Athletes and Alumni from St Mary’s University, Twickenham have enjoyed a strong summer with a dozen podium places, personal bests and a number of qualifying times being achieved, in a wide range of athletic events, as they aim to be selected for the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha, which start on September 27th.
Highlights include Anna Møller, who was announced as July’s European Athletics Women’s Athlete of the Month, winng the 3K Steeplechase and the 5,000m (A Danish record) at the European U23s championships, Steph Twell taking 1st place in the European Cup and British Championships 10k and achieving a personal best time of 31:08:13, Emile Cairess winning the European U23s 10K, Ben Bradley winning the 5K at the England Championships and Charlie Grice achieving a personal best time of 3:30.62 in the 1,500m in Monaco, which puts Charlie 4th on the British all-time list.
Izzy Fry and Joe Wigfield were also recently selected for Team GB in the 5000m & 3000m at the European U20s championships.
Elsewhere St Mary’s athletes have enjoyed success in rugby union with Emma Uren and Ellie Kildunne being part of the Team GB Women’s 7’s squad that has qualified for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and Alumnus Tim Murtagh taking five England wickets for Ireland in the recent test match at Lord’s.
Andrew Reid-Smith, Head of Sport at St Mary’s said “St Mary’s has a strong athletics and sports legacy, which has continued with the recent performances of a number of our athletes and we will be supporting them as they bid to be selected for the World Athletics Championships in Doha.
“In addition to the aforementioned success of our athletes over the last few weeks, Sir Mo Farah and Charlotte Purdue both performed well at this year’s London Marathon and we believe that there is a good chance that we will be represented in Doha as we have been in recent Olympics, World Athletics Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
“The achievements of Ellie, Emma and Tim in Rugby Union and Cricket also underline the breadth of sporting talent that has emerged from St Mary’s and our commitment to a wide-ranging sports programme for our students.”