Under 17 Girl's Sprint News, 23 May

Cheltenham Harriers men claimed five out of the six middle distance medals at the Gloucestershire Track and Field Championships at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The morning’s 800m saw an eagerly awaited clash between James Miller and Dan Owen, with the latter choosing to follow Miller’s lead as they reached the halfway point in just over a minute. The 800m specialist continued to control the race for the second lap before Owen attempted to overtake in the final straight in a closely fought battle that saw Miller claim the gold in 1:59.7 for a 0.2 second victory over his teammate. John Merrett made it a Harriers clean sweep of the medals as he set a new club over 40 record of 2:01.4 in his first 800m since 2007. Jacob Pickering was just half a second outside his PB with a 2:05.6 clocking for fifth place which earned him the under 20 silver medal. In the afternoon’s 1500m Graham Rush led the race from start to finish as he passed the 800m mark in 2:10 and reached the bell in 2:57. An impressive 60 second last lap saw Rush take the win in a PB of 3:57.8 with Dan Owen taking second in 4:01.6, an improvement on the 4:01.98 he had clocked earlier in the week in a BMC gold standard race in Watford. Mike Gray with 4:25.7, Steve Maguire with a 4:28.7 PB and Matt Evans with 4:43.5 also contested the race whilst Rachel Longstaff finished second in the women’s 1500m in 4:53.3. Meanwhile at the Wiltshire Championship Alex Bampton won the men’s 5000m in a time of 16:11.38.