A round up of the action at the final British Milers’ Club Grand Prix meeting of the season
Jake Wightman’s ultimate verdict on the season of 2015 may be one of disappointment but he may also find that he emerges from the experience a far better athlete.
After two smooth years of success that saw him crowned European junior 1500m champion in 2013 and then make his senior international debut for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games last year, Wightman has had a bumpy ride this summer.
He never got close to making the team for the World Championships in Beijing while his season’s best of 3:40.05 is almost five seconds adrift of the PB of 3:35.49 he set last year.
In short he has not looked like the athlete of the past two seasons but his PB of 1:47.37 to win the 800m at the final BMC Grand Prix of the season suggests he is back on track.
“I have never experienced a slump like this and I have found it hard to get my head around it,” he said.
“A few things have gone wrong and it has taken time for me to get fit but I am feeling a lot better now. It was good to run a PB tonight and now I am hoping to run a fast 1500m by the end of the season, possibly in Zagreb next month.”
Tom Lancashire won the 1500m in 3:38.37 and behind him there were PBs for Cameron Boyek and Adam Clarke, while Andy Vernon was 0.04 off his lifetime best.
Jess Judd finished third behind Ireland’s Ciara Mageean, who ran a 4:07.31 PB, and Edinburgh AC’s Madeleine Murray, also with a big PB of 4:10.17.
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