7th May 2019
BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND UPDATE
BUCS Championships, Bedford, 4-6 May
Harry Hughes (Mark Roberson; West Suffolk) once again showed his class, the young javelin thrower breaking the BUCS record to take gold in Bedford, as he sent the spear out to 78.63m, winning by over 16 metres. There was an equally dominant display from another BUCS record breaker Aimee Pratt (Vincente Modahl; Sale Harriers Manchester) who stopped the clock in the women’s 2,000m steeplechase final in 6.26.14 to move to third on the UK all-time list. There was also a BUCS record for pole vault winner Natalie Hooper (Henrietta Paxton; Sutton & District) who cleared 4.02m for gold.
After a number of injury problems in 2018, former GB junior international Oliver Bromby (Southampton) returned to take the BUCS 100m title in 10.39 (1.3), whilst Shannon Malone (Glyn Hawkes; Deeside AAC) ran a personal best of 11.62 (2.0) to take the women’s equivalent. Class acts Alex Botterill (Andrew Henderson; City of York) and Isabelle Boffey (Luke Gunn; Enfield & Haringey) took their respective 800m titles, whilst Denmark’s Anna Moller (Mick Woods) took gold in the 5,000m, leading Jess Judd (Mick Judd; Blackburn) and Amelia Quirk (Woods; Bracknell AC) to season’s and personal bests of 15:56.96 and 16:02.47 respectively, the latter achieving the European Under-23 qualifying mark.
There were also a string of good results for para athletes, led by Zak Skinner’s (Aston Moore; Tonbridge) 6.77m (0.2) personal best in the men’s T13 long jump and a T34 100m PB of 16.18 (1.9) for Ben Rowlings (Ian Mirfin; Coventry).
Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk; Team Bath) claimed the ambulant 100m title in 13.48 (1.3), leading home Polly Maton (Colin Baross; Team Devizes), who took second place, adding to her abulant long jump victory, with a best of 4.90m (-0.3).
In the men’s short sprint T20 Jordan Andrew (Matthew Grainger; Newham & Essex Beagles) ran an 11.94 (0.2) PB to win, whilst Ben Rowlings (Ian Mirfin; Coventry) won the wheelchair 100m race in a personal best of 16.18. F44 Harrison Walsh (Swansea) won the ambulatory shot put with a best effort of 15.23m, getting the better of F37 Joshua Bain (Kevin Bain; Chelmsford) who threw 11.83m, whilst Walsh also won the discus title with a throw of 49.11m.
In the hurdles Khai Riley-La Borde (Ray Gibbins; Enfield & Haringey) took sprint gold in a time of 13.73 (2.4), holding off a strong field, with Alex Knibbs (Nick Dakin; Amber Valley & Erewash) taking the 400mH crown with a strong 51.19 run.
In the field, Phillipa Davenall (Rob Careless; Notts) won the women’s hammer with an impressive 62.19m personal best, whilst Amy Holder (Neville Thompson; WSEH) set a season’s best of 54.07m to take gold in the women’s discus. Loughborough were crowned male and female champions overall.
Payton Jordan Invitational, California, USA, 2 May
Marc Scott (coach: Jerry Schumacher ; club: Richmond & Zetland) and Alice Wright (Ben Rosario; Worcester) both set fantastic 10,000m personal bests, breaking noteworthy barriers in the process on another great night of distance running in California. Scott set an 11 second personal best of 27:56.19 to finish second behind American Ben True, whilst Wright was twelfth in a world class women’s race, crossing the line 31.56.52.
The stand out 5,000m performance undoubtedly came from Amy-Eloise Neale (Wakefield AC) as she smashed her personal best to finish third in a world class women’s race, crossing the line in 15.21.58 to go second on the Power of 10 behind only Laura Muir. In the men’s race Andrew Butchart (Central) was also third in 13.18.16, a season’s best but more importantly a World Championship qualifying standard. Chris O’Hare (Terrance Mahon; Edinburgh AC) had a rare run out of the longer distance, crossing the line in 13.48.66, whilst it the B race Tom Farrell (Mark Rowland) continued his return with a solid 13.45.50 run.
Over the 1500m, William Paulson (Christopher Frapwell; Stroud) was the top Brit, backing up his 3.38.35 personal best set three weeks ago with an impressive 3.39.04, good for fifth in the A race whilst in the steeplechase Adam Visokay set a personal best of 8.34.92 to go top of the Power of 10.
TTU Masked Rider Open, Texas, USA, 4 May
Jodie Williams (Stuart McMillan; Herts Phoenix) set her first 100m personal best for eight years, the 2010 World Junior champion clocking 11.17 (2.0) to improve her best by one hundredth of a second, a huge breakthrough after a number of years of injury troubles. That mark also puts her top of the Power of 10 rankings for 2019, whilst she also ran 22.46 (2.9) over the 200m.
UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Division North West 3, Blackburn, 5 May
Charlotte Williams (Mick Hitchon; Blackburn) moved to sixth on the UK all-time list for the U20 women’s hammer as she improved her personal best to 60.67m, once again inside the European Junior Championship standard.
Run and Become Scottish 5km Road Championships, Edinburgh, 3 May
2018 European Cross Country Championship team silver medallist from 2018 Kris Jones (Dundee Hawkhill), produced a strong final two kilometres to reclaim the Scottish 5km road championships title in a swift 14:26 seconds, just 9 seconds outside the course record time Callum Hawkins posted in 2016.
His young Dundee club mate Jamie Donald (Mark Pollard) followed in 14:31 and with that claimed the Scottish under 20 title. Last years champion, Lachlan Oates (John Montgomery; Shettleston) was third in 14:39.
A fierce battle between Mhairi MacLennan (Helen Clitheroe; Inverness) and Morag Miller (Central) saw the women’s race go down to the wire, with the latter eventually emerging the victor, smashing the course record of 16:09 as she clocked 15:49, with MacLennan six seconds further back in second.