While much of the talk around the track and field scene has been centred around the talented teens in the last few months – it was arguably the senior athletes on display who delivered the best performances at the opening Intertrust Track & Field Challenge fixture on Sunday morning.
Hannah Lesbirel embarked on her first race since June 2014 and delivered her second fastest time ever to take the women’s 200m ahead of her younger training partners. Lesbirel clocked 26.53sec into the stiffest wind of the morning, which gusted to -4.3m/s, thus confirming that she is certainly coming into form and will surely see off her 26.41sec PB in good conditions – perhaps even in Hampshire in 2 weeks time.
Josh Allaway later faced similar wind resistance and came home in 11.28sec in the 100m (-3.8m/s) as he too starts his build up to Hampshire Championships.
Away from the track, Jonny Guille came close to his PB as he leapt 13.82m in the triple jump – and like the sprinters he too can expect to progress as the summer goes on and break through the 14m barrier.
In the men’s 800m, Matt Loveridge posted a fast opener of 1:57.54 to set him up for the summer ahead. He also dragged U20 steeplechaser Ed Mason to a sub-2min clocking and a new PB.
The most encouraging junior performance came in the form of an U17 400m hurdler – only this time it was Toby Glass, and not Ala Chalmers, who was the most satisfied with his race. Chalmers won the race despite a significant clash with hurdle 8 – but it was his training partner who attained the standard he was seeking as he clocked 57.59sec to go inside the Entry Standard for the English Schools Championships.
Full results are below.
Cameron Chalmers continued his scintillating indoor season form in his opening competition this weekend – taking the British Universities 400m title in 47.07sec, having clocked a big PB of 46.88sec in the semi-final. He also then anchored Bath to a 4x400m victory with an extremely fast split – unofficially 46.1sec.
Videos courtesy of Chris Chalmers