Grice, England Win Inaugural Westminster Mile
Keen competition for national road Mile titles in the capital
By Steve Smythe, Athletics Weekly
Teenager Charlie Grice followed up his BMC win in Solihull last week with another confident victory as the inaugural Bupa Westminster Mile in London hosted the British Athletics 1 Mile road championships.
After a big pack went through halfway together in around 2:04, Grice made his first move around 300 meters out and held the inside line around the tight last bend opposite Buckingham Palace. He won in 4 minutes, 1.9 seconds with trainer partner James Brewer close behind in 4:02.6. Chris Warburton was as clear third in 4:03.3.
Olympic 800m runner Michael Rimmer showed good endurance to finish fourth in 4:05.9 ahead just ahead of former national 1500m champion James Shane, who clocked 4:06.1.
The pre-race favourite Andy Baddeley withdrew from the race with an Achilles injury.
The women’s race saw similar tactics from Hannah England, who also controlled the race from the front in the last 400 meters.
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