Records tumble in midweek Middle Distance meetings
The club’s middle distance record books were rewritten during the week as several members travelled in opposite directions, to set large personal bests.
First off on Tuesday Paul Green (pictured) led a contingent to the British Milers Club at Exeter and he broke his own personal best by over 2 seconds, running a time of 1:54.32, which is the fastest time run by a Dorset athlete at the event this year.
At the same meeting Bess Bickel knocked 0.07 seconds off her PB, which also happened to be the under 13 girls club record, as she clocked 5:13.13. There was a PB of 1.8 seconds for Louis Kellaway in the 800 metres, in a time of 2:04.70, which now makes it a 10.4 second improvement since the end of last season, showing the huge strides Louis has made over the shorter distances this summer. Alex Phillips didn’t quite get a PB, but her time in the 800m, of 2:30.68 is the third time in the month of May that she has broken her previous best time and shows consolidation and that she has taken a huge step forward in her development as an athlete.
On the next day, on Wednesday evening at Watford, Jack Partridge entered the 1500m to try and gain a bit of confidence and a qualifying time for the EA under 20 championships, and he also went about demolishing his personal best, and club record, by running an impressive 3:53.70, which puts him in the UK top 20 in the age group for the event. The time is well within the qualifying time he needed. His next race hopefully will be the BMC Grand Prix meeting at Watford on 9th June, in the steeplechase.
Running at Watford as well was Abigail Jones. Abi ran the 3000 metres, three days after coming an excellent second in the Poole 10K. Those who were there will know how hard an effort that was in that heat. So Abi should be quite pleased with her time of 11:01.06 on Wednesday night, a good effort after not being fully recovered from Sunday.