On Sunday James McCarthy, this time classed as an U20, was in action again at the similarly high profile Westminster Mile event. He was joined by fellow Harrier Will Perkin running in the U17 race.
The meeting features around thirty-five mile races, both able bodied and wheelchair, some of which are low-key family races. However the senior and age-group events are classed as the British 1 Mile Road Race Championships and attract strong fields.
Will was off at 2.50pm on the fast course which starts in The Mall running north, turning right onto Birdcage Walk and finishing close to Buckingham Palace. A field of 17 toed the line and Will was always in contention. The race was won by Cambridge’s Rob Huckle in 4.22, but Will was just a second behind to claim silver in 4.23.
James was in the penultimate race of the day at 3.15pm. A small field of eight faced the starter and James kept well to the front and just lost out to Bracknell’s Scott Halsted, Scott recording 4.17 to James’s 4.18.
Double-silver was a great effort by the Chiltern lads, reflecting their hard work in training this year.
Two Chiltern Harriers took part in the prestigious British Milers Club Grand Prix middle distance meeting at Watford on Saturday evening.
Across thirty races, some of Britain’s best running talent competed over 800m, 1500m, 5000m and steeplechase. In the Women’s 800m A race, three women achieved Olympic qualifying times.
U23 James McCarthy was in the men’s 800m C race. The first 200m was very fast but James kept calm at the back of the pack and worked through to fifth place and a new PB of 1.50.96.
In the 800m G race Senior Man Allan Stewart also ran a good tactical race to take a tenth off his recently set PB with 1.54.55.