26th June 2017
BMC Grand Prix, Watford, 24 June
Aldershot Farnham and District teammates Emelia Gorecka (coach: Chris Thompson) and Steph Twell (Mick Woods) were the big winners on another great night of domestic middle distance running at Watford, the duo taking victory in the women’s 3,000m and 5,000m races respectively.
Twell stormed to 5,000m victory on the night by some 25 seconds, running a great solo race. Her 15.16.65 run was most importantly inside the qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championships London 2017. In second place, Charlotte Arter (James Thie) was rewarded with a 15.40.15 personal best ahead of Olympian Jess Martin who ran a season’s best of 15.50.04.
For Gorecka it has been a long road back from injury, where she has worked extensively on her running form, and all the hard work is starting to show dividends as she took another big step back towards her best. Some way clear of the field, the former European Junior champion crossed the line in 9.07.63, just over 10 seconds down on her personal best. Phoebe Law (Mick Woods) was second, the 19 year old recording a 9.20.45 personal best, whilst Iona Lake (Pauline Ash) returned to top level competition after a spell on the side-lines, and she was third in 9.25.89, just down on her personal best.
In the men’s 5,000m Ellis Cross (Mick Woods) just edged out Richard Goodman (Craig Winrow) the pair notching up personal bests of 14.01.74 and 14.02.46. In the men’s 1500m u20 athlete James Gormley (John Wood) was second only to Australian Adam Pyke in a fine 3.42.51 personal best, whilst Charlene Thomas (Aaron Thomas) was a runaway winner in the women’s race in 4.09.32. Notably Ella McNiven (Lynn Webb) ran the fastest 1500m ever by a 15 year old with her 4.15.61 run in third. With the World Para Athletics Championships just a couple of weeks away, Steve Morris (James Thie) fine-tuned his preparations with his second fastest ever 1500m, crossing the line in 3:57.84.
In the 800m races Tom Marshall (Thie) and Reeve Walcott-Nolan took the spoils, Marshall running a 1.48.68 personal best, with Walcott-Nolan setting a season’s best of 2.03.20 to edge out New Zealand’s Katherine Camp by just one hundredth of a second. However perhaps more notably Lynsey Sharp (Terrance Mahon) paced the women’s A race, as earlier in the evening she ran in the men’s I race, where she smashed her season’s best and the two minute barrier for the first time this season with a 1.59.33 run.
Meeting Internacional Villa de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain, 24 June
Joel Fearon (Michael Khmel) finished third over 100m in Spain thanks to a 10.25 (+1.0m/s) run, just 0.02 down on his season’s best.
In the men’s 800m a quartet of Jon Bigg coached athletes were in action, with Elliot Giles taking the win from Charlie Grice, 1.48.53 to 1.49.13, the latter a season’s best. Grice was also fourth in the 1500m; his time in that event 3.41.28, to round out a solid evening’s work.
Meeting National 2 de Carquefou, Carquefou, France, 23 June
2015 European U23 Cross Country champion Jonny Davies (Rob McKim) sliced almost 15 seconds off his 5,000m season’s best as he finished eleventh in 13.37.13 out in France. In the field, Bethan Partridge (Fuzz Caan) was second in the high jump with a 1.83m clearance whilst Chioma Matthews (Frank Attoh) was just outside her season’s best in the triple jump, her 12.78m mark good for third.
Copenhagen Athletics Games, Denmark, 20 June
Triple jumper Sineade Gutzmore (Aston Moore) moved to third on the Power of 10 thanks to a 13.32m (2.0) effort in Denmark, as she finished second in the competition with a windy 13.39m (2.6) jump. Also in the field there was a season’s best for former World Junior pole vault champion Harry Coppell (John Mitchell) as both he and Charlie Myers (Chris Boundy) vaulted 5.40m to take first and second, with Luke Cutts (Trevor Fox) having to settle for third with his 5.30m best.
On the track Ese Okoro was third in the 400mH, her 57.81 season’s best putting her fifth on the Power of 10, with Seb Rodger (Stephen King) third in the men’s race in 50.65. In the 400m flat Delano Williams (Neil Harrison) and Conrad Williams (Lloyd Cowan) were second and third in 47.40 and 47.43 respectively.
London Inter-Club Challenge, Hendon – 24 June
The multi-medalled F44 discus star Dan Greaves (John Godina) continued his preparations ahead of the World Championships in London next month, with a throw of 58.12m in the event.