Club Athletes in the Medals at England Championships – 29th and 30th July 2017

01 Aug

Charlotte TAYLOR-GREEN added to her medal tally at National Events when finishing second in the Women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase at Bedford on Day One of the English Championships and Inter-Counties. Finishing second in the race in 10:01.05 behind Iona Lake (City of Norwich – 9:50.61) Charlotte nevertheless picked up the England Gold medal to continue a really successful season.

There were close finishes involving club members with Steve MITCHELL taking silver in the Men’s 5,000 metres. In a typically tactical championship race Steve finished just behind Alex Teuten of Southampton as the former clocked 14:54.56 to Steve’s 14:55.21.It is disappointing to note that there were only nine finishers in the race though.

Chris STONE finished fifth in the final of the Senior Men’s 100 metres clocking 10.52 seconds on Day One of the Championships but returned on Day Two to take a silver medal in the 200 metres. Chris was awarded the same time as Antonio Infantino with 21.14 seconds into a slight headwind but Infantino got the nod on the dip. “Almost England champion today,” said Chris. “Great to be battling it out with some of the best 200 metre runners in the country. The times will come and the gold medals will come! Not bad for six rounds in two days.”

Christina JONES finished sixth in the Women’s Hammer recording a best throw of 59 metres and one centimetre. Also in action in the Women’s field events was Alice GROSJEAN (Mendip AC who competes for the club in the UKWAL as a Higher Competition athlete) who finished twelfth in the Discus with a best throw of 35 metres and 26 centimetres.

Also in action on the track were Hannah WILLIAMS who ran 25.00 to finish  third in Heat 1 of the 200 metres. Qualification to the final was the first two in each of 3 heats plus the two fastest losers and Hannah just missed out. Freddie OWSLEY ran 48.93 to finish third in his heat of the Men’s 400 metres to progress to the semi-finals where he ran 48.55 to finish fourth.

Club Higher Competition member Tom GALE (Team Bath) produced the best clearance of the competition in the Men’s high jump with a new PB at 2 metres 30 centimetres – according to Caspar Eliot this ranks him twelfth in the World this year – absolutely amazing!  Tom was 9 centimetres clear of the runner-up. Robbie Grabarz better watch out for his number 1 slot in British high jumping – Tom Gale has you in his sights. (Robbie’s PB might be 2 metres 37 centimetres but his best in 2017 is 2 metres 31 centimetres).

Well done to all of you – a great set of results.