Erme Valley Harriers’ Battershill wins England steeplechase title

ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill has enjoyed a good week as he continues to bounce back from injury.

Battershill won the England Athletics steeplechase title at Bedford on Saturday – just days after running his first sub four minute mile.

The Harvard graduate, who had finished fifth at the British Championships in Manchester last month with a new PB of 8:42.98, was the class athlete in the field on Saturday.

He won the national title – his first at senior level – by more than 100m, clocking a comfortable 8:54.16 in only his third steeplechase event in two years. Second place went to Southampton’s Sam Costley in 9:09.89.

Three days before Battershill had smashed his mile PB with a 3:59.42 run at the Soar Miles at Birmingham University. He was only beaten by Great Britain 800m star Kyle Langford, who clocked 3:59.14.

His Erme Valley Harriers’ team-mate Sam Trigg-Petrovic just missed out on a medal at the England Athletics Championships on Saturday. He finished fourth in the men’s triple jump with 15.47m.

City of Plymouth’s James Arnott won his final in the 100m multi-class ambulant 100m in 11.78 seconds, having clocked 12.1 in his heat.

Fellow City of Plymouth athlete Tyler Johnson just missed out on progressing in the 400m event, finishing fourth in his heat in 49.49.


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