12th October 2015

Weekend Round Up

12 October

German Racewalking Championships, Andernach, 10 October

London 2012 competitor Dominic King (coach: George Nibre), clocked 3:59.22 for seventh in the 50K walk champs in Andernach. His time, the fastest time by a Briton since 2000, puts him inside the British Athletics qualification standard of for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games of 4:02.00


Chicago Marathon, Chicago, USA, 11 October

Susan Partridge (Coach: Steve Jones) was the second European finisher in the elite women’s section of the 38th Chicago Marathon. The 35-year-old Scot went through halfway in 1:14.04 and crossed the line in eleventh place in 2:31:31 – just 31 seconds outside the qualifying standard for next year’s Olympic Games.

It was the second fastest time of Partridge’s career, behind the 2:30:46 that she clocked in the London Marathon two years ago. Partridge, whose coach Steve Jones’ British men’s record of 2:07:13 was set in Chicago 30 years ago, now stands third on the British ranking list for 2015. In the Berlin Marathon two weeks ago, Sonia Samuels (self-coached) clocked 2:28:04 and Alyson Dixon (self-coached) 2:29:30.

The women’s race was won in 2:23:33 by Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat. Denmark’s Jessica Draskau Peterrsson was the first European finisher, ninth in 2:30:07. The 38-year-old is a member of Stragglers Running Club and competed for Britain as a duathlete before representing Denmark in the 2012 Olympic marathon. Ireland’s two-time European cross country champion Fionnuala Britton was 13th in 2:33:15.

The men’s race was won by Kenya’s Dickson Chumba in 2:09:25. Former English Schools’ cross country champion Mitch Goose (Tim Ash) was on course for a debut time in the 2:15-2:20 region but slowed after the halfway stage eventually dropping out..