BMC Festival of Miles – 22 August 2021 – Results and Report

REPORT

‘As the British Milers Club, we should have a meeting dedicated to miles’ said Pat Fitzgerald, and no one could really argue with that, and so the BMC Festival of Miles was born and got off to a fine start at a sunny Linford Christie stadium on Sunday 22nd August.

The meeting was set up with BMC members representing Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and English regional teams and with an overall trophy for the first team. It made for exciting competition with BMC Mile Champion medals also being awarded. With individual champions, team awards and paced races the meeting blended the traditional BMC paced races with some new ideas.

Perhaps one of the best races of the days was the Andy Green U15 girl’s mile. This was won in 4:50.0 by English Schools champion Shaikira King whose time puts her second all time. Watching on were Andy Green’s sons David and Mike who had kindly donated the memorial money from their late father to the BMC, enabling funding of the meeting and a perpetual trophy in Andy’s name.

Visible from the Linford Christie stadium is the site of the White City track where Andy Green ran his fastest mile of 3:57.74 back in 1964 beating the then world record holder Peter Snell in the process. The magical challenge of the mile remains as strong today as it did then as illustrated by the men’s A race. At the bell Sam Stevens required sub 58s to break the mark and with the crowd egging him on he fell agonisingly short as the clock ticked over to 4:00.10. With a 3:41.1 PB in the BMC Grand Prix last week, it is surely only a matter of time before Sam joins second place Kyle Langford in the sub four club.

In the women’s mile Niamh Bridson Hubbard ran well clear of the field for 4:42.34. In contrast the U17 race named after BMC founder Frank Horwill produced one of the best finishes of the day with Ella Greenway winning in 4:51.20 from Kristi Foster, both overhauling Keira Brady-Jones who had led from the start. In the U20 race midland champion Freya Bennett took victory in 4:52.71.

The men’s U20 race was tightly bunched before English Schools champion Alex Melloy burst clear to win in 4:13.64 from Northern Ireland’s Dylan McBride who clocked 4:14.55. Another ESAA champion Dan Galloway took the U17 race in 4:14.67 reversing his defeat to George Keen in the England Championship, George took second in 4:17.57. The trophy won by Dylan is named after Peter Coe, father and coach to former mile world record holder Seb.

An early start to travel from Scotland was rewarded with an U15 win for Oliver Patton in 4:27.4 a time that indicates a 1500 PB could be in store at next week’s Scottish championship. Down the field U13 Fred Jones ran 4:51.84. the fastest U13 mile listed on power of ten all time. At the other end of the age groups James Thie took a break from commentating to clock a Welsh mile masters record of 4:23.91 in the men’s B race.

The meeting ended with presentation of the team award, taken narrowly by the South form a strong Northern Ireland team.

The BMC hope that the festival of miles will become an annual event and there was no shortage of enthusiasm for that idea from departing athletes and spectators.

A biography of Andy appeared in Athletics Weekly HERE

RESULTS

Races: 10
Finishers: 72
PBs: 51 (71%)
Power of Ten results: Here

1 Mile BMC U20M Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:13.64 10 Alex Melloy U20 Cambridge & Coleridge
2 4:14.55 51 Dylan McBride U20 City of Lisburn
3 4:15.01 63 Joseph O’Brien U20 City of York
4 4:15.82 101 Rowan Miell-Ingram U20 Radley
5 4:17.02 62 Luca Minale U20 Gateshead
6 4:22.17 124 Lloyd Sheppard U20 Cardiff
7 4:24.00 22 Jack Davies U20 Derby
8 4:31.19 71 Daniel Maydew U20 Wells City/Yeovil
9 4:42.82 9 Jamie Bailey U20 Dacorum & Tring
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1 Mile BMC Mens C Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:27.24 80 Stewart Millar U23 Aberdeen/Glasgow Uni
2 4:29.98 149 Jonathan Morgan SEN Harrow
3 4:32.81 6 Dylan Tomaselli U20 Huntingdonshire
4 4:47.82 141 James Rhodes SEN Striders of Croydon
5 4:48.93 136 Martin Bell SEN Clapham Chasers
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1 Mile U17M Peter Coe Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:14.67 111 Dan Galloway U17 Telford AC
2 4:17.57 7 George Keen U17 Cambridge & Coleridge
3 4:26.73 99 Jamie Keir U17 Invicta East Kent
4 4:27.79 41 Ethan Brady-Jones U17 Wirral
5 4:30.91 8 George Ward U17 Herts Phoenix
6 4:31.01 123 Joseff Morgan U17 Menai
7 4:39.39 61 Silas Christie U17 Gosforth
8 4:51.27 32 Robin Bebbington U17 Herne Hill
9 4:58.42 33 Luca Spaccatrosi U17 Highgate
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1 Mile BMC U20W Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:52.71 114 Freya Bennett U20 Coventry
2 4:55.90 55 Cara Laverty U20 Finn Valley
3 5:20.54 44 Samantha Mason U20 Salford H/Trafford
4 5:23.63 66 Robyn Greenway U20 Cleethorpes
5 5:55.23 104 Alice Wright U20 Brighton Phoenix
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1 Mile BMC U15B Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:27.40 81 Oliver Patton U15 Kilbarchan
2 4:29.70 70 Henry Sheffield U15 Stroud
3 4:45.35 145 Ewan Taylor U15 Cambridge & Coleridge
4 4:48.47 122 Henry Dawes U15 Newport H
5 4:51.84 144 Fred Jones U13 Wolverhampton & Bilston
6 4:59.09 98 Tom Harmer U15 South London
7 5:17.38 31 Alexander Mulvihill U15 Highgate
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1 Mile BMC Mens B Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:14.68 131 Samuel Gebreselassie SEN Belgrave
2 4:16.40 96 Alex Miell-Ingram SEN Radley/Loughborough Students
3 4:18.39 132 Rian McCawley SEN Aldershot, Farnham & District/Cambridge
4 4:18.40 93 Harry Cox U23 Chiltern/Cambridge Uni
5 4:20.81 95 Ben Harding SEN Kent
6 4:20.97 130 Elias Ahmed U23 Ealing Southall & Middx
7 4:22.95 135 Daniel Shaw SEN Bolton
8 4:23.91 121 James Thie V40 Cardiff/Welsh Masters
9 4:25.19 94 Adam Ede U23 Abingdon
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1 MIle BMC SW Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:42.34 34 Niamh Bridson Hubbard SEN Blackheath & Bromley/Cambridge Uni
2 4:59.94 42 Sinead Bent SEN Salford H/Trafford
3 5:01.90 52 Rachel Gibson SEN North Down
4 5:21.89 150 Alex Mundell
5 5:37.74 147 Darja Knotkova-Hanley U23 Lewes/Brighton Uni
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1 Mile U17W Frank Horwill Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:51.20 65 Ella Greenway U17 Cleethorpes
2 4:53.43 54 Kirsti Foster U17 Willowfield
3 4:54.50 43 Keira Brady-Jones U17 Wirral
4 5:00.23 53 Lucy Foster U17 Willowfield
5 5:11.33 108 Katie Sakaria U17 Guildford & Godalming
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1 Mile U15G Andy Green Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:50.00 106 Shaikira King U15 Wreake & Soar Valley
2 5:05.44 113 Isobelle Jones U15 Wolverhampton & Bilston
3 5:15.13 64 Eden Creasey U15 Middlesbrough (Mandale)
4 5:17.14 105 Sophie Jacobs U15 MK Distance Project
5 5:18.38 36 Lyra Macdonald U15 Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
6 5:19.02 107 Lily Slack U15 Tonbridge
7 5:26.55 72 Holly Reid U15 City of Plymouth
8 5:28.89 148 Eva Barton U13 West Suffolk
9 5:44.62 25 Shakila Keable U15 Reigate Priory
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1 Mile BMC Mens A Heat: 1 of 1 Official result
Rank Result ID Name Cat Team
1 4:00.10 20 Sam Stevens SEN Leicester
2 4:05.13 4 Kyle Langford SEN Shaftesbury Barnet
3 4:06.72 3 Jeremy Dempsey U23 Shaftesbury Barnet/Cambridge Uni
4 4:07.31 92 Kieran Reilly SEN Tonbridge/Eastern Michigan/Loughborough
5 4:07.42 50 Andrew Milligan SEN North Belfast/Durham Uni
6 4:13.61 1 Peter Cameron SEN Edinburgh AC
7 4:15.63 91 Thomas Niner SEN Brighton & Hove/Crawley
8 4:17.17 120 Owen Hibbert U23 Deeside AAC/Bristol Uni
9 4:18.32 60 Joe Armstrong SEN Morpeth/Durham Uni

 

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