Weekly update 19th May 2022

With so much going on over the last few weeks it’s been hard to keep up with all the Wolverhampton & Bilston action on the track on the tarmac on the towpaths and even up and down a hill.

We’ll start with a bit of housekeeping to tidy up some missing details as Sarah Thurley took part in the Llangollen 10k, an off-road race along the canals over what they claimed was an undulating yet quick course through stunning scenery. Sarah bagged 4th female and 24th overall finishing in 46.39.

There was some midweek action in the Shropshire Fell Series with the straight up and down Wrekin Streak taking place on a glorious sunny evening. Paul Dean was first home for the club finishing in 16th place in 22.13 and Dan Vaughan was 29th in 23.33. And the week finished with a Friday nighttrip to Cheshire for the Christleton 5k with Dan Turner finishing in a rapid 16.03 in 43rd place, Roger Grand finished in 17.25 in 113rd and Sabrina Thomas stopped the clock in 19.39 take 246th place.

Dan Turner was back in action again at the Chester Half Marathon racing to a massive PB on 1.14.31 to take 24th place, Mark Illidge finished in 753rd place in 1.44.52 and Rob Carrington was 1456th in 2.00.28.

The track action started mid-week with a BMC Gold Standard meeting at the University of Birmingham where Issy Cotham finished 4th in her race in a PB of 2.08.55 and Isobelle Jones also claimed a PB in 9.40.80 in 5th place over 3000m. It was off the Birmingham again on Saturday night for both running in the BMC Grand Prix Meeting with Issy Cotham running a fast 4.20.26 in 4th place over 1500m in her race and Isobelle Jones taking 1st in her 1500m race in a time of 4.27.89.

There was county championship action at the weekend with Wolves athletes amongst the medals. Frankie Bowen was racing at the Shropshire event claiming a gold and silver medal with a 1st place finish in the 200m in a time of 27.00 and a 2nd place in 43.80 over 300m at U15 level.

A large group of athletes travelled to Stoke for the Staffordshire County Championships where some great performances ensured the club came away with a barrowload of medals. Lucy Horton was 1st in the U13G 800m in 2.27.6, Zena Asbury was 6th in the U15G 800m in 2.33.6 and Louise Hackett was 1st in 2.11.7 in the U20W 800m. Elissa Rukweza was 4th in the U13G 100m in 14.9 and claimed a 1st place in the U13G long jump with a leap on 4.13. Megan White was 2nd in 4.53.5 in the U15G 1500m, Sam Thursfield was 4th in the U15B 1500m in 4.47.8, Scarlett Williams claimed the gold medal in the U17W 1500m in a time of 4.51.0 and James Neilson was 3rd in the U17M 1500m in 4.36.2.

It was a great day for Finlay Powell, with no other age group competition in the U15B high jump he was boosted into the upper age competition and cleared 1.65 to equal the highest leap of the day in all age groups claiming a gold medal. Tabitha Rollins cleared 1.05 to take 2nd place in the U15G high jump.

In the throws there was a treble gold performance for Amelia Hancock with 7.54 to take 1st in the U17W 3k shot put, a 1st place with a throw of 39.63 in the 3k hammer and a throw of 24.25 in the 1k discuss for a clean sweep. Georgia Neilson pocketed a gold medal with a throw of 20.26 in the 3k hammer and in the 4k hammer there were also gold medals for Louise Webster with a throw of 35.90 in the senior womens competition and a throw of 32.90 for Ethan Kendrick in the U15B 4k hammer. Abigail Powell was 4th in the U15G 3k shot with a throw of 5.48.

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