World Beating.

Georgie Campbell about to cross the line in her 800m personal best performance of 2:18.29 at The Pingles Stadium last Sunday.
It’s a somewhat shorter newsletter this week but it nonetheless contains some truly impressive performances across all age groups and across several disciplines.

You can read about the truly world beating performances of Paula Williams in the Virtual World Masters Championships. There were PBs, SBs and club records by members at the latest Open Event at The Pingles Stadium last Sunday and we saw a plethora of outstanding individual and team performances in July’s vWRRL mile event.

Have great weekend. It’s going to be hot!

Best Wishes

David Jones.

Paula Williams.

2020 Worldwide Virtual Masters

Report – David Jones.

Paula Williams took part in the recently completed 2020 Worldwide Virtual Masters Championships where she was competing against athletes from all over the world.

Paula competed in the 80m hurdles, Triple Jump, Shot Put and Javelin and according to the provisional results she enjoyed considerable success in all 4 events.

She was placed 2nd in the hurdles with a time of 12.8 seconds and she was also runner up in the shot, with a throw of 11.22, just 11 centimetres short of her PB.

She was on top of the world in both the triple jump and javelin, finishing in 1st place in both events and winning by a considerable margin in both.

Paula won the triple jump with a jump of 10.10m some 2.5 metres ahead of the next placed athlete. In the Javelin her throw of 36.77m was a season’s best performance and almost 4 metres ahead of the next placed athlete.

As both of her shot and javelin performances were part of an officially organised event they will qualify as official world ranking performances.

Truly impressive. Well done Paula.

Imogen Sheppard and Emily Field in the 400m

Nuneaton Senior and U20 Open 

August 2 2020

Report –  Peter Coote 

A small group of Stratford athletes made the trip to Nuneaton for their latest pilot open event, as athletics in England tries to find a way forward in these difficult times.

On the track we were represented by both the young and the old. 

Despite having to cope with the unfamiliar challenge of running the whole of the 800m in lanes, David Jones seems to be rolling back the years, running a season’s best time of 2:48.96, just two seconds outside his PB set back in 2014.

With another couple of events this month, he is hoping for a new PB and to retain his current number 1 national ranking in his age group for this year.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Georgie Campbell and Emily Field were both running in the 800m and they both found the stagger difficult.

They were both drawn in lane 7 so were approximately 70 metres from the start line at the start of the race.

Georgie ran her usual superb race, finishing in a PB time of 2:18.29, knocking over a second off her previous best time of 2:20.00.

Emily was really nervous about having to run the whole race in lanes. She competed at Pingles a couple of weeks ago in the 400m and was disqualified for stepping on the line, a somewhat harsh decision.

She ran a tidy race in 2:22.96. Emily then ran the 400m in a time of 61.66, just over a second off her PB of 60.2. An impressive performance considering she had run in the 800m earlier.

Imogen Sheppard also competed in the 400m, finishing in a time of 58.30, which is a season’s best and just 0.64 off her PB. Her father and coach Mike Sheppard said ” Imy was happier with this run compared to her first outing. If she had someone to chase down in the last 100 she could have gone quicker I think.”

In the field, Paula Williams returned to Nuneaton to compete in the shot and javelin, both of which were Virtual World Masters events 

In the shot she put in a consistent set of throws, finishing with 11:22m, just 11 cm behind her PB set in March this year. 

In the javelin, she had to adapt to cope with a strong headwind and finished with a best throw of 35.66m, a season’s best. 

Peter Coote picked up the javelin for the first time since the British Masters Championships in March and, despite the difficult conditions, threw a season’s best of 29.96m, a new club record for his age group.

Maisie-Joy Spriggs – Winner of the U13G category.

Warwickshire Road Race League – Virtual Series.

July Mile Report.
 

Report – David Jones

It was another hugely successful month for our club in last month’s WRRL Virtual Series. It was run over a distance of one mile, something we are all getting used to doing.

Club members won 8 of the 25 age categories, Ben Kruze was the equal quickest male out of the 141 competitors and Georgie Campbell finished 2nd in the female category out of 93 competitors

Our men’s team finished in 1st place, our men’s masters team were 2nd, our ladies were 3rd and our ladies masters team finished in the runners up spot.

In the male team category we had 3 teams in the Top 10, in the male masters’ category we had 3 of the Top 7 teams.  In the women’s team category we occupied 2 of the top 5 places and in the women’s masters we had 2 of the top 8 teams.

Age category winners were as follows ;

U13G – Maisie-Joy Spriggs
U17W – Georgie Campbell
W55 – Kate Wright

U15B – Alex Adams
M35 – Ben Kruze
M50 – Wayne Vickers
M65 – John Peacock
M75 – Phil Brennan.

It is testament to the strength of our junior endurance runners that as well as 3 age category winners, in the U15B category our runners’ occupied the first 3 places, with Alex being joined by Caleb Spriggs and Taylor Stubbins in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

It was nice to see new member John Peacock scoop the M65 category prize.
 

Results can be seen via the links below:

All Results :: https://bit.ly/vWRRL-20-R3
Team Results :: https://bit.ly/vWRRL-20-R3-Team
Top 3s per Age Category :: https://bit.ly/20-R3-Top3sCat
All Age Category Results :: https://bit.ly/vWRRL-20-R3-Cat

A 10K event for August is now available to enter via the following link:

https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2020/GBR/vwrrl-aug/