Mike Strange reports on the recent action…
British Championships – Birmingham NIA & Midland Championships Birmingham HIPAC.
Most of Britain’s class athletes were on display in Birmingham for the British Championships where B&W had a sprinkling of entries from our very top athletes. Kate MALTBY was our sole women’s competitor and ran a solid 3,000m with a season’s best run of 9:05.32 secs to take a fine 5th placing. Higher Competition Member Jenna BLUNDELL ran another Hurdles pb with an 8.59 clocking in her heat for 60m hurdles and HCA Yvette WESTWOOD clocked a solid 7.85 secs in her 60m heat but both were not fast enough to proceed to their finals.
Mike WILSMORE ran a competent 1,500m in 3:55.43 but also was unable to proceed to the very competitive final. We should be able to take some credit though for the brilliant runs of the Connell MACQUISTON trained Chris STONE who won his 200m heat and semi-final each time improving on his pb with 21.15 and 21.03 before contesting and just missing out in a tremendous final. Chris began his final with great intention leading slightly into the final bend but then he had to fight like mad to the line where he tightened up with effort before his legs gave way on the line for him to collapse right on the line and lose out to take 2nd place only 2 hundredths of a second behind the winner in another pb of 20.96 secs. Great run Chris you are a star. 400m specialist Freddie OWSLEY sadly was shaded out in his heat before then being Dq’d for a line infringement. Scott BAJERE still in recovery from hamstring problems matched his other recent season’s 60m runs clocking 6.97 in his heat.
Also in Birmingham, at the HPC Centre at Alexander Stadium the Midland Counties held the first part of their Indoor Championships. We welcomed our great new multi event signing U20 Emma BAKARE to our Club ranks for the first time in competition, and she did not let us down with a Club best ever U20 & U23 performance in the Triple Jump with a distance of 11.46m. A well-earned Gold Medal for Emma. Also starring in the Long Jump was new signing Alexia BENNETT-CORDY who demonstrated her intention to try at multi-events as she improved by her best by 36 cm to 5.14m and a Bronze Medal. On the following day Alexia returned to the HIPAC and although she gained a Silver Medal in the 60m hurdles she would have been less pleased because she started as the Midland Champion and was aiming to bring her time down below the 9 secs mark. She did however post a seasons best with a 9.14 clocking. All in all Alexia should be pleased with a good weekend’s workout. Archie HALLY in the U15 High Jump match his earlier seasons mark with another 1.40m clearance and multi-eventer U20 Higher Competition athlete Rory HOWORTH had a decent 1.80m clearance.
Peter MOUNTAIN V60 was well pleased with his 800m run at the Sheffield Masters meet with a 5 sec improvement on his season’s best with 2:29.20 Missing from last week’s Welsh Championships report was the excellent running of HCA Member Abi PEAKE who equalled her 60m pb with a 7.89 clocking.
Mike Strange – 11 Feb 2019