The meeting will start at 4:10pm.
THE incorporation of the England Athletics 10,000m Championships in the fifth and final British Milers Club Grand Prix of the summer at Trafford on Saturday evening (AUGUST 19TH) adds an extra edge to this end-of-season meeting.
The presence of British internationals Chris Thompson and Gemma Steel in the field for the men and women’s races certainly underlines the importance of the event as runners seek to achieve Commonwealth Games qualifying standards to strengthen their claims for selection to Brisbane next year.
With few 10,000m races on the calendar this could prove a last chance to achieve that aim though with the England management setting the targets at 28mins 10secs for men and 32:15 for women it is a tough ask.
“We will have pacemakers to help out with the intention of running 68s to 4k so hopefully that will give the top runners a chance,” said meeting organiser Steve Green.
“The races also incorporate the Northern Championships so that will provide an extra edge.”
With a PB of 27:23.36 Thompson is the fastest man in the field which also includes Abel Tsegay, Luke Traynor, Luke Cadwell and Scott Overall but Ross Millington has withdrawn.
Steel will start favourite for the women’s race but will face competition from Katrina Wootton, Charlotte Arter, Rebecca Murray and Verity Ockenden.
In the shorter distances the late addition of former British international Michael Rimmer has added real class to the men’s 800m.
The 2008 Olympic Games semi finalist has a best of 1:46.72 this season from the World Challenge meeting in Hengelo in June but was out of sorts at the British Championships getting knocked out in the heats.
Since then he had a couple of DNFs but in his latest outing at the Cork City Sports on July 18th recorded 1:47.98 so it will be intriguing to see what sort of shape he is this weekend.
Facing Rimmer will be rising star European U20 silver medallist Markhim Lonsdale, who won the Sportcity Grand Prix earlier this season plus the likes of Rory Graham-Watson and James McMurray.
The women’s 800m also looks strong with Sportcity winner Anna Burt, who used that race as a stepping stone towards a silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, entered along with more experienced runners like Hannah England, Emily Dudgeon, Katy Brown, Mari Smith and Revee Walcott-Nolan.
Tom Lancashire and Philip Sesemann head a very competitive looking field for the 1500m which also includes Ireland’s Kieran Kelly and Llorenc Sales Ferre of Spain.
Charlene Thomas, who has been a Grand Prix winner at Watford (1500m) and Loughborough (800m) this summer, heads the entry for the women’s 1500m and will be seeking another sub 4mins 10secs clocking to remind the Commonwealth Games selectors of her qualities.
Also in the field are Naomi Taschimowitz, who won the 1500m at Loughborough and Hannah Nuttall, who was recently third in the England Athletics Senior Championships over 1500m with a PB of 4:19.28.
“We also have a strong entry from athletes across Scandinavia which will give the British runners extra competition,” added Green.
The first of the 29 races is at 4.10 with the meeting closing with the England 10,000m Championships for women at 8.30 and men at 9.10.
Please note that for 2017 the entry fees are:-
Stadium entry - £5.00
Note: 'BMC Coaches will gain free entry to the stadium on production of their membership card and coach license.
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
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