5th May 2015

Weekend Round Up

5 May 2015

Payton Jordan Invitational, Palo Alto, USA, 2 May

Andy Vernon (Coach: Nic Bideau) led the way with the world’s fastest 10,000m in 2015 clocking 27:42.62 on a day when five British athletes posted World Championship qualifying performances. Vernon won the race by just over a second but the time marked an improvement of 11.03 seconds which moved the AFD athlete to 13th place on the UK all-time ranking list.

There was also a good win and a big performance by Nick Miller (John Baumann) in the hammer. Four weeks after throwing a UK under 23 record of 75.10m at the Stanford Invitational on the same track, the Commonwealth Games silver medallist improved that age group record to 76.97m. In doing so, the 21-year-old Border Harrier attained a qualifying mark for the World Championships in Beijing and moved to fourth place on the UK all-time list.

Fellow Border Harrier Tom Farrell (Mark Rowland) also registered a qualifying performance for Beijing, finishing fourth in the 5,000m in 13:17.87. Former world junior 1500m champion Steph Twell (Mick Woods) did likewise in the women’s 5000m, placing eighth with 15:13.82.

The other Briton to achieve a World Championship standard was Shildon’s Kate Avery (Tony Simmons). Racing over 10,000m, the European cross country silver medallist finished seventh in 31:41.44, moving her from 25th to eighth on the UK all-time list.

Following Twell in the women’s 5000m, Emelia Gorecka (Woods) was 20th in 15:35.17. Behind Farrell in the men’s 5,000m, Marc Scott (Steve Gulley) clocked a PB of 13:36.81 in fifth with Jonny Mellor (Steve Vernon) and Tom Lancashire (Vernon) seventh and ninth in 13:37.50 and 13:38.01 respectively.

Commonwealth bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustafsson) completed a British double in the hammer, winning the women’s event with a throw of 69.20m, while European junior champion Zac Seddon was  tenth in the 3,000m steeplechase in 8:42.74.



BWRA, Stoke Mandeville, 3 May

Double Paralympic, world and European champion Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks) was a winner in the T34 class over 100m, 200m and 800m clocking 19.69 (-3.1), 33.64 (+1.9) and 2:11.31 respectively. Cockroft finished just ahead of teenage prodigy Kare Adenegan (Job King) (2:11.47) and European bronze medallist Mel Nicholls (King) (2:11.83) over the two lap distance.

Ben Rowlings (Job King) won the T34/52 200m in 30.97 (+2.8), while there was a tensely fought battle in the men’s T34 800m, with Rowlings getting pipped to the line by GB & NI teammate Isaac Towers (Peter Wyman) with just half a second separating the duo.  Rowlings took second again in the 100m and 400m behind Paralympic Games finallist Bojan Mitic in what was a successful day for the European bronze medallist.

Also in the sprints, triple European T53 bronze medallist Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin) clocked 18.48 into -3.1 headwinds while also posting 33.77 in the 200m. The Scottish athlete also took the victory in the 400m crossing the line in 59.60 and setting herself up well for the IPC World Championships later this year.  World T54 bronze medallist Georgina Oliver also negotiating her way through the 100m and 200m posted 18.71 and 34.22 respectively.

Richard Chiassaro battled the wet, blustery conditions at Stoke Mandeville to finish in second in the T54 200m behind Germany’s Marc Schuh, who won four medals at the IPC European Championships last summer.  Schuh also took the plaudits in the 100m, with Chiassaro finishing in second once again in 15.75.

Mo Jomni (Jenni Archer), one of GB & NI’s newest rising stars finished second in the T53 400m behind Canada’s Brent Lakatos, who topped the world rankings in the event last year.

In what was a busy day for Commonwealth Games T54 1500m bronze medallist Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson) took the scalp of European bronze medallist Patricia Keller of Switzerland on more than one occasion as the 19 year old put herself through the paces in Stoke Mandeville. The Middlesbrough-based athlete posted times of 19.69 in the 100m, 1:03.45 in the 400m, 2:08.46 in the 800m, 4:12.42 in the 1500m and 14:08.21 in the 5000m.


CP Grand Prix, Manchester – 2 May 

European gold medallist Jo Butterfield’s (Shona Malcolm/Ian Mirfin) rich vein of form continued as the former wheelchair rugby player threw out to 19.79m and 8.45m in the club throw and discus respectively.

BUCS Outdoor Championships, Bedford 2-4 May

British indoor champion Kirsten McAslan (Trevor Painter) smashed Perri Shakes-Drayton’s (Chris Zah) championship best  400m performance in the sunny weather that brightened the final day of competition at Bedford International Stadium. The Sale Harrier stormed to victory in 52.46, an outdoor PB and a huge improvement on the 52.46 that Shakes-Drayton recorded in the 2010 championships.

Laviai Nielsen (Frank Adams) was also inside the old 400m record as runner up in 52.61, the 19-year-old Enfield and Haringey athlete breaking 53 seconds for the first time and becoming the fastest British teenager since Donna Fraser clocked 52.54 in 1991. Zoey Clark (Eddie McKenna) was third in 53.11,with Nielsen’s twin sister Lina (Frank Adams) fourth in 53.58, which were both lifetime bests.

World junior hammer finalist Taylor Campbell (Paul Dickenson) threw 69.39m, a British junior best with a 7.26kg senior implement – a week after breaking the official UK under 20 record with 76.81m, using a standard junior 6kg hammer. City of Sheffield’s Jack Houghton (Colin Bovell) moved to second behind Jack Green (Loren Seagrave) in the 2015 rankings for 400m hurdles, winning in 50.70, while Jessica Judd (George Gandy) won the 800m in 2:04.99.

European under 23 cross country champion Rhona Auckland (Joyce Hogg) was a convincing 5,000m winner, clocking 16:01.48. Jonny Davies (Rob McKim) took the men’s 5000m title in 15:14.42, while world cross country championship representative Jonny Hay (Mick Woods) won the 10,000m in 30:43.97. Commonwealth silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers (Alan Lerwill) retained her long jump title with a leap of 6.15m.

Double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks) won the wheelchair 100m on the final day in 18.27 – a day after winning the 200m, and crossing the line as the first T34 athlete in the 100m and 800m, in monsoon conditions at the British Wheelchair Racing Association Championships at Stoke Mandeville.

Amy Wareing (Jim Edwards) was in personal best form in Bedford throwing 23.26m in the F38 discus. Additionally, Sophie Taylor ran 25.09 in theT33 100m with Kylie Grimes setting a time of 35.72 in the T51 100m. Millie Forrest (Robert Halliwell) also produced a lifetime best of 7.29m in the F37 shot put.


UCF Twilight Invitational, Orlando, USA, 30 April

British indoor 200m bronze medallist Dannish Walker-Khan (Linford Christie) clocked a personal best of 20.89 to win the 200m. The Birchfield Harrier also won on the 100m races in 10.64. There were also British winners in the two main 400m races, Nigel Levine (Christie) taking the men’s race in 46.42 and Victoria Ohuruogu (Zah) the women’s in 53.37.


Anglo Celtic Plate and UK 100km Championships, Redwick, Wales, 2 May

Scottish Commonwealth Games marathon representative Ross Houston made a winning 100km debut, finishing a clear winner in 6:43:35. Craig Holgate was runner-up in 7:01.30 for England, and as a result, both men achieved the qualifying standard for the IAU World 100km championships later this year. Marcus Scotney (self-coached) finished third in 7:06.32 as England took the men’s team prize.

England’s Katie Samuelson won the women’s race in 8:38:11 from Scot Rosie Bell and Wales’ Natasha Farid-Doyle. Scotland won the women’s team trophy.


UK Youth Development League, 2 May

The first fixture of the UK Youth Development League kicked off this weekend in record breaking style. 11 new league records were set across the country in the U20 and U17 age groups.

Ada’oro Chigbo (Ken Holmes) set the U17 league record in the shot put with a throw of 14.77m and also equalled the U17 high jump with a height of 1.80m.

For full results and all the league records, go to this website: http://www.ukydl.org.uk/page9.html