9th January 2023
WEEKEND ROUND-UP (6-8 JANUARY 2023)
BMC Grand Prix, Sheffield, 8 January
Issy Boffey (Luke Gunn, Enfield and Haringey) set an outright 800m personal best and achieved a qualifying standard for the European Indoor Championships in the process at the British Milers Club GP in South Yorkshire. Boffey, who reached the final of the Europeans in 2021, ran a time of 2:00.99, improving upon her previous best of 2:01.24.
Elsewhere in Sheffield, Phil Sesemann (Andy Henderson, Leeds) won a thrilling final lap sprint against 1500m world champion Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) in the 3000m. Sesemann, who was the top British finisher in the London Marathon in October, clocked 7:54.34 to Wightman’s 7:54.58.
Hannah Nuttall (Helen Clitheroe, Charnwood) also knocked a significant chunk off her 3000m personal best as she won the women’s race in a time of 8:52.63.
England Athletics Senior and U20 Combined Events and Walks Championships, Sheffield, 7-8 January
Sam Talbot (John Lane, Sheffield & Dearne) was triumphant in the men’s indoor heptathlon, achieving six personal bests along the way to a lifetime best score of 5823 points. It moved him to eighth on the UK all-time list.
In the women’s pentathlon event, Jordanna Morrish (Rafer Joseph, Bracknell) sealed the England title with a points score of 3966. However, she was third overall in the competition as USA’s Kaitlin Smith and Germany’s Laura Voss bagged second and third place.
In the U20 events, Bryony Bovell (John Shepherd, Guildford & Godalming) and Sammy Ball (Michael Dyer, Reading) won the women’s and men’s events respectively. Bovell scored 3727 points which was a career best, while Ball also achieved his best score with 5434 in the heptathlon.
Tom Partington (Steve Partington, Manx) and Abigail Jennings (Verity Snook, Aldershot Farnham and District) won the England titles in the 3000m race walk events.
England Athletics reports
Be Fit Today Track Academy Indoor Series, Lee Valley, 8 January
Alisha Rees (Leon Baptiste, Edinburgh) kicked off her 2023 campaign in style as she lowered her Scottish record to 7.27 in the 60m.
Meanwhile, Ojie Edoburun (Shaftesbury Barnet) ran a European Indoor qualifying standard of 6.63 to begin his 2023 season in solid form.
BMC / Glasgow AA Metric Miler Meeting (inc Scottish 3000m Championships), Glasgow, 6 January
Lynsey Sharp returned to the track following the birth of her son and won the 600m race at the Emirates Arena. Racing for the first time since 2019, the Edinburgh athlete clocked a time of 1:28.91 over the unique distance.