Pride of place this week goes to Steph Davis a second claim member coached by club member Phil Kissi. Davis, who had already beaten the qualifying time in Valencia in 2019 having only run her first marathon in 2018, took an emphatic victory in the UK Marathon Trial for Olympic Games selection on Friday in the idyllic surroundings of Kew Gardens, surging clear of the rest of the field after the halfway mark. Steph’s time of 2.27.16 was a pb and she finished almost 3 minutes clear of second place.

“I can’t believe it, I’m smiling so much, I’m so delighted,” she said.

“I knew I was in good shape but anything can happen in the marathon and you can’t just rely on it being your day.”

Meanwhile on the US Collegiate circuit the club had 6 athletes in action. On Friday in a meeting in Mount Olive, North Carolina, Tom Parker threw the hammer out to a new pb of 67.68m, and on Saturday Divine Oladipo threw two seasons best in the shot and discus with 16.96m and 52.94m respectively, at a meeting in College Park in Maryland.

On the track Katy Ann McDonald a second year student at Louisiana State University clocked 2.06.84 narrowly winning an 800m event in Austin, Texas, while at the same meeting Immanuela Aliu has a busy weekend clocking 11.43 and later a 11.41 for new pb over 100m, and also clocked a windy 23.30 over 200m followed up with a legal 23.44 performance. Just up the road in Houston Lewis Mills ran 9.33.45 in the 3,000m steeplechase and Lois Warden recorded a seasons best in the pole vault with 3.50m at an event in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Nick Brooks