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Radcliffe to race in New York

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Aniko Kalovics, Kara Goucher, Paula Radcliffe
Aniko Kalovics, Kara Goucher & Paula Radcliffe

4 October 2007


Paula Radcliffe has announced she will run the New York City marathon on 4 November, following her second place comeback at the Great North Run.


In her first race since New Year’s Eve of 2005, Paula Radcliffe (Bedford and County AC) went straight to the top of the UK women’s half marathon rankings for this year by clocking 67 minutes 53 seconds for second place in the BUPA Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday 30 September.


She was defeated by World 10,000m bronze medallist Kara Goucher, who lowered the USA record to 66:57, but expressed satisfaction with her long-awaited return since she gave birth to daughter Isla eight months ago.


Goucher ran the seventh mile in 4:57 and the eighth in 4:49 to establish a superiority that she extended to 250 metres by the finish line. Radcliffe, cheered to the echo for virtually every metre of the course, said she will now take time to decide her racing programme for the immediate future.


Of the UK athletes behind her, Hayley Yelling (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC) shrugged off a summer of struggle to finish fifth in 72:14 to go seventh in this year’s Power of 10 national rankings. It signifies her appetite for racing has returned in time for her favourite time of year, the cross country season.


Susan Partridge (City of Glasgow AC) was sixth in a personal best of 72:33 as she heads for the Dublin Marathon at the end of next month. And Tracey Morris (Valley Striders) was happy with seventh place in 73:22 considering it is only four weeks since she ran the World Championships marathon in the exhausting heat of Osaka; she is still training for only an hour every other day.


The men’s race – won by Martin Lel (Kenya) in 60:10 – enabled Tomas Abyu (Salford Harriers) to take another step along his Olympic dream road. He lowered his PB to 62:50 in finishing fourth and will now race Dublin in search of the Beijing marathon qualifying time (the A standard is 2:11:00 and the B standard 2:15:00).


Ian Hudspith (Morpeth Harriers) was pleased with his time of 63:59 for 10th place as he prepares to spearhead his club’s efforts in the ERRA Six Stage Road Relay in Sutton Park on 20 October.


Dan Robinson (Stroud and District AC) was 12th in 64:39 in his first outing since the World Championships marathon – delighted that, while the sun shone and the temperature rose, there was plenty of fresh air beside the North Sea.


In the wheelchair races, Shelly Woods (50.36) was the top British performer and once again underlined her huge talent by cruising to victory ahead of Italian Francesca Porcellato in the women's event.


Victory for Andy Baddeley
Victory for Andy Baddeley

29 September 2007


On the eve of the BUPA Great North Run, UK athletes brought down the curtain on the track season in style by winning three of the four international middle distance road races staged on Tyneside.


Andy Baddeley (Harrow AC) and Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford AC / Loughborough Students) succeeded in the 1 mile races while Mo Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles) won the men’s 3000m much more emphatically than 12 months ago.


Baddeley controlled his race all the way at the end of his breakthrough summer, crossing the line in 4 minutes 6.9 seconds, six-hundredths ahead of Rui Silva (Portugal). “It was pretty straight forward, though I am tired,” he said. “I think this was my 15th race in 16 weeks. But there is no better way to finish, with so many people supporting us.”


Lisa Dobriskey sprints home
Lisa Dobriskey sprints home

Dobriskey sprinted home in 4:37.6, 1.2sec ahead of long-time leader Sonja Roman (Slovakia) with Katrina Wootton (Bedford and County AC) a strong third in 4:40.3 and last year’s winner Becky Lyne (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield) fourth in 4:41.1.


Farah followed his bronze medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final by timing his finish to perfection on the Newcastle quayside. His time of 7:56.3 gave him a winning margin of 1.8sec over Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) – after which he raced off with BBC TV commentator Steve Cram to watch Sunderland play football against Blackburn Rovers. Farah, an avid Arsenal supporter who used to prefer football kick-abouts to athletics training as a youngster, explained: “Sunderland are at the Emirates next weekend and I want to know what to expect. I’m on my two-week break from athletics now.”


Kate Reed (Bristol and West AC) was a strong third in the women’s 3km in 9:10.2, 7.5sec behind winner and pre-race favourite Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya).




Other Brits in action last weekend:


Hayley Haining (Kilbarchan) placed 6th in the Berlin marathon on Sunday in a PB of 2.30.40 after passing halfway in 75.03. It places Hayley second on the Power of 10 rankings behind Mara Yamauchi.


Meanwhile at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon the foursome for Great Britain produced two PBs and two top 7 finishes to take a narrow victory over the Mexican team. Neil Renault (Medway & Maidstone) and Adrian Marriot (Wells City Harriers) were top Brits in 2.18.56 and 2.18.57 respectively. Alice Braham (Harrow) 2:41.08 and Jenny Clague (Liverpool Harriers) 2:44.07 completed the successful quartet.


For more information visit the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon results listing.