On 28 July 2015 In Athletics News

Competing in the Portuguese National Championships at Leiria, Portugal on July 25/26th,  David Lima came second in the 200m, for the third time, in a time of 21.10s, just 0.06s behind the winner who is his training partner. Unfortunately the time is outside the qualifying time for this year’s world championships and David will now set his sights on Rio next year.

Also this weekend and a little closer to home, Mark Ince came 4th in the M40 category for the 5000m in 16m 04.74s in the British Masters Championships at Alexander Stadium.

Well done David and Mark!

On 21 July 2015 In Athletics News

BRATs were once again out in force tonight  at the Tipton T&F Open Meeting incorportaing the British Milers Club (BMC) races.

It was a cool breezy night and not ideal but some great performances emerged.

First up was Richard Bayliss (BvH) narrowly missing a seasons best in the 800m with 2:07.8

Next came Abi Saker also in an 800m with a seasons best of 2:25.4

Moving onwards and upwards (in distance) to the 1500m three great efforts were well rewarded with Helena Eastham 5:02.5 (PB), Eloise Lee 5:10.7 (SB) and Rob Dowse 5:16.2 (SB).

The evening closed with two 3000m races with some very committed running by all four BRATs involved. In the first race we had Ed Banks 8:58.3 (SB), Dan Robinson 9:10.9 (narrowly missing a SB) and Mark Ince with a mighty seasons best of 9:22.0. In the second heat Jon Winkler stormed to a new PB in 10:21.9

Well done all !




On 20 July 2015 In Athletics News

On saturday 18th July Ed Banks and Dan (I like to race a lot) Robinson headed down to Oxford for the Iffley Festival of Miles.

Anyone unfamiliar with the significance of Iffley Road in the history of miling would do well to Google Sir Roger Bannister CBE (pictured).

The church tower over Sir Rog's shoulder is still visible frm the finish line to this day.

Ed and Dan were running in the British Milers Club (BMC) 5000m race (it wasn't just miles) and both ran very solid races.

Ed just missed a PB with a time of 15:12.19 - a sub 15 can't be far away - while Dan followed close behind with 15:54.64

On 19 July 2015 In Athletics News

For the first time in the club’s history two members, David Lima representing Portugal and Dee Ann Kentish Rogers (pictured) representing Anguilla, have competed in the athletics events at the FISU Championships, (formerly World Student Games) in Gwangju, Korea from July 8th to 12th.

The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.

Both athletes' competitions ended in disappointment for different reasons.

David competed in the 200m, in round 1 he came 2nd in 21.04s, round 2 was 4th in 21.06s  and in the semifinal was 5th in 21.01s, with the first four to qualify for the final. Had he raced in the second semi final he would have come 2nd and therefore qualified for the final, so despite being 6th fastest of the competitors, unfortunately he missed out on reaching the final.

Dee Ann competed in the heptathlon. On day 1 she made a solid start running 16.10s (702pts) in the 100m H, just outside her season’s best and then high jumped 1.50m (621pts), shot put 8.40m (425pts) and ran 27.02 (710pts) in the 200m, all season’s bests. On day 2, she reached 4.72m (485pts) in the Long Jump and then recorded a season’s best in the javelin with a throw of 25.90m (399pts), before having to withdraw from the final event the 800m with an injury. Therefore  she finished 14th with 3342pts, having scored zero in the 800m. Alas she suffered the same fate as last year in the Commonwealth games where she failed to finish the 800m due to injury.

Let’s now hope they can both qualify and be selected for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio!

Gordon Ainsley