Middle and long distance runners set for first British Milers Club Grand Prix of 2018

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The first British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix of the season takes place this Saturday at Sportcity in Manchester and you can watch it live here from 4.30pm UK time.

The event features races from 800m up to 5,000m on track, led off by pacemakers to achieve faster times, and has a strong history of athletes achieving qualification for the Olympic Games and other major tournaments.

Among the notable entries lining up this weekend is IAAF World Championship London 2017 semi-finalist Jessica Judd, who’ll compete in the 5,000m. Included over 800m are European under-20 1500m champion Jemma Reekie, along with Canaan Solomon, who won bronze at the same competition in Italy last summer.

Two athletes expected to feature in Manchester impressed last weekend on their way to winning 800m gold medals at the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships. Daniel Rowden, who lowered his personal best to 1:46.64 last year, is the reigning European under-23 silver medalist.

Mari Smith, who has represented Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships in the past, managed 2:03 for the first time at BUCS, and showed impressive versatility by also taking home 4x400m silver. You can see a full set of start lists here.

Across the 2017 season, more than 3,000 of the 6,202 finishers in BMC races set new personal bests, an impressive 48 per cent success rate.

The action on Saturday will be broadcast live on runnerspace.com in North America and runjumpthrow.com in the rest of the world.

For further event information, you can visit the British Milers Club website. A timetable can be found here

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First published on: 10 May, 2018 12:00 am

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