BUCS Indoor (British Universities)

Some of our runners were competing in the British Universities Indoor Champs last weekend. Here's Ken Maggs' summary how they fared.

Emma Hornsby (Loughborough) lead the way for the Nene Valley athletes finishing fifth in the long jump with a new club record of distance of 5.60m. Entering round 3, Emma had been in second place but still ended just 11cm behind the eventual winner. Emma is in her first year and therefore looks a good prospect for the outdoor championships in May as well as future years.

James McCrae (Birmingham) has another good weekend at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield setting a new club record in his heat and beating it further in the semi-final to just miss out on a final place. James sat just behind the leader in his heat and had been unable to nip past him in the closing metres but a time of 2:56.6 was strong enough to take him into the semi-final. Despite being a personal best indoor time, the semi-final the pace was somewhat quicker than the heat and James was sat at the back of the pack. Entering the final lap, James made a great effort to grab a final place coming through the field but finished 3rd with a new club record time of 1:55.47.

Although in different pools, Nene Valley had two ladies in the triple jump. Emily Maltby (Bedfordshire) was slightly off her seasons best with a distance of 10.95m and unfortunately missed the final places by just one centimetre. Javelin specialist, Ellie Mae Stokes (Gloucestershire) was also competing in her 'secondary' events and although she recorded a distance of 10.12m she "was nowhere near the board". This is likely to be the result of her working on speed and showing better form in the 60m sprint the night before. Ellie Mae recorded a personal best time of 8.78s but the improving speed over the last year means she may need to adjust her triple jump run up.

Also in the 60m sprints was Jake Berney (East Anglia) who ran a season best of 7.34s in his heat, three weeks ahead of his first ever Physique Championships. University and club team mate, Helen Chapman was attempting to compete in the 200m and 400m double. Helen ran an indoor personal best of 66.71s in the 400m and then the next day ran a time of 29.4 in the 200m.

Sean Garmory (Newcastle) was competing in the 400m heats and felt that his form was lacking as he finished fourth in a time of 53.57s which was just 0.3 behind his indoor personal best set a few weeks earlier) at Sheffield.