Eltham BMC Grand Prix
In the final BMC Grand Prix of the season at Eltham on August 14th U23 Harry Cox was second in the Men’s 800m B race in 1.51.40 and Adam Day ran a PB of 3.55.10 to be seventh in the Men’s 1500m C race.
BMC Festival of Miles
British Milers Club combined with Thames Valley Harriers to host a Festival of Miles meeting plus a normal open meeting on August 22nd. U23 Harry Cox ran in the BMC B race and finished fifth in 4.18.40, a few seconds off his PB set a few weeks earlier. In the Open Meeting U20 Louis Peterson ran well in the 800m A race to run 2.02.01.
National Athletics League
Will Perkin had his first race for several weeks after covid to run as a higher claim athlete for Thames Valley Harriers in the final NAL match of the season. Will was second in the A string 800m in 1.57.40. It looks like Thames Valley will be national champions in this new premier track and field league competition.
England Athletics Combined Events
Chsiom Nwafor took part on her first full heptathlon at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships at Sportcity, Manchester on Saturday and Sunday 28th/29th August. Chisom had a solid day on Saturday ending up in fourth place from the total of twenty-seven U17 women taking part, but excelled in her more unfamiliar events of javelin and 800m on day two to gain a brilliant bronze medal.
Chisom’s performances are as follows
80m hurdles 12.21 (10th) 771
High Jump 1.53m (7th) 655
Shot Putt 10.84m (8th) 585
200m 25.66 (2nd) 827
Long Jump 5.45m (4th) 697
Javelin 28.90m (6th) 456 PB
800m 2.27.33 (2nd) 727 PB
UK School Games
Chisom Nwafor continued her purple patch at the UK School Games National Finals at Loughborough the following weekend. This multi-sport festival is a mini-Olympics for U17 sportspeople and athletics is included alongside cricket, hockey, laser run, netball, triathlon, cycling, BMX, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. Chisom was taking part in long jump whilst Chiltern’s other representatives Abbie Henderson and Holly Henderson were both in the 1500m steeplechase.
The games last for three days and the competitors attend various talks as well as competing and also get a taster of what university life could be like.
Able to focus on one event, Chisom jumped a PB of 5.88m for a win in long jump. Holly and Abbie, after a summer break involving holidays and Reading Festival, did well and were seventh and eighth in 5.23.70 and 5.44.41, well down on their PBs recorded earlier in the summer. All three enjoyed the experience.