Peter Impett reports
Club fielded two athletes in England vests in the weekend of the
27/28th January 2018 for the first time in the club's history.
Piers Copeland was
third in the Elan Miting indoors in Bratislava in the Slovak
Republic. His time in the 1500 metres of 3.56.35 was slower than
he recorded at an indoor meeting in Cardiff earlier this month
partly because he could not make up ground on the second placed
runner in the final lap. Piers had had an injury plagued 2017
season with very little competition but seems to have come back
much stronger in 2018 and will surely add more England vests to
jumper Ryan Webb equalled his seasons best 2m 12 in the
prestigious Hustopecszako Skiatain meeting at Hustopec in the
Czech Republic. This is an indoor high jump festival attracting
some of the best jumpers in Europe and Ryan was selected as part
of the England party. Ryan finished fifth in his pool on his
second visit to this event. Pegged back by the one failure at
2m09, his final 2m12 jump would have given him third place behind
Matus Bubenik who cleared a personal best 2m30 on return from
injury and Lukas Beer of the Slovakian Republic.
The event gave Ryan
an early season opportunity to test his new run up and 2m20 must
surely come in 2018.