Anthony Whiteman improves own M40 world best while New Zealand champion Angie Smit wins over 800m

Anthony Whiteman and Angie Smit were among the winners at the BMC Trafford Grand Prix on Saturday, Whiteman improving his own M40 800m world best and New Zealand champion Angie Smit victorious over the same distance.

The pair were both late entries to the event and made the most of the outing. Whiteman clocked 1:48.05 to beat the likes of 19-year-old Matthew Fayers with a 1:48.12 personal best, while Smit ran 2:00.59 to finish over two seconds clear of 20-year-old Katy Brown who ran a personal best of 2:02.95 to improve on the 2:04.26 she ran at the SportCity GP in May.

Reigning national champion at both 800m and 1500m, Smit was one of a number of athletes using the meeting as a final sharpener ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Another was Racheal Bamford who secured her place in the England team for the 3000m steeplechase having clocked a personal best of 9:54.57 for victory at SportCity and then followed that up with third place in the British Championships at the end of last month. Running in the ‘B’ 800m race, the 24-year-old Leeds City athlete smashed her PB with 2:05.97.

Frank Baddick won the men’s ‘A’ 1500m race from Richard Weir – 3:42.06 to 3:42.53, while Julia Cooke won the women’s ‘A’ race in 4:19.06. Norway’s Marius Vedvik was victorious over 3000m with 8:02.16, as 19-year-old Michael Callegari smashed his personal best with 8:08.25 in third. Elle Vernon won the women’s event in 9:10.34, while Darragh Rennicks came out on top in the 3000m steeplechase with 9:13.00.

» Full results can be found here