Athletics

ATHLETICS: King will be looking for another British title in Birmingham

CITY of Plymouth’s David King will be looking to secure another national title on Sunday when he competes in the 110m hurdles at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

King won the crown in 2017 and also added the British indoor title this year.

With British number one Andrew Pozzi not running at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday, the gold medal is there for the taking.

But King will face tough competition from Woodford Green’s Cameron Fillery.

Loughborough student Fillery beat King last weekend in the IAAF Birmingham Grand Prix and also went above him in this year’s UK rankings with a 13.54 second run, which is 0.01 quicker than King has achieved this season.

King, who clocked 13.69 to finish seventh last week, does have a best of 13.48 seconds. However, although he has been consistent this summer, he has not quite hit top form yet, but will be hoping he can find it on Sunday.

The British Championships are doubling up as trials for the World Championships in Doha. King would need to run a personal best of 13.46 seconds and finish in the top two to earn selection.

Meanwhile, fellow City of Plymouth hurdler Sammie Harris is set to get her first taste of a senior outdoor British Championships.

The 17-year-old is entered for the women’s 100m hurdles, which take place on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Tavistock’s Adam Holland and Plymstock Road Runners’ Carla Haines claimed victories at the tough, multi-terrain Torbay Five Bays Challenge 10K at Brixham.

Ultra specialist Holland won the men’s title in 42.31 minutes, finishing ahead of Erewash Valley’s John Wadelin (43.54) and Torbay AC veteran Pete Monaghan (44.15).

Haines produced a good run to finish as first women and ninth overall in 49.36 minutes.

Second women was Torbay Tri’s Naomi Flanagan in 52.05, with Storm Plymouth’s Laura Knox third.

More than 200 runners completed the race that started and finished on Broadsands Beach and included running up or down 423 steps and a total climb of 360 metres.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Harriers’ Rob Williams came home first in August’s Tavy 5k run. He clocked 17.16 minutes, with Launceston’s Edward Horn second in 17.32 and Okehampton’s Rob Kelly third in 17.35.

Tavistock AC’s Sam Lake was first women in 19.12, with club colleague Jodi Fisk second in 19.18 and Jane Allison third in 20.22.

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