The National Indoor Championships in Sheffield held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2017 brought a well-earned Silver Medal to Chris STONE with a fine 21.47 second 200 metres to finish in third place in the final (the Italian finishing in front of Chris didn’t count for Medals in the British Championships). Chris came second in both his heat and semi-final with very good times of 21.59 and 21.60, so he was up for a Medal in that final. It is great to see him succeeding with his really tough training regime and after falling on the line in last year’s Championships. Chris also went well in the 60 metres sprints returning times of 6.89 and 6.90 in his heat and Semi-final.
Charlotte TAYLOR-GREEN was overjoyed at making her 1,500 metres Final running 4:29.93 for second in her heat. Charlotte then went on to improve her time to a 4:26.40 PB for a magnificent fifth place in the final. Charlotte moves up to third in the Club Indoor all time rankings above Christine ROSE (yes Nick’s Wife who was a formidable distance runner in her time). Steve MITCHELL and Mike WILSMORE ran well in the Men’s race. Steve made the final and clocked 3:49.95 clocking for sixth after recording 3:50.45 in his heat. Mike returned 3:58.04 for ninth in his heat. After a couple of years concentrating on his teaching career Steve was very pleased with his run which may well see him training a bit harder and getting back to his old self on the track. Former Bristol University Student (and Keith Brackstone coached) John Ashcroft just beat Steve finishing fifth in the 1,500 metres final.
Kate MALTBY had run 9:01.97 in Glasgow in early January and improved to 9:00.81 in the USA at the end of Jan. These were times that would have easily won this Championship but sadly she could not match these times on the day after her travels and she finished eighth in the final in 9:23.32. Kate suffered for a slow early pace but still had a creditable race. Well done Kate.
Two of our Higher Competition Athletes had mixed success in the High Jump with Ada’ora CHIGBO coming seventh in the Women’s competition with a 1.73 clearance and Tom GALE eighth in the Men’s with a 2.13 metre clearance. Both have done much better clearances this indoor season but remembering they are still Under-20 there will be many years of top marks for both in the future.
One competitor to note was Race Walker Tatyana GABELLONE who of course trains frequently at Whitehall. Tatyana gained the Bronze Medal with a time of 13:49.49 in the 3k Walk, a time which I am sure many of our recreational runners would aspire to. Well done Tatyana and we hope all of that training at Whitehall has contributed to your Medal.
Apart from Kate MALTBY’s great 3k in the USA Lucy BRYAN is going from strength to strength in the Pole Vault. If you remember we reported last week the she had upped her own Club Indoor record with 4.28m and 4.30m clearances well she the upped it again to a magnificent 4.33 metres in Akron, Ohio on the 4th February. I am reliably informed that Lucy was so happy with this performance that she rang her mother and got her out of bed at 3 a.m. in the morning with her great news.
Another ex-Bristol & West athlete to hit the headlines has been Theo CAMPBELL who has joined the Circus by travelling to Australia to compete in the Nitro Games. Photos of Theo on Facebook with Usain BOLT and others show that he is having fun mixing with athletics royalty.
At the Midland Championships Horizontal Jumper Samantha BARRETT showed a little of her training form with a considerable competition step forward and a PB Triple Jump of 10.99 metres (all of her jumps over 10.65 metres) to take the Bronze Medal. Due to the lack of information from the Midlands we unfortunately do not yet know the fate of our other competitors Mark COTTAM, Sophie KAMLISH, Hannah WILLIAMS, Natasha LEWIS and Sophie HILLYERD. Hopefully we can report these next week.
At Cardiff for the Welsh Junior Championships the colours of Bristol & West just showed in one event. Higher Competition Athlete Abby MILES appeared in the Under-20 Women’s Long Jump where she was a little below par jumping 4.93 metres.
Mike Strange – 13 February 2017