Blackburn Harriers – Holly Bradshaw and Markhim Lonsdale – travelled to Ostrava in the Czech Republic on Tuesday September 8th to compete at the Golden Spike Meeting, just three days after the British T & F Championships held at Sportscity.
For these athletes, the season is coming to an end, or is indeed ended, just as competition, albeit in a truncated form, has re-emerged. Following her win at the British Championships, Holly won again in Ostrava with a second time clearance of 4.60 from Sweden’s Michaela Meijer in 2nd (4.54m) and the Czech Vaulter Romana Malacova in 3rd (4.44m). Although the season has been short, Holly has certainly made the most of it, posting wins at the Motonet Grand Prix in Finland (4.73m), in Szczecin in Poland (4.70m), winning the Diamond League in Stockholm (4.69m) and the Perche Elite Tour in Paris (4.63m). Added to that were two 2nd places at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland (4.63m) and at the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenborg (4.48m). Great consistency from a great athlete.
Markhim has had even less of season, managing just four Track races in all since February – three 800’s and a 400m. Two of these 800m races came at the British Championships last weekend with Semi-Finals (1.50.46) and Finals (1.51.55), being run on consecutive days, where he placed 6th in the Final won by Daniel Rowden. In Ostrava Markhim clocked up a time of 1.50.44 which won him the ‘B’ 800m race with Daniel Kotyza in 2nd (1.51.04) and Andrej Mitasik in 3rd spot (1.51.10).