Louise shines on TV with season's bests

LOUISE HAZEL produced two more seasonal best performances in front of the Sky Sports cameras last week in Cardiff as she builds up her efforts to win a place in the World Championships later this summer.

The March athlete was competing in the Super 8 at Cardiff and helped her Birmingham team to second place in the competition.

In the first track event of the evening Hazel took second place in the 100 metres hurdles behind Olympics hope Natasha Danvers in a seasonal best time of 13.66 secs.

She was also third in the long jump with best jump so far this season of 6.12 metres.

Delighted with her performances she said: “It was an excellent evening. With no false starts allowed in the hurdles and, after a 25-minute wait, we were all very edgy at the start. I just dwelt a little in the blocks but I then gave it my all and was delighted to finish in second place.

“The long jump was my fourth longest ever so I have to be very pleased with that. I have been training really hard in the last two weeks and I knew there was a good jump lurking so I am very pleased with that.”

The 23-year-old faces perhaps her biggest test so far this year at the weekend when she travels to Germany for her first heptathlon of the season in an international meeting at Ratingen alongside Britain’s top heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.

Hazel added: “I feel really confident after my recent performances and I am going there all guns firing. I would really like to register a big score and improve on my personal best of 5,894 points. To break 6,000 would be really good and would help me get to the world championships.”

MARCH AC had 22 runners competing in the Ramsey 10k and 3k on Sunday. The heat of the day took its toll on the times achieved with no personal best times however all runners completed the course.

Three of March runners took part in the 3k fun run. Alice Donkin was first home and was second female overall with a first in her age category 13-15 with a time of 13.32. Next home in the fun run was Katie Donkin with a time of 18.12, followed by Nigel Harris 22.35.

First home for the 10k was Paul Hensby with an impressive time of 37.36. First lady home for the club was Debra Wait in 43.44. Two age category winners were Michael Croucher under 19 winner with a time of 37.40 and Frances Cooke who was 1st vet 50 with a time of 51.07. All times:- Paul Hensby 37.36, Michael Croucher 37.40, Wayne Stimson 42.23, Darren Moat 42.36, Debra Wait 43.44, Malcolm Hunt 45.58, Frances Cooke 51.07, Adrian Snook 51.48, Steve Cook 53.06, Lavina Seward 56.33, Shaun Donkin 56.52, Keith Saward 56.52, Diana Cook 62.27, Sue Jeeves 62.51, Tony Whibley 63.07, Lisa Donkin 65.36.

March AC London Marathon: With the runners now recovered, as well as completing the 26.2 mile race it was also an ideal opportunity to raise money . A total of 3,400 has been raised by the runners in the London marathon for local and national charities and Peter Jackman, club chairman, would like to thank all of those who supported the local runners.