23rd March 2015

Weekend Round Up

23 March 2015

Lisbon Half Marathon, 22 March

Mo Farah (coach: Alberto Salazar) made history by breaking the European and British record in the half marathon with a time of 59:32. He became the first Briton ever to break 60 minutes in the 13.1 mile event and beat Fabian Roncero’s 14 year European best. He overhauled Micah Kogo to make it a second race win and national record in 2015.

There were further British triumphs on the day as David Weir (Jenny Archer) and Shelly Woods (Archer) won the elite men’s and women’s wheelchair races respectively. Weir beat his rival Marcel Hug of Switzerland in a photo finish after both were given the same 43:21 chip time. Woods’ victory was more comfortable as she secured the win with a three minute margin ahead of fellow Briton Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson) in 50:33.


Reading Half Marathon, 22 March

One of the fastest half marathon events in the UK kick started the 2015 runbritain Grand Prix this weekend with 55 British men running under 70 minutes and 22 women running under 80 minutes.

Lily Partridge (Mick Woods) continued her stunning form from the cross country season onto the road running scene with a huge lifetime best of 70:32, beating her best by almost four minutes. She beat Gladys Yator and Alyson Dixon who completed the podium positions in the women’s field.

Amos Kiplagat won the men’s race in Reading with a 1:03.10 clocking with Ireland’s Paul Pollock close behind. However, Luton’s Ian Kimpton (Tony Simmons) ran impressively for third spot in 1:04.31 ahead of John Beattie (Gavin Smith) to take full runbritain GP points and become English half marathon champion.

Mel Nicholls (Job King) returned after six weeks of injury to win the women’s wheelchair race in a time of 1:05.17.


Wilmslow Half Marathon, 22 March

Ugandan Ben Siwa took the win in Cheshire ahead of Elswick’s Tadele Geremew in a time of 64:57. Stockport’s Patrick Martin (David Turnball) completed the top three recording 65:24 with Liverpool’s Dan Cliffe (self-coached) setting a personal best of 65:36 to finish in fourth place.


IAAF Melbourne World Challenge, Australia, 21 March

Ben Moreau (Nick Anderson) ran one of the races of his life to set a career best over 5000m in the A race in Melbourne. He set a time of 14:04.69 to place eleventh at the first World Challenge event of the year.

City of Norwich duo Ethan Heywood and Nick Earl (Tim Ash) both competed in the 5000m B race where they finished fourth and sixth in times of 14:38.19 and 14:49.97 respectively.


Brunel Jumps and Throws Festival, 21 March

Commonwealth Decathlon silver medallist Ashley Bryant (Ian Grant) won the pole vault competition at the Brunel meeting with a best of 4.50m to finish ahead of fellow WSEH athlete Egryn Jones (self-coached) and British Athletics Futures athlete David Hall (Grant), who both jumped 4.20m.


SIAB Cross Country Championships, Dublin, Ireland, 21 March

Sabrina Sinha (Mark Newell) maintained her super cross country form and added to the English schools title she won last week by taking the SIAB cross country title in Ireland. The 15 year-old took the inter-girls crown to complete a successful winter season.

Isaac Akers (Bill Boyd) battled with Hugo Milner to win the inter-boys title with a six second margin of victory, and Kathleen Faes added to her Inter-counties win to take the junior girls crown over the 3km course.


Baldy Castillo Invitational, Tempe, Arizona, 20-21 March

Scottish athlete Jax Thoirs (Pat Licari) seized the pole vault win on count back with a 5.30m jump. Zac Randall won the second heat of the 1500m in a time of 3:49.60 which was just narrowly outside his lifetime best.


USTA Challenge Invite, San Antonio, Texas, 20-21 March

Tim Duckworth was competing in the decathlon in Texas but sadly did not finish the competition after a no-height in the pole vault. However, Duckworth set four personal bests in the eight events he did complete including an 11.11 clocking in the 100m, 50.96 in the 400m, 11.59m in the shot put and 36.55m in the discus.


TCU Invitational, Fort Worth, Texas, 19-20 March

George Caddick (Clyde Hart) improved his 400m personal best to 46.26, the third occasion he has lowered his time in 2015.