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Molly books place in the 800m women’s final

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.MollyLongTrafford2015

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Molly’s fighting talk on Euro U20s debut

MollyLongMay2015MOLLY 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.”

 

 

 

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Talbot scorches to 200m PB in Lucerne

DANNY Talbot gave the British selectors gave an emphatic message that he deserves to be on the plane to the World Championships in Beijing as he broke his personal best in Lucerne on Tuesday.

The Trowbridge Tornado was under pressure to run inside the qualifying standard of 20.50secs after finishing runner-up in the trials with a season’s best of 20.61secs.

Talbot shrugged off that pressure to not only run under the qualifying mark but also shave 0.06secs off his 2014 personal best with a time of 20.30secs for third place in the B race to lift him to second in the UK Rankings behind trials winner Zharnel Hughes.

“Danny is really please with that and his fate is in his own hands now,” said coach Dan Cossins.

“He needs to run under 20.50secs again and if he does that then he will definitely be going to Beijing.”

The pair are now looking at the Loughborough EAP meeting on Saturday or competing on a new super fast track in Waterford, Ireland, next Tuesday evening.

 

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Peters forced to end season with illness

RICHARD Peters will not be defending his mile title at the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix meeting at Oxford on Saturday.

The Bristol & West AC runner has won the event for the past two years and while he is back in Yate after finishing his degree in Boston he won’t be racing again this season.

“Rich has suffered a recurrence of glandular fever and the doctors in America told him to take a complete rest so he will not be racing again this summer,” said coach Mike Down.

“He is back home now but his main priority is looking for a job and hopefully he will start getting fit again over the winter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bristol & West men need a big finish

BRISTOL & West AC need a strong finish to the British Men’s League season to ensure they retain their National Division Two status.

Fielding a small, below-par squad the club slumped to last place in the third match at Derby having finished fifth in both opening matches. That leaves Bristol & West AC fifth overall on nine league points two clear of Nene Valley Harriers with Gateshead a distant bottom.

The fourth and final match is scheduled for August 8th at Kingston.

As far as the other west clubs are concerned Yeovil Olympiads look safe in National Three as they lie fourth, well clear of any relegation fear and unlikely to catch either Swansea or Bedford.

Joining them next season from National Four looks like being champions-elect Newquay & Par AC. The Cornwall club has won all three matches so far so have a five points advantage over Havering Mayesbrook at the top.

While they look certain to go up Exeter Harriers are odds-on favourites to drop out as they are currently bottom and need a huge performance to have any chance of retaining their British League status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Talbot smashes PB in Switzerland

DANNY Talbot gave the British selectors gave an emphatic message that he deserves to be on the plane to the World Championships in Beijing as he broke his personal best in Lucerne on Tuesday.

The Trowbridge Tornado was under pressure to run inside the qualifying standard of 20.50secs after finishing runner-up in the trials with a season’s best of 20.61secs.

Talbot shrugged off that pressure to not only run under the qualifying mark but also shave 0.06secs off his 2014 personal best with a time of 20.30secs for third place in the B race.

It lifted him to second in the UK Rankings behind trials winner Zharnel Hughes and virtually guarantees that Talbot will now be heading to China for his first senior World Championships.

 

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Fast Freddie is making headlines again!

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month winner Freddie Owsley is in the news again today .

Having last week learned that he will make his international debut in the European U20 Championships in Sweden – the team fly out from Heathrow tomorrow – today Owsley is featured in the Bristol Post.

To read the full story click on the following link:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/ATHLETICS-Freddie-Owsley-mark-international-debut/story-26892034-detail/story.html

 

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Reid sprints to Euro U23 silver medal

ANOTHER local sprinter making headlines is 20-year-old Leon Reid. Formerly of Bristol & West the Bath-based athlete won silver for GB in the 200m at the European Under-23 Championships in Estonia.

Reid, who represented Northern Ireland at last year’s Commonwealth Games, clocked a season’s best of 20.63 seconds just 01secs off his PB.

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Westbury 1500m trio shine in English Schools

WESTBURY Harriers will take great pride in seeing three of their runners make the final of the inter girls’ 1500m at the England Schools Championships in Gateshead on Saturday.

Not only did the three runners, who were all representing Avon, make the final but they also finished in the top seventh with Ellie Wallace fourth (4:37.52), Hannah Hobbs sixth (4:38.95) and Ellie Leather seventh (4:39.41).

For 16-year-oold Leather, who is coached by Jason Michael, it was her second PB in 24 hours as she first set a new best of 4:42.10 in the heats.

Her best before the event stood at 4:45 and before the start of the year she hadn’t broke 4mins 50secs so that represents a terrific improvement.

Walllace’s time was also a PB and Hobbs was just a whisker off her lifetime best as all three girls excelled on the big stage.

 

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Sprint ace Sprague is the Avon Schools’ hero

THE Avon star at the England Schools Championships in Gateshead was undoubtedly sprinter Cameron Sprague.

Ranked No 1 in the UK and a hot favourite Sprague, who is a student a Norton Hill and competes for Team Bath AC, showed he can handle the pressure with an emphatic victory in a time of 22.40secs.

The only other Avon meal winner was Rownita Marston in the senior girls’ shot.

But there were also 13 other top ten performances the most notable of which were a fourth for sprinter Melissa Roberts in the senior 200m, fifth for Anna Burt in the inter 800m and sixth places for Ben Holbrook and Daniel Brooks.

 

English Schools’ Championships, Gateshead,  leading Avon performances.

SB LJ: 6 Ben Holbrook 6.34; 7 Toby Pentreath 6.34; DT: 9 Sam Boulton 39.76.

IB – 3000: 24 Hugh Sadler 9:18.35; HJ: 13 Adam Brooks 1.87.

JB – 100: 6 Daniel Brooks 11.52; 200: 1 Cameron Sprague 22.40 (0.34secs clear); SP: 10 Harry Gooding 10.75;

SG – 100: 7 Katie-Jane Priest 12.34; 200: 4 Melissa Roberts 25.05; SP: 3 Rownita Marston 12.66.

IG – 800: 5 Anna Burt 2:13.76; 1500: 4 Ellie Walllace 4:37,62 (0.64 off bronze); 6 Hannah Hobbs 4:38.95; 7 Ellie Leather 4:39.41; LJ: 21 Samantha Barrett 4.80; DT: 14 Catherine Clayton 30.79.

JG – PV: 7 Caroline Walder 2.85; SP: 9 Emma Bakara 11.19; DT: 13 Sophie Peters 26.08; HT: 11 Anna Loughlin 37.18.