21st August 2017

Weekend Update

Scottish Athletics Age Group Championships, Scotstoun, 19-20 August

Alisha Rees (Willy Russell) broke the Championship Best Performance on Sunday with two more strong runs over 200m. Having recorded a stunning 23.31 PB at Wednesday’s Manchester International, Rees took gold in 23.66 (1.8m/s) at Scotstoun bettering the old best set in 1994.

Having set seven PBs from seven at the European Junior Championships last month Holly McArthur (Iain McEwan) was back at it, leaping to 5.97m (1.9) in the long jump, and was only denied a hurdles best by the 4.9m/s tailwind. She was victorious in both events.

In the field, European Junior bronze medallist George Evans (Colin McCulloch) won his trademark discus, but also took the shot title with marks of 54.07m and 16.89m respectively.


BMC Grand Prix, Stretford, 19 August

On a great night at Stretford where the meet incorporated the England Athletics 10,000m Championships, Chris Thompson (Mark Rowland) was the runaway winner, crossing the line in 28.40.40, having passed halfway in a quick 14.01. Sam Stabler (Rob Denmark) was second in 29:03.64, a personal best, with Scot Luke Traynor (Dudley Walker) also running a PB of 29:08.52 in third.

There was a big PB for women’s winner Charlotte Arter (James Thie) as she took the title in 32:37.52, well clear of Gemma Steel and Verity Ockenden (Tony Houchin). GB cross country international Patrick Dever (Andy Bibby) won the men’s 3,000m in 8:09.09, another personal best, whilst European Junior silver medallist Markhim Lonsdale (Keith Lonsdale) took the men’s 800m A race in 1:47.63.


Ipswich Building Society Twilight 5km, Ipswich, 18 August

At the now annual Friday night road race down in Ipswich, Emelia Gorecka (Chris Thompson) was the big winner, running a swift 15.40, the second fastest 5km on the road by a British athlete this year. Luke Caldwell (Nic Bideau) took the spoils in the men’s race, crossing the line in 14.20.


Manchester International, Sportscity, 16 August

England prevailed in a close fought match on a windy and subsequently wet night in Manchester, getting the better of a BAL/UKWL select team, Scotland and GB juniors.

There were an impressive seven GB Junior victories on the night, with more info on them available here.

In the sprints, Andrew Robertson won a pair of 100m races in windy times of 10.15 (2.5) and 10.18 (3.3), whilst Diani Walker (Lloyd Cowan) and Katy Wyper (Derek Newton) went one-two in the women’s race, but were denied 11.44 and 11.61 personal bests by the 2.2m/s wind reading.

Ben Snaith (Mick Graham) edged out Edmond Amaning in the men’s 400m, 47.24 to 47.25, with Margaret Adeoye (Linford Christie) taking the women’s race in 52.70.

Seb Rodger (Stephen King) managed to cope with the windy conditions to win the men’s 400mH in 50.70, while over the longer barriers Iona Lake (Pauline Ash) set a brilliant 9.48.87 personal best to finish 30 seconds clear of her nearest steeplechase rivals. In the field Nathan Douglas (Aston Moore) set a season’s best of 16.80 (1.7), an emphatic winner and alongside Lake one of the performances of the night. Laura Samuel (Moore) won the women’s equivalent in 13.60, also a season’s best.


LOTTO Warszawski Memoriał Kamili Skolimowskiej, Warsaw, Poland, 15 August

Over in Poland, Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson) warmed up for the Muller Grand Prix Birmingham with a 72.02m effort, good for fourth.