16th March 2015

Weekend Round Up

16 March 2015

IAAF Cross Country Permit (Including Home Counties International), Antrim – 14 March

Former winner of the event Steph Twell (coach: Mick Woods) was an impressive second behind Ethiopia’s Birtukan Fentealemui in Antrim. Clapham Chasers Andy Maud (Bryn Reynolds) and Cambridge’s Dean Lacy (Mark Newell) were the highest placed Britons in the senior men’s field behind the winner, Thomas Ayeko of Uganda.

Jonathan Davies (Rob McKim) was triumphant in his final cross country race as a junior, as he defeated Inter Counties U20 Cross Country champion Joe Steward (Harry Kelly), who earned a place on the GB & NI team heading to the World Cross Country Championships next week.

Rebecca Murray (Alex Stanton) was victorious in the junior women’s race as she defeated Milton Keynes Cross Challenge winner Jenny Nesbitt (David Walker) and Elizabeth Mooney.


European Cup Winter Throw, Leiria, Portugal – 14-15 March

Taylor Campbell (Paul Dickenson) kicked off his 2015 season in style with a 67.28m personal best with the 7.26kg hammer, an improvement of over 2 metres on his previous best. The 19 year-old finished in seventh place in the U23 competition in Portugal on a busy weekend for GB & NI’s throwers.

Chris Bennett (Mick Jones) won his battle with fellow Scot Mark Dry in the senior men’s hammer. Both men’s best throws came in the fourth round with Bennett throwing 70.65m for eighth place, and the Commonwealth bronze medallist achieving a distance of 69.25m for twelfth. 

Zane Duquemin competed on both days of competition in sunny Leiria, with a 17.50m shot put and 58.53m in the discus. Rachel Hunter (Chris Black) was tenth in the women’s U23 hammer recording 58.37m, and Gregory Thompson (Neville Thompson) was ninth with 53.63m in the men’s equivalent.


NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, USA – 13-14 March

Rosie Clarke (Thomas Watson), fresh from a sixth place finish in the 1500m at the European Indoor Championships, returned to the States to record a PB in the mile event, clocking 4:31.75 for a fourth place finish.

Marc Scott (Steve Gulley) recorded a time of 13:54.25 to finish fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Tulsa University student has had an encouraging indoor season setting a 3000m PB earlier in the year. 

Other notable results included season bests for Adam Bitchell (James Thie) in the 3000m with a time of 8:02.72, Jax Thoirs (Pat Licari) jumping 5.50m in the pole vault, and Ben Williams (John Crotty) finishing third in the men’s triple jump with 16.53m.



English Schools Cross Country Championships, Witton Park, Blackburn – 14 March

Mahamed Mahamed (Peter Haynes) continued his unbeaten 2015 cross country season taking the win at Witton Park in the senior boy’s race. The U17 athlete blew away the rest of the field to claim the title for Hampshire ahead of Oliver Fox (Richard Llewellyn-Eaton) and Sam Dickinson.

Ben Dijkstra won the intermediate boy’s race with Zakariya Mahamed (Haynes)  making it a family double, as he won the junior boy’s title earlier in the day.

Abbie Donnelly (Rob Lewis) backed up her fifth place from the Inter counties the previous week to take the senior girl’s title ahead of Essex’s Gemma Holloway. Young cross country starlet Sabrina Sinha (Newell) continued her impressive form as she took the intermediate girl’s title with fellow Kent athlete Kathleen Faes earning the junior girl’s race win.


England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Championships, EIS, Sheffield – 14-15 March

33 U17 women began the competition at the EIS this weekend, and after the recent success of the British multi-eventers, the after-effect is evident to see. It was an entertaining contest with North Somerset’s Ada’Ora Chigbo (Ken Holmes) coming out on top in the pentathlon scoring 3751 to break the championship record in Sheffield.

The U17 men’s competition was dominated by Exeter’s Sam Talbot (Eldon Lake) who only lost his lead after the high jump but led throughout otherwise. Talbot’s excellent display culminated in a heptathlon score of 4939 to set a new championship record.

Joel McFarlane and Sophie Meredith were the U15 champions. Arbroath’s McFarlane won a close contest with William Adeyeye. His 2:18.44 clocking in the 800m was enough to overhaul Adeyeye on the final event and take the English age-group title.


British Masters Cross Country Championships, Ruithin, Wales – 14 March

Claire Martin and Ady Whitwam were just two of the winners on a busy day of cross country running in Wales. Telford’s Martin secured a narrow victory ahead of Holmfirth’s Helen Berry to take the V35 title. Whitwam won the men’s equivalent slightly more comfortably as he finished ten seconds ahead of his closest rival.


Silverstone Half Marathon – 15 March

David Weir (Jenny Archer) secured his fourth Silverstone title in a row but just missed out on a championship record as he faced tough windy conditions. However, he closed out the win in a time of 46.23 in his first race since victory at the Commonwealth Games last summer. Fellow GB & NI international Rob Smith was second behind Weir.

Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson) won the women’s equivalent for the second year in a row.



Lugano Trophy, Switzerland, 15th March

Tom Bowsorth (Andi Drake) agonizingly missed out on the British record in the 20km walk with a time of 1:22.33. He was on course for the record at halfway but finished in fourth with a World Championship qualifying standard.

Emma Achurch (Steve Arnold) was second in the U20 women’s race clocking 47:49 to maintain her solid start to the 2015 season.