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Middle Distance Squad update

 It has been a very busy week for he Middle Distance squad with a BMC regional race (Birmingham 28th) British 3 mile championship (London 28th) Kettering Floodlit Open (30th) & Watford Open (01st may) vying for their attention, but over the week there were some outstanding performances to celebrate.

Emily Williams was in action in the British 3 mile championships (Virgin mini Marathon) being held over the final 3 miles of the iconic London Marathon course, and she produced a top class performance to beat her previous best by 30 seconds, finishing in a magnificent 15th place in 17:33. This was 17 year old Emily’s final chance to compete in this race and she made the most of the opportunity to show her class over the longer road distance. Building on this Williams was in action again at her favourite track, at a Watford graded meeting where she opened her 1500m-track account with a very swift 4:26.69 to move to UK number 2. Williams competes over 800m for the final time on the 08th before she competes at the ISF World School Cup competition in Croatia to earn her 7th International vest (England).

Emily Williams (East Midlands) Fantastic run for 15th in the British 3 mile championships


Other athletes setting PB’s at the Watford open included 13 year old Alice Bennett who run her first 1500m of the season and smashed her PB by over 10 seconds to record a superb 4:52.44 and just 4 seconds off an English Schools Quali time. Earlier in the week at the Birmingham BMC Bennett raced her 2nd 800m of the season where a delayed programme & some erratic pace making saw her split way too quickly in 65 seconds, unsurprisingly Bennett faded towards the end of the race, but showed her gritty nature to fight her way through the finish line to record a highly credible 2:24.69.

Squad colleague U15 Alice Bates also recorded a new lifetime best at Watford, running in a faster heat Bates ran a controlled race and finished strongly to record 4:52.23 just 0.2 ahead of her club mate. Bates also suffered with the pace making at the Birmingham BMC with a fast pace in her 1500m meaning she ran out of legs over the past 300m, but she still opened her season with a very respectable 4:55.20. Both Bates & Bennett move into the top 25 in the UK.

Also running at Watford was Josh Cannel who ran a fine race to slice nearly 5 seconds from his previous best to record 4:22.86 to continue his fine start to the season. Callum Cox opened his 3k account with a respectable 10:04.95.

At the BMC Birmingham event there were other athletes recording new lifetime bests, with U17 Idayi Jumbe, slicing 3 seconds of his 800m best to record 2:07.63, and Ben Brooker slicing a further 2 seconds off his best with 2:14.54, and Josh Clutton reducing his PB by 3 seconds to 2:17.35, while Freya Batkin recorded a season opening 1500m time of 5:14.22.

At the first Kettering Floodlit open of the season conditions were ideal for fast times and he squad duly obliged with 21 of the squad setting new lifetime bests:

There were a number of outstanding performances with x2 athletes heading to an early UK number 1 ranking in their age groups (Once the results are confirmed by the Power of ten). U13 Jacob Asher-Relf who has missed much of the winter with growth related niggles, underlined his undoubted natural ability by opening his 800m season with a super fast 2:15.09 (2 seconds from his 2018 PB) to head to the top of the rankings.

Jacob Asher-Relf first race of the season and moves to an early UK No1 ranking!

U11 Jemima Davey competing over her second 1500m of the season in preparation for the selection race for the National Pre-School championships, her main target this season, lowered her brand new club record by another 12 seconds (A total of 24 seconds in her first two races) to record a superb new PB of 5:11.94 to also head the U11 rankings and also a top 20 in the U13 rankings. Davey had earlier sliced just under half a second from her 75m PB & close in on the U11 club record with 11.40 the fastest time of the night for all the U11’s.

Jemima Davey a superb new Club 1500m Record & UK No1 U11

Other impressive performances of the night saw U15’s Ben Brooker & Rio Carr absolutely smash their 1500m PB in the A race by 27 & 24 seconds respectively to record impressive new PB’s of 4:39.01 & 4:42.78. In the same race U13 Maggie Gancheva knocked 11 seconds from her best with 5:24.70, U15 Luke Cole set a new PB of 4:39.79 in his debut over the distance, U17 Josh Clutton sliced 5 seconds from his best with 4:44.50, with U15 George Separovic slicing 7 seconds off his best with 5:09.72.

Many of the Squad who set impressive PB's on the night

In the B 1500m there were also terrific performances with U13 Jack Mowat running well with 5:34.59, U15 Pippa Moore making her KTH debut with 5:35.69, James Clutton 5:48.16 & Ellie Separovic 6:11.62.

In the 600m George Sharp & Finlay Brooker ran well to record new PB’s with 2:02.07 & 2:04.39 respectively. For the 800m there were further PB’s from the squad with U15 Lucas Rogers slicing 2 seconds off with 2:26.23, along with V45 Rob Cole (2:37.09), with Josie Crick & Millie Robertson also running new PB’s with 2:55.36 & 2:57.11 respectively.

In the longer sprints, 400m the U17’s were looking to set fast times to claim a place for the 4x400m relay squad & both Iday Jumbe & Josh Geddes set new bests with 55.95 & 56.24.

With the County Championships now next on their race schedule the squad are warming up nicely for what could be a vintage season.