Mitch smashes four minute barrier

City of Norwich AC has produced its first four-minute miler. After his below par performance in the International Grand Prix staged at Crystal Palace, Mitch Goose was out to put things right when he competed in the Mizuno Elite Mile in Belfast.

City of Norwich AC has produced its first four-minute miler.

After his below par performance in the International Grand Prix staged at Crystal Palace, Mitch Goose was out to put things right when he competed in the Mizuno Elite Mile in Belfast.

The event took place at Stormont Castle and was classified as a downhill race and had attracted some top-flight senior and junior athletes.

With a finishing straight in excess of half a mile, Goose was always up with the leading pack well into the last quarter of the race. However, senior athlete superior strength told over the final 150 yards, but Goose hung on to finish in a terrific fifth place, the first junior to cross the line and was rewarded with a time of exactly four minutes and a prize of £100.

The Ladies' Elite Mile, in which Dani Nimmock competed, preceded Mitch's race. Nimmock was another CoNAC athlete keen to erase a poor run in the Crystal Palace Grand Prix.

She finished a close order third in a keenly contested race. Her reward for her all out effort was a time of 4min 37secs and a cheque for £250.

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English Schools champion Chris Baker was the club's sole medallist when clearing 1m99 in the U17 boys high jump to secure bronze. Victoria Williamson, competing as a first year in the U15 Girls 75m hurdles, produced her fastest time to date - 11.63sec to place fifth.

Sprinter Harriet Lucas improved on her heat time of 25.39secs in the final of the U17 girls when clocking 25.32sec but was disappointed to finish seventh. De La Rey Veenendaal, competing in the U15 boys 400m, had to settle for eighth crossing the line in 52.68sec. Josh Rea tested himself in the U17 boys 1500m steeplechase and was placed fifth in the final.

U17 Michael Fraser made it to the semi-final of the 400m but his time of 50.83secs was not good enough to secure a place in the final. James Senior missed out on a final place by a tenth of a second in the U17 boys 800m when recording 1min 58.2secs.

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Laura McDonald took the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles in 11.3secs. Kiera Mooney won the U13 girls 800m when crossing the line in 2min 39.2secs. U11 Eleanor Blunt scored a creditable double taking the 80m sprint in 11.97secs and the long lump with a leap of 3m95.

Other winners: Michael Painter (U13 hammer, U15 shot & discus), Callum Brown (U15 hammer) Chloe Smith (U15 high jump), Jenna Cannell (U15 discus & hammer), Megan Thomas (U15 shot) and Sasha Bernard (U15 javelin), Jessica Crisp (U17 hammer), Scott Greaves (U13 800m), Sadie Miller (U15 800m), Samantha Jacks (U17 800m) Luke Allen (senior mile) and Carley Rose (senior mile), Jenny Milligen (U17 300m).

t This weekend, City club athletes compete in the final fixture of the East Anglian Track & Field League at the UEA Sportspark.