First, a recap on yesterday. After John’s enforced withdrawal from the event in the Czech Republic and Toni’s dash back to the UK to pick up with the team in Manchester for todays’ meeting at Sports City there hasn’t been a lot of time for reflection. However, Toni is able to reel off a list of results that is impressive for any Sunday morning, let alone one that squeezes into such a manic itinerary .

The list is as follows:

Jess: Hurdles: 13.10 (Championship record)
Jess: Shot Put: 14.02 (PPPB)
Jo: Shot Put: (second to Jess)
Alicia: Hurdles: 13.8 (second to Jess PB)
Alicia: U20 100m: 11.98 (First and PB)
Seun: Triple: 14.96 (First and PB)

 

Paul, in Toni’s absence, took over on camera duties so you can see some of the events for yourself:

Jess’ Hurdles

Seun’s Triple Jump

Alicia’s 100 metres

Toni is reflecting on how things went, “Jess’ two PPPB’s was particularly good”.

“PPPB?”

“Post Pregnancy Personal Best”

“I like that. PPPB. It’s got a ring to it”.

“We did that because Jess is a completely different athlete now than before she had a baby.”

“I’ve heard people say it’s like coming back from an injury”

“…I’ve managed returns from injuries plenty of times and believe me this is not the same. Anyone who thinks that has never had a baby and then tried to compete at a world level in sport.”

“Which is absolutely rubbish. I’ve managed returns from injuries plenty of times and believe me this is not the same. Anyone who thinks that has never had a baby and then tried to compete at a world level in sport.”

I choose to come back to this topic another time, “How’s today looking?”

“Forecast wise poor but they seem to be performing better than in so called ‘perfect’ conditions. Nowt so queer as folk”.

“You got that right. Catch you later?”

“Yeah. It finishes up around four”

Day Two

Toni is back in the car and back on the phone , “A good set of results. Domestically. ”

“Talk me through it”.

“Jess ran 23.40 in the 200 metres heat. She didn’t run in the final as it clashed with Javelin but her time would have got the gold”.

“And the Javelin?”

“Jess and Jo both threw. Jess got gold and Jo came in third”.

Jess and Jo in the Javelin

Jess Ennis-Hill and Jo Rowland

Jess and Jo on the Podium

Podium

Toni continues, “Nikita came in fourth but managed to PB. Nick was fourth in the 200 metre final but he’s getting stronger too”.

Toni is obviously pleased and with good reason, “Jo also got silver in the long jump”.

“All in all, a good day at the office then?”

“Yeah. Not bad at all. It doesn’t stop my frustration at British Athletics though”.

The conversation looks like it’s about to take an unexpected turn, “What frustration?”

“That’s one for tomorrow. Let’s just say they’re being anti-Moneyball”.

“I’m intrigued”.

“We’re meeting tomorrow. Let’s talk then”.

It’s not going to be worth arguing about, he’s had a big weekend, “OK then. See you tomorrow. Drive safe, go home, take a weight off”.

“I will. Cheers”.

I’m left to wonder what Toni may have to say about British Athletics and Moneyball*. Watch this space

 

*Side note: In case you don’t know, Moneyball is a book and film based on an analytical evidence-based approach to baseball that challenged received wisdom and use of statistics. The film stars Brad Pitt.