Harriers impress at BMC PB Classic

The middle distance squad were in action at the aptly named BMC PB Classic at Milton Keynes on a warm but blustery Saturday evening, with most setting new lifetime bests.

 The 800m specialists Eddie Cherry and Dan Thompson were in action in the same race, paced at 2.00, and both ran well, Eddie recovering from an injury which prevented him competing at the county championships, set a new PB of 2.04.16, with Dan also running a new lifetime best of 2.06.56.

Next it was the turn fro the 1500m runners, and first off were the U15 girls Abigail Coleman and Maisie Green, who were paired together in a 4.55 paced race, both looking to go under the magical 5.00 mark. The pacemaker was a little ahead of the schedule at 800m after which Maisie took on the race and continued to push hard for the remainder; both were neck and neck in the finishing straight, with Abby just beating Maisie on the line. Both were agonisingly close to going under 5.00, with Abby knocking a impressive 8 seconds off her PB to record 5.00.27, and Maisie setting a new PB of 5.00.79.

Josh Cara and Jack Hope were also paired together in the next race being paced at 4.35; the pacemaker took them all through to the bell, where Josh put in a strong surge for home. Josh continued to battle hard in the home straight holding off the strong challenge of Alex Rieley to take a further 4 seconds from his PB to record 4.36.82. Jack finished strongly, but narrowly missing setting a new PB to record 4.49.08.

In the last race of the evening, Gemma Vaughan ran well, setting a new SB with 5.18.12. Kayli Walford also competed making her debut at the 1500m Steeplechase; she ran well and was showing good hurdling technique in this tough event, before retiring on the final lap.

Well done to all.