A great night was had at the Hampshire Athletics Grand Prix held on the evening of Wednesday 19th July. A few of the middle distance group headed ‘down the road’ to Down Grange Sports Ground, Basingstoke, where 500 athletes from Hampshire and surrounding counties had gathered to try and produce PB’s at the end of this years track season. The weather couldn’t have been better as the gusty wind eased and the sun started to set on a cool clear evening.
First up was Jago Evison in the Under 13 boys 100m, just missing his PB in gusty conditions in 15:18. The 800m was next for him and he ran superbly to finish 2nd in his race with a great 2:35.58, 3 seconds shy of his best. Good work Jago!
Next came the glamour girls, firstly Kay Noyce in her 800m race. Despite lack of speed training Kay is ranked 27th in the country as a V50, she was determined to beat her 2:46.8 best but just missed out finishing in 2:49.8, still her fastest 800 this season which should propel her further up the rankings. Then came Carrie Power, full of enthusiasm as ever she raced hard to grab a Power of 10 PB in 2:57.7 Awesome girls!
The final event of the evening was the 3000m, which saw Paddy Turner, Gareth Copping and Steve Brett placed in the same race with 23 other athletes. Unfortunately Dylan George was placed in the race after. As darkness fell the gun sounded for the staggered start as the guys settled into an early fast rhythm, following the pacer aiming for 10:08. Paddy tucked in, Steve & Gareth hung on for dear life, trying to hit 84-88 second laps. As the race unfolded the pack started to string out, Paddy kept his cool and finished in 5th and 1st U15B with a PB of 10:14.29, Steve came in next in 11th & 1st MV45 also with a PB of 10:25.04 closely followed by track debutant Gareth in 16th & 1st MV50 in 10:37.44.
Dylan was next up, the target pace of 11.20 was well within his grasp but as with Gareth had never raced this distance before. He set off well keeping the pacer in sight. Looking relaxed and confident he soon ate up the 7.5 laps and finished fast, almost catching the leader, in a fabulous 10:14.43, 2nd overall and 1st U15B. Now the keen of eye amongst you may have spotted the Paddy & Dylan, training partners on the track, finished in the same time….how cool is that!
Also on the night Sarah Brett, who used to train with us and still helps out, ran a PB of 44:52 in the 300m, cheered on by Chris Dewey who had run out from Basingstoke to give wise words of encouragement. Also Andover U15B Adam Robinson jumped a PB of 1.8m in the high jump whilst Hazel Atkins threw the Shot 7.29m in the U15G & the Javelin 21.75m.
Well done everyone, great to see your hard working producing deserved results