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Reece Prescod
8 May 2017

Newham Network Open Series, Newham, 7 May

Reese Prescod (coach: Jonas Dodoo) opened his outdoor season in fine style with a 10.09 (1.2) 100m clocking on his home track. He posted that time, which is inside the London 2017 World Championship qualifying standard, in the final having run 10.18 earlier in the day.

Windy conditions affected the times in some of the women’s 100m races. Paralympic champion Sophie Hahn (Joe McDonnell) ran a wind-assisted 12.80 in the 100m and 26.81 in the 200m, whilst Olivia Breen (Aston Moore) faced the similar conditions, recording a wind assisted personal best of 13.25. Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk) and Laura Sugar (Femi Akinsanya) also ran wind-assisted times of 13.30 and 13.48 respectively.

T13 athlete Zak Skinner (David Hull) has enjoyed a great start to 2017, and once again lowered his personal best in the 100m to 11.36 (0.8). In addition, Maria Lyle (Ryan Freckleton) ran a 30.13 200m.



British Wheelchair Racing Championships, Stoke Mandeville, 6-7 May

Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks) enjoyed a successful weekend at the British championships, clocking her third quickest time ever over 400m with a 59.02 clocking. This added to a 17.40 (+1.0) time in the 100m to take the win, 31.14 in the 200m and 59.02 in the 400m.

Triple Paralympic medallist Kare Adenegan (Job King) took a break from her exam studies to revise two personal bests; she recorded times of 17.97 (1.0) in the 100m, the first time she has ever dipped under 18 seconds, and 60.94 in the 400m – an improvement of 0.73 seconds.

Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson) was in record breaking form over the weekend, as she set a lifetime best over 10,000m with a 24.15 performance. Her time would have been a world record had it not been in a mixed race.

Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks) was in fine form on the track winning several titles across the weekend as well as coaching number of young athletes at their first ever British championships. The Harlow athlete took almost four seconds off his best in the 1500m, recoding a solo effort of 3:02.49. He wasn’t finished there either; times of 25.87 (200m), 47.19 (400m) and 1:34.04 (800m) saw him add to his successes over the two days.

Paralympic T33 100m silver medallist Toby Gold (Jenni Banks) lowered his lifetime best over the distance, winning in 17.16 (1.5) with bronze medallist Andrew Small (Rick Hoskins) continuing his solid start to the season with an 18.27 clocking. Elsewhere, Nathan Maguire (Steven Hoskins) was in great form, improving his 100m personal best to 14.77 (1.3).

After a couple of weeks of illness, Stephen Miller (Ros Miller) returned to the club throw and threw a best of 29.43m in the second round. In the women’s equivalent, Paralympic bronze medallist Gemma Prescott (Mike Wood) began her 2017 campaign with a best of 20.76m.

Results: Link to follow



Payton Jordan Invitational, California, USA, 5 May

Rosie Clarke (coach: David Harmer) was perhaps the pick on the many British endurance runners out in California, as she revised her 3000m steeplechase personal best by 15 seconds to take a thrilling victory in 9.36.75, well inside the London 2017 World Championship qualifying standard.

In the women’s 5,000m Eilish McColgan (Liz McColgan) was fifth with a 15.22.12 run, whilst Charlotte Taylor was 13th in a personal best of 15.29.07. In the second section there were personal bests for Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) and Lauren Howarth (Steve Vernon) as they were fourth and fifth in 15.28.95 and 15.29.26 respectively. For Courtney that was a 45 seconds improvement on her previous best.

In the 10,000m Alice Wright (Joe Franklin) broke the University of New Mexico record with a 32.29.29 personal best, whilst Rio 2016 Olympian Sonia Samuels was agonisingly less than two seconds outside her personal best for the distance with a 32.41.19 performance.

In the men’s race Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau) dipped inside 28 minutes with a 27.58.69 time, good for ninth, whilst there were personal bests for Marc Scott (Steve Gulley) and Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans) with times of 28.07.97 and 28.16.07 respectively.

In the shorter events, Chris O’Hare (Terrance Mahon) opened his season with a second place finish in 3.39.05, with Robbie Fitzgibbon (Jon Bigg) chasing him hard all the way in third, his time 3.40.42. Sarah McDonald (Bud Baldaro) was fifth in the women’s race in 4.12.05, whilst in the third section Katie Snowdon (Denmark) took victory in a new personal best of 4.12.21.

Results: https://www.directathletics.com/results/track/51781.html


Interclubs Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 1er tour National, Nice, 7 May

Katarina Johnson-Thompson ran a wind-assisted 200m time of 23.25 in France, whilst in the shot put, she recorded a best mark of 12.85m.

Results: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=205001


British Athletics League Division 1, Basingstoke, 6 May

James Whiteaker produced the longest javelin throw by a British junior since the turn of the century, his winning mark of 77.03m a personal best by almost five metres.

Results: http://powerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=200493


Oregon Twilight, Eugene, USA, 5 May

In the women’s 1500m event, Amy-Eloise Neale clocked a two second personal best with an impressive 4.11.02 run for second place.

Results: https://www.directathletics.com/results/track/49983.html