Seven club athletes competed in the British Miler’s Club at Iffley Road Oxford in a meeting which celebrated the Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the British Miler’s Club which was set up by Frank Horwill in 1963 (I actually trained with Frank’s group at Crystal Palace from 1970 to 1972 before coming to Bristol University).
First up was Dave BISHOP in the ‘B’ 800 metres. The usual fast finish from Dave wasn’t quite enough to take him to victory as he finished second in 1:51.61 (outside his PB of 1:50.24).
Dan STUDLEY also ran a fast 800 metres (the ‘G’ Race) after the pacemaker took them to 400 metres Dan took the lead and appeared to falter with about 150 metres to go but whatever happened at that point was forgotten as he hit the home straight at pace and pulled away to record a comfortable win in 1:52.69 taking almost 2 seconds off his PB.
Georgie SALMON was one of two ladies from the club racing and she also found running in an 800 metres ‘G’ race to her liking. Seeking a sub-2:20 clocking to ensure she could enter the South-West Championships she ran a sensible tactical race in the blustery conditions and didn’t hit the front until the home straight to win in 2:18.57. A delighted Georgie is now looking for a quick 1,500 metres and hopes to be able to re-write her PB over that distance as well.
The feature event of the race was the Men’s Mile (there were four races altogether). Rich PETERS and Steve MITCHELL contested the ‘A’ Race. Chris Gowell of Swansea was asked to take the field through on a sub-4 minute pace and did so but the field were slightly off the pace. Steve MITCHELL passed the first quarter mile in 61.3 and the half-mile in 2:02.4. If the four minute barrier was to be broken someone had to pick the pace up on the third lap and Jonny Mellor of Liverpool obliged with Steve MITCHELL running the third lap in 59 seconds behind him. As Jonny faltered slightly down the back straight Steve took it on into the wind only to be passed by Jonny with 210 metres to go. Rich PETERS came with a late charge in the home straight to take the win by 6 hundredths of a second in 3:58.70 to Jonny Mellor’s 3:58.76. Steve MITCHELL fought like mad to nail the time but came away with 4:00.49 – not even a PB as he has run 4:00.13. If it’s any consolation he helped set up the first race at Iffley Road where two athletes have broken 4 minutes in the same race – and there were 7 PBs behind him. Steve will have another crack at this milestone in Cardiff on Wednesday 31st July 2013. We are wondering what Rich will do next – a run out in the Emsley Carr Mile would be very nice.
Adam SPEAKE was next on a track he knows well since starting University in Oxford. Adam was up and down the field in a competitive ‘D’ race finishing fifth in 4:23.70 – just a tenth of a second off his PB. A good warm up for his next race in the final BAL Match at Kip Keino Athletics Stadium on Saturday 3rd August 2013.
Last – but by certainly no means least – was Kate GOODHEAD. Kate was running in the Ladies 5,000 metres which was notable initially for the small number of competitors and became even more notable as at least three of the field dropped out at quite an early stage. Amongst the non-finishers was Jennifer Augusto of Portugal a former European Cross-Country Champion. Kate stuck to her task to finish fourth in 17:04.11 but was well on to go under her PB of 16:51.39 in the early part of the race. Unfortunately as the race wore on Kate was left to run the last 5 laps on her own – most unusual for a BMC event!
Athleticos were present taking video footage and the races can be seen on their web-site at http://www.athleticos.org/ .
Keith Brackstone Reports