Duo poised to mix it with best of British

Mandy Gault competes in the 400m hurdles in Birmingham
Mandy Gault competes in the 400m hurdles in Birmingham
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Mandy Gault will go up against athletics’ heavy hitters at the Sainsbury’s British Championships.

And the City of Portsmouth ace will be joined by Emsworth’s Katy Watts at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham as they tackle the sport’s big guns.

Around 600 athletes are set to battle it out over three days with spots on Great Britain’s team for the IAAF World Championshpis in Moscow up for grabs.

Olympic heroes like Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah will all be involved along with Watts and Gault.

Gault competes in the 400m hurdles tomorrow afternoon after a pleasing season to date.

The 29-year-old is looking beyond Moscow as she aims for a Commonwealth Games berth with Northern Ireland in Glasgow next year.

But the anticipation is building for her at the prospect of mixing it with the nation’s finest.

Gault said: ‘I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to compete against Britain’s best. It can only help me in my goal of competing in the Commonwealth Games.

‘Competing in such fields can also help me bring my time down and get me closer to the qualifying time.

‘I know I’ll be very nervous competing against such quality athletes – but it will bring the best out of me.’

Local attention will turn to Watts on Sunday afternoon as she goes in the javelin.

The action will get under way at 1.10pm for the former City star who now competes for Trafford AC.

The Bronwin Carter-coached talent was a winner in the UK Women’s League premier division in Edinburgh last month with a season’s best throw of 49m 55cm.

Meanwhile, City go into Southern Athletics League action tomorrow hoping to impress..

City travel to Basingstoke just below mid-table in division one.

They picked up a win in the first round of action as they topped Walton, Marshall Milton Keynes and Worthing & District.

Gault and Adam Akehurst picked up man and woman of the match plaudits respectively in that outing.

A depleted City then struggled on their next fixture, although Michael Muckelt won the man-of-the-match award. It was a similar story last time out, but the side will now look to put that right with two fixtures remaining.