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Sarah Tunstall
Tunstall - lead the way down the first descent




14 July 2008





European Mountain running championships - Zell am Harmersbach 12 July 2008


As well as the Olympic trials and World Junior championships, the Norwich Union GB and NI team were in action this weekend and performed well at the European Mountain Running championships, taking Junior women’s team bronze, senior women’s team gold – and Kendal’s Sarah Tunstall winning Individual bronze.


Steve Vernon (Stockport) was top British Male in 20th – helping the team to 7th position, whilst top junior male was Tom Addison (Helm Hill) in 17th position.

The junior Women’s team bronze was won through Hannah Bateson’s (Lancaster & Morecombe) 5th position, back up by Elinor Kirk (Swansea Harriers) and Jessica Martin (Kilbarchan) in 12th and 13th respectively.


GB Mountain running team
LtoR: Katie Ingram (9th), Sarah Tunstall (3rd), Vic Wilkinson (5th) & Candice Taylor (17th).


For full results visit the Mountain running championships website




English Schools Championships – Gateshead 11-12 July


Key results from this weekend's proceedings at Gateshead include:


Intermediate boys

In the triple jump Ben Williams (Stoke)repeated the sort of form he showed wind assisted at the Junior championships in Bedford last month with 15.72m (0.8) to go second on the all time list behind Jonathan Moore. His leap was one metre further than the winner of the U19 Championships and would have been good enough for 6th place at the Olympic trials in Birmingham


Junior women

In the 100m, there were further signs of GB’s growing pool of sprint talent as Jodie Williams (Herts Phoenix) won with 11.78 (1.1) to go to 3rd in the All time rankings - behind Ashlee Nelson and Katharine Merry. Her time would also have won both the Intermediate and Senior ESAA Championship titles.


In the javelin, Freya Jones (Team Southampton) was a dominant winner with 44.23m – Yet again breaking the British record – and would also have won the Intermediate and Senior Schools titles with the same distance.


For full results visit the English Schools website



Hexham Combined Events International 12-13 July 2008

Dean Macey’s brave last ditch attempt to qualify for his third successive Olympic Games ended in disappointment at Hexham Combined Events International a the weekend. The 30 year old decathlete, who has been plagued by injury throughout his career, was once again struck down, this time by a groin injury in his quest to meet the A qualifying standard for Beijing.


He managed to complete all ten events, despite suffering badly from a groin injury, which hampered him to such an extent that he was over a minute outside his best of 4:23.45 in the final event, the 1500m.


He hung on to win the men’s event with 7491 points, 509 points shy of the 8000 points mark required. Macey (Harrow AC), twice a medallist at the IAAF World Championships, is now said to be considering his future in the sport.  Meanwhile, training partner Daniel Awde (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) withdrew from the decathlon after seven events, complaining of an upset stomach.


He holds the B standard for Beijing and may well be handed the mantle from an outgoing Macey as the UK’s leading decathlete.