30th July 2018
England Athletics UK CAU and AAA Senior Championships, Sportcity, Manchester, 28-29 July
The strong wind wreaked havoc at the England Championships in Manchester, however it did lead to impressively quick times in the 100m finals; Kimbely Baptiste (club: Crawley) took gold in 11.35, albeit with a 7.0m/s tailwind, whilst a similarly favourable 5.6m/s tailwind saw Andrew Robertson (Sale Harriers Manchester, coach: Sam Robertson) fly to a 10.06 win. Baptiste returned on day two to defend her 200m title in a windy 23.40, but Robertson couldn’t quite match her. Despite an electric start the Sale Harrier couldn’t quite hold off Edmond Amaning (Thames Valley) who took the win in 20.44 (4.0).
Jess Judd (Blackburn, Mick Judd) was the outstanding performer in the by and large cagey distance events, attacking hard to blow away the competition in both the 1500m and 5,000m, producing winning times of 4.18.01 and 16.13.47.
In the field Naomi Ogbeta (Trafford, Tom Cullen) produced a huge 14.15m (3.2) triple jump, although the wind means it won’t count for personal best purposes; only two Brits have ever jumped further. In the women’s long jump World Junior sixth placer Lucy Hadaway (City of York, Matt Barton) clearly found conditions to her liking as she produced a legal 6.39m (1.4) PB to get the better of Alice Hopkins (Oxford City, Marcia Marriott) on count back.
Sophie McKinna (Great Yarmouth, Mike Winch) continued her fine season with a solid series, culminating with a 17.71m win in the shot put, just 5cm short of her lifetime best produced at the Commonwealth Games in April. The men’s discus was another highlight in the field, George Armstrong (Shaftesbury Barnet, Zane Duquemin) overhauling long-time leader Chris Scott (Southampton, Andy Neal) thanks to a massive 59.72m personal best in round five.
Double World Junior medallist Kristal Awuah (Herne Hill Harriers, Matthew Thomas) continued her sensational form as she took victory out in Luxembourg in a massive 11.20 (0.7) personal best, the fourth best ever by a GB junior, a run that saw her get the better of Asha Philip (Newham & Essex Beagles, Steve Fudge) for the first time.
Results: Link to follow
Welsh Athletics International, Swansea, 25 July
In his first shot put competition since the British Athletics Indoor Championships back in February, Aled Davies (Cardiff, Ryan Spencer-Jones) set a season’s best of 15.75m with the 6kg shot, with just four weeks to go until the WPA European Championships.
Karlstad GP, Karlstad, Sweden, 25 July
Eilidh Doyle (Pitreavie, Brian Doyle) continued her comeback, which had seen her out of action since the Commonwealth Games until last weekend’s Müller Anniversary Games, with a 55.71 winning run out in Sweden as she gears up to defend her European title in Berlin. Stepping down to 800m, Sarah McDonald (Birchfield Harriers, David Harmer) was just outside her lifetime best, a 2.01.30 run good for fourth.
Loughborough EAP Open Meeting, Loughborough, 25 July
Tom Somers (Newham & Essex Beagles, Benke Blomkvist) enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at his training base at Loughborough University as he finished second in both the 200m and 400m. Starting with a run out over one lap Somers set a lifetime best of 46.91 before returning to the track to run 20.63 (0.8) in the 200m, his best since 2014, as he starts to return to his very best after a few difficult years with injuries.
Former world relay medallist Hayley Mills (Notts, Maxine Robbins) set a pair of season’s bests, with 11.65 (0.3) and 23.85 (0.6) runs, the later for victory, whilst James Arnott (City of Plymouth, Ryan Freckleton) was just outside his 100m season’s best with a 11.37 (1.0) run in the second round.
Watford Open Graded Meeting, Watford, 25 July
A 3,000m invitational race produced one of the best sets of British results this decade as 11 athletes went sub eight minutes, spearheaded by the in-from Scot Luke Traynor (Giffnock North). Smashing his personal best with a 7.53.9 run, he edged out Richard Allen (Aldershot, Farnham & District, Mick Woods) by two tenths of second, with Kieran Clements (Shaftesbury Barnet) third in 7.54.7. World Junior 1500m fourth placer Jake Heyward (Cardiff, James Thie) backed up his 3.36.90 personal best at the Müller Anniversary Games with a 7.55.2 run, also a PB.
Jess Judd (Blackburn, Mick Judd) was the leading woman over 1500m, her 4.09.3 effort in a mixed race fractionally outside her season’s best set at the Commonwealth Games back in April. In a separate mixed race Amy Griffiths (Aldershot, Farnham & District, Rob Denmark) revised her personal best with a 4.12.1 run.
Cheltenham Midsummer Open Meeting, Cheltenham, 25 July
Welsh international Jenny Nesbit (Worcester, David Walker) knocked six seconds off her 5,000m personal best with a 15.51.6 run, putting her 14th on the Power of 10 rankings.