20th October 2014

Weekend Round Up

20 October 2014

Bupa Great Birmingham Half Marathon, 19 October

It was a Kenyan clean sweep in Birmingham as Joel Kimutai and Polline Wanjiku took the men’s and women’s titles respectively. Kimutai won the men’s race in 61:39, whilst Wanjiku took victory in the women’s race in a time of 70:48.

Toby Spencer was the highest placed Briton in the men’s race, recording a time of 68:12. Bourneville Harriers athlete Nicola Sykes produced one of the best performances of her career to set a new personal best of 76:27 and finish as the highest placed Briton in tenth.

Mizuno Amsterdam Half Marathon, 19 October

Tom Aldred took the victory in the Netherlands with a time of 67:12. He was followed closely by Samuel Mitchell (Jacob Howe) who also made it onto the podium with a third place finish, setting a new lifetime best of 69:57.

Isobel Rea was the highest placed Briton in the half marathon event, finishing in third place, recording a time of 83:36.


Cabbage Patch 10m, Twickenham,  19 October

Steph Twell (Mick Woods) defended her title on the fast course as she maintained her good winter form, setting a time of 56:05 ahead of Perendis Lekapana and Emma Pallant.

Northern Cross Country Relays, Graves Park, Sheffield, 18 October

Liverpool Harriers ‘A’ took the men’s team title at the Northern Cross Country relays in Sheffield. The combined time of 42:59 edged them ahead of Warrington and Vale Royal to take the gold medal.

Andrew Heyes (Keith Whitelam) continued his good form by running the fastest leg of the day over the two mile course in 10:04. He moved Hallamshire Harriers ‘A’ up into fourth position from eighth on the final leg, and just missed out on a medal position after a sprint finish.

Rotherham Harriers ‘A’ took the Ladies title in a time of 37:12 ahead of Holmfirth Harriers ‘A’ and Rotherham Harriers ‘B’.

However, it was a Birtley athlete who ran the quickest leg of the day. Lydia Turner (Thomas Millmore), a member of the 2013 junior European Cross Country GB & NI team, ran 11:35 over the undulating course.

Southern Cross Country Relays, Wormwood Scrubs, 18 October

Thames Valley Harriers won the women’s team title at the Southern Cross Country relays in a time of 36:42. Melanie Wilkins from Belgrave Harriers was the fastest woman around the course in 11:47.

Belgrave Harriers won the men’s team competition, however, Andy Maud (Bryn Reynolds), running for Clapham Chasers, recorded the fastest time of the day on the third leg, recording 14:10.

The Clay sisters dominated the women’s U20 race but it was Bobby Clay (Peter Mullervy) who ran the fastest leg of the day in 7:46. Alex Clay (Mullervy) was ten seconds further back but they were both part of the victorious Invitcus East Kent AC team.

Results can be found here.

Midland Cross Country Relays, Walsall, 18 October

Wolverhampton & Bilston AC took the men’s title and were aided by having the fastest man around the course in their team. Phillip Nicholls (David Tune) ran 18:58 on the final leg to anchor the team to the senior men’s Midlands title.

Nicola Sykes was the fastest woman around the course in Walsall as she ran 21:22 for Bourneville Harriers at the Midlands Cross Country relays. This was all prior to her running a lifetime best at the Great Birmingham Half marathon a day later.

Sykes’s run lifted Bourneville Harriers up from seventh and into the medals as they took the bronze medal. However, she couldn’t catch Birchfield Harriers ‘A’ who won the team competition in a time of 1:10.43.