Cross country delivers thrills in Sefton Park in the battle for GB&NI vests, while races continue around the country and Fast Running hits New York
The British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool would have been enough of an event in itsself but the fact that it also hosted the European Cross Country Championships Trials, upped the ante another notch. Jess Warner-Judd was understandably delighted to retain her title, holding off strong challenges from Megan Keith and Abbie Donnelly.
The three broke away after the first small lap but Warner-Judd stepped it up half way through the final lap to win in 27:17, leaving Keith (27:22) and Donnelly (27:24) battling out behind. The race finished tightly with Amy-Eloise Markovc 27:26, Jessica Gibbon 27:33, Grace Carson 27:43, Poppy Tank 27:44 and Alexandra Millard2 7:47 all within moments of each other.
The top three in the junior women where Alice Bates (15:04) just held of a strong challenge from Megan Harris (15:06) with Bea Wood taking the final podium spot with 15:12.
In the men’s individual race, despite the churned up mud from all the previous races, Emile Cairess wound it up over the laps to secure his win in 29:19. Hugo Milner (29:30) managed to hold off Marc Scott (29:33) who is reportedly making to move back to train in the UK and build for his marathon debut next year. Last year’s winner Jack Rowe was fourth in 29:36 and Mahamed Mahamed fifth in 29:45.
Will Barnicoat took a big victory in the junior men’s race running 20:17 ahead of Sam Mills (20:38) and Luke Birdseye (20:47).
Heneghan claims his first GB vest
The individual race wasn’t the only fun on offer – the Short Course Relay Trial (1500m) saw Revee Walcott-Nolan secure a spot in the squad. After a tricky year for the athlete her 5:12 will be a welcome way to put injury and illness behind her. Herts Phoenix’s Khahisa Mhlanga took the second spot, earning her first Senio GB&NI vest, also in 5:12. Hannah Nutall was four seconds later in third.
A confident run from James Heneghan saw him win the men’s race in 4:31, with Callum Elson close behind in 4:32 and heading to Italy with the rest of the squad in two week’s time. Charlie Grice was third in 4:35.
Elsewhere, Kent League’s senior men’s race at Foots Cray Meadows saw Teweldebrhan Menges take the win for Medway and Maidstone AC in 27:45, thirty seconds clear of Tonbridge’s Stephen Strange. Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League was won by Durham City’s Alice Crane in 26:05 and clubmate Marcus Shantry in 34:34. Team victories went to Tyne Bridge Harriers for the women and Morpeth Harriers for the men. Borders Winter Series in Dunbar overall win went to Marc Wilkinson in 21:13 and fastest female was Hollie Hindley in 24:29.
Sesemann & Bracegirdle claim Wilmslow 10km titles
Away from the mud, Wilmslow Festive 10K was even faster, as some big names showed up to test themselves. Philip Sesemann clocked 29:21 to be first over the line, with team-mate Graham Rush second in 29:30 and Charlie Hulson third in 29:40. Anna Bracegirdle, who we think aslo raced a half last weekend, out in a 33:08 running to clinch the win. Carla Davies was next home in 34:41 and Sarah Dufour-Jackson third in 34:54.
Thomas Beedell broke the tape at the British Masters 10 Mile Championships with 54:20 on the clock. Simon Baines was second in 54:27 and Anthony Web third in 54:40. Gemma Collier clocked 62:08 to take gold in the women’s race, well clear of Kerstin Sung (65:31) and Sasha Humphries (68:37).
Doncaster City 10K was a rapid and fiercely fought race. In the end 31:17 was enough to secure the win for Matthew Nelson with Elliott Stones hot on his heels in 31:23 and Lewis Suddaby 31:47. Even closer was the women’s race where Eilidh Bell (34:41) managed to edge Rachel Friend by one second, though Sarah Hunter was only six seconds later in 35:48.
Earlier in the week Even Splits Leeds 5K top spot went to Marcos Valero in 15:30, followed up by a 15:42 from Matt Mccormack and 15:46 from George Ravenhill. Hannan Cairns led the charge for the women, clocking 18:28. Rebecca Wood (19:02) and Ruth Kirchen (20:03) took the remaining podium positions.
In London, the Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5K was won by perennial round-up runner Oliie Garrod. This week it was a 15:17 performance that secured his victory. Next home were Nicholas Besson (15:17) and Ben Short (15:55). For the women, Nicola Archer race home in 19:27 to hold off Susan Mcdonald’s 19:50 and Emily Antcliffe who was making a welcome return to racing as part of ironman training, clocking 20:30.
The hilly AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon saw 70:12 logged as the winning time by George Gurney and 82:52 by Annabel Granger.
The RunThrough London Half Marathon was won by Elias Ahmed in 67:33 and look who was runner up – yep – Ollie Garrod, clocking 67:43. Women’s winner on gun was Rosie Wild in 78:51 but Samantha Holmes somehow finished in a faster chip time of 78:25 but 83:08 gun. The 10K option was won by Michael Cattini in 34:14 and Courtney Hyde in 39:09.
Topping the Cheddleton 10K rankings were Carl Moulton (33:51) and Claire Martin (39:12). Ravenstonedale Red 10K was won by Tom Stephenson of Sale Harriers in 36:04 and Sharon Bulman of New Marske Harriers AC in 41:05. Run Forest Run – Gosford 10K went to Patrick Sheridan (34:14), just one second ahead of Ashley Crutchley. Cathy Mccourt ran 43:38 for the women’s win. The Great Yarmouth East Coast 10K was won by James Reed in 32:49 and Alicia Lacey in 37:41.
As usual there are plenty of other RunThrough results to, well, run through. So here is a rattle through the winners and notable performances… Lee Valley Velo Park half marathon – Andre Piscopo 77:04 and Sophe Brownlee 1:38:41, 10 Mile -Nicholas Brown 56:34 (10 minutes clear) and Viviana Rojas 79:35, 10K – Marina Johanson 42:01 (overall win) and Marco Pensa 42:06, 5K – Nikki Stafford 18:58 and Aline Ristea 28:42. Chepstow Racecourse half marathon – Alex Hamblin 76:04 and Sophie Coller 1:31:34, 10K – Luke Johnson 37:14 and Sarah Stewart 42:06, 5K Oscar Nash 18:33 and Alys Lee 27:24.
And finally, James Rhodes of this parish won the New York City Turkey Trot 5k in 17:18 a matter of days after running 27:47 at the Race for Reconciliation 5 miler.