BMC hail 50th anniversary season a success

Organisers reflect on 2013 season which they say saw personal bests recorded in 45% of results

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Jess Judd BMC (Mark Shearman)

The British Milers Club has labelled its 50th anniversary season a success following its last meeting of the season in Watford earlier in September.

The 46-meeting series stretched from Exeter to Glasgow and began in April. In almost 500 races, 45% of all finishers recorded a personal best, according to the organisers.

BMC chairman Tim Brennan was delighted with the performances, which included the 2:00.37 800m by 18-year-old Jessica Judd in Watford and several other championship qualifying standards.

He said: “Jessica’s breakthrough run and BMC record, which at the time was leading the world rankings, were an early highlight.

“The number of runners who qualified for the European Under-20 Championships and the World Youth Championships was also a highlight.

“There was also a bit of innovation when we held a 3000m race inside a women’s 5000m race at Sport City to help some of the girls achieve qualification for the World Youths and it was generally great seeing several of these young athletes go on to medal in the championships.”

Jake Wightman was among these, running 1:48.45 for 800m at the BMC meet in Watford in June before taking European Junior 1500m gold in Rieti.

“As in most seasons nearly all the qualifications for the international age group championships came from BMC races,” added Brennan. “There were four European Under-23 qualifications, 18 for the European Under-20s and 12 for the IAAF World Youth Championships in BMC races.

“BMC meetings dominate rankings particularly in the age groups but also in senior events where we have tried to make up for the lack of good opportunities elsewhere. For instance, in the women’s 5000m eight out of the top ten performances are in BMC races.

“Overall a lot was achieved this summer despite a dificult climate with the loss of sponsorship from McCain and the restrictions placed on under-20s running Watford.”

The British Milers Club was launched by the late Frank Horwill in 1963 after he announced in Athletics Weekly plans to improve domestic miling performances after recent decline.

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