff closed in the final kilometre but by then Steve was well away and was actually on sub-8:10 (and therefore PB) schedule until the last 2 laps. Still his 8:18.07 clocking will have blown away the cob-webs.

In the mixed ‘C’ 3,000 metres there was a blanket Bristol & West Finish in third, fourth and fifth as Anna Burton in her first track race of any description stormed the last 100 metres to take both Tor Kenney and Jerry Hogan who had run together for most of the second half of the race. Anna recorded 10:21.61 to Jerry’s 10:22.29 and Tor’s 10:22.98.

The weather was very kind and contributed to a host of PBs and the usual BMC organisation saw them rattle through a 21 race programme in under 2 ½ hours. It was pleasing to see the club’s middle distance/endurance coaches out in force as Mike Down, Chris Elson, Dave Taylor, Ali Hurford, Nick Rose,k John Knowles and Dave Bedwell (plus your reporter) were all interested spectators.

Keith Brackstone Reports.