Athletes at their best as personal records tumble

Anuradha Cooray lines up alongside Olympic legend Mo Farah at the London Marathon
Anuradha Cooray lines up alongside Olympic legend Mo Farah at the London Marathon
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Seniors from Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club began their track season with a trip to Perivale to participate in the Southern Athletics League.

The club had a good turnout with some great performances with many season’s best performances but also some personal bests too.

On the track, there were convincing wins for Andy Rolt and Tommy Atkins in A and B strings 2k Steeplechase; Chloe Oldfield and Julia Austin in the 1,500m; Karl Goodman and Dan Gurton in the 400m and James Davis in the 5k.

Dan and James both recorded new personal best times in their races as did Chloe, but her time of 5:08 was an astonishing 11 second improvement on her previous best.

Two further track PBs went to Rachel Russell in the 100m and Emma Wright in the 400m on her debut in this event.

There was also success again in the field events. For the ladies, Rochelle Arulanandam and Chloe Oldfield achieved PBs in the high jump with Chloe winning the B String and Rachel Russell finished her day off well with another PB in the Long Jump.

Tom Waiting (triple jump), Gaith Taha (hammer and javelin) and Dan Barber(shot putt) all achieved PBs in their field events. Meanwhile Steve George, competing for Vale for the first time this season, had a fabulous first outing winning the javelin, taking second place in the discus and shot and third in the hammer – all throws were personal bests.

Meanwhile, as reported in last week’s Bucks Herald sport, Vale of Aylesbury runner and double Olympian Anuradha Cooray lined up on the front row at the London Marathon alongside none other than 2012 legend Mo Farah.

All the pre-race talk was about Farah, what distance he would run and if he will compete for real next year. That meant some worldwide TV exposure for Greggs bakery worker Cooray, who finished long after Farah ducked out before halfway, in a time of 2 hours 17 minutes and 53 seconds.