Weekly Update 23rd February 2023

There was more indoor action this week for athletes from Wolverhampton & Bilston AC and this week it was available on the BBC red button as a couple of club members took part in the UK Indoor Championships in Birmingham, while others were glued to the telly watching their endeavours.

First off was Isobel Cotham in heat one of the ladies 1500m chasing the leaders as they spun round the 200 metre track. She crossed the line in 7th place with a PB of 4.27.35 behind the eventual silver medalist Katie Snowden. Next off was Louise Hackett in heat 2, in what the commentators referred to as her indoor debut over the distance. She came home in 8th position in 4.33.63, behind the following days’ UK Champion Ellie Baker.

In Sheffield, Greg Asbury took part in the British Masters Indoor Championships racing over 800m. In only his second indoor appearance, and his first over the distance, he placed 4th in a straight final finishing with a massive PB for the distance in 2.11.29, within touching distance of a medal behind the bronze medalist who clocked 2.07.38.

And tidying up from previous weeks, Harry Dyall has been running in circles indoors over the middle distances, recording a PB over 800m at the Varsity competition at Lee Valley on the 1st Februar,y running 1.56.73 to take 5th place. He returned to Lee Valley a fortnight later to compete over 1500m in a Middle Distance Open Meeting, to run 4.04.51, a seasons best and again finish 5th.

Outdoors there was some foreign action, the first in Wales, where Dan Turner and Sabrina Thomas pulled on the Shropshire vest to represent their county in the Rhyl 10 mile race. Dan finished in 13th place in a pacey 53.50 and Sabrina was 19th lady over the line in 1.05.52. Rob Carrington represented the club over the half marathon distance at the same venue finishing in 98th place in 1.55.42.

And further afield in Spain the club’s marathon duo were at it again in the Seville Marathon, or if you prefer the XXXVII Zurich Maraton de Sevilla. Dave Joynson put in another consistent effort finishing in 3.27.14 to place 3003rd and Gillian Mitchell stopped the clock in 5.14.44 to place 8076th.

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