British Championships Round up
The British Championships were held in Sports City, Manchester between 25-27th June. In order to compete, the athletes need to perform the qualifying time or distance to receive an invite. Four C&C athletes made the journey north to represent the club at the Championships which also served as a selection event for the Tokyo Olympics. If athletes had the qualification time and finished in the top two they would secure their spot on the team.
Samuel Clarke continued his excellent season with his second fastest run ever over the 400 hurdles in heat 3 of the British Championship with a time of 52.07. This was good enough to qualify him for the final where he finished 6th.
C&C newcomer, Seb Anthony raced in his first British Championship. Seb competed in the highly competitive 1500m heats with a 12th place finish.
Another newcomer to C&C, Hannah Irwin had a strong run-in the 5000m with a 7th place finish in a time of 16:01.75.
Holly Archer came into the trials in good form and ranked 7th in the country. With several of the athletes above her in the rankings opting to run other distances at trials or unfortunately injured, Holly had a realistic chance of qualifying for Tokyo if she could run the qualifying time. Holly ran a sensible heat in a slow and bunched race finishing second which was an automatic qualification place for the final. In the final, Holly fought hard in a highly competitive race but finished just outside the medals in 4th place with a time of 4:09.01.
Alex Melloy competed in the 3000m which was a selection event for the U20 European Athletics Championship which is being held in Tallinn, Estonia between the 15-18th July. Alex performed well to finish in third place with a time of 8:23.95.
Congratulations to all of our athletes in achieving the standard to gain an invite to the champs and their performances over the weekend.