PBs 53 (29%)
Power of Ten results: Here
Archie Davis used his 1500m strength to finish strongly after a steady first lap and notch up a season’s best of 1:49.81 to win the men’s 800m A race.
Christian Von Eitzen, who was the fastest man in the field, forced the pace up the back straight without ever looking like he could shake off the bunch gathering at his heels.
“I am just coming off a mid-season break so that was a good way to start the second half of my summer,” said Davis.
“I knew it was windy so opted to sit in for the start. I knew from last year that I always finish strongly and this track has been good to me.”
Daniel Howells also finished well to overhaul Von Eitzen in the final straight.
St Mary’s University student Ricky Lutakome earned himself a season’s best of 1:51.14 to win the B race after pushing hard from 500 metres.
“I have been injured so this is only my second race and I would have liked to have gone faster,” said Lutakome.
Stockport’s Grant Anderson chased hard and was rewarded with a PB of 1:51.95 in second.
Clipped on the heels at 600m almost cost Shaftesbury Barnet’s Mukhtar Musa the chance of victory in the C race but the teenager recovered well to claim top spot and a PB of 1:52.29.
“I stumbled at 600m but managed to recover and it is great to get a PB in what is really my first season on the track,” said Musa.
“I only started around this time last year and my first 800m was 2mins 06secs!”
Runner-up Andrew Wright also broke 1mins 53secs with a season’s best of 1:52.52.
Charlie Wyllie celebrated a PB in the D race as the 21-year-old Dorking & Mole Valley athlete finished strongly in 1:53.22.
“That’s nearly a whole second so I am delighted,” said Wyllie.
“I ran 1:54 here during the week so was desperate to get 1:53 something so it is great to do that at last and also get back-to-back wins. Hopefully there is more to come.”
There were also PBs for Harry Tullett in second plus Adam Day and George Peters in fourth and fifth respectively.
There was further success for Brighton Phoenix in the men’s 1500m with 20-year-old George Mills powering clear on the final lap for an emphatic win in 3:43.70, over two seconds clear of Morpeth’s Chris Parr.
“I am really happy with that especially as it is my first win this summer apart from the heats of the England U23s,” said Mills.
“After two years of injuries it is great to be back racing and training injury-free. I am in a good place now with a good coach (Jon Bigg) and looking forward to racing more.”
Parr’s time of 3:45.78 was a season’s best as was John Sanderson’s 3:49.11 in third.
AFD’s Ben Bradley played a patient game before sweeping past Irishman Mitchell Byrne to win the B race in a PB of 3:48.76 – the first time he has been under 3mins 50secs.
“That has given me a lot of confidence,” said Bradley.
A brave front-running display by Daniel Mees earned him a notable win in the C race with a PB of 3:50.84, having previously run 3:52.05.
“I have been concentrating upon the 800m this summer so it was nice to come out and win over the 1500m,” said Mees.
Basildon’s Max Jones never got on terms but was rewarded for his effort with a PB of 3:52.99 in second.
In the D and E races there were also PBs for winners Mohamud Aadan (3:55.47) and Cameron Macrae (3:56.62) respectively.
Former junior international Tom Mortimer showed great spirit in going for sub 14 minutes clocking in the 5000m and was on course until 3k when pacemaker Alexander Teuten stepped off the track.
“I am really chuffed with and Alex was brilliant,” said Mortimer.
“I felt so much stronger this evening than when I ran at SportCity when I was just coming back from an injury in April.
“I am in much better shape now and feel there is a PB there this season if I can get into the right race.
Mari Smith had to dig as deep as she has ever done to hold on for victory in this excellent A race.
The women’s 800m race have served up some tremendous races in the Grand Prix series this summer and this one can rightly sit alongside them.
Smith was the only woman in the field to follow the pacemaker as she set a sub 60 seconds pace. At a touch over 58 at the bell Smith held a good 10 metres lead over Revee Walcott-Nolan, who was at the head of a strung-out field.
Having decided to commit Smith got he head down and drove down the back straight where the wind, while not overly strong, was a factor.
At 600m she still held at 10-12metres lead but coming into the home straight it all began to change as the immense effort of a solo run began to take its toll.
Suddenly Walcott-Nolan began to eat into that lead and for a moment it event seemed like she might snatch victory in the closing strides only for the gutsy Smith to lunge across the line in a PB of 2mins 01.46secs.
“That was tough but I went out hard because I have been frustrated at running 2mins 02secs something this season and was determined to run a 2:01,” said Smith.
“I had a great pacemaker (who went to 600m) so that really helped and I appreciate it. I held on and I think that is my first Grand Prix A victory which is nice.”
As well as a PB Smith, whose outdoor best was 2:02.64 at the Watford Grand Prix last year before improving to 2:02.34 during an excellent indoor season, also earned a £250 bonus from the BMC.
“As I came around the top bend I thought I had no chance but then down the home straight I was really closing down Mari and another five metres and I would have had her,” said Walcott-Nolan, who was rewarded with a PB of 2:01.74, shaving 0.04secs off her best.
That would have been harsh on Smith, who believes she can go quicker still this summer before launching a new chapter in her career.
“It was only my fifth 800m this summer after a late start but I am off to America to study at Oregon University soon and hopefully that will be the step I need to help me qualify for the major championships,” added Smith, who picked up a £250 bonus from the BMC for her victory.
Gemma Kersey got her tactics spot-on to win the B race with a season’s best of 2:09.01. Mhairi Hendry hit the front at 600m but Kersey bided her time before taking the lead down the home straight.
“I am not running as rapid as I want but I am happy with my consistency and winning and I definitely feel there is more to come,” said Kersey.
London-based Canadian teacher Rosa Serafini finished like a train to win the C race in a PB of 2:11.56.
“I went for it this evening to see what I have and it is great to go home with a PB,” said Serafini.
“That’s my fastest 800m for around six years so I am delighted.”
Teenager Ella Fryer ran a PB of 2:13.48 in fourth.
Ireland’s Amy O’Donoghue retained the title she won last year with the bonus of a PB of 4:16.58 to give a boost ahead of the Ireland Championships next weekend.
“It was a crazy in and out race but I didn’t panic and finished strongly,” said O’Donoghue, who is based in Limerick.
Brighton Phoenix runner Beth Kidger never gave up the chase and was rewarded with a PB of 4:16.96 in second with Hannah England third.
Emily Ruane celebrated her first GP victory in the B race as she timed her kick perfectly to cross the line in 4:23.3.
“When we went through the bell I knew a PB was on so I kicked hard in the last 200 metres and I am really pleased with the time,” said the 23-year-old Cambridge University student.
“It is also nice to win a race occasionally!”
Alexandra Millard’s reward for following the pacemaker and leaving the bunch well adrift was a PB of 4:29.58 but she suffered for her victory in the C race.
“That last lap was horrible and I never thought I would make that final 150 metres!” said Millard.
“I am just so tired – but also happy. I was determined to stuck with the pacemaker and give it a go.”
|BMC 800m A Race Mens|
|1||1:49.81||Archie Davis||U23 M||Brighton Phoenix|
|2||1:50.76||Daniel Howells||U20 M||Aldershot Farnham & District|
|3||1:51.03||Christian Von Eitzen||U23 M||Newham & Essex Beagles/Germany|
|4||1:51.49||Didrik Warlo||U23 M||Norway|
|5||1:51:50||Matthew Wigelsworth||M||Preston/Liverpool Uni|
|7||1:52.22||James Young||U23 M||Morpeth/Lancaster Uni|
|DNS||Robbie Fitzgibbon||M||Brighton Phoenix|
|BMC 800m B Race Mens|
|1||1:51.10||Ricky Lutakome||U23 M||Sutton & District/St. Mary’s U|
|2||1:51.95||Grant Anderson||U23 M||Stockport/Birmingham Uni|
|4||1:52.32||Jack Higgins||U20 M||Bexley|
|5||1:52.80||Ben Brunswick||U23 M||Dorking & Mole Valley/Manchest|
|6||1:55.49||Rocco Zaman-Browne||U20 M||Manchester H|
|7||1:55.74||Victor Nutakor||M||Newham & Essex Beagles|
|8||1:57.82||Charlie Baldwin||M||Worthing/St. Mary’s Uni/Crawle|
|BMC 800m C Race Mens|
|1||1:52.29||Mukhtar Musa||U17 M||Shaftesbury Barnet|
|2||1:52.52||Andrew Wright||M||Willowfield/Cardiff Uni|
|3||1:53.46||Dan Wilde||U23 M||Taunton/Loughborough Students|
|4||1:54.34||Samuel Jones||U23 M||St. Albans AC/St. Albans Strid|
|5||1:55.08||Harry Cox||U20 M||Chiltern/Cambridge Uni|
|6||1:56.11||Jordan Donnelly||M||Woodford Green Essex Ladies|
|7||1:59.23||Kieran Eland||U23 M||Tonbridge/Cardiff Met Uni|
|BMC 800m D Race Mens|
|1||1:53.21||Charlie Wyllie||U23 M||Dorking & Mole Valley/Kent Uni|
|2||1:54.46||Harry Tullett||U20 M||Chelmsford|
|3||1:54.75||Abdiqadir Mohamed||U23 M||Thames Valley|
|4||1:54.84||Adam Day||U23 M||Chiltern/Birmingham Uni|
|5||1:55.84||George Peters||U20 M||Cambridge & Coleridge|
|6||1:56.79||Ben Healey||M||Winchester/Brighton Uni|
|8||2:00.94||James Millett||U23 M||Highgate/Imperial/Thames Valle|
|BMC 800m Race E Mens|
|1||1:53.41||Ted Higgins||U20 M||Bexley|
|2||1:54.36||Sean Hall||M||Hercules Wimbledon|
|3||1:55.35||Alex Hampson||U23 M||Nene Valley|
|4||1:57.08||Isaac Brown||U20 M||Basildon/Essex Schs|
|5||1:57.90||Christopher Thornley||M||Bedford & County|
|6||1:58.57||Thomas Walker||M||City of Portsmouth|
|7||2:00.08||Shreyas Kanyady||U20 M||Reading AC/Birmingham Uni/Indi|
|8||2:00.85||Sam Wilkinson||U20 M||Brighton & Hove|
|10||DNS||Louis Hazel||M||Shaftesbury Barnet|
|11||DNS||Olafur Borbjornsson||V35 M||Iceland|
|BMC 800m Race A Womens|
|1||2:01.46||Mari Smith||W||Birchfield H/Birmingham Uni|
|2||2:01.74||Revee Walcott-Nolan||W||Luton/St. Mary’s Uni/Woodford|
|3||2:06.75||Gemma Finch||U23 W||Basingstoke & Mid Hants/Troy U|
|4||2:06.85||Katie Kirk||W||Ulster Uni/Ireland|
|5||2:07.96||Rachel McClay||W||Bracknell AC|
|6||2:07.99||Emily Thompson||U20 W||Banbury/Birmingham Uni|
|7||2:08.15||Katy-Ann McDonald||U20 W||Blackheath & Bromley/Louisiana|
|BMC 800m Race B Womens|
|1||2:09.01||Gemma Kersey||W||Basildon/Middlesex Uni|
|2||2:09.91||Cara Anderson||W||Perth Strathtay/Derby Uni/Craw|
|3||2:10.11||Rachel Gibson||W||North Down|
|4||2:10.51||Chloe Crossman||W||Guildford & Godalming/Swansea|
|5||2:11.65||Mhairi Hendry||W||Victoria Park City of Glasgow/|
|DNS||Holly Archer||W||Cambridge & Coleridge|
|BMC 800m Race C Womens|
|1||2:11.56||Rosa Serafini||W||London Heathside/Canada|
|2||2:12.43||Alex Mundell||W||City of Salisbury/Imperial/Tha|
|3||2:13.38||Helena Corbin||W||Herne Hill|
|4||2:13.48||Ella Fryer||U17 W||St. Mary’s Richmond|
|5||2:13.90||Lauren McNeil||U17 W||Mansfield|
|6||2:13.91||Fiona de Mauny||V35 W||Herne Hill|
|7||2:17.07||Zakia Mossi||U17 W||Blackheath & Bromley|
|BMC 1500m Race A Mens|
|1||3:43.70||George Mills||U23 M||Brighton Phoenix/Brighton Uni|
|3||3:49.11||John Sanderson||M||Guildford & Godalming|
|4||3:51.82||Daniel Bebbington||M||Preston/Edge Hill Uni|
|5||3:53.55||Benjamin Davies||U23 M||Bedford & County|
|6||3:53.83||Michael Ferguson||M||Aberdeen/Aberdeen Uni/Banchory|
|7||3:54.63||Blake Moore||U23 M||Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow|
|8||3:56.40||Alexander Teuten||M||Southampton/Southampton Uni|
|9||3:59.30||Tom Dodd||U23 M||Birchfield H/Birmingham Uni|
|10||4:09.03||Sondre Juven||U23 M||Norway|
|BMC 1500m Race B Mens|
|1||3:48.76||Ben Bradley||M||Aldershot Farnham & District/|
|3||3:49.65||Ryan Driscoll||M||Tonbridge/San Francisco Uni|
|4||3:51.33||Jonny White||M||City of Portsmouth/Portsmouth|
|5||3:51.73||Declan Neary||U23 M||Brighton Phoenix/Brighton Uni/|
|6||3:51.75||Matt Bray||M||Bedford & County|
|7||3:54.11||George Dollner||M||Guildford & Godalming|
|9||3:54.80||Niki Faulkner||M||Highgate/Imperial College/Tham|
|10||3:56.97||Samuel Maher||U23 M||Jersey|
|11||3:57.88||John Howorth||U20 M||Team Bath/Cardiff Uni|
|12||4:01.12||James Heneghan||U23 M||Southampton/Cardiff Uni|
|DNS||Josh Trigwell||M||Newham & Essex Beagles|
|DNS||Kadar Omar Abdullahi||M||Birchfield H/Ethiopia|
|BMC 1500m Race C Mens|
|1||3:50.84||Daniel Mees||U23 M||Newham & Essex Beagles/Kent Un|
|2||3:52.99||Max Jones||U23 M||Basildon/St. Mary’s Uni/Haveri|
|3||3:53.43||Nick Armstrong||M||Newham & Essex Beagles/Loughbo|
|4||3:53.52||James Dunne||U20 M||Tullamore/Ireland|
|5||3:53.77||Charlie Eastaugh||M||Hercules Wimbledon|
|6||3:54.22||James Coxon||M||Kingston & Poly/Cambridge Uni|
|7||3:54.71||Mike Cummings||M||Herne Hill/Hardley|
|8||3:57.55||Mohamed Hashi||M||Ealing Southall & Middx|
|DNS||Edward Dodd||M||City of Portsmouth/Portsmouth|
|DNS||Hamish Armitt||U20 M||Giffnock North|
|DNS||Will Stockley||U23 M||Belgrave/St. Mary’s Uni|
|DNS||Da¡ire Finn||U23 M||Ireland|
|BMC 1500m Race D Mens|
|1||3:55.47||Mohamud Aadan||M||Thames Valley/South Bank|
|2||3:55.76||Lloyd Kempson||M||Cambridge & Coleridge/St. Mary|
|3||3:55.79||Olivier Wijtenburg||M||Thames Valley/Netherlands|
|4||3:57.63||Iain Davies||U23 M||Central/Cambridge Uni|
|5||3:58.07||James Beeks||U23 M||Basingstoke & Mid Hants|
|6||3:58.58||Conall McGinness||U20 M||Cambridge & Coleridge|
|7||3:59.25||Eliot Buckner||M||Newham & Essex Beagles/Loughbo|
|8||4:00.09||Tom Greenacre||U20 M||City of Norwich|
|9||4:00.68||Hugo Cayssials||M||Thames Valley/France|
|10||4:04.18||Max Walk||U23 M||Birchfield H/Birmingham Uni/Wh|
|11||4:04.32||Alex Bruce-Littlewood||M||Blackheath & Bromley/Hercules|
|12||4:08.90||Oliver Way||U23 M||Ealing Southall & Middx/Loughb|
|13||4:09.73||James Share||M||Poole Runners/Guildford & Goda|
|DNS||Frederick Slemeck||M||Hercules Wimbledon/Leeds Uni/B|
|DNS||Euan Brown||M||East London/Orion|
|DNS||Aaron Cooper||M||Herts Phoenix/Worcester Uni|
|BMC 1500m Race E Mens|
|1||3:56.62||Cameron Macrae||U20 M||Invicta East Kent|
|2||3:58.19||Frederick Slemeck||M||Hercules Wimbledon/Leeds Uni/B|
|4||3:58.81||Tom Austin||M||Poole AC/St. Mary’s Uni/Bourne|
|5||4:00.93||Lewis Laylee||U23 M||Herne Hill/Birmingham Uni|
|6||4:01.38||Charlie Davis||U23 M||Blackheath & Bromley/Birmingha|
|8||4:04.19||Michael Ellis||M||Tonbridge/Sheffield Hallam Uni|
|9||4:05.40||Andrew Warburton||M||Notts/Herne Hill|
|10||4:05.56||Josh Lunn||M||Bedford & County|
|11||4:07.03||Amittai Ben-Israel||U23 M||Coventry/Coventry Uni|
|12||4:14.16||John Gordon||M||Springwell/Loughborough Studen|
|DNS||William Stanley||M||Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets|
|BMC 1500m Race A Womens|
|2||4:16.96||Beth Kidger||W||Brighton Phoenix|
|3||4:17.48||Hannah England||W||Oxford City|
|4||4:18.13||Amelia Quirk||U23 W||Bracknell AC/Birmingham Uni|
|5||4:18.81||Kirsty Fraser||W||Preston/Brunel Uni London/Bedf|
|6||4:19.78||Georgie Hartigan||W||Birchfield H/St. Mary’s Uni|
|8||4:22.30||Claire Tarplee||W||Solihull & Small Heath/Dundrum|
|9||4:25.86||Dagmar Smid||U23 W||Netherlands|
|10||4:32.79||Rebecca Johnson||W||Highgate/Edinburgh Uni Hare &|
|11||4:36.05||Naomi Taschimowitz||W||Shaftesbury Barnet/UCL|
|12||DNS||Kate Maltby||W||Bristol & West|
|13||DNS||Emily Hosker-Thornhill||W||Aldershot Farnham & District/|
|BMC 1500m Race B Womens|
|1||4:23.3||Emily Ruane||W||Herts Phoenix/Cambridge Uni|
|2||4:23.8||Lilly Coward||W||Invicta East Kent/St. Mary’s U|
|3||4:25.6||Isabel Dye||U23 W||Thames Valley/Cambridge Uni|
|4||4:26.1||Chloe Bradley||W||Woodford Green Essex Ladies/Lo|
|5||4:27.0||Anna Clark||U23 W||Woodford Green Essex Ladies/Ba|
|6||4:27.6||Charlotte Alexander||U20 W||Herne Hill|
|7||4:28.7||Chloe Sharp||U23 W||Central Park|
|8||4:29.1||Suzannah Monk||W||Guildford & Godalming/Loughbor|
|9||4:31.0||Sophie Crumly||W||Reading AC|
|10||4:31.8||Fiona Kehoe||V35 W||Kilmore/Ireland|
|11||4:32.0||Natalie Bretherton||U23 W||Camberley/Bristol Uni|
|BMC 1500m Race C Womens|
|1||4:29.58||Alexandra Millard||U20 W||Invicta East Kent|
|2||4:32.12||Zoe Wassell||U23 W||Bristol & West/Loughborough St|
|3||4:34.99||Niamh Bridson Hubbard||U23 W||Blackheath & Bromley/Cambridge|
|4||4:36.83||Nancy Scott||U23 W||Aldershot Farnham & District/|
|5||4:39.90||Tara Bage||U23 W||Brighton Phoenix/UCL/Highgate|
|6||4:40.49||Shannon Flockhart||U20 W||Cambridge & Coleridge|
|8||4:46.90||Grace Forster||U17 W||City of Norwich|
|9||4:48.13||Ruby Whyte-Wilding||U23 W||Lewes/Birmingham Uni|
|10||4:51.07||Katie Hopkins||U20 W||Woking|
|11||4:51.36||Clare Elms||V55 W||Dulwich/Blackheath & Bromley/V|
|BMC 5000m Race A Mens|
|1||14:10.85||Tom Mortimer||U23 M||Stroud/Loughborough Students|
|2||14:30.68||Neil Burton||V35 M||Basel|
|4||14:34.48||Calum McKenzie||M||Corstorphine/Aberdeen Uni|
|6||14:35.20||Jack Leitch||U23 M||Worthing/Edinburgh Uni|
|8||14:36.55||Alasdair Kinloch||U23 M||Tonbridge/Loughborough Student|
|10||14:39.88||Philip Sewell||M||Aldershot Farnham & District|
|11||14:48.61||Shaun Evans||U23 M||Royal Sutton Coldfield|
|13||14:58.32||Steve Gallienne||M||Bideford/St. Mary’s Uni|
|15||15:05.61||Max Pickard||M||Brighton Phoenix|
|16||15:28.51||Rory Domville||U23 M||Reading AC/Bath Uni|
|17||DNS||Dominic Brown||M||Tonbridge/Sheffield Uni|
|19||DNF||Callum Charleston||U23 M||Aldershot Farnham & District/|
|BMC 5000m Race B Mens|
|1||14:54.85||Conan McCaughey||M||North Belfast/Central|
|3||15:03.79||Marshall Smith||U20 M||Ashford AC|
|4||15:06.61||Ed Banks||M||Birchfield H|
|6||15:08.33||Ben Shearer||V40 M||Cambridge H|
|7||15:13.55||James Puxty||U23 M||Tonbridge/Leeds Beckett Uni|
|8||15:14.82||Niall Sheehan||M||Newham & Essex Beagles/Herne H|
|9||15:20.95||Jack Gregory||M||Reading RR/Southampton Uni|
|10||15:31.04||Mark Jenkin||V40 M||Bideford|
|12||15:44.55||Matthew Sharp||V40 M||Hercules Wimbledon|
|DNS||Elliot Hind||M||Marshall Milton Keynes|