PBs in Spain and USA as Regional XC Championships take place at home
Josh Kerr is aiming for the British mile record, regional XC championships showcase the best athletes from their regions and half marathons train PBs
the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold took place in two places this week, kicking off in Karlsruhe where Elliot Giles won the 800m in 1:46:78. A mention must also go to Berihu Aregawi of Ethiopia who ranked fifth on the all-time world list for the indoor 3000m after running 7:26:20. Saturday was in New York for the Millrose Games where Amy Eloise Marcovc recorded a fourth place in 8:49.49 over 3000m
Josh Kerr had set his sights on breaking the British indoor mile record of 5:52:02, set by Peter Elliott in 1990. He came temptingly close, running 3:52.27 for second place and beating Chris O’Hare’s Scottish. save in the process. The race was won by Ollie Hoare who set a new Australian record of 3:50.83. My personal hero of the night was New Zealander Nick Willis who ran in 3:59.71, which means he has run under four minutes for 20 consecutive years.
Closer to home, there was a great run from Jenny Selman to Glasgow at Scottish Athletics Indoor Championships saw her run 2:01.84 over 800m. This is a third PB in as many races and close to the Commonwealth Games standard (2.01.39).
While Josh Kerr is still setting out his intentions for the mile, Charlie Grice came out and won his race over the same distance at the Razor Back Invitational, Fayetteville AR, with a time of 3:57.39. In Seattle, Jake Heyward clocked a fantastic time of 3:53.25 miles. In Australia, Nick Earl placed 12th in Zatopek Warehouse Chemist 10 in 30:05.12.
Regional Cross Country Championships
Over 8000m around Beckenham Place Park, Jess Gibbons took the Southern XC Champions victory for Reading AC in 28:16. Despite his efforts, team honors went to Aldershot, Farnham and District. A,F&D finished 28 points ahead of London Heathside, with Basingstoke and Mid Hants third. Individually A,F&D’s Niamh Brown was second in 29:06 and Beth Hawling third for Heathside in 29:13.
The men’s course was the longest of any championship, clocking just over nine miles of off-road(ish) work. Impressive work from Andy Coley-Maud (Guildford and Godalming) saw him win his crown in 47:41 after beating Ben Alcock (Bedford and County) who was on his heels in 47:46 and Alex Teuten (Southampton AC ) just a peak length later at 47:49. Southampton left no doubt about the team’s results, registering 131 points. Highgate Harriers came second with 221 and Tonbridge AC third with 230. Photo of James on WhatsApp from the men’s team podium or
In the senior women’s race (8 km) at Champs Midlands XC, Berry Hill, Mansfield, Katie Holt won by a clear lead in 28:35, fending off Lily Partridge who got back into shape and finished in 29:15. Mountain runner Kate Maltby was third in 29:15. The team prizes went to Birchfield Harriers (43 points), Charnwood AC (50) and City of Stoke AC (80).
Doug Musson had to cover 12km for his victory in 37:48, beating Jack Gray (37:58) and Jack Millar (38:00) in a close top three. The tag team titles were much clearer in their split – Bristol and West topped the standings with a big 91 point lead ahead of Notts AC (125) and Tipton Harriers (271)
In the North, Pontefract Park hosted a great race with a fight to the finish over 8.12k at the Northern XC Championships. Eleanor Bolton’s 31:13 earned Ribble Valley Harriers individual gold and Sophie Tarver ran 31:19 for a silver at Wirral AC, despite neither club making the podium per team.
It was great to see Georgia Taylor-Brown on their way back after Covid ran 31:26 for third and helped Sale Harriers Manchester to their team third place (116 points). Above them were Vale Royal who were first with 72 points and Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield just behind with 74.
12.2km was the required distance for the men and it was Hugo Milner who ran first in 41:43 for Derby AC, narrowly ahead of Nigel Martin (Sale Harriers – 41:50). Daniel Haworth was third in 42:17 for Matlock AC. The team titles were close with Salford winning with 142, Leeds second with 149 and Hallamshire Harriers third with 151
On the roads abroad and at home
Jonny Mellor took sixth place in the Seville Half Marathon in a PB of 62:20. Omar Ahmed finished 12th in 64:01 and Nick Barry in 67:14. Sebastian Kimaru won in 59:02. Meanwhile, FastRunning’s Robbie Britton also set a new Novara Half Marathon record, clocking fourth in 70:43 for Robbie Britton at the Novara Half Marathon.
Run through Battersea Park Chase the Moon Wednesday night offered the normal 10k and 5k options. The 10k had a particularly good women’s field this time around, as Jess Saunders crossed the line in 37:05 to keep a traffic-anger fueled Sam Amend in second place with 37:36. Georgina Spenceley kept the top three under-39 with a time of 38:45. A ridiculously tight men’s race ended in a podium crowded with performances just eight seconds apart. Arthur Dickson Bell won in 32:22, Kieran Morris was second in 32:27 and John Hutchins third in 32:30
Over 5k Annie Birch showed the ladies how it’s done, taking her crown in 17:13. Grace Molloy was second in 17:37 and Emma Burgess third in 19:20. Another close men’s race saw Luke Oliver first on the line in 16:12, George Baily just behind in 16:18 and Oli Walker third in 16:25.
Gravesend took part in the 5/10k action on Thursday with their lit run. 38:03 for Patrick Hughes and 49:57 for Karen Wisby-Thomas were enough for the 10 km victory. The 5k honors went to Nathan Chapman in 4:30 p.m. (more than two minutes ahead) and Amanda Link in 11:16 p.m. The Serpentine RC Last Friday 5k always offers a chance for Londoners to blast some lunchtime cobwebs and this month Harry Allan (U23) circled Hyde Park to win in 15: 22. Sage Pearce-Higgins was second in 16:29 and Stewart Overton (V40) third in 16:25. V45 Ginevra Stoneley ran 18:56 to be the fastest woman. With Clara Hartley (7:35 p.m.) and Natasha Pitman (8:14 p.m.) behind her.
City of Hull AC swept the board in the men’s race at Ferriby 10, while Kris Lecher won in 50:46, Matthew Nelson was second in 52:18 and Matthew Snow third in 53:47. he first three women all beat the hour with Nicola Devine taking the win in 59:07 ahead of Helen Cross (59:22) and Lindsay Skinner (59:43).
At Meltham Tough 10k Scott Hinchcliffe (33:03) beat Nigel Hockin (33:39) and Tom Needham (36:52). Rebecca Whalley was the first woman in 41:45, ahead of Bridget Coomber and Helen Roby who both finished in 42:30. In Lancashire, the Sainte-Anne 10 mile race was won by Sam Evans in 54:33 and Ellie Fielding in 1:04:40.
Hours ahead of closest rival Nicky Spinks won 100 miles wear bow in 25:35:52 while Mark Derbyshire took the men’s victory in 19:12:48. In the Bow 50 Natalie Taylor won in 11:02:29 and Jamie Stephenson in 8:27:44.