A look ahead to the fourth British Milers’ Club Grand Prix meeting of the summer
Emelia Gorecka will be looking to continue her return to action after injury with a good performance in the fourth British Milers’ Club Grand Prix event of the summer in Oxford on Saturday (July 23).
The 22-year-old 2012 World Junior Championships medallist will be racing on the track for only the fourth time this summer having made her comeback in a low-key Southern League match earlier in the month – winning both the 400m and 800m – and then clocking 4:24.40 to win the 1500m at the BMC Gold Standard meeting in Watford a few days later.
At her best – which stands at 4:14.22 set four years ago – Gorecka would be a leading contender for victory on Saturday and her declared target of 4:20 will certainly put her at the front of the field.
She is up against Jess Judd, who will be looking to bounce back from a below par fifth in the last Grand Prix race at Solihull, Jade Williams and Laura Carlyle of Canada, who boasts a personal best of 4:12.
Then there is in-form 24-year-old Coventry athlete Rowena Cole, who set a personal best of 4:18.07 to finish third in Solihull and believes she can carve a few more seconds off that time before the end of the season.
The women’s 800m has provided some great action this summer and there could be another new winner on Saturday with a line-up headed by Stewartry’s 22-year-old Katy Brown who is chasing 2mins 01secs, Sarah McDonald, Lucy James and Rachel McClay.
England under-23 champion Revee Walcott-Nolan – who won the B race a year ago – will also be looking to maintain her consistent performances and go better than the third she achieved in the Solihull Grand Prix two weeks ago.
The men’s 800m is headed by Dale King-Clutterbuck, who has a season’s best of 1:48.75 to put him 15th in the UK rankings, with David Dempsey, Anthony Whiteman, David Proctor, Sean Molloy and Denmark athlete Nick Jensen, with a PB of 1:48.75, also in the field.
Former GB international Andy Baddeley is among the entries for the mile, while in the 5000m Adam Hickey and European Cross Country Championships runner Jenny Nesbitt will be competing.
There will also be the Peter Cole and Frank Horwill miles for under-17 boys and under-17 girls respectively.
The meeting starts earlier than usual at 3.00pm.