As this time in August is rather quiet, we have bundled a few results together for this news item.
Well done to Melissa Courtney Bryant who bounced back from injury and competed in all three major athletics championships recently – The World Championships in Eugene, USA, the Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, UK and the European Championships in Munich, Germany. After finishing 11th in her heat in Eugene, and 10th in the final in Birmingham, she posted a time of 4:09.11 to finish 10th in her 1500m heat in Munich. She then ran in the W3000m at the Watford Open Graded Meeting on Wednesday, August 24th. She finished 2nd (of 29 runners) in 8-51.35. She was the first woman finisher and this ranks her third in the UK (outdoor) performances.
Jaya Collinson has competed in two important championships recently. Firstly, in the Southern (SEAA) Meeting in Chelmsford two weeks ago, in the Friday heat 2 of the u17W 300m hurdles, she won in 45.8. Next day, in the final, she finished 2nd in 45.52. Jaya then competed in the English multi-junior-age-groups meeting in Bedford. She won heat 2 of the same u17W 300H in a new PB of 44.77. To cap that, in the Final yesterday, she again finished 2nd (to the same girl) but smashing her PB down to 44.11 – which is just 0.01 secs outside the 12-year-old Club Record for this event, and it now ranks her 5th in the UK.
Congratulations to Ann Deverill who ran the Compton Bassett 5 race and finished 116th in a time of 4:26.
Poole AC have a World Champion
Dave and Jane Neal have just returned from competing in 2 triathlon Age-Group events in Europe. The first was the European Championships Sprint Triathlon, held as part of the multisport European Championships in Munich to celebrate 50 Years since the Munich Olympics. This celebration also included Track and Field Athletics, Track Cycling, Swimming, Beach Volleyball, Speed Climbing as well as Elite triathlon. Against very strong fields, Jane just missed a podium with 4th place, while Dave was 9th and first Brit. The following weekend in Samorin, Slovakia, they competed in the World Long-Course Age Group Championships in the new Collins Cup format (2k swim in the Danube, 80k bike, 18k run). Despite powerful opposition, Dave took the Silver medal, while Jane took Gold and is now a World Age Group Triathlon Champion!