You can tell the autumn road season is in full swing when there are hundreds of races to go through (or, at least that is how it feels)! Even with many not publishing provisional results at the time of writing, there remains plenty to bring you, with a smattering of late season track events also. Let’s get straight into it!
Stunning England women’s performances at Copenhagen Half
Calli Thackery moved to 11th on the UK all time list with a stunning 69:02 at Copenhagen Half Marathon finishing 12th and first European in an incredibly strong field. Thackery was a member of the England team whose combined efforts saw them take home the Nations team title against teams from Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The next member of the England team over the line was Lucy Reid setting a big new personal best of 70:29. Having spent a period of the team out with injury the Tonbridge athlete came storming back to take 46 seconds off her previous best. Lauren McNeil ran 71:01, taking well over two minutes of her PB, and moving her to 2nd all time on the UK U/23 half marathon rankings behind Liz McColgan. In only her second half marathon 2021 European indoor 1500m silver medallist Holly Archer also ran a big PB with 72:47. Olivia Tsim (73:38) and Verity Hopkins (74:10) also ran fine PBs to break the 75 minute barrier.
The England men’s team also packed well with strong performances from Ross Millington (63:09), Adam Clarke (63:24), a big PB for Alexander Lepretre (63:28) and Paulos Surafel (63:38). Callum Hawkins continued his return and was the second British athlete over the line behind Ross in 63:13. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Milkesa Mengesgha (58:58) and Tadu Tesh0me (66:13).
Medals for England under 20 team
The European Under 20 Road race was held at the Trofeo Opitergium in Odzerzo, Italy. England Athletics selected four women competing over 5km and four men over 10km with both teams collecting bronze medals against 13 other nations.
In the men’s race There Matt Ramsden took in individual silver and a new PB of 29:57, three seconds back from race winner French athlete Joad Martinho. The men’s team was completed by Rowan Miell-Ingram 12th in 31:13, Sam Hodgson 13th in 31:19 and Daniel Maydrew 30th in 32.57.
Ellen Weir was first home in the women’s race finishing 9th in 17:18 with the team completed by Louise Hackett 14th in 17:25, Mia Waldmann 17th in 17:30 and Pippa Roessler 29th in 18:15. The wine’s race was won by Finland’s Mononen Ilona in 16:53.
The Yeovilton 5km Series is a popular race in the South West on the flat, fast roads around Yeovilton airbase. The latest race was won by Kate Drew in an impressive 16:28 with Taunton club mate Emma Kiernan second in 18:19 and Bethan Francis third in 18:43. Ronnie Richmond was the first man as he builds to the European 50km Championships clocking 14:55 ahead of Flynn Jennings (15:25) and Michael Parrott (15:26).
Not done this week in the results after his mid week 5km win at Yeovilton Ronnie Richmond was back at the weekend to win the South West Half Marathon Championships at Chippenham Half Marathon clocking 67:20 to win comfortably from Tom Merson (68:49) and Jacob Landers (69:19). Alice Murray-Gourlay took the women’s title in 79:14 from Annabel Granger (80:53) and Rosie Mew (80:58).
Speed on Welsh Roads
With so much happening, it is hard to know where to start, but it feels apt to begin in Wales. The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k saw an emphatic victory for Natasha Cockram (33:09), crossing the line over two minutes ahead of Megan Carter-Davies (35:17) and Lauren Cooper (35:21), with the first five women all finishing in under 36 minutes. It was a closer race amongst the men, with Kadar Omar (29:11) finishing clear of Dewi Griffiths (29:36) and Dylan Evans (29:51).
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Two more athletes building to the European 50km Champs are Nigel Martin and Ali Lavender. The pair recently represented England at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon and were back racing over 13.1 miles at the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Martin took the men’s win in 65:54 from a Callum Rowlinson continues his fine form post injury clocking 66:00 with another GB&Ni representative at the 50km champs, Andrew Davies, third in 67:44. Ali Lavender took the women’s title in 78:07 from Vicky Bryant (82:41) and Lucie Tait-harris (84:08).
The streets of Musselburgh played host to both the Scottish 10k and Scottish Half Marathon on Sunday. The 13.1 mile race saw the top spots taken by Calum Phillip (67:50) and Sara Green (78:22), finishing ahead of Gregor Yates (68:02) and Ewan Cameron (69:43) and Nicola Macdonald (80:12) and Brooke Gillies (82:00) respectively. It was the turn of Peter Avent (31:16) and Natalie Wangler (37:07) to do so in the 10k.
Sticking with 13.1 Miles
How do you know the London Marathon is just a fortnight away? The number of half marathons taking place both this week and in recent weeks. As runners start to taper, there are fewer to bring you, especially with a handful not publicising results on the day of their race. That said, there were some encouraging performances at the Run Reigate Half Marathon with top spots going to Alex Pointin (69:26) and Hannah Hawken (85:51). Their race may have covered less than half the distance, but their performances no less impressive as Lucy Denece (42:18) and Oscar Curry (36:17) won the associated 10k.
Across in Guernsey and to the Butterfield Half Marathon, where Jenny James (84:53) and Stephen Dawes (70:19) were quickest in the field.
A Quick Track Stop
The number of track-based events may be falling as each week goes by and athletes look to the roads and cross country, but a there still remains a couple of races to bring you. The Vets AC 10,000m Championships took place on Wednesday and saw Andy Bond (33:00) and Gina Galbraith (38:26) go quickest over 25 laps, whilst Juliet Potter (5:21.1) and Joseph Monk (4:41.7) recorded the fastest times at the Night of the Mile PBs in Bingham also on Tuesday.
Running at RunThrough
RunThrough’s continual stream of races continue at pace, with events across the country over the past seven days. Over at the Draycote Water Running Festival, there was a winning performance by Fast Running’s own Gill Bland (84:00) over the half marathon, with Trevor Osborne (72:01) taking the title amongst the men racing. Marlon Trump (34:42) and Sarah Saxton (42:02) were first home in the 10k, with Kimberley Killeen (24:12) and George Fear (17:42) doing the same in the 5k.
Moving across to East London and the RunThrough QE Olympic Park 10k where Alice McGushin (36:41) and Ben Smith (34:56) were first across the finishing line, with the honours in the associated 5k going to Jacob Allen (14:22) and Kate Stein (20:44). Three days earlier at the same venue, it was the turn of Dan Kelly (32:07) and Helen Cooper (38:20) to cross the line first in the 10k, as Rochelle Harrison (18:00) and Florian Belboch (16:58) did the same over 5k.
A little further to the south and amongst the rollercoaster riding thrill seekers, Mike Alwin (32:03) and Georgia Holden (38:12) ran well at the Run Thorpe Park 10k, with the associated Run Thorpe Park 5k going to Adreen Hart-Rule (22:51) and Adrian Whitwam (16:18).
Rounding Up the Round Up
Rounding up some of the other 10k races of the weekend, there were victories for Wayne D’eath (34:01) and Jackie Stretton (39:06) at the Dedham 10k, Grabrielle Smialowski (40:44) and Dillon Hobbs (36:51) at the Hospice Run 10kin Tunbridge Wells, Stephen Buckle (33:00) and Laura Kaye (39:00) at the Stevenage 10k, Jack Cummins (31:29) and Becky Penty (34:42) further north at the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, Lauren Reed (35:50) and Shane Boxall (32:37) at the Southend 10k, and George Couttie (34:20) and Donna Riddler (43:40) at the Beck Busters 10k.
Sue McTigue (39:10) and Tristan Windley (33:12) crossed the line first at the Fairhaven Flyer 10k, with Zak Lee-Green (35:41) and Aga Wilk (41:48) doing the same at the Treehouse 10k in Cholsey and Anna Kelly (42:46) and Will D’Arcy (33:49) at the Longworth 10k.
In a lesser-run distance, Abby Halcarz (29:14) and Ashley Baldwin (27:10) were fastest at the Tamworth 5 Mile.
Ending with the Longest
It would be remis to not end the round-up with the longest race of the weekend and the Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race in London. A simple challenge – how many laps can you run in 24 hours; simple but definitely not easy (or, for me, in any way appealing!). It clearly was a worthy challenge for James Williams and Sue Harrison, though, with the pair covering a distance of 240.589km and 197.724km respectively. That is a dizzying 601 and 494 laps of the track each.