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Chris O'Hare
14 September 2015 

New York Road Runners’ Fifth Avenue Mile, New York City, USA, 13 September

Chris O’Hare (coach: Terrence Mahon) ended a whirlwind, rollercoaster week on a high with the runners-up spot in the prestigious end of season Fifth Avenue Mile in the heart of Manhattan. It was the European 1500m bronze medallist’s third race in the space of five days, having failed to finish in Zagreb on Tuesday and tenth over 1500m in the final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels on Friday.

Less than 48 hours after competing in the Belgian capital, the 24-year-old Scot showed no signs of jet-lag or fatigue as he surged to the front of a world class field in the final quarter of a mile. He was passed some 150m from the line by Nick Willis, the New Zealander pulling clear to take the victory in 3:54.8. O’Hare hung on for second in 3:55.9, ahead of Dane Henrik Ingebritsen and American Matt Centrowitz, who both clocked 3:56.1. Brighton Phoenix’s World Championship 1500m finalist Charlie Grice was seventh in 3:57.0.

O’Hare described it as a “good end to a tough year. My other two races were pretty dreadful. Today I felt terrible at the start but I thought, ‘Just get in the mix’ and instinct took over.”


UK Javelin Carnival, Loughborough, 12-13 September

Hollie Arnold (Anthony Hughes) continued her preparations for the IPC Athletics World Championships with a new personal best in the F46 javelin. Arnold, who will be looking to retain the world title she won in 2013, threw 40.76m maintaining her status as the world number one going into Doha. 

Lotto Warzawski Memorial Kanili Skolinowskiej, Warsaw, Poland, 13 September

European Indoor 60m hurdles silver medallist Lucy Hatton (Jerzy Maciukiewicz) continued her fine run of late-season form with  a third placed finish against world class opposition. The 20-year-old Corby athlete clocked 13.11 (+1.1) behind America’s two-time world indoor champion Lolo Jones, a clear winner in 12.87, and Croatia’s Andrea Ivancevic, who was second in 13.01.

At the end of her injury-interrupted summer season, Hatton claimed the scalp of the Belarus athlete who pipped her to European Indoor gold in Prague in March, World Championship bronze medallist Alina Talay finishing fifth in 13.38.



IAAF World Challenge Meeting, Rieti, Italy, 12-13 September

Chris Clarke (Steve Fudge) produced the performance of the day from the small British contingent competing in the final IAAF Challenge Meeting of the season. Competing at the rarely contested 300m distance, the 25-year-old Marshall Milton Keynes sprinter clinched the runner-up spot in 32.29. Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald triumphed in 31.94.

After a breakthrough season, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Ayo Falola), who finished fifth at the IAAF World Championshops in Beijing, was ninth in the women’s 800m. British Indoor champion Guy Learmonth (Rob Denmark) clocked 1:47.81 for sixth place in the men’s 800m. Commonwealth bronze medallist Mark Dry (Chris Black) threw 71.74m for seventh place in the hammer.



Scottish 10k Championships, Stirling, 13 September

Inverclyde’s Craig Ruddy (Mark Pollard) was a clear winner of the Scottish 10k men’s road title in 30:15. Shettleston’s Tewolde Mengisteab was twelve seconds adrift in second place, clocking 30.27, with Alastair Hay (Derek Easton) of Central AC third in 30:48. Ireland’s Tionnuala Ross was the first finisher in the women’s section, in 34:56, but the Scottish title went to second-placed Shona McIntosh. (Steve Smythe), with the Hunter’s Bog Trotters athlete crossing the line in 35:19



Harvard-Yale-Princeton Cross Country, Boston, USA, 11 September

There were British winners in both races at this Ivy League cross country meeting at Franklin Park, Boston. Shaftesbury Barnet’s European Under 23 steeplechase finalist Elizabeth Bird (George Harrison) won the women’s event in 17:15. Stroud’s Tom Purnell (Christopher Farewell) took first place in the men’s 8km race in 24:48.


Watford Open, 9 September

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and London 2012 Paralympian Rhys Jones (Keith Antoine) continued his season with a 12.3 (-1.3) clocking with the 21 year old aiming for selection for next month’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.


Kent County Combined Events Championships (inc U13 & Masters Championships) 12 September

Commonwealth Games representative Jess Taylor (Mike Holmes) set a new UK best for the women’s decathlon with her score of 6878 last weekend.

Taylor recorded a 400m PB of 55.12 on her way towards the points total, surpassing Julie Hollman’s 18 year old record of 6522 from 1997.