31st July 2017
England Athletics AAA and UK CAU Senior Champs incorporating the England Athletics Senior Disability Athletics Championships, Bedford, 29-30 July
Tom Gale (coach: Denis Doyle) carried on where he left off at the European Junior Championships, revising his high jump personal best once more with a stunning 2.30m clearance. Having taken bronze in Grosseto with a three personal best clearances, eventually bowing out with 2.28m, he had made two good attempts at 2.30m, but nailed it in Bedford this weekend. He saw off a challenge from Chris Baker (Sharon Heveran) who had to settle for a 2.21m best, despite close attempts at 2.26m, whilst GB junior Joel Kahn equalled his 2.16m personal best in third. World Para Athletics silver medallist Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Paul Harrison) finished in fifth place with a best of 2.06m.
There was also strong form in the field on the opening day from Joe Harris (David Parker), who added four metres to his javelin personal best, taking gold with 75.71m, a metre clear of Joe Dunderdale. In the disability events triple London 2017 medallist Kare Adenegan (Job King) took victory in her three specialist disciplines, the 100m, 400m and 800m in times of 18.32, 63.70 and 2:11.31 respectively.
British champion Iona Lake (Pauline Ash) was the big winner on the track, adding the English 3,000m steeplechase title to her British title thanks to front running a 9.50.61 personal best. There was also a personal best for 100m winner Diani Walker (Lloyd Cowan) who stopped the clock at 11.45 (-0.5), whilst Ojie Edoburun (Jonas Dodoo) won the men’s event in 10.26 (-0.1).
James Weaver (Laura Turner-Alleyne) took the 110mH title in 13.73, having run a 13.69 (0.9) personal best in the heats, ahead of Jake Porter (Andy Paul) and Edirin Okoro (Jade Surman) who ran 13.86 and 14.05 respectively.
The women’s 400m was undoubtedly the event of day two, Margaret Adeoye (Linford Christie) overhauling European Junior 200m champion Maya Bruney (John Blackie) in the final metres, crossing the line in 53.17, just one hundredth ahead of the youngster who set a personal best. In the men’s event Ben Snaith (Mick Graham) and Edmond Amaning clocked PBs of 46.21 and 46.49 respectively.
Kirsten McAslan (Trevor Painter) showed she has a bright future over 400mH, running a fine 57.31 in just her third race over the barriers, missing the Team Scotland Commonwealth Games mark by just 0.01 of a second. Jonny Davies destroyed the field in the men’s mile, just missing out on a sub four clocking, his 4.00.58 a fine solo effort. In the women’s high jump Emma Nuttall (Fuzz Caan) got the better of her compatriot Nikki Manson (Ken Allan), both Scots clearing 1.86m.
Internationaal Antwerps Atletiekgala, Merksem, Belgium, 29 July
Recently crowned European Junior 1500m champion Jake Heyward (Paul Darney) continued his brilliant run of form, knocking a good two seconds off his lifetime best with a 3.42.12 run.
Meeting Elite de Castres, Castres, France, 26 July
After running a season’s best to win his heat, Jake Porter (Andy Paul) scored victory in the 110mH final in a new lifetime best of 13.68 (1.2), smashing his old best set at the Müller Anniversary Games to go sixth on the Power of 10.
Watford Open Graded Meeting, Watford, 26 July
A high quality men’s 3000m saw Oregon bound James West (George Gandy) take victory in 8.00.66 guiding eight other men inside 8.10. Kieran Clements was second in 8.01.17 in his first race in the UK for two years, with U23 1500m specialist Robbie Fitzgibbon (Jon Bigg) fourth in 8.01.79. In a mixed race Emelia Gorecka (Chris Thompson) was seventh in 9.21.41, also running 4.23.24 in her first 1500m of the year.
Trafford AC Grand Prix inc BMC Gold Standard, Stretford, 25 July
Alex Bell (Aaron Thomas) prevailed in a high quality women’s 800m, crossing the line in 2.00.69 ahead of Laura Weightman (Steve Cram), who produced a personal best of 2.01.87. There was also a 2.02.09 personal best for Jacqui Fairchild (Helen Clitheroe), with Hannah England one place further back in a 2.02.15 season’s best. In a mixed race Jess Judd (Mick Judd) produced her fastest time for over two years, fifth in 2.02.67 as she gears up for the 1500m at London 2017.
In the men’s event Rory Graham-Watson (Rodger Hughes) set a fantastic new lifetime best by over a second, stopping the clock at 1.47.29, with Alex Coomber (Arwyn Lewis) and Jonny Davies also setting new PBs of 1.48.44 and 1.48.94 respectively.
Folksam Grand Prix, Karlstad, Sweden, 25 July
Andrew Osagie (Mark Rowland) was just outside his season’s best as he finished third in the 800m in 1.46.05, with European U23 silver medallist Dan Rowden (Richard Thurston) shaving a couple of tenths of his lifetime best with a 1.46.64 run for fifth.