Hercules Wimbledon AC round-up: Miller time as Chad posts best performances to boost Euro hopes

By Tom Pollak

Teenager Chad Miller posted the best performances of his life at meetings in Cardiff and Loughborough to majorly boost his chances of representing Britain in the European Junior Championships in Hungary this summer.

Miller, 18, produced two impressive runs at the Loughborough International meeting on Sunday where he gained his first GB vest. He ran a superb leg to anchor GB juniors to a narrow victory over the senior England team after the latter were disqualified.

He later finished a close second in the 200metres in a personal best of 21.17 seconds, just eight-hundreds of a second behind the winner. 

Four days earlier he ran two races in the Welsh Run with the Wind Sprints meeting in Cardiff and then he had relay practice in Loughborough on Friday and Saturday before Sunday’s big meeting.

“You can imagine after competing in Cardiff four days before Loughborough and then having relay practice, Chad would have been quite tired,” said his dad Paul, a former Surrey 100 metres champion who helps with his coaching. “But he ran very well, particularly in the relay.”

Miller’s 21.17 improved on his previous legal best of 21.34 set in the opening round of the England championships in Bedford last year where he finished fifth in the final.

Four days before Loughborough, Miller was in action in Cardiff where – with the benefit of a significant 3.7 metres per second tailwind – he won in 20.68 seconds, his fastest-ever time over the distance. He also won the 100 metres in a lifetime best of 10.29, again with a strong 3.3 metres-per-second following wind.

He overshadowed his older brother Rechmial for the first time. He is now looking for a race in Europe where he can achieve the 21 seconds qualifying time for the Euro Junior championships being held in Gyor from July 5-8. He is currently ranked second among GB juniors over 100m and fourth over 200m.

Rechmial Miller, who will be 20 at the end of June, was third in his 200m race at Loughborough in 21.50, running into a 1.5 metres-per-second headwind.

Chad Miller

Hercules Wimbledon dominated their second Southern Athletics League match in glorious sunshine at Wimbledon Park Stadium on Sunday, coming away comfortable winners. 

Their athletes were strong on the track with Ryan Facey (men’s 100m and 200m A), Zachary Stapleton (100 and 400 metres B) Antonio Douglas (200m B and high jump A) Ross Whelan (400m A) Sam Baker (800 and 1500m A), Nicholas Thomas (800m and 3000m steeplechase B) and Henry Silverstein (1500m B) among the winners.

Among the winners of the women’s events were Tiana Gayle (100m and 200m B), Emilie Bokor-Ingram (400m A), Lisa Thomas (800m and 1500m steeplechase A), Alison Murray (pole vault A) and team manager Heather Jones (hammer B). 

Hercules Wimbledon had a clean sweep in the relays winning all four races. Other winners in the men’s events were David Lewin (3000m B), Rob Tuer (3000m steeplechase A), Dave Orchard (pole vault A and shot and hammer B), Sam Hitchings (hammer and shot A).

Sam Barker, winner of the 800 and 1500 metres A races and, left, Nicholas Thomas winner of the 800 metres and 3000 metres steeplechase B races.

Jonny Cornish was the fastest of five Hercules Wimbledon runners in the Night of 10,000 metres race meeting at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday incorporating the British Championships. 

He was fourth in his race in a personal best of 30:56.86, improving on his 31:23.27 in the same event last year. Ben Toomer also shaved three seconds off his PB, finishing 15th in the same race in 31:30.42. Alex Robinson clocked 31:50.16 on his 10,000m track debut to finish 22nd.

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