Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

UK record for Aimee Pratt in Birmingham

Written by 
Published in Athletics
Saturday, 14 May 2022 17:23
BMC Grand Prix on Saturday sees Pratt set British best for 2000m steeplechase while 800m man Ben Pattison and steeplechaser Phil Norman also impress

We were promised an evening to remember to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the inaugural Saucony BMC Grand Prix and meeting organiser Luke Gunn didn’t disappoint.

Two British best times in the women’s 2000m steeplechase caught the eye as Aimee Pratt smashed her personal best with a time of 6:08.16, which is the 10th best on the world all-time lists, to eclipse Elizabeth Bird’s 6:11.79, while runner-up Maisie Grice broke the under-20 age group mark with 6:21.17 to go third on the UK all-time senior rankings.

Aimee Pratt (David Lowes)

Furthermore, there were two European Championships qualifiers from Ben Pattison (PB of 1:45.43 to win the 800m) and Phil Norman (8:29.20 in the 3000m steeplechase) plus three Commonwealth Games standards with two for England courtesy of Norman and fellow 3000m steeplechaser Zak Seddon (8:31.24 despite stumbling mid-way through the race) plus 5000m runner Annabelle Simpson for Scotland (15:41.99).

Four athletes achieved qualifying times for this summer’s World Under-20 Championships in Colombia led by a superb PB of 2:02.01 by 18-year-old Abigail Ives as she chased home Isabelle Boffey (2:01.47 after a 57sec first lap) and Iris Downes in third (2:04.44), which was also a PB.

Issy Boffey (right) and Abigail Ives (David Lowes)

The other two qualifiers came in the competitive men’s 3000m steeplechase with Tom Bridger clocking a lifetime best of 8:51.93 and Axel Vang Cristensen, the European under-20 cross-country champion from Denmark running 8:38.34, which was just 0.27 outside Seddon’s BMC under-20 record.

Last but certainly not least there were five European Under-18 Championship qualifying times led by Downes and Ella Greenway (2:07.48 to win the 800m B race) in the 800m, Rachel Clutterbuck and Gabby Phelan (6:43.94 and 6:48.46 in the 2000m steeplechase) and Sam Mills in the 1500m (3:51.14).

Within the BMC, Norman’s time lifts him to seventh all-time, just behind Gunn, while Pattison’s time is the fourth fastest BMC time ever and Ives third fastest in the under-20 age group.

Ben Pattison (7) and Sam Reardon (8) (David Lowes)

To underline the quality of the meeting, which was the first Grand Prix ever staged at the Birmingham University facility and received numerous plaudits from the runners as being a fast track, there were 142 PBs from 246 finishers, which is an impressive 58% success rate – arguably one of the best ever in the 25-year- history of the GP format.

No wonder that Gunn was delighted with how the evening went. What’s more, the sun came out and the wind dropped too! “We were blessed with good weather and had two British bests and plenty of other qualifying times as well,” said Gunn.

“I am also delighted to see the quality of the winning times particularly in the 800m and good to see a sub- 8:30 in the steeplechase, which is as it should be.

“After seeing tonight there is a lot to be excited about for the rest of the season. I am really pleased with how it went – and very tired!”

Pattison was particularly impressive in the 800m as he powered away from his rivals to win by two seconds. Oliver Dustin, the Olympic 800m runner, did not enjoy such a good day, however, as he wound up last in 1:51.15.

Phil Norman (David Lowes)

Most exciting race of the day, meanwhile, was the men’s steeplechase with Seddon falling briefly mid-race after his foot skidded on landing from the water jump. Despite this he built up what appeared to be a winning lead, only for Norman to run him down in the final 200m.

Elsewhere Josh Lay took the men’s 1500m in 3:40.22, Khai Mhlanga the women’s 1500m in 4:17.95 and Derba Ayale of Israel finished powerfully to win the men’s 5000m in 13:46.57.

Josh Lay (David Lowes)

Read 23 times


Sources: City agree £42m deal for Leeds' Phillips

Sources: City agree £42m deal for Leeds' Phillips

Manchester City have agreed a deal with Leeds United to sign Kalvin Phillips, sources have told ESPN...

Celebrating Messi at 35: Records, milestones and goal scoring

Celebrating Messi at 35: Records, milestones and goal scoring

Lionel Messi is celebrating his birthday on Friday as he turns 35.Messi is also entering the final 1...

Sources: Barca, Spurs in talks over Lenglet loan

Sources: Barca, Spurs in talks over Lenglet loan

Barcelona hope Tottenham can convince Clement Lenglet to move to the Premier League to kickstart a s...


Sources: Five-star Buzelis picks G League Ignite

Sources: Five-star Buzelis picks G League Ignite

Five-star recruit Matas Buzelis -- the No. 11 player in ESPN's Top 100 for the Class of 2023 -- has...

Jabari, Chet or Paolo: Which rookie will have immediate NBA success?

Jabari, Chet or Paolo: Which rookie will have immediate NBA success?

With the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero. T...


Jays hitting coach suspended for contact with ump

Jays hitting coach suspended for contact with ump

Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed...

Royals' Perez to IL; will undergo thumb surgery

Royals' Perez to IL; will undergo thumb surgery

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez needs surgery on his left thumb and has been placed on the...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.