Midland League, 7/7/13

In her first track race for nine years Vicky Holland set a new Cheltenham Harriers 3000m record as the club finished fourth in their home Midland League fixture at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The Olympic triathlete dominated the race from the start to take victory in a personal best time of 9:36.5. Also setting a pb on his way to victory was Dan Owen who was an emphatic winner of the 2000m steeplechase in 6:01.4. The men’s 1500m provided the Harriers with maximum points courtesy of James Miller and Rhys Park. Park, who had earlier placed second in the 800m in 2:00.6, took the lead at the bell after a slow early pace. However, Miller sprinted clear around the final bend with a 57 second last lap as they crossed the line in first and second in times of 4:08.7 and 4:10.2 respectively. Julia Cooke brought another Harriers middle distance win as who took the 800m in 2:14.3 before going on to place second in the 400m in 60.0 seconds.

In the field the women’s high jump also brought the club full points with Mollie Courtney winning the A completion with 1.60m, the same height as achieved by Anna Martin who won the B string as she equalled her personal best. In the throws Annabel Sherry scored valuable points with an 11.62m shot putt win and third in the hammer with 38.44m. Adam Peachey impressed with a personal best of 11.2 seconds to take second in the 100m, whilst in temperatures not ideal for distance runners Dave Roper finished second A string runner in the 5000m in 15:39.8.

Jo Wilkie lowered her pb to 5:14.3 for third in the 1500m with Beth Hawling, who had already raced the 800m, finishing as first B runner in 5:17.3. Hurdlers Russell Whiting and Frankie Courtney scored well with Whiting taking third in the 400m hurdles A race in 65.3 before winning the B 110m hurdles in 19.1 seconds. Courtney took two A race third places with 69.2 in the 400m hurdles and 17.0 in the 100m hurdles. There were also A string third places for Jamie Horder with 51.2s in the 400m, Ian Moore with 6.29m in the long jump and Jess Collins with a 2.00m clearance in the pole vault.

For further Harriers performances see the full results.