It’s a treble – Wimborne AC record, Grand Prix record, Cardiff Met record!
While most of the club’s middle distance runners were involved the Dorset County Cross-Country Championships, two – Piers Copeland and Maddy Johnson – headed off to compete in the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff. The first of the Cardiff Met Grand Prix meetings of the 2018/19 season certainly turned out to be a ‘Christmas Classic’ for Piers.
He arrived feeling confident, on the back of a solid block of training since returning to Uni in September. His confidence proved not to be misplaced. A fantastic performance saw Piers take more than 12 seconds off his own club record. He went under eight minutes for the first time over 3000m. This also saw him break the Grand Prix and Cardiff Met records too!
Maddy Johnson also travelled with good cause for optimism, but she endured quite different fortunes. She was going well, and on target for a sub-10 minute 3000, when she suffered a calf strain with only a handful of laps to go. We wish Maddy well with her recovery and look forward to seeing her back in training soon.
For Abbie Lovering it was her second recent appearance at the indoor track at Cardiff, having also competed on 2 December in the Welsh Athletics Junior Open over both 200 and 300 metres. Abbie recorded 42.79 over 300m on this occasion.
In the field events Joe Miles (Wimborne AC/Nottingham Uni) competed in the high jump. This is Joe’s first meeting of the 2018/19 indoor season, he cleared 1.90m, his best ever performance indoors.
Congratulations to Piers on what must surely be one of the finest track performances from a Wimborne athlete in the club’s history