Preview of British Milers’ Club Grand Prix
Saturday June 24
Coaching corner 15:45
First race 17:45
BUOYED by his superb personal best to win the BMC Gold Standard meeting Tom Marshall returns to Watford for the third Grand Prix of the summer.
The Wales international won an amazing 1500m last week in which the top five broke 3mins 40secs and 11 of the 14 finishers clocked persona bests.
Marshall, who shaved almost two seconds off his best, will be hoping for similar result on Saturday for his final warm-up before the World Championships trials but stiff opposition will come from Tom Farrell, James McMurray and Josh Carr.
Sean Molloy was another impressive Gold Standard meeting ending a five-year wait to improve his PB, lowering it from 1:48.24, which coincidentally he also ran at Watford as a teenager, to 1:47.76 for 11th fastest in the UK Rankings.
That represents a welcome return to form for the former World Junior Championships athlete and with that confidence he is sure to now relish the chance to take on in-form Daniel Rowden in a tasty senior men’s A race.
Rowden set his PB of 1:46.86 when finishing runner-up behind Jake Wightman at the opening Grand Prix meeting at Solihull and as the fastest man in the field the newly-crowned England Under 23 champion will be the one to beat.
A host of other 1:47 guys this summer will have him in his sights including John Bird, Neil Gurley and Spencer Thomas will Stephen Knuckley of Australia and Ireland’s Kieran Kelly will add to the competition.
New Zealander Katherine Marshall is the fastest woman in the 800m field on current for with a 2:02 to her name this season while the domestic challenge is headed by Revee Walcott-Nolan and Ellie Baker.
The women’s 5000m will feature Jessica Martin (nee Andrews) and Steph Twell, both of whom have run 15:24 this summer.
The third of the BMC Coaching Corners will be held before the start of the Grand Prix event at Watford on Saturday starting at 3.45 and lasting one hour.
The theme of this meeting will be ‘Altitude and Attitude’ with a panel including international coaches George Gandy and Norman Poole plus Olympic medallist Wendy Sly and hosted Neville Taylor.
All coaches and athletes are invited to meet up for a very exciting and informative 60 minutes. BMC coaches will gain free entry to the meeting and the coaching corner on production of their membership card and coach license.
Please note that for 2016 the entry fees are:-
Stadium entry - £5.00
Race entry for BMC members - free
Race entry for non-members - £10.00
Note: Non members fee is £5 when enter online and remaining £5 on the day
British Milers Club members
BMC members that appear on the start lists with ** next to their name are in arrears with their membership subs. Please bring your cheque book. Further clarification can be obtained from
No longer running?
As we expect all the Grand Prix meetings are going to be over-subscribed, it means we will have to turn athletes away. If you have already entered and can no longer compete please can you inform the person that your entry went to. This will not only allow another athlete to compete but can also mean that several athletes could be moved up a race (from C to B, D to C, E to D, etc. We consider this a matter of courtesy, both to the organisers and to your fellow athletes.
To withdraw, queries, etc please contact Tim Brennan
E-mail. or phone 01628 415748
Athletes marked with "**" next to their name may be behind in there subs. Please see Pat Fitzgerald at the venue BEFORE collecting your number.
Any athletes that are able to help pace any of the races should contact Tim Brennan by
E-mail or phone 01628 415748
The start lists for the Watford Grand Prix meeting are available
The Timetable for the Watford Grand Prix meeting is available