21st November 2011

Weekend Round Up


21 November 2011

The most significant performance of the weekend came from Mara Yamauchi. The Beijing sixth placer in the Marathon marked an impressive return from injury with a fine third in the big Japanese marathon.

Yokahama Women’s Marathon, Japan, November 20

Mara Yamauchi (coach: Shige Yamauchi) went second in the McCain Power of Ten rankings with a fine third place in 2:27:24, which is well inside UKA A standard time of 2:31:00 for the Olympic marathon. Yamauchi passed halfway in 73:03, over 20 seconds behind the leading five but by 25km she caught the leading group. At 40km, she had dropped seven seconds behind the eventual top two and lost a further 45 seconds over the last 2km, but it was an exceptional time in just her second completed race in 2011. Louise Damen (self-coached) was unable to finish, withdrawing earlier in the race.

Results http://www.yokohamawomensmarathon.com/common/pdf/jp/2011-11-20_yokohama_result_jp.pdf

Leeds Abbey Dash 10K, November 20

Jonathan Taylor (Coach: Gordon Surtees) won a competitive Leeds Abbey Dash 10km sharing the winning time of 29:23 with Morpeth clubmate Nick McCormick (Lindsay Dunn). A notable performance came from Marc Scott (coach: Ken Harker)  in 12th in 30:07 which is believed to be the best ever British time by a 17 year-old.

IAAF World Championships marathon representative at Daegu, Susan Partridge (Coach: John Montgomery) won the women’s race in 33:48 Results can be found here https://www.raceplus.co.uk/raceplus-index.php?content=1&event_id=LAD11

NCAA Championships Division 2, Spokane, USA, November 19

While the Dvision 1 race takes place on a Monday, there were two good British performances in the Division 2 race this weekend. Matthew Bond (Coach: Norman Poole) was a fine fourth in the 10km race in 31:00.8, only 15 seconds down on the winner Ryan Haebe while Tina Muir was seventh in 21:20.8 Results here http://www.ncaa.com/content/division-ii-womens-cross-country-championship-individual-results