Midlands Athletics Championships June 1st/2nd 2019

15 Godiva athletes competed at this years Midland Championships held at The Pingles in Nuneaton last weekend. Saturday the weather was excellent and conducive to fast times. Sunday sadly was not so good but even so there were some excellent performances.

Below is a review by our roaming reporter whom was live on both days……John Amed.

Pride of place goes to Yasmin Liverpool, who on Saturday, claimed the 400m Senior Women’s title in a time of 56.30 seconds. Yasmin is currently the BUCS indoor and outdoor 400m champion and this sets her up nicely for the U23 National Champs in Bedford at the end of the month where selection for the European Champs is up for grabs and a realistic possibility. On Sunday Yasmin doubled up and claimed victory in the 200m SW in a time of 24.26 seconds. This was a PB and the feeling is there is more to come.

Continuing the 400m theme Esther Adikpe won the U20 400m title in a time of 56.52 seconds. This was a season’s best and Esther held off a strongly finishing field. Her victory was all the more satisfying and she is recovering from a hamstring injury and is currently studying hard whilst working towards her Physiotherapy degree at Cardiff University.

Moving into the field Joseph Gilkes claimed 1st place in the SM Triple Jump with a big PB of 14.26 metres. This puts him in the top 50 in the UK over all age groups and an impressive 12th in the U23s.

In the throws Eve Hodson claimed second place in the Discus with a season’s best of 37.99 metres. This also puts her into the top 50 in the UK overall and 15th in the U23 age group.

In the SM Long Jump Alex Farquharson claimed 3rd place in the SM Long Jump with a distance of 7.02 metres. Alex held first place for a good part of the competition but fell back over the last two rounds.

Morgan Amed, competing in his first Midlands Senior Champs claimed Bronze in the SM 200m running a time of 21.36 (wind assisted) and also came 5th in a very competitive SM 100m running a PB of 10.61 seconds (again wind assisted).

Also in the Sprints, Nathan Petch made the final of the SM 100 and 200m running times of 10.69 seconds and 21.91 seconds. Now that he has broken the 11 second and 22 second barriers a lot more is expected of this talented multi event athlete.

Fast improving Callum Holden ran a creditable 11.78 in the U20m 100m and a legal PB of 24.69 in the U20m 200m. Again, a sign that the hard training is starting to pay off.

Coach Stewart Marshall continues his build up to the European Masters running a Season Best of 23.58 in the SM 200 (from lane 1).

Dr Charlie Roe made the final of the SM 400m and ran a time of 50.67 seconds. Now the Doc’s studies are over, times of less than 50 seconds surely cannot be too far away?

Clark Roberts  doubled up, running 2.02.9 seconds in the SM 800m and 4.24.43 in the SM 1500m. Joseph Mcleod also competed in the SM 800m and ran a time of 2.01.3 which allowed him to claim bragging rights over Clark.

Scott Hudspith ran a seasons best of 8.59.77 to claim 6th place in the SM 3000m as did Adam Walmsley, with a time of 7.09.88 to claim second place in the U20m 2000m Steeple Chase.

And a final mention goes to Alize Anderson who jumped a season’s best of 1.85m in the U20m High Jump to claim second place.

Overall a great performance by the Godiva Athletes. Onwards and upwards to the next Midlands League Match on our home track. If we can carry these performances over into the League competition, then surely, a home victory beckons?