England and Grice clinch the first British Athletics One Mile Road titles
26 May 2013, 9:38 a.m.
Hannah England and Charlie Grice thrilled the London crowds with two tight sprint finishes in the sunshine in St James’s Park this Bank Holiday Sunday as they clinched victory in the first British Athletics One Mile Road Championship. Paralympic gold medallist David Weir also delighted his supporters as he returned to winning form to beat his nearest rival by almost a minute in the senior men’s wheelchair race.
In a day of one-mile races that saw around 3000 runners take on the iconic mile distance in St James’s Park, Hannah England proved why she’s world 1500m silver medallist as she beat Lisa Dobriskey in a sprint for the line in the senior women’s race – the final race of the day.
Juts 400m into the race, a group of four women, containing Hannah England, Lisa Dobriskey, Steph Twell and Emma Jackson, emerged. They stayed together along the long straight of Birdcage Walk before England made her move with around 200m to go. Dobriskey tried to stay with her but England kicked hard for the line to win in 4:31.0, followed by Dobriskey in 4:31.9. Jackson finished in 4:34.4 to take third place.
England said afterwards: “I was nervous before the start as this way my first race of the year and some of the other girls have already competed, so I’m really thrilled to kick off the season with a win.
“Everyone was a bit cagey at the start as we were all running on feel. You also have to resist the temptation to push too early and, as I knew that the last 50m stretch was technical, I saved a bit of energy to kick around the last corner.”
In the senior men’s British Athletics One Mile Road Championships, a sub-four minute mile looked out of reach as the whole pack went through halfway together in 2:04 until a last-minute attack saw Charlie Grice and James Brewer power towards the line in the closing 100m. Pheonix AC’s Grice managed to hold off Brewer to win in 4:01.9. Brewer finished in 4:02.6, while Chris Warburton was third in 4:03.3
“This is my first senior championships victory and the biggest win of my career,” said Grice. “It’s a great course and I felt really relaxed at the start, which helped. I made an important move with 400m to go. I knew there was a right-hand turn so I got on the inside and that sealed the victory.”
As he caught his breath after the race, Brewer was gracious in defeat, saying: “I thought I might catch Charlie in the final 100m but he ran really well today and I left it too late to kick after the final turn.”
The elite athletes were unanimous in giving this new mile event a big thumbs up. “The Mall is the best warm-up area of any race I’ve ever done,” said Brewer, while England was equally complimentary: “I love running the mile and I love running in London. This was the perfect venue for the race; finishing in front of Buckingham Palace was pretty special.”
In the senior men’s wheelchair race, David Weir put the disappointment of his fifth place at the London Marathon behind him to take the win in 3:08.3, almost a minute ahead of runner-up Ashley Archer. The 23-year-old Archer – who trains at the Weir Archer Academy – finished in 4:03.7. Ja Knight was third in 4:07.7.
“I haven’t done a mile race before so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Weir at the finish. “I just wanted to get my lungs burning so I went off hard from the start.
“After the London Marathon I’m in pretty good condition. Events like this are great for wheelchair athletes – the more the merrier. It would be great to get international athletes here too.”
Under 20 men’s and women’s wheelchair race
Charlotte Moore won the under 20 women’s wheelchair race in 4:32.7. Moore has won the Mini Wheelchair London Marathon in the past, and her performance here was good enough for second overall behind men’s winner Michael McCabe (4:06.3) in a race that combined the under 20 men’s and women’s fields.
Under 20 women
In the under 20 women’s race, Rebecca Berger-North of Bracknell AC lead the entire way to win in 5:27.7. Jordan Lacey of Southend AC finished second in 5:59.7, followed by Elizabeth Demetriou almost a minute behind in 6:58.6.
Under 20 men
In the under 20 men’s race, Jonathan Davies managed to hold off Kieran Reilly in a sprint for the line to win in 4:17.5. Runner-up Reilly finished in 4:17.7, while Scott Halstead came third in 4:20.6.
Under 17 women
The UK’s top steeplechaser Sophia Parvizi-Wayne dominated the under 17 women’s race to take the victory in 5:15.8, just one day after competing at the Middlesex Championships. Claire Wilson was second in 5:17.2, while Hollie Parker finished third in 5:26.5.
Under 17 men
The under 17 men looked on course for a fast time as the pack passed the halfway point in 2:04 – as quick as the senior men – before Sean Malloy took the lead with 400m to go and clung on to win in 4:15.5 ahead of Robbie Fitzgibbon in 4:15.8 and Matthew Shirling in 4:18.8.
Under 15 girls
In the under 15 girls’ race, Harriet Knowles-Jones of Warrington AC secured an easy victory to win in 5:00.00. Sabrina Sinha was second in 5:08.5, while Diana Chalmers was third in 5:25.1.
Under 15 boys
In the under 15 boys’ race Harry Spawforth held off Rob Huckle to win in 4:41.2. Huckle was second in 4:46.0 with Karim Mahiddine third in 4:57.4.
London Borough Challenge
In the London Borough Challenge, the under 11 and under 13 girls raced together. Perrine Corlin took the win in the under 13 girls’ race in 5:58.8, well ahead of second-placed Paige Nealon, who finished in 6:21.1. Lilian Cottrell was third in 6:34.7.
In the under 11s race, Yasmin Marghini took the win in 5:46, Jessica O’Connor was runner up in 6:06.6 while Kendaa Cameron-Chavannes in 6:26.9.
In the under 11 boys’ race, Thomas Keen in 5:19.9, second Scott Nutter in 5:30.3, third Laurence Edwards in 5:50.3.
In the under 13 boys’ race Noah Armitage-Hookes won in 5:04.5, second Alex Elms in 5:08.5 and third Michael eagling in 5:31.6.
Under 11 Boys
- 1st Thomas Keen, Cambridgeshire, 5:19.9
- 2nd Scott Nutter, Barnsley AC, 5:30.3
- 3rd Laurence Edwards, Harrow AC/Pinner, 5:50.3
Under 13 Boys
- 1st Noah Armitage-Hookes, 5:04.5
- 2nd Alex Elms, Cambridge Harriers/Beckenham, 5:08.5
- 3rd Michael Eagling, West Wickham, 5:31.6
Under 11 Girls
- 1st Yasmin Marghini, Belgrave Harriers, 5:45.7
- 2nd Jessica O’Connor, Oxford City, 6:06.6
- 3rd Kendaa Cameron-Chavannes, Bees Academy, 6:26.9
Under 13 Girls
- 1st Perrine Corlin, 5:58.8
- 2nd Paige Nealon, Peterborough, 6:21.1
- 3rd Lilian Cottrell, Wembley, 6:34.7
Under 15 Boys
- 1st Harry Spawforth, Guildford & Godalming AC, 4:41.2
- 2nd Rob Huckle, Cambridge & Coleridge AC, 4:46.0
- 3rd Karim Mahiddine, London, 4:57.4
Under 15 Girls
- 1st Harriet Knowles-Jones, Warrington AC/Lymm, 5:00.0
- 2nd Sabrina Sinha, Cambridge Harriers/London, 5:08.5
- 3rd Diana Chalmers, Cambridge & Coleridge/Huntingdon, 5:25.1
Under 17 Men
- 1st Sean Molloy, Sittingbourne, 4:15.5
- 2nd Robbie Fitzgibbon, Brighton Phoenix/Brighton, 4:15.8
- 3rd Matthew Shirling, Rainhill, 4:18.8
Under 17 Women
- 1st Sophia Parvizi-Wayne, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers/London, 5:15.8
- 2nd Claire Wilson, Cambridge & Coleridge AC/Cambridge, 5:17.2
- 3rd Hollie Parker, Cambridge & Coleridge AC, 5:26.5
Under 20 Men
- 1st Jonathan Davies, Reading AC, 4:17.5
- 2nd Kieran Reilly, Tonbridge AC, 4:17.7
- 3rd Scott Halstead, Berkshire, 4:20.6
Under 20 Women
- 1st Becky Berger-North, Bracknell AC/Finchampstead, 5:27.7
- 2nd Jordan Lacey, Southend AC, 5:59.7
- 3rd Elizabeth Demetriou, University of Manchester/Friern Barnet, 6:58.6
- 1st Charlie Grice, 4:01.9
- 2nd James Brewer, 4:02.6
- 3rd Chris Warburton, 4:03.3
- 1st Hannah England, 4:31.0
- 2nd Lisa Dobriskey, 4:31.9
- 3rd Emma Jackson, 4:34.4
Under 20 Wheelchair Women
- 1st Charlotte Moore, Tile Hill, 4:32.7
Under 20 Wheelchair Men
- 1st Michael McCabe, West Wickham, 4:06.3
- 2nd Toby Gold, 4:32.7
- 3rd Graham Henrey Spencer, Guildford, 5:44.
Senior Men Wheelchair
- 1st David Weir, 3:08.3
- 2nd Ashley Archer, London, 4:03.7
- 3rd Ja Knight, Croxley Green, 4:07.7