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Saturday 18 May 2013

A contingent of Cardiff AAC athletes travelled to Sollihull today, 18th May, in search of good competition and fast times at the British Milers' Club grand prix and were well rewarded with personal best performances.

Elliot Slade went to the top of the latest UK under 20 rankings with a personal best 800m time of 1:48.93. Close on his heels, making a debut in the 5000m, Mike Ward clocked 14:36.26 to go second in the UK in the under 20 age group.

PBs also came from Kate Seary (2:13.14 in the 800m) which pushed her to 6th in the under 17 UK rankings and Dani Cocking (4:44.38 in the senior 1500m).

Other good performances came from Joe Maynard (senior 800m - 1:48.99) which places him 12th in the UK, Tom Marley (800m - 1:51.96); Jacob Preece (800m - 1:57.86); John Cove (under 17 1500m - 4:01.26) which puts him 5th in the UK; Ellie Atkinson (under 17 1500m - 4:38.90) which places her second in the UK; and Bethan Strange (1500m - 4:38.72).

Meanwhile, at the BMC event in Milton Keynes, Ciaran Lewis reduced his best time for the 1500m steeplechase by six seconds to 4:35.26 to move to third place in the latest UK rankings. Rhianwedd Price won the women's 2000m steeplechase at the same event in 7:02.21.

These early season performances augur well for further improvements as the season progresses.