IAAF Combined Events Challenge Meeting, Firenze, Italy, 28-29 April
Jade O’Dowda (coach: Marcia Marriott) moved to third on the senior Power of 10 heptathlon rankings thanks to a near 100 point personal best out in Italy. Contesting the IAAF Challenge meeting, O’Dowda notched up a score of 5504 points thanks to personal bests in the shot put and 800, putting the junior 12th overall. Her score is also an IAAF World Junior Championship qualifying mark.
Elise Lovell (Stephen King) was only 100 points back in 15th; her 5400 score also a personal best. Scotland’s Andrew Murphy (Colin Sinclair) was the only British finisher in the decathlon, 11th in a season’s best of 7111 points.
Loughborough Students BUCS Trials (inc. BUCS 10,000m Championships), Loughborough, 28 April
On a cold day in Loughborough there were an impressive pair of European Youth Championship qualifiers, Jasmine Jolly (Peter Crook) and Marcia Sey (Lorna Boothe) making light work of the conditions. 16 year old Jolly tore up the track with an impressive 400mH debut, stopping the clock at 60.78 to go inside the standard required for consideration for the aforementioned championships in Hungary. In the sprint hurdles, Sey was also stepping up a distance for the first time, posting an impressive 13.72 over the 100m distance, into a 1.1m/s headwind.
In the BUCS Championship races St Mary’s Emily Hosker-Thornhill (Mick Woods) took women’s title in 35.34.47, whilst Birmingham’s Toby Cooke (Bud Baldaro) took a narrow victory in the men’s race, his 30.13.67 run seeing him finish two seconds ahead of runner-up Jake Smith (James Thie) of Cardiff Met, Loughborough’s Joe Wilkinson (Rob Denmark) third on his home track. All three men produced personal best runs.
Mid Cheshire 5km (inc. England Athletics 5km Championships) Kingsley, 27 April
Stevie Stockton (Phil Townsend) completed her return to the upper echelons of British distance running as she took the England Athletics 5km title on the roads near where she grew up, setting a fine 15.38 personal best in the process. In a mixed race, Stockton showed her class, something she hasn’t been able to do properly since 2014 due to a series of injuries keeping her on the sidelines. In the end she tasted victory by a 20 second margin to go second on the Power of 10 rankings, with Emily Hosker-Thornhill (Mick Woods) second on the night and Kate Holt (Alan Morris) third.
In the men’s race it was victory for Richard Allen (Woods) as he pulled clear in the closing stages to win in 14.07, five seconds clear of Emile Cairess (Townsend) and Jack Martin (David Turnbull) who both ran 14.12 to take the minor medals. 23rd overall, T12 athlete David Devine was just outside his personal best with a 14.37 run.
Pure Athletics NTC Spring Invitational, Clermont, USA, 28 April
Matthew Hudson-Smith put to bed some of the demons of his Commonwealth Games disqualification as he recorded a season opener of 45.07 to win the 400m with ease out at his training base in America. A large British contingent were in action, Tommy Ramdham (Ryan Freckleton) showed great early season form with a 10.25 (1.1m/s) season’s best, just four hundredths shy of his lifetime best. There was also an impressive run by Edmond Amaning, second in the 200m in 20.97 into a strong 1.9m/s headwind.
Penn Relays, Philadelphia, USA, 26-28 April
It was double delight for Great Britain’s discus throwers as Divine Oladipo and Greg Thompson (Neville Thompson) scored victory at the prestigious Penn Relays in America. Both producing personal bests, Oladipo launched the discus out to 54.23m, whilst Thompson improved his best ever to 61.29m, both athletes going second on the Power of 10 rankings in the process.
Brutus Hamilton Open, Berkeley, USA, 27-28 April
Hammer was the order of the day out in California, Sophie Hitchon (Tore Gustaffson) improving her season’s best to 73.22m to take victory, whilst Taylor Campbell (John Pearson) won the men’s equivalent with 68.86m. There was also a season’s best for Charlotte Taylor in the women’s 10,000m; she finished second in 34.10.23.
National Relay Championship, Fayetteville, USA, 27-28 April
Joe Ellis (Jerry Clayton) became the sixth Briton over 72m in the hammer so far in 2018 as he produced a fine 72.16m personal best, adding a further metre to his best set just two weeks ago. There was also a notable 5.45m clearance for Joel Leon Benitez (Alan Richardson) in the pole vault, that mark a season’s best and just 6cm shy of his lifetime best.
Three Peaks Fell Race, 28 April
Tom Owens and Victoria Wilkinson were victorious at the famous Three Peaks race, the marathon of the mountains. The race also served as the trials for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.
Bingley’s Wilkinson reclaimed her crown from last year as she won yet again in North Yorkshire. She was a class apart, winning by almost four minutes from Georgia Tindley of Hunter Bog Trotters.
The Bingley athlete won in a time of 3:22.17 to take a step towards representing the British team once again at a mountain running championship. Third place went to Belper Harriers’ Beth Pascall with Emma Clayton fourth.
Owens captured the men’s title in 2:49.08 moving away from his counterparts to earn a commendable victory. Last year’s winner Murray Strain was second over three minutes behind Owens, with another former winner of the race Ricky Lightfoot third a minute further back.
BWAA Grand Prix, Stoke Mandeville, April 28-29
The domestic wheelchair track season got underway at Stoke Mandeville this weekend at the first British Wheelchair Athletics Association (BWAA) Grand Prix of 2018.
After a spell of warm weather training in Tenerife, multiple Paralympic and world champion Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks) opened her season with some solid times. A 17.67 (+1.7) clocking in the T34 100m was followed by 60.59 in the 400m to open up her 2018 campaign.
Also, after winning at the Mini-marathon in London last weekend in a course record, Kare Adenegan (Job King) showed good early form on the track, recording times of 18.03 and 64.91 in the 100m and 400m respectively, as well as a personal best in the 200m.
After experiencing mechanical problems at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month, Richard Chiassaro (Banks) was back on the track over a variety of distances back on home turf. 49.89 saw him win the T54 400m ahead of Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins) (50.49), but his younger compatriot got the better of Chiassaro over the 100m sprint, recording 15.20 (+1.4) to 15.63.
Fifth place at the Commonwealth Games, Dillon Labrooy (Jenny Archer) won the 1500m in 3:28.43, a matter of seconds ahead of T54 marathon silver medallist from the Gold Coast, JohnBoy Smith (Archer). The latter has raced marathons over the last two weekends but he transferred to the track this time with relative ease. Another marathon man, Callum Hall (Ian Thompson), also returned to the track a matter of hundredths further back in 3:28.90.
World silver medallist Toby Gold (Banks) opened his season with 17.95 (+3.0) ahead of world bronze medallist Andy Small (Rick Hoskins) in 18.22.