. . . and sev­eral other lo­cal aces will also line up there this week­end

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

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.


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