Peterborough and Nene Valley Athletics Club
Here's Ken's report from the university indoor champs this weekend, where Georgie Ivens broke another club record.

21-23.02.14 BUCS Indoors, EIS Sheffield (Students)

Three NVH athletes made BUCS semi finals and club record shattered once again.

First NVH up was Emily Maltby competing on Friday afternoon in the 60m sprint for Bedfordshire University. Emily has been struggling to train due to placement commitments for her course. She still ran well recording 8.11 in her heat to finish 24th fastest and make the semi finals. In the semi final she ran a decent 8.19s. On Saturday she competed in the triple jump qualifiers along with Devon Spencer competing for Leeds University. Emily jumped 10.70 to finish 15th and Devon recorded 10.60m to finish 17th. Unfortunately for Devon she fouled during the competition at a time when she jumped much further than the jump she finally recorded, the red flag leading to disappointment.

Devon had earlier in the day produced three consistent jumps ion the long jump qualifiers with a distance of 4.82m having also recorded 4.78m and 4/80.

The 400m event produced great success for NVH athletes. First of Daz Holding competing for Southampton Solent University won his heat to qualify automatically with a good race which he controlled from the break after the heat favourite pulled a hamstring . Daz recorded 50.7s to qualify with 23 fastest time.

Georgie Ivens competing for University of Central Lancashire was unfortunate in the at the electronic timing was not working and therefore she was not aware of the times already recorded before her heat. Based on the number of heats she was aware that she needed to finish second to be confident of qualifying. The race that followed was a really tough battle with Georgie finishing third in a quality heat with a club record and personal best time of 56.3s. Based on hand timing this would have been equal to her outdoor record. This time actually meant she qualified for the semi-final with the fifth fastest time.

The draw for the semi-final on Sunday gave her a tough draw. A bad night's sleep left her feeling tired but she again fought well throughout the race but failed to progress with a time of 56.91. this left her 11th in a set of semi-finals showing the fastest times for several years

Daz also had a tough draw for his semi-final and ran a decent 50.11 to finish the semi-finals in 18th place.

The fifth NVH athlete to compete in the Championships was Tash Segal, who was initially only due to run the relay but following one of the Leeds University athletes withdrawal she competed in the individual 200m also. Tash ran 27.59 which was just a few hundredths slower than her personal best and left her 25th overall in the heats and just miss out on a semi-final place.

Ken Maggs