26th January 2015

Weekend Round Up

26 January 2015

U20/23 Combined Events International Match, Nogent sur Oise, France, 24-25 January

Morgan Lake (coach: Eldon Lake) headlined the match in France, winning the women’s U23 competition and setting a new world age-17 pentathlon best of 4448 points, beating Sweden’s Carolina Kluft’s previous mark.

It was a stunning series by the GB & NI athlete as she recorded four new indoor personal bests. Lake started with a lifetime best of 8.85 in the 60m Hurdles followed by an indoor best of 1.88m in the high jump. The 17 year-old threw 13.88m in the shot put and continued this personal best streak with a 6.13m long jump mark. She finished with a 2:25.44 clocking in the 800m to win the gold medal in France.

The WSEH athlete guided the GB & NI team to the overall gold medal as well with good performances by Katie Stainton (Julie Dodoo neé Hollman) and Ebony Wake (Dodoo). Stainton enjoyed an encouraging display with a personal best score of 3975 points to win the individual silver medal including a PB of 1.76m in the high jump, and Ebony Wake finished in 8th with 2958.

David Hall (Ian Grant) recorded a personal best of 5420 in the men’s U23 indoor heptathlon and finished fourth for GB & NI. The Dartford athlete recorded new lifetime bests in the long jump, pole vault and 1000m to contribute to his best ever heptathlon performance. Thomas Howlett (Grant) and Mark Cryer (Grant) were 7th and 8th to earn the team a bronze medal in Nogent sur Oise.

15 year-old Niamh Emerson (David Feeney) performed very professionally in the U20 competition to win the bronze medal with a lifetime best score of 3678 points. Emerson set three new lifetime bests and equalled a fourth in the high jump to earn the result of her young career. Anna Rowe (Holmes) was the next British finisher just four points behind in 5th place in a heavily contested event with Emma Canning (Iain McEwan) 8th in 3526 points – both women set indoor pentathlon bests.

The GB & NI team in France were on top form and the U20 men all recorded new lifetime bests in the indoor heptathlon competition to win the team silver medal. Anthony Hogg (Sam Stanislaus) led the charges home with a tally of 5166 points for a 4th place finish with team mates Linton Gardiner (Kerry Eddie-Jury) and Lewis Church (David Hull) 6th and 7th respectively.

Combining the U23 men’s and women’s scores together, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team won the gold medal, and in the overall U20 event the team secured silver.


Senior Combined Events International Match, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 24-25 January

Jessica Taylor (Mike Holmes) won the silver medal at the International Combined Events Match in the senior women’s competition recording a new lifetime indoor pentathlon best of 4249. She beat her previous mark by 77 points to finish behind the winner Elina Klucinova from the Czech Republic. Along the way she recorded a personal best in the 60m Hurdles of 8.48 to finish in second place.

Jo Rowland (Toni Minichiello) was the next GB & NI athlete to finish in 6th place with 4066 points followed by Karla Drew (Minichiello) on 4015 and Moe Sasegbon (Dodoo) in 15th on 3793 points.

A four-strong senior men’s team were led home by Liam Ramsey (Mike Corden) on 5556 points in 8th position. After an awkward landing in the pole vault in the penultimate event, Daniel Needham (Roy Needham) ran the 1000m with a wrist injury and still recorded a best ever score of 5473 points for 11th place. Curtis Matthews (Mike Guest) came in 14th with 5268 and Ben Gregory (Dodoo) 18th with 4644 points. The event was won by the Czech athlete, Adam Sebastian Helcelet.


Welsh U13/17/Senior Championships, Cardiff, 24-25 January

Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones) was again in impressive form with another world record in the T42 shot put. The Paralympic, world and European champion added a further three centimetres to his mark set earlier this month with a throw of 15.56m in the Welsh capital. 

Hannah Brier (Neal Merry) built on a breakthrough year in 2014 by winning the senior women’s 60m. The 16 year old, who represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games clocked 7.46 in the opening round before running 7.41 in the final to move to 11th in the U20 UK all-time lists.

Olympic finalist Lawrence Clarke (Malcolm Arnold) continued his return to form running 7.69 and 7.44 for two victories in the 60m hurdles ahead of David King (James Hillier) who posted times of 7.86 and 7.99.


Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza de Elgoibar, Elgoibar, Spain, 25 January

After victory at the Cardiff Cross Challenge, Lily Partridge (Mick Woods) produced another strong run to finish fourth behind top African trio Mercy Cherono, Emily Chebet and Mimi Belete. Adam Hickey (Eamon Martin), also a winner in Cardiff a week ago, was 10th in the senior men’s race won by Eritrea’s Teklemarian Medhin.


Lotto Cross Cup, Hannut, Belgium, 25 January

England teams were in action in Belgium over the weekend, with recent GB & NI captain Jonny Taylor (Gordon Surtees) the top performer on the day with a seventh place finish in the senior men’s race. Dean Lacey (Mark Newell) also backed up a good run at the Cardiff Cross Challenge last weekend with a tenth place finish. In the women’s race, Rebecca Murray (Alex Stanton) and Rachel Felton (Christopher Frapwell) both had fine runs finishing fifth and eighth respectively.

The England junior women took a clean sweep of the podium positions in their race, with Hannah Nuttall (Bill Foster) leading the way from Abbie Donnelly (Rob Lewis) and Katie Gerrard (Andy Carter). The junior men nearly repeated that feat with Joe Steward (Harry Kelly) and Max Nicholls (Peter Brenchley) finishing second and third.


South of England Cross Country Championships, Brighton, 24 January

Louise Damen triumphed at the South of England Cross Country Championships pipping Georgie Bruinvels (Mick Woods), who competed for GB & NI in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago, to take the title.

Ben Tickner (Clive Thomas) won a very close senior men’s race ahead of Paskar Owor and Jon Pepper (Jon Bigg), with just four seconds separating the trio. Amy Griffiths (Woods) and Abel Tsegay (Peter Mullervy) sealed U20 wins with Sabrina Sinha (Mark Newell), who won her debut GB vest in Edinburgh two weeks ago winning the U17 women’s title.


Northern Cross Country Championships, Pontefract, 24 January

Andrew Davies (Steve Vernon) produced yet another strong performance to defeat Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee in Pontefract. Elle Vernon (Vernon) made it a Stockport Harriers double on the muddy course, winning the senior women’s title ahead of Emma Clayton (Andrew Henderson) and Rebecca Robinson.

Daniel Jarvis (Adrian Webb) and Bronwen Owen (Henderson) took the U20 titles with James Gormley (John Wood) and GB & NI cross country international Harriet Knowles-Jones (Paul Roden) winning the U17 Northern crowns.


Midland Cross Country Championships, Nottingham, 24 January

Becky Straw (Bud Baldaro) won the junior women’s title convincingly over the weekend. The Birchfield athlete finished 8th at the European Cross Country Championships in the junior women’s race last December and returned to racing in style with the victory.

Alastair Watson took the senior men’s title in a close fought race, with Jane Potter sealing the senior women’s title at Wollaton Park. Jacob Allen (Woods) won the junior men’s competition. 


Gran Canaria 10K, 25 January

Paula Radcliffe continued her preparations for the Virgin Money London Marathon with a 34.16 10k clocking in Gran Canaria.


Rod McCravy Memorial, Lexington, New York, 24-25 January

George Caddick (Clyde Hart) is the first British 400m runner to go under 47 seconds in 2015, running 46.92 in New York, which matches the time he set last year at the event.


Hustopecské Skákáni, Czech Republic, 24 January

Isobel Pooley (Fuzz Ahmed) was in action in Czech Republic and jumped 1.80m for 10th in the competition. Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Ahmed) jumped 2.05m for a 7th place finish.