From Portland USA to Southern Road relays via Master indoor champs
Allan Leiper won the pole vault and shot put titles in the over-55s’ age-group at the British Masters indoor championships. Fellow AFD members picked up medals in the 3000 metres races. Darren Symes took gold and Paul Gaylor bronze in the over-45s’ event while Nick Jacobs was the over-40s’ bronze medallist. There was a bronze medal for Austin Soane in the over-60s’ category of the veterans’ British cross country championships on the same weekend in Bath where AFD also gained a set of bronze medals in the team competition for men aged 45 to 54: Scott Smith- Bannister was fourth, Tad Dicker seventh and Chris Try sixteenth.
While in Portland USA Steph Twell and Isobel Pooley were on international duty. Steph in the 3000m was in a race which was extremly slow over the first few laps at which time Steph took up the pace a few laps latter Dibaba went into a comanding lead, leaving the rest of the field to scrap for silver and bronze medals. Steph finished in a credatable 6th place in a time of 9min 00.38seconds another fantastic run on her road to Rio. In the high jump Isobel was unable to capture her recent form finishing 10th having cleared 1.89m.