Diana Kennedy Goes Supersonic

Diana Kennedy followed up her 2nd second place in the CSAA Cross Country Championships at Solihull on Wednesday 14th November by coming also placing 2nd on Saturday 17th in the Nike Supersonic Speed Trial Final at Battersea Park. 

Nike were looking for the urban 500 fastest men and 500 fastest women in London. They held a series of 3 heats at 3 different London locations - Finsbury Park, Crystal Palace and the O2 Dome.  The trials were free to enter and chip timed with entrants racing on the road over 100m to gain a qualifying time for the final. The fastest 500 men and 500 women from the series were each awarded a £200 race kit that included limited edition Nike trainers and an i-pod and invited to contest the final over a 1000m road circuit in Battersea Park.

 The 1000m final was also chip timed with athletes released in waves of 5 at 10 second intervals. Diana, the current Civil Service 1500m and 3000m champion, was able to put her middle distance running ability to good effect to complete the twisting 1000m course in a time of 3.19.05 and finish the evening with the second fastest time from a woman. Following a TV interview Diana, as one of the top 6 placed women, was invited to the stage to much razzmatazz and introduced to British Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis. Unfortunately Diana missed out by one place on winning flight tickets to anywhere in the world for herself and 2 friends. The winner was Helen Ewing with a time of 3:11.30 and the winner of the men's trial was Jermaine Mays in 2:47.45. The Nike Supersonic Speed Trial was also filmed for Channel 4 and is due to be screened early in December 2007.

John O’Shea

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