Charlotte Purdue, Kieran Showler-Davis and Andy Blow compete at British Championships

Basingstoke Gazette: Charlotte Purdue finished ninth in the 5,000m Charlotte Purdue finished ninth in the 5,000m

HOOK distance runner Charlotte Purdue looks set to miss out on both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships after finishing ninth in the 5,000m at the British Championships.

The 23-year-old travelled to the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham, for the British Championships, which doubled up as the trials for the European Championships.

After five months away from competitive action due to injury, Purdue made a positive start to yesterday’s 5,000m and was in the mix during the early stages of the race.

However, she was unable to stay with the leaders as the pace increased and ended up finishing ninth in 16min 16.61sec, 26sec behind winner and club-mate Emilia Gorecka.

The result means that Purdue is unlikely to feature in either the 5,000m or 10,000m at the European Championships, though she could be selected for the longer distance if she is able to run the qualifying time of 33:00.00 before July 14.

She has already been left out of the England team for the Commonwealth Games, despite finishing fourth in the 10,000m in Delhi four years ago.

Two other north Hampshire athletes also competed in Birmingham over the weekend.

Basingstoke and Mid Hants’ Kieran Showler-Davis reached the semi-finals of the 100m as a fastest loser after finishing fourth in his heat. However, he could not make the final, finishing fifth in his semi in a season’s-best time of 10.56sec.

Club-mate Andy Blow finished fifth in his heat of the 110m hurdles, clocking 14.52sec.

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