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CAU Inter-Counties Championships preview
25 May 2006 11:32
 


The CAU Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford on Sunday and Monday 28 and 29 May will offer athletes the chance to chase UK Challenge points and prizes for the first time as well as the traditionally cherished medals.

Some intriguing competition is in prospect.

Craig Pickering, the 19-year-old European Junior and BUSA 100m Champion, is looking forward to going through the rounds for Buckinghamshire in a competition that is certain to be another steep stepping stone in his learning curve. Last year’s 100m title was won by Mark Findlay (Warwickshire) in 10.25 from Marlon Devonish, Christian Malcom, Nick Smith and Ryan Moseley, who went on to win the UK Challenge 100m title.

Pickering, who reckons it will take three years for him to get fully into the senior swing of things at the elite level, is in a 100m entry that also includes Northern Ireland record holder Paul Brizzel, who was blown to a 10.3 clocking in Dublin last Sunday by a tail wind measured at 5.4 metres per second.

Brizzel is entered for both sprints as he prepares for this summer’s European Championships in Gothenburg.

The most fascinating race in the women’s competition could be the 2000m steeplechase. Liz Yelling, whose past pioneering achievements include victory in the inaugural Reebok Cross Challenge meeting, makes her debut in the discipline – and could find herself lining up against the reigning UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Champion, Hatti Dean.

Yelling, selected to run for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team in the European Marathon Cup in Gothenburg in August, said of her impending return to the track on which she trained as a teenager: “I want a new challenge. I’ve had a few sessions over the barriers and I will either be shocking at it or have a good crack at it. I’ve always enjoyed new challenges in my running career – variety is the spice of life!”

Dean (Oxfordshire) is also pondering a little variety after finishing second to 17-year-old Sian Edwards in last weekend’s UK Endurance Initiative 5000m at Loughborough. More experienced ‘chasers in the field include Becky Ellis (Cheshire), who was fourth last year.

With many Woodford Green with Essex Ladies clubmen heading off for their first taste of European Champion Clubs competition, the meeting is missing the likes of Emeka Udechuku and Andy Frost. But Scott Rider is named by Hertfordshire to not only defend his shot title but also contest the discus, while Carl Saggers will be his county team-mate in the hammer, aiming to improve on his Bronze medal of 12 months ago.

Another field event champion determined to defend his title is 19-year-old Andrew Staniland (Leeds City AC). Injury kept him out of the British League meeting that marked the start of this summer’s UK Challenge series plus the Yorkshire Championships. But he has obtained a ‘wild card’ entry from CAU secretary Cliff Robinson as he seeks the long jump standard of 7.55m for the World Junior Championships in Beijing.

Bedford timetable:

Sunday 28 May

 

 

 

 

 

Time

No

Event

 

 

11.00

1

Discus

Pool A

Men

11.15

2

Triple Jump

Final

Men

11.45

3

Discus

Pool B

Men

11.45

4

Pole Vault

Final

Men

12.00

5

800m

Heats

Women

12.20

6

100m

Heats

Men

12.50

7

200m

Heats

Women

13.00

8

Hammer

Final

Women

13.00

9

High Jump

Final

Women

13.10

10

400m

Heats

Men

13.30

11

100m Hurdles

Heats

Women

13.50

12

110m Hurdles

Heats

Men

14.00

13

Shot Putt

Final

Men

14.10

14

3000m SC

Heats

Men

14.40

15

100m

S/Final

Men

14.45

16

Javelin

Final

Women

14.55

17

200m

S/Final

Women

15.00

18

Triple Jump

Final

Women

15.10

19

400m   B

Final

Men

15.20

19  A

400m  A

Final

Men

15.30

20

800m

Final

Women

15.45

21

5,000m

Final

Women

16.00

22

Discus

Final

Men

16.15

23

110m Hurdles

Final

Men

16.30

24

100m Hurdles

Final

Women

16.45

25

100m

Final

Men

16.55

26

200m

Final

Women

17.10

27

10,000m

Final

Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 29 May

 

 

 

 

 

Time

No

Event

 

 

11.00

28

Hammer

Pool A

Men

11.00

29

Long Jump

Pool A

Women

11.40

30

400m Hurdles

Heats

Women

11.45

31

Hammer

Pool B

Men

11.45

32

Pole Vault

Final

Women

12.00

33

Long Jump

Pool B

Women

12.00

34

400m Hurdles

Heats

Men

12.20

35

800m

Heats

Men

12.40

36

100m

Heats

Women

12.45

37

Javelin

Final

Men

13.00

38

High Jump

Final

Men

13.00

39

200m

Heats

Men

13.15

40

Long Jump

Final

Women

13.20

41

1500m

Heats

Women

13.30

42

Shot Putt

Final

Women

13.40

43

1 Mile

Heats

Men

14.00

44

400m

Heats

Women

14.20

45

100m

S/Final

Women

14.30

46

Long Jump

Pool A

Men

14.30

47

Hammer

Final

Men

14.35

48

200m

S/F

Men

14.50

49

3km Walk

Final

M & W

15.15

50

400m Hurdles

Final

Men

15.15

51

Long Jump

Pool B

Men

15.30

52

400m Hurdles

Final

Women

15.40

53

800m

Final

Men

15.45*

54

3000m SC

Final

Men

15.55

55

2000m SC

Final

Women

16.00

56

Discus

Final

Women

16.10

57

400m

Final

Women

16.15

58

Long Jump

Final

Men

16.20

59

100m

Final

Women

16.35

60

200m

Final

Men

16.55

61

5000m

Final

Men

17.15

62

1500m

Final

Women

17.25

63

1 Mile

Final

Men

 

 

 

 

 

   *  Subject to 3,000m Steeplechase not being held as a straight final on Sunday.

 


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