British Milers Club 800 series
Monady 20th June, 2016
The British Milers Club series of middle distance races continued with a top quality turnout at Chester-le-Street for the latest round of 800m races on Monday 20th June.
Tynedale featured strongly in the A race with Lea Stephenson taking on pace-making duties for Greg Urwin and Tom Joyce. Tom was rewarded for his commitment with a new pb of 1m 56.2 in 3rd place. Sadly for Greg he was unable to match his recent good form and missed out on another opportunity to make the qualifying time for entry into this weekend’s Olympic trials. Jonny Currie also missed out in his quest for the qualifying time with a 1m 53.07s clocking last weekend in the Netherlands and was an interested spectator at Chester-le-Street.
The E race featured not only Olympian Laura Weightman (a late entry as part of her preparations for Rio) but also Tynedale’s emerging talent Dan Joyce. Dan has been in sparkling form recently and ran a well-judged race against experienced opposition to finish strongly and snatch second place with Laura just behind in 4th. His superb new pb of 2m 04.7s. moves him up to 23rd in the national u15 rankings and he is currently the UK’s fastest 13-year-old.
Tynedale 800m looks as strong as it’s ever been with a remarkable 5 athletes ranked in the top 25 regionally and Dan Joyce topping the regional rankings from the bottom half of the u15 age group. The future looks bright indeed for Tynedale’s middle distance talent.