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Martin Cox
Martin Cox

While Martin Cox won a World Mountain Running medal in Gibraltar, Matt Smith (Tipton Harriers) and Hayley Haining (Kilbarchan AAC) made early bids for places in the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team at next year’s IAAF World Championships, incorporating the World Marathon Cup, in Osaka, Japan.

 

Haining clocked 2:31:51 and Smith 2:14.41 in the Dublin Marathon. It means Smith is now ranked second behind Pete Riley (Trafford AC) in this year’s Power of 10 Rankings while Haining is fourth in the women’s rankings behind Mara Yamauchi (Harrow AC), Kathy Butler (Windsor, Slough and Eton AC) and Liz Yelling (Bedford and County).

 

UK Athletics will soon announce both individual and team qualifying standards for Osaka – details that are sure to have all of the above athletes checking their passports and sharpening their ambitions!

 

Meanwhile, the sixth and final event in the World Mountain Running Association 2006 Series was held on the Rock of Gibraltar – and Martin Cox clinched third place overall.

 

Cox took fourth place in the race, clocking 44 minutes 6 seconds to finish 1:03 behind the winner, Jonathan Wyatt (New Zealand). Vicente Capitan (Spain) was second in 43:41 but Andrzej Dlugosz (Poland) snatched third place only six seconds ahead of Cox. Andi Jones (Salford) was sixth in 44:21.

 

The result was Cox’s best of the season and took him to 334 points – enough to give him third place overall behind Wyatt (430) and Italy’s Marco Gaiardo (370).

 

Anne Buckley (Salford) was a fine fourth in the women’s race in 39:00, by far her best result of an injury-hit season. Only the three overall medallists defeated her. Champion Anna Pichrtova (Czech Republic) won in 36:44 from silver medallist Mareja Kosovelj (Slovenia), who clocked 37:25, and bronze medallist Iva Milesova (Czech Republic), 38:34.

 

Buckley finished ninth overall with 204 points. Pichrtova accumulated 430, Kosovelj 387 and Molesova 360.