BMC Bannister Virtual Miles

Lilly Coward leads the women’s rankings at the end of the second day of virtual mile action

Day two of the British Milers’ Club Bannister Virtual Miles proved to be a revelation as athletes took advantage of the decent conditions to record some fast solo mile times.

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Lilly Coward (pictured above), who has a 4:20 1500m PB, flew around the Surrey lanes to return the fastest women’s time by over 10 seconds (4:38) ahead of Maisie Grice, who recorded a swift 4:49 on Monday.

Gemma Kersey (pictured below) moved into third with an impressive 4:55 clocking.

Under-17 Naomi Harris ran 4:59, while under-20 Samantha Mason of Salford stopped her Garmin at 5:00.

That time was equalled by Naomi Lang from Aberdeen.

Under-17 Amelia Bratt, also of Salford, produced a strong 5:23 effort.

Olympic marathoner Aly Dixon also enjoyed a solo run, showing good speed of 5:13 was still present in those distance legs to move into the women’s top 10.

The men’s event became even more exciting with a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, with 1:48 800m man Ben Greenwood and 1:51 half-miler Seb Anthony joining James Heneghan in completing the mile in 4:07.

Collin Leibold (Washington, USA) ran 4:11, with Thomas Frith (4:11) and James McCrae (4:15) next fastest.

Roman Hodgson stormed to a 4:25 clocking for the quickest under-15 time by some distance.

Simon Rayner (V55), a 4:03 miler at his best and now living in Canada, showed he still ‘has it’ with a 4:54 return set on day one.

The scene is set for Wednesday when organisers expect the majority of athletes will run their time trial, with it being the 66th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister’s historic sub-four-minute mile.

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