Erme Valley had two representatives in the outdoor British Championships at the weekend.
The report from the Plymouth Sports Gazette highlights the ups and downs of being a top athlete
“Erme Valley Harriers steeplechaser Battershill also had the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard but Team England controversially decided to only select one athlete – Zac Seddon – in that event for the Commonwealth Games.It meant there was a lot to prove for the steeplechasers on Saturday in Manchester. Devon Olympian Phil Norman was particularly angry at his Commonwealth Games snub and he set the pace in the British final, despite strong winds.Seddon, Jamaine Coleman and Battershill went with Norman and those four broke away early on, but Battershill just lost touch in the closing stages.
Coleman ended up winning in 8:27.01, with Norman second in 8:28.86, Seddon third in 8:34.47 and Battershill fourth in 8:38.15. Former British champion Mark Pearce had to settle for fifth in 8:42.77.Despite it being Battershill’s best ever performance at a senior British Championships, he was not totally happy.
“I went with the leaders as long as I could, but didn’t have the legs in the final km,” said Battershill, who has clocked a PB of 8:31.89 this season. “Will dust myself off and go again. Plenty of racing left this season.”
Meanwhile, triple jumper Trigg-Petrovic leaped a wind-assisted season’s best of 15.74m to also finish fourth in Manchester.
Trigg-Petrovic saved his best to his last jump to move up from sixth to fourth and beat former champion Nathan Douglas.
Well done to both of them we are very proud of what they have both achieved
Also in track and Field action was Isabella Trowell, competing the the SW Schools Junior Girls Pentathlon she set a fantastic score of 2061 points withe pb’s in hurdles (13.64), shot (6.89m) and high jump (1.23m). She will still be in the age group next year.
Also on the track in the 10000m Devon Championships held last Wednesday, Nick Bristow ran a time of 41.25.81 in very warm conditions at Exeter.