2nd June – Durham
7th June – Milton Keynes
The British Milers’ Club (BMC) was established 50 years ago with the aim of improving the international standing of British middle-distance running. Throughout the summer season they provide top-level competition across the country with a format of paced and seeded races.
The regional hub for these events is at the University track in Durham and on Monday June 2nd there were 3 Tynedale representatives in the 1500m events. First on the track in the ‘A’ race was Jonny Currie looking to dip under 4 minutes for the first time. Jonny started well and was still in contention with 300m to go but faded a little to finish 6th in 4.01.3s – still a pb but a little disappointing in the circumstances. The “C’ race saw experienced Adam Pratt and rising star Max Pearson line up against each other for the first time in a field of 8 runners. Max has been racing well since April whilst Adam has been showing consistency in training in recent weeks. In the end Adam came home ahead in 4m.11.8s, also a new pb, with Max close behind and just outside his best in 4m.17.7s.
The BMC also organise national competitions specifically for athletes in the under-20 age groups and Max and Jonny travelled to Milton Keynes on the 7th of June for an evening of 800m racing. Warm, still conditions and top-level competition made for some quality racing. Jonny was drawn in lane 3 in the ‘B’ race and with a slightly more cautious start than usual was able to pick up 2 places in the home straight and cross the line in 1m 54.97s – beating his previous best by almost a second.
20 minutes later 14 year-old Max toed the start line in the ‘D’ race as the youngest in the field. He showed a maturity of judgment to position himself carefully in a crowded field and a rousing last 200m took him into third place and just outside the two-minute barrier with 2m 00.62s. His time puts him back to the top of the national under 15 rankings that he led for a time earlier in the season.