13th May 2019
Meeting National à thème Défi Athlon de Montpellier, Montpellier, France, 11-12 May
In her first competition since defending her European Indoor pentathlon crown, Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Bertrand Valcin) was in action in an early season domestic meet in France, coming within 10cm of her shot put personal best with a 13.05m effort.
British Athletics League Division Premiership, Swansea, 12 May
The SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championship 60m gold and silver medallists, Dominic Ashwell (Marvin Rowe; Shaftesbury Barnet) and Jeremiah Azu (Helen Patricia James; Cardiff) met in Swansea with the latter having a weekend to remember as he won the 100m and finished second in the 200m, setting personal bests in both events.
His 10.39s (1.4m/s) saw him pip Ashwell to victory, the latter clocking 10.45 (1.4), which he cut to 10.44 (-0.1) in his second 100m race of the day. Azu then clocked 21.09 (0.6) as he finished second to Chris Stone (Connell Macquisten; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) who won in 21.05 (0.6). Both Azu’s 100m and 200m times are inside the European Under-20 Championships qualifying standard.
Ipswich Building Society Twilight 5K, Ipswich, 11 May
The Ipswich Twilight 5k has quickly established a reputation for being one of the fastest in the country and this year it incorporated the England Athletics Championships, attracting a stellar field. Leading the way on the men’s side was Belgrave’s Nick Goolab (Craig Winrow), whilst Laura Weightman (Steve Cram; Morpeth) was a clear victor in the women’s race.
Goolab has been fine form this spring, with his last outing a stunning 28:22 10km personal best to win in Brighton; he backed that up on Saturday night with an impressive 13.34 time, a road personal best, to put him top of the UK rankings. 1500m man Phil Sesemann (Andrew Henderson; Leeds City) chased hard to set a massive personal best of 13.43, whilst Adam Hickey (Eamonn Martin; Southend) rounded out the podium a further three seconds back. All in all 12 men went inside 14 minutes.
For Weightman, it was another dominant performance on the roads this winter, as she wrapped up gold by 30 seconds, crossing the line in 15.22, three seconds quicker than her road personal best and six seconds quicker than she ran in Monaco earlier this year. Leeds City’s Claire Duck (Mike Baxter) took silver, with Tonbridge’s Nicole Taylor (Richard Owen) the bronze, both of those women inside 16 minutes.
Big Ten Championships, Iowa City, USA, 10-12 May
In her 10,000m debut Julia Paternain (Mark Vile; Cambridge & Coleridge) ran a great race to cross the line sixth in 33:22.91, a time that puts her second on the Power of 10 rankings and way inside the qualifying time for the European U23 Championships, which take place in Sweden later this summer.
University of Birmingham Midweek Open Series, Birmingham, 8 May
Charnwood’s Amy Hunt (Joe McDonnell) improved on the windy personal best she set two weeks ago, to smash her wind legal personal best with a stunning run. Lining up in the women’s 100m, the 16-year-old stopped the clock in 11.38 (-0.3m/s) to produce the second fastest time ever by a British 16 year old.