BIRMINGHAM UNI RELAYS A SUCCESS
A CRACK at the world under-20 women’s 4x800m record by an English team fell two seconds short, but the Birmingham University Relays still proved a big hit when held on a new track last weekend.
Isabelle Boffey, Katrina Simpson, Emily Thompson and Francesca Brint are set to study in Birmingham from this autumn (and will still be juniors next year) and the quartet clocked 8:39.78 to miss a world mark that was set by a US high school team in Philadelphia in 1991.
Still, the meeting included wins from Jenny Nesbitt and Richard Allen over 3000m as visiting teams from Penn, Cornell and Limerick took part.
Luke Gunn, head of athletics at Birmingham University, said the meet was “a resounding success” and added: “We had nearly 300 people compete from America, Ireland and all over the UK including Olympians, alumni, students, regional club athletes, prospective students, community members and under13s from the area.
“The visiting university teams were blown away by the new facility, the scale of the event and the incredible hospitality and atmosphere generated by our students, staff and coaches alike. Next year we have visitors from Harvard and Yale and we are planning to scale the event up even more.”
Jenny Nesbitt: 3000m win