After a busy weekend last week, things were quiet on the home front this time and the main individual action was Stateside where it was a good weekend for our US-based athletes as they produced a club record and two podium places in their respective local championships.
Mayi Hughes improved her club triple jump record by five centimetres as her second-round leap of 12.57m placed her fifth for Harvard University in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at the Cornell track at Ithaca, NY.
In the same championship sibling Zoë, in her final year at Harvard, completed her first pentathlon after an injury-hit two years, to finish in silver medal position with 3933 points after clocking 8.70s for 60m hurdles, long jumping 5.84m, a shot put of 12.81m, a high jump of 1.58m and 800m of 2m 26.98s.
The third club athlete in Stateside action was Lydia Hallam whose personal best of 4m 49.59s in the mile for New Mexico University won her bronze in the Mountain West Championships in Albuquerque. Lydia also acted as a pacemaker in the 3000m.
Three club athletes competed in the high profile Vitality London Half Marathon. Rob Trevor’s 82:27 clocking was a career best, Robyn Matson’s 91:21 on her birthday was her best for a couple of years, while Clare Davies was close to her PB in crossing the line in 98:05.
Five of the senior men were also in action in the Rochford 20 Mile race, which served as the Essex Championship event. Gavin Watts led them home with his 2 hours 1m 30 seconds run in 36th with Barry Smith (2:08.26) and John Whitehead (2:08.27) coming home together in 66th & 67th. Steve Walker (2:18.26) and Darren Priestley (2:24.48) completed the club line up.
This weekend’s action sees club athletes competing in the red vests of Essex at the Inter-Counties Championships at Loughborough.