England Athletics Under-23 and Under-20 Championships – Day 2

The end of Day 1 at the Under-23 and Under-20 England Athletics Championships saw Scott BEJERE finish sixth in the under-23 100 metres in 10.51 in a close race for the minor places with Adam Gemili a clear winner.

The last race of the day, the Under-23 steeplechase, was a triumph for Charlie MACLEAN who was at the front early on and then settled into a group of seven that eventually whittled down to three and then two as Will Gray set off with intent at the bell Charlie saw a gap appear but never gave up and dug deep over the final water jump and then final barrier to win in 9:18.19 with Will Gray a whisker behind in 9:18.36. Well done Charlie – not back to his 8:56 best yet but this victory shows he is well on the way – and congratulations to Tom WATSON his coach.

A check of the Day 1 results shows the disappointment of a No Height Cleared on the scorecard for Lucy BRYAN in the under-20 Pole Vault.

Day Two saw the Under-20 Women’s 1,500 metres with both Olivia and Miranda SADLER contesting the event. Olivia collected a bronze medal for her third place in 4:26.57 with younger sister Miranda putting down a marker for the future finishing ninth in 4:41.86.

Dan STUDLEY is another Tom Watson coached athlete. Dan was in the mix in the Under-23 Men’s 1,500 until a very strong last lap left him, unusually, found wanting for speed. Adam Cotton took the race in the last 10 metres in 3:45.8 as Dan finished ninth in 3:53.05. Dan will have learned a lot from the race: as will Tom.

In the 100 metres yesterday I missed Chris STONE who clocked 11.0 when finishing third in Heat 4 of the Under-20 races; the results show a DNF in the semi-final so I hope there is nothing to worry about. I doubt it as he was in action in the 400 metres where he clocked 48.32 for a PB. Another club athlete competing in the 400 metres but in the older age group was the University’s Joe THORNTON who was sixth in his heat in 50.28.

Another athlete to have a DNF recorded against them on the results was Molly LONG. Molly qualified on the Saturday with 2:11.06 in heat 1 of the Under-20 800 metres and must have been considered to be a medal contender with her new PB of 2:06.3 which ranked her third in the under-20 age group (behind Jessica Judd and Loren Bleaken). We hope there is nothing serious and am sure that Coach John KNOWLES will have her back to winning ways in no time.

Theo CAMPBELL ran a 22.02 in a very competitive heat in the Under-23 200 metres but this was only good enough for fifth place. Theo would have needed a run closer to his 21.27 PB just to make the semi-finals in a quality sprint.

Joy BRAY had two of her high jumpers competing with Adam WALL finishing fourth in the Under-23 Men’s event with a clearance at 1 metre 98 centimetres losing out on bronze medal on count back. In the under-20 Women’s competition Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS finished twelfth with a 1 metre 65 centimetre clearance. 

This write up is based on a ‘partial’ result on Power of 10 plus ‘live updates on the EA web-site so if I have missed anyone I hope to catch up tomorrow.

It is good to see so many club athletes taking part in National age group races and our congratulations to our two medalists: Charlie MACLEAN gold in the under-23 3,000 metres steeplechase and Olivia SADLER bronze in the under-20 1,500 metres. As the races were trials for the European age group events we now wait to see who will get selected for the under-23 championships in Tampere (Finland) and the under-20 Championships in Rieti (Italy).  

Keith Brackstone reports.