26 March 2012
International Match Combined Events – Under 23 & Under 20, Cardiff, March 24 & 25
It was an excellent weekend for the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland teams, both individually and collectively in the Welsh capital.
An overall points score of 53,528 earned a second place finish, with France running out as champions. 11 athletes set personal best scores and 39 achieved individual event personal bests.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson (coach: Mike Holmes) was one of the stand out performers, setting a new British junior record in the process (4526). The Liverpool Harrier equalled her PB in the 60m hurdles with 8.45, before making a big improvement in the high jump with a 1.88m clearance. A distance of 11.68m in the shot was also a PB, before a time of 2:17.24 in the 800m sealed a triumphant two days for the Liverpool-born athlete.Her score puts her third in the UK all time senior lists behind Jessica Ennis and Kelly Sotherton and into the world top 15 seniors for 2012.
Elsewhere Ben Gregory (Emily Parker) improved his Welsh record to 5650 to win the under 23 heptathlon. In the under 20 pentathlon, 14-year-old Morgan Lake (Eldon Lake) performed beyond her tender years to take second place with a remarkable score of 3953 – this included an eight second personal best in the 800m.
Lisbon Half Marathon, Portugal, March 25
David Weir set a new T53/T54 Half Marathon World Record on Sunday in the Portuguese captial with a winning time of 43.41. Not only did Weir set a new world record, but he also got one up on Marathon World Record holder Heinz Frie, who finished in third.
Weir will now complete his final preparations for the London Marathon, going straight to Monte Gordo for the UKA warm weather training camp.
UCF Invitational, Orlando, March 25
Abi Oyepitan (Tony Lester) ran her fastest time for eight years to win with a windy 22.75.
South of England Road Relays Championships, Milton Keynes, March 25
On a new course there was a convincing win for Aldershot Farnham and District in the women's race as they won by six minutes from the Aldershot B team and Dulwich Runners. European Under 20 cross-country champion Emelia Gorecka (Mick Woods) set the fastest time and inaugural course record (5053m) of 16:24.
Newham and Essex Beagles won a much more exciting men's race with only a minute covering the top four after over four hours of racing. National and Inter Counties cross-country champion Keith Gerrard set the fastest short leg of 14:37. Highgate Harriers were second and Kent AC third.
BMAF Championships, Bath, March 25
Former international Lucy Elliott finished a fine cross-country season which saw her medal in the Area Championships at the age of 46.
Hastings Half Marathon, March 25
Justina Heslop (self-coached) finished second to Kenyan Jane Muia in 74:24. Ben Fish (Arthur Almond) was the leading British man in third with 67:44.
Wilmslow Half-marathon, March 25
Anthony Ford won in 64:54.
Cambridgeshire Throws, Cambridge, March 25
There was another top quality hammer competition between Norwich clubmates Callum Brown (Lorraine Brown) and Michael Painter (John Painter) and both set PBs with 68.55m and 68.51m as they lie second and third in the UK Under-20 rankings.
Dudince 50km Walk, Slovakia, March 24
Dominic King went eighth on the UK all time lists for 50km walk and a clear top of the McCain Power of Ten rankings with a time of 4:06:34 which placed him 19th. The time is inside the UKA Olympic B standard of 4:09:00.
Georgia Relays, USA, March 24
Former British record holder Roald Bradstock (self coached) went fourth in the McCain Power of Ten javelin rankings with a 72.35m throw.