At Loughborough (outdoor) outstanding Hammer Thrower Catherine BEATTY opened her season with a truly top throw of 59.17 metres. This won the competition at Loughborough where she is currently studying.
In the USA Lucy BRYAN seems to be settling well into her new environment by clearing a Club Indoor Record of 4.30 metres in the home of ‘tyres’ Akron, Ohio following it up with 4.28 metres in University Park, Pennsylvania. Then Bethan KNIGHTS was first lady in an Indoor 5,000 metres in 16:51.54 in Seattle to also claim a Club Record. Outstanding performances to open the new season by two of our noted International athletes. Also making some waves in the USA is our Olympian Kate REED who ran a truly remarkable Half Marathon debut winning in Tallahassee, Florida in 73:44. This ranks Kate just behind Claire HALLISSEY in our Club ranking lists above others who were Internationals at the event?? And to think Kate is only over there to visit her sister who is coaching at a University in the States.
At Lee Valley (which has already been reported) I go for Caspar ELIOT’S 800 metres as top performance. Caspar, a 400 metre hurdler, has been toying with the 800 metre race for a little while now but this week he really hit the jackpot with a 1:54.60 clocking to come second in a London Championships race. Evidently Caspar was just pipped on the line but when asked why he did not just hold on for the last few strides he commented that he was completely spent so just could not respond. That time is in fact faster than our top man Steve MITCHELL did at Cardiff on the same week-end.
Chris Stone bounced back from some injury niggles experienced at Lee Valley a couple of weeks ago with an excellent 200 metres in 21.83 seconds followed the next day by two really fast 60 metre sprints in 6.89 and 6.95 seconds. Chris still has problems (as do many more athletes) in coping with coming off the steep bends whilst running Indoors. Believe you me it is something that comes with experience.
Natasha LEWIS enjoyed a good win in her 800 metres in 2:19.83 which should bring some faster times as the Indoor season progresses and new boy Matt Newton brought his Indoor 400 metre time down to a respectable 51.81 seconds.
New Pole Vaulter Silvia AMABILINO is still not happy with her vaulting and finished fourth with a clearance of 3.26 metres. Slightly better than at Cardiff a couple of weeks ago but really this is looking great for the season if she thinks that she can go far higher.
Mike Strange – 5 Feb 2017