BMC Grand Prix, 20/7/13

Julia Cooke’s excellent form continued as she again lowered her 800m personal best at the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Oxford. Contesting the women’s 800m C race the Birmingham University student was happy to follow the pacemaker and run an aggressive race, taking the bell in the lead in around 63 seconds. Despite getting caught in the final few yards and having to settle for second place Cooke was delighted to break the 2:08 barrier for the first time with a time of 2:07.84 that places her 52nd in the UK rankings.

On a night where the windy conditions made fast times difficult to achieve James Miller lined up in the men’s 800m H race. The national police champion was happy to sit in last place on the opening lap which he completed in just under 58 seconds before making his move down the back straight and taking the lead with around 200m remaining. Miller then opened a small gap going round the final bend which he maintained until the finish to take the win in a season’s best time of 1:54.87. In the 800m J race Dan Owen ran a good tactical race as he moved from fourth at the bell to take second in a season’s best of 1:57.08. There was also a second place for Mia O’Connell who set a personal best of 2:16.44 in the women’s 800m F race.

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