Saturday May 26
Coaching corner 16:15
First race 17:15
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THE 800m races look like taking centre stage at the second Grand Prix fixture of the summer.
Teenager Max Burgin grabbed the headlines at Sportcity a couple of weeks with his barnstorming victory in a World Age 15 record of 1:47.50.
Burgin won’t be at Watford but some of the heavyweights of British 800m running in recent years will be on the startline for what promises to be a terrific contest.
Ex-Olympian, Beijing semi finalist Michael Rimmer, is entered and will certainly be looking to wipe away the disappointment of failing to finish the 1500m at Sportcity.
Rimmer has now been re-united with coach Norman Poole after a three-year break with Jon Bigg and it is surely only a matter of time before he pops out a big performance.
Top junior Markhim Lonsdale was one of the stars of the 2017 Grand prix season with wins at Sportcity, Loughborough and Stretford as he used the circuit to sharpen up before winning a super silver at the European Junior Championships.
It will be Lonsdale’s first 800m of the season after opening up with a 49.19secs 400m at the Loughborough International.
Spencer Thomas, who was runner-up to Burgin earlier this month in a PB of 1:47.76, is also in the field and will be looking to improve upon that.
Will the women’s 800m throw up another surprise like it did at Sportcity when 400m specialist Laura Maddox from Bath won with a personal best?
Alex Bell will be doing her utmost to ensure there are no surprises as she lines up for her first race of the European season after returning from the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane where she not only finished fifth in the final but also ran a personal best of 2mins 00.11secs.
That first sub-two is surely just a matter of time but whether she will be ready for it this weekend remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Bell is a terrific competitor so even if a bit rusty will be hard to beat
Katie Snowden will also be racing her first 800m since the Commonwealths so is sure to be looking for a quick opener to get back into the groove.
The two internationals are the quickest women in the field having both run under 2mins 01secs but danger could come from Ireland’s Ciara Everard (2:01.21) and Sweden’s Anna Silvander (2:03.00).
Both Mari Smith and junior Isabelle Boffey improved their PBs at the Loughborough International recently clocking 2mins 03.23secs and 2:04.00 respectively so will be ones to watch as will teenager Keely Hodgkinson, who did so will at Sportcity.
In the men’s 1500m, which is being sponsored by Oxy Hood, seasoned performer Tom Lancashire is the fastest man in the field but from the looks of the line-up the race is wide open.
Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and British international Jess Judd, running her first 1500m since the Commonwealth Games, are the fastest on paper in the women’s 1500m, which along with the men’s 500m is being sponsored by New Balance and will ensure a true race.
The meeting starts at 5.15pm with 31 races from 800m up 5000m and the steeplechase packed into just under four hours on non-stop action.
British Milers Club members
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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.
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The start lists for the Watford Grand Prix meeting are available
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