Amelia Strickler throws 17.43m for a shot put stadium record, while Jazmin Sawyers leaps a wind-assisted 6.74m
Recent results from events across the British Isles as athletics competition continues to make a comeback.
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London Inter Club Challenge, Lee Valley, August 2
Amelia Strickler (pictured) broke the shot put stadium record at the venue’s first meeting since lockdown.
The British indoor champion threw 17.43m on her season opener for her fourth best-ever outdoor mark.
Jade Lally threw 58.13m to win the discus ahead of Kirsty Law with 56.74m, while Nick Percy opened his season with 61.39m to win the men’s event.
The 2018 European under-18 champion Sam Bennett won the under-20 110m hurdles in 14.27 (-0.7m/sec), while his fellow European under-18 medallist Lucy-Jane Matthews clocked 13.58 (-1.5m/s) in the women’s under-20 100m hurdles.
In the blustery conditions Sarah Abrams jumped a wind-assisted 6.41m (+3.4m/s) in the long jump.
Abrams’ coach, John Shepherd, said: “It was good for the athletes to have a chance to compete after so long without the opportunity and a relative lack of jumping facilities until recently.
“All the athletes were so enthusiastic about competing. Sarah plans to compete in Bournemouth this coming weekend.
“Thanks must go to the LICC team for putting on the meeting. David Bedford was spotted helping out on both days.”
.@abrams113 leapt a wind-assisted 6.41m (+3.4m/s) in the long jump at the weekend’s London Inter Club Challenge.
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Nuneaton Open Meeting, August 2
Efe Okoro clocked a 400m hurdles PB of 49.68 to go under 50 seconds for the first time and win ahead of world semi-finalist Chris McAlister with 50.11.
British indoor 400m champion Jessie Knight made her hurdles season debut and clocked a hand-timed 56.4.
European and Commonwealth long jump medallist Jazmin Sawyers leapt a wind-assisted 6.74m (+3.0m/s) for victory.
Alex Haydock-Wilson won the 400m in a PB of 46.45 ahead of Toby Harries with 46.61.
Andy Robertson achieved a sprint double with wind-assisted marks of 10.19 in the 100m and 20.76 in the 200m.
Trafford Open Series, Manchester, August 2
Liverpool Harrier Henry Nwoke scored an impressive sprint double at the second of the popular Trafford Open meetings, Steve Green reports.
The Northern under-20 indoor 60m champion returned 10.61 (+0.2m/s) in the 100m and a PB of 21.23 (-0.3m/s) in the 200m. On both occasions Trafford man Sagesse Nguie was second with 10.86/21.87.
National under-17 long jump champion Jerel Livingston, also of Trafford, showed great flat speed with a 10.97 100m, another lifetime best.
GB junior international Abi Pawlett ran a decent 14.19 for the 100m hurdles into a slight headwind, while Trafford’s Louis Morrison produced a PB of 14.21 over the under-20 heights ahead of Drew Bradley (14.55).
Covid 19 Series, Par, Cornwall, August 1
Callum Jones (pictured below) powered away from Oliver Smart to win the 1500m A race in a stadium record of 3:54.2 at the second meeting of a series organised by Cornish Rebels AC in conjunction with Newquay & Par AC.
The Bristol & West athlete sat in behind Smart before surging clear on the last lap. Smart, who is aged 17 and the 2019 English Schools cross-country inter boys champion from Devon, ran a PB of 4:02.5. Lewis Cotterill, 19, a Newquay & Par runner who won the 400m in 49.5 at the first Covid 19 Series meeting the previous weekend, clocked a PB of 4:05.3 in third.
Social distancing rules were followed – with maximum fields of four and no physical contact or spitting – although athletes ran only the first straight in lanes before breaking for the inside. England Athletics guidelines say runners should set off at 200m intervals in 1500m races but the Covid 19 Series is insured by the Association of Running Clubs not EA.
“The races were set up in such a way as to ensure that social distancing of one metre plus operated,” said organiser Larry Garnham, “and all athletes made sure they followed the strict guidance and they assured the organisers they felt totally safe and praised the event’s structure.”
The final Covid 19 Series meeting on August 8 will see a series of 800m races, with the same south Cornwall track then staging four throws meets from August 15 to September 5, the latter with an EA permit.
Guernsey Open Meeting, St. Peter Port, August 2
Abi Galpin broke the Guernsey 200m record with 24.60 (+1.4m/s) and ran a PB of 12.19 in the 100m.
Running in a mixed 200m race, Galpin finished a close second behind under-17 Alex Falla who clocked 24.37.
Josh Allaway ran a solo 100m season’s best of 10.88.
Lisburn 10km and 5km, Northern Ireland, August 1
Cardiff AAC’s James Hunt and Clara Evans claimed 10km victories, clocking respective times of 29:43 and 34:02.
The 5km titles went to Eoghan Totten (14:36) and GB international Jenny Nesbitt (16:13).
NI & Ulster 10,000m Championships, Northern Ireland, July 31
James Edgar won the men’s title in 30:44.01 ahead of Conan McCaughey with 30:55.93.
The women’s title was claimed by Catherine Whoriskey in 36:43.17 from Sarah Kelly with 37:19.53.
Midland Masters ‘Perfect Distance’ virtual event
In celebration of last week’s 40th anniversary of the ‘Ovett versus Coe’ Moscow Olympics, Midland Masters Athletic Club went retro with the ‘Perfect Distance’ Virtual Time Trials. In giving a nod to Pat Butcher’s iconic book on the duo, athletes from across the region ran a 1km TT on July 26 and a 2km on August 1, to mark the exact anniversaries of Ovett and Coe’s respective triumphs over 800m and 1500m.
Age graded winners were M55 Russ Parkin who was awarded a 1500m average split of 4:47 and W60 Chris Bexton who recorded 6:43.
M55 Neil Sheward and M70 Ron Cattle took silver and bronze medals as did W45s Lindsay Dixon and Louise Andrews.
Kevin Pye, who won the M60 category, was instrumental in organising the event which raised £145 for Children with Cancer UK.
Land’s End to John O’Groats, UK, July 16-28
Carla Molinaro broke the women’s record for Land’s End to John O’Groats, running the length of Britain in just 12 days, 30 minutes and 14 seconds.
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