AW Roundup (25/08/2011 & 01/09/2011)

The bulk of these two editions is taken up with the World Championships so reportage & results are less than normal. Our young high jumper Alex Hughes was in action at the England U15/U17 Championships in Bedford and was 6th in the U15 event with 1.72m.  Here is his TIA profile. At the BMC Nike Grand Final in Birmingham Phil Hinch was 3rd in the B 5000m with 14m 34.67s whilst Ian Rawlinson was 7th over the barriers in the 3000m S/C with 8m 59.45s. Ian's other recent S/C performance in the Midland Track & Field League fixture at Tipton made the results columns with his 9m 15.0s. Whilst Nick Jones was getting the headlines, together with his young son, at Birchwood Chris McCarthy was also at this event and was 12th in 34m 13s. Down in Torbay Stuart Hall (M45) was in action over 10Km posting 34m 21s in the Torbay Regatta event. Stuart Hall & Paul Rogers are due to compete in the World Duathlon Championships in Gijon, Spain, at the end of September.

This weeks (01/09/2011) reports the death of Mel Batty who was one of the best distance runners around in the 1960's winning the National XC in 1964 & 65 and set a World Track Best for 10 Miles of 47m 26.8s. he went on to coach with a passion and guided Eamon Martin to his win in the London Marathon. He will be remembered fondly by some of our older club members. Here is a link to a report from a local newspaper Thurrock Gazette

Ross Jones was back to winning ways at the Kings Head Canter at Chiddingly running the 5Km course in 15m 45s. AW also reports the following about the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 23rd October.

"ENTRIES for the 2011 Bupa Great Birmingham Run on October 23 are rapidly approaching the entry limit! This is not such a surprise given the success that the Bupa Great Run series of promotions achieve across the country. The fact the entire event will this year enjoy live coverage on Channel 5 creates added interest. Live TV coverage for another of the UK’s leading road races is welcome news. It has been made possible as a result of the Bupa Great Run series organisers, Nova International, assuming responsibility for event delivery at Birmingham for the first time in 2011 – working in partnership with Birmingham City Council. Planning is of course well underway for an event which in 2009 hosted the IAAF World Half-marathon Championships. The first staging of this half marathon in Birmingham was in 2008, but it is expected that the involvement of Nova and the event’s incorporation into the Bupa Great Run series will see big strides forward in terms of its organisation. There will be the usual high number of elite athletes, but to mark the first year of their involvement with the event Nova are looking to incorporate a couple of interesting “races within the race” initiatives. There will be awards for the best Midlands club based on the aggregate time of the first 20 finishers from the same club irrespective of gender. The winning club will receive kit vouchers to the value of £1000, to be used by the club as they see fit. They will also receive 30 free entries to the 2012 Bupa Great Birmingham Run. The second and third teams will also receive free entries in 2012. There is also the Powerade Super Series, which has been incorporated into the Bupa Great Run series this year. The results of these team competitions, which are open to UKA-affiliated clubs, are based on the first three men and women from the same club to finish. The winning Powerade Super Series team at Birmingham will also get £1000 worth of kit vouchers, a visit from a Powerade sports scientist and 1000 bottles of Powerade ION4 drinks."