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Haining Takes UK Half Marathon Title


8 September 2008

UK Half Marathon Championships, Great Scottish Run, Glasgow, 07/09/08

Hayley Haining was the standout British performer from Sunday’s Great Scottish Run. She finished 3rd overall in the women’s race in 71:28, 28 seconds adrift of Ethiopian winner Worknesh Tulu. As leading Brit she won the UK Championship title from Birhan Dagne (6th overall) in 73:59 and Alyson Dixon (8th overall) in 74:37.

Already in possession of the UK Athletics selection guideline, having ran well inside 72:20 Haining is now eligible for automatic selection for next month’s World Half Marathon Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, should she choose to target the event.

In the men’s race, Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) won in a course record of 61:10. The leading Brit in 10th place overall and winner of the UK Championship title was Thomas Abyu in 64:14. The silver went to Robert Russell, who was 12th overall in 65:22 and bronze to Steve Hepples, 14th overall in 65:37. None have secured the UK Athletics qualifying standard of 63:20.


McCain Young Athletes League Finals, Manchester 07/09/08

There were screams of delight echoing around Sports City, Manchester as Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow won the Main Final at the McCain Young Athletes Final. They accumulated a mighty 834 points to triumph over Blackheath and Bromley and home club Sale Harriers Manchester, who totalled 758 and 735 respectively.

There were six new meeting best performances recorded at the meeting. Among the U17 age groupings, Andrew Jordon (Blackheath & Bromley) set a new best in the boys hammer with 69.28m, smashing the previous best by nearly two metres, Hannah Docherty (Sale Harriers Manchester) sliced nearly five seconds off the girls 3000m best, winning in 10:18.6 and Katarina Thompson cleared 1.75m in the girls high jump for another meeting record, beating the previous best by 7cm.

In the U15 classes, Sam Maguire (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) set a new meeting record for the boys 80m hurdles, logging 11.1 (-0.7m/s). In the U13 events, Ruth Bourne (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) was another record breaker, clocking 3:52.7 in the girls 1200m, as was Marnie-Wells Nicholls (Liverpool Harriers) who cleared 1.51m for the girls high jump.

In the Auxiliary Final, Enfield & Haringey won with 800 points.


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Memorial Van Damme, Brussels, 05/09/08



Mo Farah enjoyed a confidence-boosting performance when finishing 4th in a world class men’s 5000m field in a season’s best time of 13:08.11 -  just over a second outside his personal best.

In the men’s 400m, Martyn Rooney gave yet further evidence of his comfort at the very elite end of the sport as he finished 2nd in the men’s 400m in 45.34, beaten only by Olympic silver medallist and World champion Jeremy Wariner, who clocked 44.44.

Other British sprinters in action at the final Golden League meeting of the summer were Jeanette Kwayke, Christine Ohuruogu and Sarah Claxton. Kwayke was 7th in the women’s 100m in 11.52 (-1.1m/s), Olympic 400m champion Ohuruogu was 7th in the women’s 200m in 23.33 (+0.4m/s) and Claxton was 7th in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.23 (-0.5m/s).

In the 800m races, Marilyn Okoro was the leading Brit, placing 5th in the women’s event in 1:59.33 with Jenny Meadows 8th in 2:02.22. In the men’s event, Michael Rimmer was below par, finishing 9th in 1:50.73.


Follow this link for full results from the Van Damme Memorial



Rieti, Italy, 07/09/08

A fine PB from 20 year old Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and solid runs from Martyn Rooney and Tasha Danvers were the British highlights from Rieti on Sunday. Aikines-Aryeetey logged 10.10 (+1.4m/s) to finish 4th in the men’s 100m final, only losing out to seasoned international stars Asafa Powell and Michael Frater (both Jamaica) and Ronald Pognon (France). Powell won in 9.82.

It was also an encouraging event for Craig Pickering, who finished 7th in the final in 10.17 and earlier in the day logged a season’s best of 10.15 (+0.9m/s) in the semi-finals.   Martyn Rooney continued his busy  post-Olympic schedule, finishing 2nd in the men’s 400m in 45.52, losing out to Gary Kikaya (Democratic Republic of Congo) who logged 45.10.

In the women’s 400m hurdles, Olympic bronze medallist Tasha Danvers pushed Olympic champion Melanie Walker (Jamaica) hard, finishing 2nd in 55.25 to Walker’s 55.01. Amongst the rest of the British contingent there were top 8 finishes for Lisa Dobriskey who was 4th in the women’s mile in a PB of 4:20.35, Italy-based Emma Ania, 5th in the women’s 100m in 11.31 (0.0m/s) and Marlon Devonish, 6th in the men’s 200m in 20.63 (+0.6m/s).

Follow this link for full results from Rieti