BIRM­ING­HAM UNI RE­LAYS A SUC­CESS

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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

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