Recent track and field overview

English Schools Champs, Birmingham – 13th July

Newbury had two young athletes qualify for the national schools finals. Charlotte Payne won her first gold medal in the senior girls age group, throwing 57.53m to claim another title in the hammer, following her victory in the intermediate age group last year. Trinity O’Connor set another new PB in the pole vault, as she finished in equal 6th place with a clearance of 3.35m.

Veterans AC Champs, Kingston – 14th July

Bob Broadbridge wasted no time in his first competition as a V60 athlete, smashing two Newbury AC club records at the new weight category with 11.85m in the 5kg shot put and 43.00m in the 1kg discus.

Trafford Grand Prix – 16th July

Harry Russell went back to his roots and showed that he still has the raw speed to cope with the 400m, running a new PB of 48.64s to finish second in the A race, just behind his training partner.

Hampshire Grand Prix, Basingstoke – 17th July

Will Tyson ran his second 800m PB in five days with a 2:02.62 clocking to take 4th place in race 3. In the same race, Mike Robbins ran a season’s best time of 2:03.45.

Josie Robertson dropped down a distance to run her first 800m for three years, smashing her PB with a very good time for a U15 with 2:25.74, while Jenny O’Connor saw the two-lap distance as endurance work, finishing in 3rd place in her race with 2:39.26.

In the 3000m, James Craggs wasn’t far off his best running 9:34.21 in race 1, while Luci Robertson just managed to sneak under the 11 minute barrier with 10:59.12.

Oxford Open – 17th July

Clementine Barry has enjoyed the 800m distance this season, and this showed as she took the win in race 3 with a time of 2:42.52. In the same race, Thea Osborne ran 2:47.27 for 4th place.

In the 100m, veteran Linda Pitts battled a slight headwind but still managed to record 14.82s.

Livingstone Open – 17th July

Representing Edinburgh University, Alex Muir made the most of a high quality field to run his fastest 1500m for seven years, with 4:11.28.

Eastern Masters AC Champs, Southend – 20th July

Craig Beecham continued to defy his age by further extendinghis lead at the top of the club’s long jump rankings this season with a massive 6.31m. With this effort, Craig is now ranked UK number 1 in the V45 age group.

Scotstoun BMC – 26th July

Following on from his great 1500m performance, Alex Muir ran his fastest 5000m since 2012 with a 15:31.33 clocking to take 7th place in the B race.

Exeter BMC – 30th July

Mike Robbins set a new PB in the 1500 of 4:16.53 with a 2nd place finish in the A race.

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