Bernice aims for European Championships after taking UK number one slot

Bernice Wilson
Bernice Wilson

BERNICE Wilson edged closer to her dream of representing Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships next month - after running the qualifying time on Saturday.

The Wyberton sprinter clocked 7.26 secs to put herself in contention for selection in the 60m sprint event as she won gold at the Birmingham Games, beating Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Laura Turner.

The qualifying time is 7.30 secs.

Despite being UK’s current number one in the event, Bernice isn’t taking anything for granted. “I’m glad to have made the time, but I can’t say anything’s certain yet,” she told The Standard.

“A lot can happen over the space of a week in athletics, people can suddenly run a much faster time.”

Bernice now has a two-week wait to discover whether she will compete in Paris next month.

Last year she ran the 7.30 secs qualifying time for the World Championships just days after the cut-off point.

There was success for other Boston runners in Birmingham. Under 15 Kaine Walker won the 200m with a personal best time of 24.45 secs and added wins in the 400m and 600m, also a best (2 mins 12.64 secs).

David Mitchell recorded a best of 53.85 secs in the senior men’s 400m, while Alex Pycock was third in the 200m under 20 men.