. . . and several other local aces will also line up there this weekend
JULZ Adeniran and Chris Craig won’t be the only locals competing at the Olympic Stadium this weekend as several locals will also be in action in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships.
Interest in the championships has intensified with it being staged at the Olympic Stadium with more athletes than usual wanting to compete while many family members have struggled to obtain tickets to spectate.
Spalding-based international Emily Moss is entered for the women’s steeplechase but the race will come too soon for her as she only returned to full training this weekend following a stress fracture.
She said: “This week has been my first week back in full training. I am pretty surprised with how fit I am, but I’m nowhere near where I was in February. I am not yet ready to race though and want to get fitter first before I compete.”
Local athletes who will compete, or are hoping to line-up, include:
Emily Craven: The Peterborough Athletic Club member represented Cambridge University in Florence last month but after her Italian Job, where she was fifth in the 300m hurdles, she steps down to the 100m hurdles in London.
Craven is also on the waiting list for a place in the 400m hurdles, an event where she took the silver medal at the Cambridgeshire Championships last summer.
Nichola Gibson: Has already been in winning form for Peterborough Athletic Club over 100m this year but is better known as a 400m performer and she represents St Marys College over a lap in London.
Georgie Ivens: The Nene Valley senior women’s club record-holder for the 400m is still striving to get back to her best following a foot injury she picked up in the final of last year’s English Schools Championships but will look to go back inside 60 seconds when she represents Central Lancashire.
Ben Jones: The former English Under 15 400m hur- dles champion is now at university in Sussex and after a progressive 2011 campaign, where he won the Cambridgeshire title and blasted to two British League victories, the Nene Valley Harrier will open his 2012 season at the Olympic Stadium.
Robert Mohan: The Bourne thrower, who represents Loughborough University, just missed out on a medal at the indoor version of these championships when finishing fourth in February but the British international has a good record of making the podium at national championships.
He took a medal from the English Schools Championships in both 2008 and 2009 and won the national indoor title the following year.
Devon Spencer: The Peterborough Athletic Club member recorded a high jump and triple jump double at the Steel Cup in Sheffield during the winter but it’s in the long jump where she will line-up for Leeds this weekend.
James Vernau: The Nene Valley Harrier, who enjoyed wins in the Southern League and East Anglian League on the track last summer, will go in the 5000m, representing Brunel University.
Chris Wright: The Dogsthorpe youngster, who won the Peterborough 5k Series title on the roads last year, had originally planned to make his steeplechase debut at the Olympic Stadium but the Leeds City athlete - who is due to represent former club Nene Valley Harriers in the British League this season under UK Athletics’ higher competition rule - will instead contest the 5000m for Leeds University with training partner Vernau.
Three locals are on the waiting list for the 100m - Nene Valley’s Sam Lawrence (Loughborough) and PAC pair Anthony Church (Bedford) and Alex Pycock (Loughborough). The latter is also waiting to hear if he has a place in the 200m.
MARCH ace Glen Watts finished 16th in the 3000m steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitation at Stanford in America, clocking 9.05.34.
SET FOR THE OLYMPIC STADIUM: Chris Craig.