British Athletics Championships

Newbury AC had one of its biggest ever representations at the British Championships held at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham this weekend, with three athletes proudly wearing the blue vest on the biggest stage nationally.

All the day one action was packed into the last hour of the day, when Sam Plumb kicked things off in the 400m hurdles. After a season of getting back to his very best, Sam looked strong in heat two, surging through in the latter stages to take a comfortable third position. Sadly with only the fastest in each heat qualifying for the final, Sam’s time of 53.03s was not enough to see him progress.

After a fantastic season which has seen him lower his PB by over 3 seconds, Harry Russell made his British Championships debut in heat 4 of the 800m. After sitting comfortably in the pack for 600m, the quality of the top athletes began to show, and Harry had to settle for fifth place in a still impressive 1:51.61.

Despite now wearing the red of Reading AC, former member Sophie Crumly was announced on the start line as Newbury AC, much to the delight of the traveling NAC fan club! Sophie ran comfortably in the pack to finish 11th in 4:26.12.

Day two saw Under 20 Izzy Fry tackle what turned out to be a real grueling 5000m race with winner Eilish McColgan going out hard right from the gun on a very hot afternoon. Twenty athletes started the race, Izzy dug in well to finish in 16th place with 17.10.85.

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