Saturday, 30 July 2011


Trackspeed1 sprinter Jack Miller (18) was back to his best at his latest Southern League outing, at Bedford today (Saturday).
Jack Miller - in the form of his life at Bedford
Miller, of Bexley Athletics Club, was frustrated to see no electronic timing laid out at the brand new mondo surfaced track in Bedford, as he has been promising all season to turn on the speed, and would   have done but for poor conditions all year.

Bedford saw great conditions though, but he was faced with hand timing, made all the more frustrating given that his 22.3s 200m was potentially his fastest ever by 0.05s.  In the 100m he was also on form, clocking 11.0s, which is a season’s best, and which could have been a ten-point second time had the timing equipment been deployed!

“Jack has had a frustrating time of it this season,” said coach John Powell, “although he has been clocking lifetime best times over 200m.  His development has just seen his 100m achievements stall a little, and that is made worse by the fact that he is running far faster in training!”

At the same meeting, Omardo Anson made his comeback in a non-scoring 100m timing a modest 11.7s, but his appearance at all this season after a nasty hamstring tear in June is an achievement in itself .  It was a determined return by Anson, which typified a small squad of Trackspeed1 casualties this year.  All the squad's athletes who have remained fit have set lifetime best times!

Meanwhile, in Birmingham, David Bolarinwa put the opportunity of experiencing senior opposition to good use, finishing fifth in the semi-final in 10.55s.  It was a far cry from the European Junior Championships a week earlier, but with Marlon Devonish, Craig Pickering, Tyrone Edgar and Rikki Fifton to contend with, it was far from a poor showing.

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