Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix
26 August, 2012
Tara Bird (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) produced a strong performance to win the ‘On Camp with Kelly’ 800m in front of a big home crowd at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday 26 August, setting a personal best of 2:02.54. Behind her Jen Walsh (Spenborough AC), Carolyn Plateau (Radley AC) and Gemma Kersey (Basildon AC) also set new personal bests.
Pacemaker Kelly Massey (Sale Harriers Manchester) led the field on a fast opening lap, going through the bell in 59.51. Behind her Emily Dudgeon (Edinburgh AC) was leading the pack and starting to push on the pace. As they went down the back straight for the final time, Dudgeon looked strong in pole position with the gap closing to Tara in second place at the 600m point.
Tara produced a strong kick at 150m to go, to take the lead just ahead of Dudgeon. Dudgeon fought back to draw level in the home straight but Tara had enough strength to pull clear by a few strides and take the victory in 2:02.54 to Dudgeon’s 2:02.74, her second fastest time ever.
In the closing stages, Alison Leonard (Blackburn Harriers) came through to pass Rowena Cole (Coventry Godiva Harriers) to take third place in 2:03.40 to Rowena’s 2:03.70. Jen Walsh took fifth in 2:04.07, improving her personal best by 1.5 seconds, Claire Tarplee (Solihull & Small Heath) was sixth in 2:04.57, Carolyn Plateau seventh in a personal best of 2:04.79, Charlotte Best (Crawley AC) eighth in 2:05.05, Claire Gibson (Kilbarchan AAC) ninth in 2:05.83, Gemma Kersey tenth in a personal best of 2:06.11 and Loren Bleaken (Team Bath) 11th in 2:07.89.
Results - 800m
|1. Tara Bird||2.02.54 PB|
|2. Emily Dudgeon||2:02.74|
|3. Alison Leonard||2:03.40|
|4. Rowena Cole||2:03.70|
|5. Jen Walsh||2:04.07 PB|
|6. Claire Tarplee||2:04.57|
|7. Carolyn Plateau||2:04.79 PB|
|8. Charlotte Best||2:05.05|
|9. Claire Gibson||2:05.83|
|10. Gemma Kersey||2:06.11 PB|
|11. Loren Bleaken||2:07.89|
|DNF Kelly Massey (pacemaker)|
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