Nick Miller set himself 2 goals for this season: break the 80m barrier and win hammer gold at the Commonwealth Games. He achieved both in some style on the first day of athletics competition in Gold Coast. Olivia Breen leapt to a gold medal in the T38 long jump. Tom Bosworth smashed the 80 minute landmark with a British record to take silver in the 20km race walk, with Wales' Bethan Davies winning bronze in the women's event. Mark Dry won a bronze in the hammer to take the home countries' tally to 5 medals.
Miller needed a 76m throw in the third round of the final to claim the lead and three further throws, taking the Games and British records to 80.26m on his fourth throw. Mark Dry claimed bronze with 73.12m, while England's Taylor Campbell and Northern Ireland's Dempsey McGuigan came 5th and 6th respectively.
The day had begun with the 20km race walks, and England's Tom Bosworth was determined to learn from his disqualification at London 2017. Bosworth stayed with the leading group throughout most of the race, and despite losing ground in the latter stages he was able to get back to the front behind favourite Bird-Smith. He broke his own British record finishing in 1:19:38. Callum Wilkinson claimed 7th place just outside his personal best. In the women's event, Bethan Davies took bronze in 1:36:08, with Gemma Bridge in 5th and Healther Lewis in 7th.
Olivia Breen followed up her World Championship gold in the T38 long jump, by winning the Commonwealth title with a 4.86m jump. England's Molly Kingsbury came 6th.
Nick Miller set himself up as favourite for the Commonwealth Games hammer title with a stunning 78.29m British record in the Stanford Invitational. He eclipsed his own previous national record of 77.55m set in 2015.
Nick threw over 76m with all four of his recorded throws, putting himself in a strong position to surpass his Commonwealth silver medal from Glasgow. His best mark in the series is a world lead.
Sophie Hitchon won the women's invitational hammer with her final round 71.41m, improving each round.
After waiting in the wings of the global stage for so long, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Andy Pozzi burst through in Birmingham to become world indoor champions. Katarina took the pentathlon title, and Andy the 60m hurdles. Meanwhile, Laura Muir’s quest for global medals came to a satisfactory conclusion with a silver (1500m) and bronze (3000m) in a championship that saw more GB medals and exciting competitions in both field and track.
Kat’s quest for gold was helped along the way with a PB in the shot put (12.68m) and wins in the high jump, long jump and 800m. She finished on 4,750 points, a 50 point margin over Dadic. Andy Pozzi dominated the hurdles heats and semi-finals, but clattered at least one hurdle in the final on his way to a photo-finish with Jarret Eaton (USA). He took gold by 0.01s in a season’s best 7.46s.
Laura Muir’s campaign began on the first night of the championship taking 3rd place in the 3000m behind Dibaba and Hassan. The same three were in contention for the medals in the 1500m, this time with Laura getting the better of Hassan to win silver. After just missing medals in outdoor global championships, it was just reward for the tough Scotswoman.
Club chairman, John Standerline, caught up with high jumper Tom Gale at the SPAR British Indoor Championships to present him with the Ron Jewkes Trophy for his performances last year.
Tom won High Jump bronze at the European Junior Championships. A week later he won the CAU Inter County and England Athletics Senior Championships with a 2.30m PB to lead the world rankings for his age. Tom came 3rd at the Birmingham Diamond League event.
The Ron Jewkes Trophy is awarded to a Junior male athlete (18-19 years old on 31st December in the current year) for performances over the course of the season.
We caught up with Aled Davies at the SPAR British Indoor Championships to present him with his Susanna Ingram Award for 2017. Club chairman John Standerline made the presentation.
Aled Davies was the only British male para-athlete to win two gold medals in the IPC World Championships. In the F42 shot put final he broke the world record to win gold, having already triumphed in the discus final. The Susanna Ingram Award is named after a former BASC Committee member and a great supporter of athletics who died from cerebral palsy. It can be awarded to any male and/or female para-athlete that has represented GB during the year.