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  • Noel Carmody

Weekly Update - 22nd Feb. 2023

Updated: Feb 23

UKA Indoor Championships, Birmingham

On Saturday Daryll Neita could have hardly asked for a better day as she won her first ever women’s 60m British indoor title. With a lifetime best 7.05s under her belt already this season, Daryll got quicker through the rounds and won the final by 0.04 in 7.17s. Daryll said: “I feel so good right now. It’s great to come here and get the win. To compete in three rounds was fun. I came here to get the gold and run some decent times, which I think I did."

“My preparation for the Europeans will be good. I will definitely go back and watch these three races with my coach to see what I can improve on as there is always something. I give a lot away in the first 60m, which is why I have come here to try and perfect the start of my races.”

Photo from Daryll Neita Instagram

In the 3000m race walk Luc Legon took the bronze with an indoor personal best of 12:44.21s. Hannah Hopper finished fourth in the women's walk with a seasons best of 15:00.22s having again suffered with nausea during the latter stages of the race.

Doyin Aderinto recorded a time of 7.67s in her heat of the 60m, but was unable to progress further.

British Masters Indoor Championships, E.I.S. Sheffield

The clubs masters athletes came away from the British Masters Indoor Championships in Sheffield with four medals; one gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Mark Ashby won the M60 age group in the 3000m race walk with a time of 18:05.04s. Silver medals were achieved by Wole Odele in the M55 400m with a time of 58.94s, just shy of his season's best and to Natalie Mann in the W35 shot with a best throw of 7.20m. Peter Wishart secured bronze in the M60 shot with a season best of 9.84m.

Top: Mark Ashby & Wole Odele; Bottom: Natalie Mann & Peter Wishart

Friday Night 5k Under the Lights

Held on a fast, flat, two lap course around Battersea Park. Lara Atkinson was seeded in the elite women's race and reduced her personal best by 25 seconds to 17:35 for 35th position.

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

Six of the club's road runners took on this undulating race in the Kent countryside, writes Clem Dixon. There was a great performance from Ben Shearer for 7th place in a time of 1:13:26. Ben's brother Rob was next for the club: 33rd in a time of 1:22:48. Much of the first half of the race is downhill but shortly after the halfway point you start climbing again, the hill isn't steep but it goes on for about a mile and a half, that can seem like a long way! So few would regard this as a PB course but James Pitts managed to get one anyway to underline what good shape he is in with the London Marathon on the horizon.

This was the first race in our newly relaunched road running Grand Prix. Scoring is based on age graded performance. For those unfamiliar with the concept it is the world record for someone with the same age and gender as you as a percentage of your time. The idea is that it gives a level playing field between men and women of all ages, but we could have chosen just about any scoring system and Ben would still have been top. But that was the first race of a long season, it's all to play for, follow this link for more details including a list of qualifying races:

Results: 7. Ben Shearer 1:13:26, 33. Rob Shearer 1:22:48, 40. James Pitts 1:23:40, 149. Ray Ramsay 1:32:00, 200. Christian Poulton 1:34:52 & 396. Clem Dixon 1:43:04.

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