Keen competition for national road mile titles in the capital
Teenager Charlie Grice followed up his BMC win in Solihull last week with another confident victory as the inaugural Bupa Westminster Mile in London hosted the British Athletics one-mile road championships.
After a big pack went through halfway together in around 2:04, Grice made his first move around 300 metres out and held the inside line around the tight last bend opposite Buckingham Palace. He won in 4:01.9 with trainer partner James Brewer close behind in 4:02.6. Chris Warburton was as clear third in 4:03.3.
Olympic 800m runner Michael Rimmer showed good endurance to finish fourth in 4:05.9 ahead just ahead of former national 1500m champion James Shane, who ran 4:06.1.
The pre-race favourite Andy Baddeley withdrew from the race with an Achilles injury.
The women’s race saw similar tactics from Hannah England, who also controlled the race from the front in the last 400 metres.
The World Championships 1500m silver medallist had only run one indoor 1500m, a half-marathon and a cross-country relay thus far in 2013, but she looked sharp as she kicked away from Lisa Dobriskey to win in 4:31.0.
Dobriskey was pleased with her second place in 4:31.9 while Emma Jackson, who missed four months of running at the end of last year with a stress fracture of the foot, was equally pleased with her third place in 4:34.4, which put her one place ahead of Stephanie Twell.
In the age-group championships, 5000m talent Jonathan Davies pulled off a fine win against Kieran Reilly, passing him almost on the line in 4:17.5 to 4:17.7.
Reilly’s Tonbridge team-mate Sean Molloy was even faster in winning the under-17 race. The UK under-17 800m record holder looked in control and stronger than ever with 4:15.5, though Ronnie Fitzgibbon was close behind in 4:15.8 with national under-17 1500m record-holder Matt Shirling a disappointed third.
Harry Spawforth, another 800m specialist, won the under-15 race in 4:41.2.
The older girls’ 1500m races weren’t to the same standard and easily the fastest was Harriet Knowles-Jones, who ran 5:00.0 ahead of former National under-13 cross-country champion Sabrina Sinha, who clocked 5:08.5.
Becky Berger-North won the under-20 race in 5:27.7 and Sophia Parvizi-Wayne took the under-17 title behind Knowles-Jones and Sinha in 5:15.8.
Multiple Paralympic champion David Weir took the wheelchair mile emphatically in 3:09 by a margin off 55 seconds.
More than 3000 runners took part in the 25 mile races in beautiful sunny conditions, on a course starting in the Mall and finishing outside Buckingham Palace.