Uncategorized - June 29, 2019

Watford Grand Prix gets the return of Jake Wightman

After injury at the British Milers’ Club meeting, Scot makes his comeback

A line-up of top British 800m runners will be on show for the third BMC Grand Prix of the season, which takes place at the Woodside Stadium in Watford on Saturday.

Jake Wightman will be racing for the first time since suffering a stress fracture to his sacrum in December, while Alex Bell – who broke the two-minute barrier at last year’s meeting – also makes her first serious appearance of the outdoor track season.

“I think we are looking at one of the finest fields of British 800m runners we have had for many years,” said BMC chairman Tim Brennan.

“We also have Alexandra Bell coming back to the track where she ran sub-two (1:59.93) for the first time when winning last year . Both A races are shaping up to be very exciting.”

The meeting is much more than just about the 800m, however. Rio Olympian Andrew Butchart joins a men’s 1500m field which also features the likes of Ellis Cross and Phil Sesemann while Jess Judd, who has won the 5000m at the opening two Grand Prix, will step down to the women’s 1500m and is joined by Hannah England.

Morpeth’s Rory Leonard has already made a big impact over 5000m this summer so will be stepping down for some sharpening up work, while Cornwall AC’s Grace Brock heads a good entry for the women’s race.

The first race is at 5.30pm.

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