Norman Poole pulled it off yet again! As President of the exclusive British Milers club that provides top level competition for the nation's elite athletes, our nationally acclaimed middle-distance coach put on his annual feast of top-class running for the annual BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity on May 29th. He also pulled off near perfect weather! Though the hours beforehand were wet and dreary and the later hours windy, near perfect conditions for the five hours of competition meant that about 90% of the 300 elite middle-distance runners from throughout Britain and Ireland's went home with lifetime bests or season's best performances.
Among the club members, in the 800m, seventeen year old Matt Holmes set the evening off with his best of 2:00.30. Lee Whitley also produced a SB of 1:58.59 and came within a whisker of a PB. Still early evening, Donna Riding was hopeful of coming close to her 800m PB of 2:06.97.She was always in the leading pack and, had she not been the victim of a couple of elbow tussles that knocked her rhythm would have clocked even faster than 2:08.31. Ruth Watson travelled all the way from Peterborough in the hope of clocking a 2:10 performance. She chased the pacemaker on a 63 second schedule and looked as though she might achieve her aim.....until the final 100m when the 'wheels came off' to clock a disappointing 2:15.27.
Britain's No.1 junior, eighteen year old Niall Brooks, ran a tactically sound 1500m race to clock a seasons' best of 3:43.22 and qualify for the European Junior championships (He's already qualified for the 800m). In the same 'A' race Nick Samuels had every reason to be delighted to record a PB of 3:44.54 to add to his excellent winter's indoors. In the 'C' 1500m, following a successful and consistent winter James Bailey was also rewarded with a long promised and well-deserved PB of 3:48.02. In the 'G' 1500m another promising youngster Charlie Hulson, the U/17 & U15 Welsh 800m champion, also set a new wonderful benchmark of 3:58.20
The floodlights were on for the 5000m races that topped the long evening. Again, almost everyone in every race recorded a PB and among them Matt Bond, in the form of his life this year, achieved his ambition of dipping under 14.30to clock 14:25.69. Dave Norman, weeks after 2:19.05 in the London Marathon, must be well satisfied to record a SB of 14:32.49. For full results visit http://www.britishmilersclub.com (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57