Friday, 16 June 2017 12:30

Championship Successes

Lima storms to victory in the Portuguese National Championships

 

The club’s star sprinter David Lima won the 200m Portuguese National Championships in Vagos on Saturday 10th June in a club record time of 20.47s, having also won his heat in a more modest 20.60s. However this in agonisingly just 0.02s over the qualifying time required for this year’s World Championships in London in August but it wouldn’t have been accepted by officialdom because the wind speed was over the accepted limit of 2m/sec. David rounded off an excellent weekend by also coming second in the final of the 100m in another club record of 10.23s, having won his heat in 10,24s.

 

 

Midland Track & Field Championships

 

Meanwhile 4 BRAT’s competed in the Midland Senior and U20 championships at Nuneaton on Sunday June 11th. Star performance once again came from Jonathan Briggs in his first year as a senior, finishing second in the shot in a club record distance of 13.55m and third in the discus with 42.30m, just shy of his personal best.  New boy Jake Vickery came 5th in the senior hammer with a throw of 38.09m. Sam Barber was 7th in the U20 800m with 2m 05.73s and Pavidra Savanandrajah was 7th in the senior womwn’s 100m heat in 13.86s and 5th in her 200m heat in 29.26s.

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Competing in his first ever decathlon in the National Combined Event Championships at Bedford on May 28/29th, Alexander Clegg finished a brilliant 4th and 3rd in the incorporated Midland championships in a club record score of 5905 points in the U20 event  and recorded or equalled 6 personal bests en route.

 

He started day 1 with a pb in the 100m with 11.98s and followed this up with another pb of 6.01m in the Long Jump. In the next event the shot he was just short of his recent pb with 11.23m and then equalled his pb in the high jump with a leap of 1.75m. Alex rounded off day 1 with 53.13s in the 400m to rank 7th overall.

 

Alex opened day 2 with a pb in the 110m H in a time of 16.86s and then threw a pb in the Discus of 32.42m. In the Pole vault he recorded his second highest height ever with 3.23m before unleashing a pb in the Javelin with a might throw of 46.04m, the second longest in the competition. However he saved the best until last and found the energy to win the final event the 1500m by 11 seconds in a magnificent 4m 29.75s.  

 

His score beat the previous club record by over 400 points.

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On the 28th April, the Mid Cheshire 5km road racing series hosted the English 5k Championships. Two BRATs entered, and both hoped to score well in the nationals.

As the 1000 strong field descended on the rural closed-road circuit, the dry calm evening was seemingly a message from the gods, inviting all who twitched behind the start line to believe:

“Perhaps it’s my night”.

In the women’s race Becky Hair clocked a superb 18:33, shattering her PB by a colossal 23 seconds. When crossing the line, a wide eyed, smiley if a little weary Becky proclaimed “I did it”. It was only three hours and a few glasses of prosecco later, she realised by how much she ‘did it’ by, when she discovered she’d finished a marvellous 18th overall in the Nationals.

In the men’s race Jack Gray hoped to build on a surprisingly decorated end to his cross country season. Jack ran a good race working with the lead pack throughout. In the last 1k he lost touch with 2nd and 3rd, but held on to a credible joint 4th (with a handy dip) five seconds behind a national medal, and with a time of 14:19.

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