30th March 2015

Weekend Round Up

30 March 2015

Texas Relays, Austin, 25-28 March

Adam Hague (coach: Trevor Fox) set another British junior record in the pole vault, improving his best to 5.60m, adding five centimetres to his previous best. It took the Dearne athlete into sixth place in the competition to level with his teammate, Luke Cutts (Fox) who finished in fifth.

Another good display in Texas came from Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson) who jumped 6.96m in the long jump to win the competition; however, it was wind-assisted (5.8).

There were other wins for Chris Gowell (Steve Sisson) in the mile in a time of 4:06.28 and Holly Pattie-Belleli (Bob Corbett) in the 100m hurdles recording a season best of 14.42.


Carlsbad 5000, USA, 29 March

Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau) returned from injury to record a time of 14:13 in the elite men’s field in Carlsbad for tenth place. Luke Caldwell (Bideau) enjoyed a fine performance to finish marginally behind Vernon in eleventh in 14:14.

In the women’s field, Charlotte Purdue (Bideau) was 15th in a time of 16:30. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 14:48.


Northern 12 & 6 Stage Relays, Sefton Park, Liverpool, 28 March

Leeds City earned a double victory in both the men’s 12 stage and women’s 6 stage competitions at Sefton Park. They will now lead the northern charge at the national event in a couple of weeks’ time.

In the women’s competition, European 1500m bronze medallist Laura Weightman (Steve Cram) began her season with the fastest short leg at Sefton Park, running a time of 12:19. Elle Vernon (Steve Vernon) grabbed the quickest long leg recording 25:43 just ahead of Emma Clayton (Andrew Henderson) in 25:51.

Leeds City won the women’s 6 stage in 1:47.20 with Stockport Harriers and Rotherham Harriers filling the other podium spots.

In the men’s 12 stage, Leeds City won ahead of Morpeth Harriers and Salford Harriers but it was the Liverpool athletes who shone over the long leg on their home course. Daniel Cliffe (self-coached) edged just ahead of Jonny Mellor’s (Vernon) fastest time by two seconds in 22:34. Tom Lancashire (Vernon) was third quickest for Bolton in 22:52. Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (Norman Poole) was the fastest on the short leg in a time of 11:16 for Altrincham.


Midland 12 & 6 Stage Relays, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, 28 March

Sutton Park played host to the Midlands 12 & 6 stage road relays this weekend with Notts AC coming out on top in the 12 stage and Bristol & West earning the victory in the 6 stage.

The 12 stage was dominated by Notts AC who led from the end of the third leg onwards. In addition, they had the fastest short and long leg runners in their team; Samuel Mitchell running the quickest short leg in 15:13 and Alistair Watson earlier setting the fastest long leg in 27:34.

Bristol & West and Wolverhampton & Bilston AC completed the top three teams in the Midlands.

In the 6 stage, Bristol & West won in a time of 1:47.39 overall, five minutes ahead of the next team Charnwood AC and Royal Sutton Coldfield AC.

Jane Potter ran the fastest short leg in 17:10 on the first stage of the relay, getting Charnwood off to the perfect start, with RSC’s Laura Whittle (George Gandy) the next fastest in 17:13.


Southern 12 & 6 Stage Relays, Milton Keynes, 29 March

Emelia Gorecka (Mick Woods) anchored Aldershot Farnham & District to another 6 stage victory after setting the fastest leg of the day in Milton Keynes. Her time of 16:32 was by far the quickest with Maryse Haynes (Bud Baldaro) the next fastest for WSEH in 17:07.

Belgrave Harriers and Cambridge & Coleridge made up the top three teams in the women’s 6 stage event.

Shaftesbury Barnet won the South of England 12 stage relay with Kent AC and Newham Essex Beagles battling them all the way.

However, it was Luton’s John McDonnell (Andrew Hobdell) who impressed on the long leg as he set the fastest time of the day of 23:18 which was one second better than Shaftesbury’s Richard Goodman (Woods).

Newham and Essex Beagles dominated the short leg with the two fastest times set by their athletes. John Beattie (Gavin Smith) ran 14:57 with Frank Baddick (Gandy) setting 15:19 to help the team to the bronze medal.


Puma International, Phoenix, 26-28 March

Shante Little (Stuart McMillan) went to the top of the women’s 400m hurdles rankings this year by setting a personal best of 57.75 to knock almost a second off her previous best set in 2014.


Berlin Half Marathon, 29 March

Racing for the first time since a 41st place finish at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria in December, Tom Wade (Geoff Watkin) ran the best half marathon of his career, setting a personal best of 65:00 to finish in 22nd place. 


Liverpool Half Marathon, 29 March

Paul Martelletti (Nick Anderson) triumphed on Merseyside recording a comfortable victory over the 13.1 mile course. He finished two minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Trafford’s Tom Charles with a time of 68:00.


Midland Counties Open, 28-29 March

F37 athlete Joshua Bain (Paul Welch) had a busy weekend in Birmingham competing in three events to sharpen up ahead of the summer season. The Chelmsford athlete threw season bests in the discus and javelin, 43.46m and 38.66m respectively. He also contested the shot put where he achieved a distance of 9.68m.



Florida State Relays, Tallahassee, 27-28 March

Zak Seddon enjoyed a double win in Tallahassee in the 1500m and 3000m over the weekend. The Florida State University athlete earned the victory in times of 3:46.77 and 8:16.72 respectively.

Stockport’s Chelsea Jarvis (David Turnball) was also successful in the women’s 1500m, winning in a time of 4:29.19,


UCF Invitational, Orlando, 27-28 March

There was a trio of victories for Johnny Gray-coached athlete in Orlando including a 1500m triumph by Marilyn Okoro (Johnny Gray) in 4:27.90. Rosie Chamberlain and Emily Jenkinson (both Gray) recorded wins in the 800m races.