Athletes and alumni from the Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham have seen a string of impressive results at recent championships.
At the recent British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, EPACC Athlete Adelle Tracey won the Bronze Medal in the Women’s 800m in a time of 2:05.72, just 0.68 behind first place. Rowan Axe (3:49.51) and Elliot Dorey (3:49.71) ran Personal Bests (PBs) in the Men’s 1500m, and Thomas Randolph ran a PB of 1:51.83 in the Men’s 800m. Current student Shemar Boldizar also won a Bronze Medal in the men’s 200m, running a PB of 21.13.
There were also a number of EPACC alumni competing at the championships, with Rio 2016 Olympians Charlie Grice and Elliot Giles both winning medals. Charlie took the Silver Medal in the Men’s 3000m, running a PB of 7:54.33, qualifying him for the European Indoor Championships, and Elliot Giles also won a Silver Medal in the Men’s 1500m.Elsewhere, Rio 2016 Olympian Beth Potter ran a PB of 9:02.06 in the Women’s 3000m to finish 4th, and Sean Molloy ran a PB of 1.50.16 in the Men’s 800m.
In Ireland meanwhile, at the National Indoor Championships, EPACC Athlete Eoin Pierce won Gold in Men’s 1500m. He was joined by EPACC Athlete Zak Curran, who won Silver in the Men’s 800m, having secured selection to run for Ireland in the European Indoor Championships earlier in the week.
At the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Indoor Championships, EPACC Athletes Thomas Randolph (800m) and Blake Moore (1500m) both won Silver Medals, whilst EPACC Athlete Anna Møller finished third in the Monaco 5k road race, setting a new Danish record of 15:36.
At the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on the 16th Feb, Adelle Tracy won the Silver in the 800m to secure her place at the European Indoor Championships, where she will be joined by Elliot Giles who ran a PB of 3:39.53 in the Men’s 1500m to secure his place at the championships. Elliot was joined in his race by Charlie Grice who also ran a PB of 3:39.04.
EPACC Coordinator Craig Winrow said, “It was great to see so many current and former EPACC athletes competing at the championships. With the success of the BUCS Cross Country championships the weekend before and the athletes winning medals or running PBs at so many events this weekend, it really highlights the strength of the EPACC program across all endurance events. I look forward to seeing how they perform at the European Championships in March”