Athletics


UNIVERSITY of Bath-based Eilidh Doyle and David King have been named in a 31-strong British Athletics squad for next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Doyle booked her place by winning 400m gold at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships on Sunday, again at Arena Birmingham, in a season-best time of 51.84. “I am …

WEST runners Grace Brock and Hannah Hobbs both made successful debuts for England in Spain recently. Seventeen-year-old Cornwall AC runner Brock, who lives in Penzance, celebrated her first international appearance with a fine victory, surging clear of Westbury Harrier Hobbs in the closing stages as the English team dominated the event in Seville. “It was …

Cornwall international pole vaulter Molly Caudery’s year has ended with another high as she was selected to star in a special photo presentation for the England Commonwealth Games team. Only two athletes were invited to the photo shoot in Essex recently and 17-year-old Caudery, from Illogan, who is the youngest member of the athletics squad, …

The Hobbs sisters took centre stage at the Tri-Counties Cross Country Championships at Bath University. Lining up alongside each other for the combined under-17s and under-20s women’s race, the Westbury Harriers runners, who live in Thornbury, claimed a one-two. Hannah was the clear overall winner to lift the under-20 title while Ellie was happy to …

Catie O’Donoghue will have many reasons never to forget her debut in the Tri-Counties Cross Country Championships. First and foremost her startling victory in the senior women’s race may prove to be a pivotal moment in her emergence as a new star in the Bristol & West AC women’s team with the 26-year-old having only …

Congratulations to Somerset junior international Luke Prior who will be racing in Spain today. The Wells City Harrier life member from Burnham-on-Sea has been selected to represent England in the junior men’s race at the Venta de Banos International Cross Country Meeting in Castile and Leon. “Luke was disappointed not to make the European team …

Dave Turner is one of the army of unassuming volunteers without whom the sport of athletics wouldn’t exist at grass-roots level so it is great to see his contribution recognised at a national level. At their recent annual general meeting the England Schools Athletic Association awarded Turner a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award for his work as …

West runner Ruth Barnes has realised a sporting ambition after being awarded her first England international vest. At the tender age of 39, Barnes, who is a member of Wiltshire club Avon Valley Runners, has been selected for a five-strong England team to compete in the prestigious Granollers half-marathon, in Spain, on February 4. “At …