Charlotte TAYLOR-GREEN was always to the fore in the Women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase on Day Two of the UK Trials at Alexander Stadium on Sunday 2nd July 2017 and when Iona Lake (Norwich) burst past pre-race favourite Lennie Waite (East Kilbride) with just over 1,000 metres to go Charlotte followed and although never quite getting on terms worked hard and was rewarded with a silver medal in 9:59.58 – her second sub-10 minute clocking. Charlotte is off to Ireland to race this coming weekend but the 9:42 UKA qualifying standard for the World Championships is probably a step too far this season – but this national medal will have raised her profile again and makes her dream of a Commonwealth Games run in 2018 a step closer to reality.
Emily DIAMOND looked to be on her way to gold in the Women’s 400 metres and entered the home straight in the lead before being caught just before the line by a fast finishing Zoey Clark (Thames Valley Harriers); Zoey clocked 52.30 to Emily’s 52.34. With a 51.85 clocking from the USA in April to her name Emily meets the criteria for selection for the World Championships. We look forward to seeing how she performs on the World Stage in August in London.
Other club performances saw Kate MALTBY finish ninth in the Women’s 5,000 metres in 16:14.97 for a season’s best with Steph BARNES one place behind in tenth place in 16:19.08 making a welcome, if brief, return from her new home in Belgium.
Chris STONE was in action again this time in the Men’s 200 metres where he finished fifth in Heat 4 in 21.34; his heat was won by Adam Gemili in 20.79.
Other athletes with club connections who competed on Day Two were Tom GALE (Team Bath) who finished ninth equal in the high jump with a best clearance of 2 metres 8 centimetres. Yvette WESTWOOD (Yate & District Athletic Club) finished sixth in Heat 2 of the Women’s 200 metres in 24.81. Both Tom and Yvette are higher competition athletes who regularly feature in the club’s National League teams.
A couple of former club athletes who caught the eye were Leon Reid who stormed to a bronze in the Men’s 200 metres with a stunning last 50 metres – did he do enough to get selected for the World Championships with his 20.38 clocking? What a great time to run a PB. Theo Campbell finished seventh in 47.29 in the final of the 400 metres.
For Leon it will be an anxious wait until the selector’s meeting on Tuesday 4th July 2017 for Charlotte it will be a case of running the qualifying time to back up her claim for World Championship selection.