British Milers Club Meeting - Sportscity
BMC SPORT CITY
Continuing the success of athletes getting personal best times the event last night (12th May) produced some qualifying times for U18s Championships and witnessed Max Burgin (U17) of Halifax winning the 800m Men’s A race in an age group record time. The first three races of the event yielded Qualifying times for the European Junior Championships. The last race of the evening the Men’s 5000m A race produced some good performances, won by Phil Sesemann (Blackheath and Bromley) now based in Leeds, whose own Claire Duck produced another well timed run to narrowly beat club mate Stevie Stockton and early leader Jess Judd in the Women’s 5000. The eagerly anticipated Men’s 1500 was also taken by a Leeds athlete Ossama Meslek (U23). £200 prize money was on offer for the fastest British finisher in each grand Prix event.
The BMC was set up in the late Sixties by the late Frank Horwill and others to raise the standard of British Middle distance running. They have certainly done that. Aspiring elite runners should look them up at britishmilersclub.com
There were plenty of Sale athletes on show nurtured by their coaches, Norman Poole, Paul Roden, Vicente Modahl and Richard Goddard. We also had some pacemakers in Alan White, Emma Tilley and Aine Cunningham.
Adam Spilsbury m800 C had a good run finishing a close second in 1:51.12 a personal best. From the same training group Stephanie Moss went in the W800 B race. Her time of 2:09.78 was also a pb, got her second place and a new Sale Harriers club record for U17. She presented good style even over the last 30m when others were losing theirs, a good sign for the future. Young Alyssa Davey was in the w800 D. Her 2:18.79 got her a pb.
Steffie Moss U17 800m
Stepping up to the 1500m where there is twice as long for tactics to come into play we had two athletes in the A race. Off the back of an excellent winter this was the first track outing of the year for Francesca Brint (U20). The quality field included two Irish athletes' Swede, an English Schools winner and a Commonwealth games winner. A solid eighth place and a pb (4:23.24) is building for the future. Aimee Pratt (U23) finished two places higher in 6th and also claimed a pb of 4:21.04, great to see two racing at this level. Claudia Cowan, who in my eyes has been one of the most improved athletes over the last year, was in the W1500B.In a race packed with U23 and Senior, Claudia improved her pb to 4:32.44
A big experience for U17 Jessica Spilsbury and Lara Crawford gave Jess a personal best 4:43 and Lara a season’s best of 4:40.85 only two tenths of a second outside her pb. In a tough m1500 D Jake Spilsbury came home in 4:06.57.
The longest distance on offer was m5000 and in the C race James Wignall was making his debut. After two laps he took it on and tucked in behind the pacemaker and stayed at the front. Only on the finishing straight was he passed by an Irish runner. James recorded 15:03.39. James started at Crossford Bridge and has been to University and returned, representing the club every year. He told me he ran off only six or seven weeks training as he had not run since Boggart xc in November.
In the blistering m5000 A race Jamie Roden was finding where he is at at this point of the season and came home in 14:44.41. Evergreen athlete Matt Barnes has shown great quality for years. Now a V40 he was in a nice little group just off the pace who worked well together to record 14.45.36 the best time of the day for the age group.
This event is aimed at elite athletes so is not for everyone but in the sport there are different levels you can participate at. This is just one of them. For those blessed with talent who like to push themselves to be the best they can be then this format is right. Aspirant elite middle distance runners should check out the BMC - speak to your coach.
Our own Norman Poole has been a driving force behind the BMC for many years producing International athletes. Paul Roden has benefitted from working at the same session and will undoubtedly have had many conversations about coaching. Paul is now producing International standard young athletes by hours of dedication and hard work.
Prior to the event starting there was a coaches corner where the level headed Paul Roden (Sale Harriers) passed on his experience alongside Emily Dudgeon (Edinburgh A.C.) Their topic was coaching the female athlete at the transition point from Junior to Senior. Paul is a dedicated coach who has overseen the development of Harriet Knowles Jones into a European Champion, Charlie Hulson from u15 to National XC Champion, running coach to triathlete Georgia Taylor Brown when she won the National Junior Championship and Francesca Brint to 3rd in the recent ISF World Cross Country Championship in Paris. In addition he gives great care to his group of athletes based at Wythenshawe.
The BMC are encouraging top quality coaching and recognise the importance of good coaching, they have introduced a coach mentoring project where coaches can be paired with an experienced coach in their area to discuss all aspects of coaching in an informal atmosphere; it is not to tell coaches what to do but confidence building and a chance to discuss for the success of their athletes.
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Another great service given freely was Physiotherapy by Athlete Matters of Worsley. Duncan Mason is part of the UKA Medical team giving Physiotherapy to our top GB athletes at training camps prior to major championships. Duncan is a lecturer in physiotherapy at Salford University and is also a coach at Salford Harriers. You do not have to be elite to be seen at the clinic at Worsley. A discount is offered to Sale Harriers members.
Look out for Tuesday night BMC / Trafford open races.
A great place to improve your p.b.
Posted 15/05/2018 08:53