May proved to be a positive month for Evolutions 8 athletes -
Nicole placed 3rd in the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Championships, at 2000m Steeplechase. Nicole ran 6.54.72 to break her own personal best and Tonbridge AC club record by ten seconds. As a result Nicole was selected for the BUCS team to race at the Loughbrough International Meeting on 18th May.
Nicole went on to run 10.59.24 at Loughborough to break her Tonbridge AC Club record for 3000 metres steeplechase by 24 seconds.
On 25th May Nicole finished 30th in the high class BUPA London 10k road race, in 37.31, which took 2 minutes 38 seconds from her previous best.
Dominic had a breakthrough performances at the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Championships, when he finished 4th in the final of the 1500 metres. Dom ran 3.53.34 which was a personal best and just missed the bronze medal by two hundredths of a second. His performance was even more encouraging as he had been ill at the start of the week and still had to negotiate heats and a semifinal in the three day meeting.
Dominic has been preparing for medical exams later in May and been unable to race again. He hopes to be back on track shortly.
Sean made it five wins from five races when he comfortably won an 800 metres at the Tonbridge Open Meeting early in the month. He ran 1.54.30. As a result of his early season performances he was selected for the Great Britain under 20 team to compete at the Loughbrough International Meeting on 18th May. Sean races over 800 metres.
On the weekend of 24th/25th May Sean finished 6th in the under 20 men’s race at the British road mile age group championships in 4.22. The following day he captured the Kent under 20 men’s 800 metres title.
After struggling with consistent injuries completed his first track race for three years, when he ran 1500 metres at Watford. He ran 4.01.70, which is seven seconds away from his best, but only decided to race after a training session the day before. He then followed up with 3rd place in the Kent 1500 metres championships.
Ryan had an excellent winter season, but in April was managing a tight calf muscle. However, he took advantage of the Ecolution support and trained in Tenerife for a week with Robbie Farnham-Rose. On his return he has raced at Brighton and won a 3000 metres in 8.30.82, which took fifteen seconds from his best ever time.
Ryan then decided to make his debut at 5000 metres and ran an excellent 14.40.75 at the British Milers Grand Prix Meeting, at Manchester, on the last day of the month.
Tom followed up his 5000m personal best in April with a solid 800 metres race behind Sean Molloy at Tonbridge. Tom ran 3.55.43 for 1500 metres, at Watford on 17th May in the British Milers Club Grand Prix meeting and then went on to finish 2nd in the Kent 1500 metres championship. Tom then ran within a tenth of a second of his 800 metres personal best at Eltham in the final week of the month, with 1.54.66.
Robbie is recovering well from an ankle injury that has bothered him since February. He had his first race back at the Maidstone 5km Parkrun, on 24th May and ran 15.33 to break the course record. On the following Wednesday he ran and won his first track race for a year at Eltham. It was at the British Milers Club meeting, where he comfortably won the fastest race in 3.53.20. This is eight seconds away from his personal best, but hopefully there will be more to come, as the season develops.
Luca is making good progress after being out for three months with a stress fracture. He is back running, but is unlikely to race for a few weeks.