27th October 2014
Weekend Round Up
27 October 2014
Great South Run, Portsmouth, 26 October
Gemma Steel (coach: John Nuttall) ran a superb race on the south coast but was narrowly beaten in a sprint finish by Ethiopia’s Belaynesh Olijira. Steel ran a 4:54 mile for the fifth mile of the race which split the field up, and former 10,000m world champion Linet Masai was dropped. However, Steel could not shake off Olijira, the 2013 world 10,000m bronze medallist in the final few miles but she went seventh on the UK all-time list over 10 miles with her time of 52:42, two second behind the eventual winner.
The Kenyan James Rungaru judged his finish to perfection as he overtook Kiplimo in the final stages to take a surprise win in a time of 46:31. Ross Millington (Steve Vernon), the Great Yorkshire Run champion last month, was the best of the Brits, finishing seventh overall in 48:13.
Frankfurt Marathon, 26 October
Emma Stepto (Alan Rowling) enjoyed one of the best performances of her career as she recorded a new personal best of 2:32.40 at the age of 44. She shaved almost two and a half minutes off her previous best which she set last year in Amsterdam. The Cornish athlete finished in seventh overall behind the winner, Aberu Kebede of Kenya.
Scottish National Cross Country Relays, Cumbernauld, 25 October
Rhona Auckland (Joyce Hogg) ran the quickest leg of the day clocking 14:25 to set her Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds team off superbly on the first leg. Commonwealth finalist Laura Muir (Andy Young) was the quickest athlete on the second leg with a time of 15:12. Morag Maclarty (Derek Easton) anchored Central AC to the overall women’s team title with the second quickest time of the day in 14:45 on the final leg.
In the men’s race, Andrew Butchart (Easton) continued his good form as he ran the fastest leg of the day in a time of 12:20 to guide his Central AC team to a clean sweep in the senior events. Callum Hawkins (Robert Hawkins) was narrowly outside Butchart’s time with a 12:23 clocking for Kilbarchan AAC on the first leg of the day.
Jedburgh 10k, 26 October
Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin) returned to the roads after her successful IPC European Championships to set a new Scottish 10k record in the wheelchair event, clocking a time of 26:33.
Simon Lawson took the honours in the men’s race, with Isaac Towers finishing in third.
Start Fitness North East Harrier League, Temple Park, 26 October
Fresh from his world mountain running exploits, Nick Swinburn (Lindsay Dunn) took the victory in the men’s race at Temple Park, recording a time of 28:55. Alyson Dixon won the women’s race in 22:05.