BRITISH international Frank Tickner returned to action with a crushing victory in the Frome half marathon.
The Wells City Harrier was racing for the first time since finishing third in the Yeovil Summer 5k race in June and for only the third time this year so his performance of 71:15 was a solid effort.
Tickner finished over two minutes clear of Avon Valley Runners’ George Gurney with St Austell Running Club’s Dan Alsop third (1:17.17).
Simon Cardnell of Southville Running Club finished 20th (1:26.58) with Bristol & West’s Jonathan Bennett 22nd (1:27.22).
In the women’s race Elizabeth Bebbington of Nailsea Running Club was runner-up (1:35.54) behind Laura Holton (1:33.26). Southville RC’s Kay Cole came seventh and first W40 (1:41.18).
EMILY Wright has finished an excellent fourth at the World Youth Games in Colombia.
Coach Dan Cossins has always told me that Wright, a former winner of the East Runner athlete of the month competition, has the temperament for the big occasion and she proved that again by leaping to a personal best of 6.21m in the second round.
Agonisingly Wright was just one centimetre off the bronze medal won by Slovakia’s Maja Bedrac, who cleared 6.22m with her final jump of the competition to snatch away the medal from the Bristol & West athlete’s grasp.
Wright opened with 6.21m and backed that up with 6.15m and 6.00m in a superb display of long jumping that confirms her emergence as one of Britain’s best young talents.
Victory went to American Tara Davis with 6.41m, also on her sixth and last jump with Kaiza Karlen of Sweden second on 6.24m
MEANWHILE in Sweden Bristol & West’s Molly Long finished fourth in the final of the women’s 800m at the European Under 20 Championships.
Coach John Knowles tells me that Molly never got on terms with the leading group of three who dominated the race, held in blustery conditions, with Renee Eykens winning in 2:02.83 from Sara Schmidt of German (2:04.55) and Anita Hinriksdottir of Iceland (2:05.04).
Long was next in 2:06.00
CHARLOTTE Green had a busy day at the fourth British Milers’ Club meeting at Oxford on Saturday.
She was first on at 3pm in the women’s 800m C race and knew it wasn’t going to be another PB day when the over-excited pacemaker went through the bell in a touch over 60 seconds.
Green was holding back from that at the back of the field and had to be content with 2:09.05 for fourth.
“That is still my second fastest time of the season and I am happy with that,” said Charlotte. “It has been a great season and I have made so much progress.”
Green then earned herself some expenses by acting as a pacemaker for later races.
WILL Christofi didn’t look like he was enjoying his experience in the men’s B mile race at the BMC Grand Prix in Oxford but he kept his concentration and form to record a personal best.
The 20-year-old Bristol & West AC runner, who is a student at Oxford University, clipped four seconds off his PB with 4:18.10 in 11th and last place.
Just ahead of him was clubmate Mike Wilsmore in fifth (4:11.25), which was well outside his PB of 4:05.49.
“I am training so much better than that so that is disappointing,” said Wilsmore.
FREDDIE Owsley is in action tonight in the heats of the men’s 200m at the European Under 20 Championships in Sweden.
The Bristol & West athlete will line up in the first of three heats with the top two and the two fastest losers now going straight into the final.
Of the seven athletes running Owsley is the second quickest after his recent PB of 21.12secs. Only Even Meinseth of Norway has run quicker with 21.07secs but there also two quick sprinters from Germany and Italy.
Owsley’s heat is scheduled for 7pm and can be seen live on the championship website at: www.european-athletics.orgam
IN-FORM Charlotte Green will be looking to add another PB to her CV when she lines up in heat three of the women’s 800m at the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix in Oxford tomorrow.
The Bristol & West runner has already six PB on the track this summer – two at 800m, two at 1500m and one at both the 2k steeplechase and the 3k ‘chase.
Over 800m Green has been a revelation as she has brought her 2014 best of 2:11.15 down to 2:09.22 and then 2:08.57 and maybe tomorrow she can go under 2mins 08secs for the first time.
Also in action at Oxford will be Steve Mitchell (men’s mile), Ben Westhenry, Shaun Antell, James Rodgers and Josh Davies (all 5000m).
THE organisers of the Bristol to Bath marathon have today announced that there are just 500 places left in this inaugural race on Sunday October 25th.
This unique point to point race, which will be a marvel of organisation on closed roads in what is one of the busiest areas of the west country, has already attracted 6,000 entries proving that it has struck a chord with runners.
To get your entry in see the website at: www.bristolbathmarthon.com
MOLLY Long cruised into the final of the 800m at the European Under 20 Championships, in Sweden, this afternoon.
Controlling the race for the start the 18-year-old Bristol & West AC runner led at the bell in 63.86secs and then began to stretch out the field down the back straight.
Only Belgium’s Renee Eykens, who was the fastest athlete in the field, stayed with Long and sprinted past the Brit in the final 50 metres for victory in 2mins 06.32secs with Long a stride behind in 2:06.87secs.
Long was the sixth fastest qualifier for the final, in which she will be joined by GB team-mate Mhairi Hendry. The top two in each qualified for the final at 5.15pm on Saturday.
Clubmate Freddie Owsley is due in action in the heats of the 200m at 8pm tomorrow night.
MOLLY Long knows she can’t afford to be intimidated or pushed around when she makes her international debut at the European Under 20 Championships, in Sweden, today.
The 18-year-old Bristol & West AC runner is named in the first of three heats, scheduled for 2.50 local time this afternoon, with the top two in each heat and two fastest losers going through to the final on Saturday.
“Molly is the second fastest on paper in her heat so I would be disappointed if she didn’t get through to the final,” said coach John Knowles.
But plenty of pitfalls await in the hurly-burly of the two-lap event where a shove, push or trip can end medal ambitions in the blink of an eye, a fact Long knows only too well after being sent crashing to the track earlier this season in a British Milers’ Club Grand Prix event.
“The first aim is to get into the final because once you are there anything can happen,” said Long.
“Physically I may be one of the fastest in the field but you can so easily get pushed over, knocked out of your stride or just boxed in.
“I have experienced a lot of argy-bargy in 800m races this season so I am prepared for it! You have to be prepared to stand your ground and I am not afraid to do that.”