24 Feb

This past weekend saw the British Universities Indoor Champs (BUCS) at the EIS Arena, Sheffield.

Steve MITCHELL emerged from his below par National Championship run two weeks ago to achieve a magnificent win in these Universities Championships at the same Sheffield venue.  Watching from the recording on Vinco Sport Steve let the early pacemaker go for the first few laps then closed the gap and sat on his shoulder until 700 metres to go.  At this point Steve gradually accelerated away to leave the whole field in his wake.  In a wonderfully controlled race Steve raised his arms as he broke the tape in a magnificent 8:24.91.  His winning time in the heat was 8:42.3 so this was two really great fast races in two days for Steve.

Yannick BUDD again improved the Club Record for 60 metre hurdles with 7.96 secs and this time was rewarded with a Bronze Medal behind the outstanding Bristol University student Andy POZZI.  Yannick won his heat in 8.02 seconds then made another big step forward to come third in the final in that Club Record.  Oliver JEFFERIES was 0.13 down on his season’s best and came fourth in his heat.  Ollie subsequently failed to make the final but as Yannick said they will make “a fearsome hurdles combination for Bristol & West in the coming summer season”.  Yannick then topped a dream weekend with a Gold Medal as one of a dominant Loughborough 4×200 metres relay team.

Elliott PRENDERGAST was 0.01 off his season’s best in the 60 metre Sprint with a 7.08 clocking to come second in his heat.  Elliott almost matched this time in his Semi Final but dipped out in 7.09 for sixth place.  Nevertheless this has been a really consistent top level indoor season for young Elliott.

In the Field Events each of our athletes were disappointingly performing just below their season’s best with Shaun SCOTT who High Jumped 1.85 for seventh equal in qualifying, James DIAMOND who jumped 6.38 for sixth in qualifying for the Long Jump and Luke BAILEY who finished eleventh in the Pole Vault with a 4.20 metre clearance.  (I am sorry but these performances could easily have been surpassed in the finals but unfortunately I can’t find results anywhere).

Higher Competition athlete Dean SMITH was third in his heat of the 800 metres with a 1:59.2 second run then he improved considerably in the Semi-Final where he clocked 1:56.27 for fourth place.

Mike Strange – 24 Feb 2014