Midland Indoor Champs, 9-10/2/13

Richard Tremblen continued his impressive form by winning the 200m title at the Midland Indoor Championship in Birmingham as Cheltenham athletes won a total of twelve medals. After winning his semi-final in a new Cheltenham Harriers indoor record of 21.91 seconds, just one hundredth outside his outdoor pb, Tremblen dominated the final with a 21.93 victory. There was also a gold medal for Emily Pascoe who won the under 20 60m hurdles in a time of 9.14 to claim the Harriers under 20 and senior record as she moved up to fourteenth in the UK rankings for her age group. A further under 20 gold and club indoor record came in the 800m where Mia O’Connell took the title in 2:19.30. English Schools champion Chris Bell-Hartley won his first title in the under 17 age group as he won the 60m hurdles in 8.50 to move up to seventh in the national rankings and lower his own club record. In the same race multi-eventer Linton Gardiner took bronze with a personal best of 8.73. Gardiner also came second in the long jump with a pb of 6.30m and equalled his own club indoor record of 3.40m to take bronze in the pole vault. In the under 17 girl’s 60m hurdles Mollie Courtney took silver in 8.98 seconds after running 8.97 in her heat. In the same age group there were bronze medals for Sophie Yorke with a 7.91 clocking in the 60m final and for Adam Wheeler who recorded a triple jump pb and Harriers under 17 indoor record of 12.12m. Helen Hanstock picked up a women’s high jump gold with 1.50m and shot putt silver with 9.51m.

The Harriers breakthrough performance of the weekend came from under 20 athlete Yesper Adams who clocked 50.40 seconds to smash his 400m pb and qualify for the final where he went on to place fifth. In the same event there was also a 51.40 pb for Rhys Lloyd whilst Adams also set a 60m pb of 7.52. There was an impressive return to action for Sam Griffiths in the under 20 womens sprints as she placed fifth in both the final of the 60m with a pb of 8.06 and in the 200m in a time of 26.63. In the same age group Harriet Sawle ran an indoor best 200m time of 26.67, Charlotte Williamson set a 400m pb of 62.66 and Katy Townsend placed fourth in the long jump with 4.86m. Highlights in the under 17 age group included Bethan Skuse placing fifth in the 800m in 2:32.19, Ben Clarke running a 7.60 pb in the 60m and Megan Bishop running a 42.73 in the 300m. In the under 15 events Ellie Wanklyn set a 200m pb of 28.05 and placed fifth in the shot with 7.60m whilst Georgia Wray set a long jump pb of 4.30m. Abigail Williams placed eighth in the under 13 quadrathlon where her performances included a 9.01 clocking in the 60m. At the other end of the age spectrum vet 55 athlete Jane Horder set a season’s best of 47.52 in the 300m.

For further Harriers performances see the full results.