Records for Bird & Wightman – weekend recap


Gill Bland brings us news of more Brits breaking records

It has been an exciting week in international athletics with the Bislett Games offering a welcome mid-week adrenaline rush. The Dream Mile lived up to its name as GB Jake Wightman and Australian Oliver Hoare trailed Jakob Ingebritsen for most of the race before the Norwegian pulled away on the final lap to set a record the Wanda Diamond League by 3:46.46 – just 0.14s slower. Steve Cram’s European record.

Hoare finished in 3:47.48 breaking the Oceania record and Wightman took third with a Scottish outdoor record of 3:50.30. Neil Gourley was also better to finish fourth in 3:52.91. In the women’s 5000m, Jess Judd ran in 15:00.17 but unfortunately Eilish McColgan had to retire halfway through due to some sort of cold. In the 800m it was a Hodgkinson/Muir battle, with Keely winning in 1:57.71 and Muir second in 1:58.09. Jemma Reekie finished eighth in 1:59.83

After a day of temperatures of 38°C, even a bit of a chill in the evening did not help much in the Paris Diamond League where athletes were still competing in 30+c. This makes Lizzie Bird’s performance in the 3000m steeple all the more impressive, breaking the British record with a time of 9:19.46 to finish fourth. A tip of the hat must also go to Daryll Neita who finished second in the women’s 100, running her second under-11s to finish behind Fraser-Price in 10.99. Eliot Giles was ninth in the 800m in 1:45.94, Andrew Pozzi was sixth in the 110m hurdles in 13.49 and Cindy Sember third in the 100m hurdles in 12.73.

There were some fast 800s by Kyle Langford and Neil Gourley in Germany at the Merck Running Gala Pfungstadt. Their 1:44.61 and 1:44.82 were both PBs, meaning we now have 10 men with World Championship qualifying times.

Verity Ockenden rushed up the table at the Meeting CITIUS – World Athletics Continental Tour Bronz in Bern, in 9:06:54 for 3000m. During this time, at Copenhagen Athletics Games – Athletics World Continental Tour Bronze Izzy Fry won the bronze medal over the same distance in 8:58.66.

The Brits also did well off the track, Rosie Edwards winning the Grandmothers Marathon – Gary Bjorkland Half Marathon to Duluth, MN in a time of 1:12:45. In California, Robbie Britton of Fast Running was in action at the Celestial Race of the Broken Spire where he came 11th in 4:51:07

As part of the UTMB World Series, the mozart racing group took place this weekend in Austria. Jo Meek was only 90 seconds off the podium, running a brilliant 13:30:27 for fourth place in the 100 (actually 108km with over 5000m of elevation) and Rob Forbes finished ninth in the men’s race in 10:53:20. There was a British 1-2 in the Ultra, which was won by Harry Jones in 7:08:42 with George Foster following home in 7:14:31. Alan Metcalf finished second in the Light in 2:51:00.

Back in the UK there was plenty of shopping to do. The BMC Gold Standard Races, Stretford saw a 3:48.34 win for Alex Ediker over 1500m, with Owen Miller in 3:50.72 and Callum Davidson in 3:53.60 to complete the podium. There was no women’s race this time. At the same place, the Trafford Grand Prix Victory in the 1500m went to James Tucket in 3:57.43, followed by Euan Brown in 3:58.57 and Elisha de Mello in 4:00.63. Hanna Anderson was the fastest woman in 4:29.67, fending off Ava Lloyd (4:30.88) and Freya Murdoch (4:33.64). The 3000m honors went to George Couttie in a PB in 8:30.21, Chris Livesey in 8:37.58 and Natahn Gray in 8:42.62. Rachel Franklin returned home in 9:08.91, winning ahead of Grace Carson (9:17.57) and Lauren McNeil (9:31.92). BMC Regional Races also took place and the first 1500 were led by Sarah Coutts in 4:31.55 and Joshua Cowperthwaite in 3:56.28.

Distance tracking Imperium Night of the 5000 ended in a win and a PB for James Priest in 15:26.76. The second went to Samuel Galpin in 16:08.64 and the third to Peter Amy in 16:30.41. Chloe Truffitt (19:27.87) and Rebecca Tinnelly (19:58.77) were the fastest ladies in under 20 minutes.

The 5000m Southern Championships results have yet to be released so we only have the men’s results via twitter, but Steve Strange of Tonbridge AC took the title in 14.35 with 57s in the last lap. University of Bath’s Jack Gumm took silver in 14:38 and Rowan Miell-Ingram walked away with bronze in 14:42.

Hit the roads

There were a couple of fast 5k’s that did the trick this week on and off the track. Dunham Massey 5k Thursday saw a 15-year course record broken by Sophie Wood who won in 16:34
Far from Nicola Reece in 18:04 and Louisa Harrison in 19:44. The fastest man was Akkeal Chambera of Salford Harriers in 15:17, then Gavin Tomlinson in 15:24 and Tom Charles in 15:26

On Friday the Barrowford 5k winner Thomas Hodgson dipped just under the 15-minute mark, breaking the tape in 14:58 after a brilliant run to the finish with finalist Benjamin Douglas in 15 flats. Thomas Corrigan took third place in 15:21. The women’s race was also fast and close at the top – Eleanor Bolton took the win in 16:17 but Georgia Malir (16:35) and Kirsty Longley (16:55) were hot on her heels.

Titles Small & Brisley Claire England

intensifying a distance, Fast Friday 10000m (including the All England Athletics Championships) in Walthamstow was hot, but that didn’t stop Charlie Brisley setting a lifetime best of 29:54.36 to take first place. A close race left Dylan Evans second in 29:54.55 and Jack Gray third in 29:56.63. The women’s race was won by Louise Small in 34:50.99 with teammate Kate Esltea (also of Aldershot) close behind in 35:01.52. Emma Navesey defied the conditions at PB for third place in 36:23.73.

In Scotland, the Bellahouston Harriers hosted the Brian Goodwin 10k where a strong field culminated in a men’s podium with just 21 seconds separating it. Derek Hawkins was leading the pack, with 30:01 on the clock. Alastair Hay and Gavyn Chalmers battled to finish in 30:21 and 30:22 respectively. On the women’s side, 35:41 earned Eve MacKinnon first place, with Yvonne McNairn second at 3:41 and Katrine Kelly third at 37:58.

Running couple Ben Connor and Lily Partridge had a perfect day at Ramathon Derby Half Marathon, the two taking their respective victories in course records of 63:00 and 75:56, with Lily taking third overall. Tony Woodward was second in the men’s race in 70:23 and Mark Curtin fourth overall and third in the men’s race in 76:31. The second women were Sarah Semmens in 83:43 and Megan Rosier in 84:43.

Freckleton Half Marathon in Lancashire was won by Ben Fish in 71:29 with Marco Parolin (72:54) and Michael Young (73:02) following him down the line. Dionne Allen was the fastest woman in 84:37, ahead of Laura Reilly in 91:39 and Michelle Chadwick in 94:05

Winning was in the family at Alresford 10k while Matthew Bennet and Rachel Bennet took the podium in 34:10 and 44:54 respectively. Heathfield road runners held their Midsummer 10k where Simon Heath clocked 32:25 for a convincing win over Ross Brocklehurst (35:43) and Alison Moore (41:55) raced home to beat Sarah Morris (42:57)

Bourton Roadrunners Hilly-Hilly Demi saw Ben Robinson triumph over the bumpy course in 71:34 and Fiona Carter go home for the women’s victory in 84:22. Run through the sun chase in Clapham on Wednesday night, Ryan Willmott (4:49) and Delia Smyth (9:20) over 5k and Adam Mayall (36:18) and Amy David (45:32) over 10k. Tour of the lakes 10km was won by Harry Smith (32:20) and Vicki Ingram (35:58).

On the trails

Lynn Allen became the Women’s Champion of the West Highland Way Race finishing in 18:46:25, 9th overall (her second victory – she won in 17:48:31 in 2017). The race is a 95 mile point to point, following the West Highland Way trail from Fort William to Milngavie within the 35 hour time limit. Rowan Boswood was the men’s winner in 15:09:49 – five minutes faster than his 2019 victory.

A 34-year-old record fell to the Buckden Pike British and English Fell Race Championships as Finlay Wild beat Colin Donnely’s long-standing mark of 30:51. Wild ran 30:39 to take the win for Lochaber AC ahead of Daniel Haworth in 31:07 and Matthew Elkington in 32:06. Hannah Rusell topped the women’s podium in 37:11 and was joined on the stand by Nichola Jackson (37:39) and Sarah Willhoit (38:08).

The 2022 Trail Marathon Wales is part of the National Golden Trail series. Thomas Adams continued his impressive form in this series finishing first in 2:45:12. Chris Holdsworth was 2nd in 2:46:55 and England half marathon runner Dan Connelly was third in 2:57:50. The winning woman was Chelsea Creak with a time of 3:39:25 ahead of Liza Bradshaw (3:45:19) and Samantha Davies (3:46:22).


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