10th January 2022


10K Valencia Ibercaja, Spain, 9 January

Emile Cairess (coach: Alan Storey, club: Leeds City) equalled Mo Farah’s 10km British record in Spain as he clocked a time of 27:44 to finish fifth overall in the race.

The Yorkshire-based athlete matched the time Farah set back in May 2010, and his time will be subject to ratification.

There were PBs for several athletes including Mahamed Mahamed (Idris Hamud, Southampton) who was 12th overall in a time of 28:16, while Beth Kidger (Joel Kidger, Brighton Phoenix) and Stephanie Davis (Phillip Kissi, Clapham Chasers) clocked times of 32:53 and 32:58 respectively.



BMC Indoor Grand Prix, Sheffield, 9 January

Osian Perrin (Andrew Walling, Menai) broke the British U20 3000m record at the EIS in Sheffield on Sunday, breaking new ground with a time of 7:58.23.

The Welshman who recently competed for GB&NI at the European Cross Country, transitioned seamlessly to indoor track racing, improving the previous record of 7:58.68 which was set by Tom Farrell in 2010.

He was involved in a fast race which was won by Italian international Ossama Meslek in 7:50.13, fractionally ahead of Olympic finalist Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) who revised his PB to 7:50.96.

Elsewhere, Amelia Quirk (Mick woods, Bracknell) moved to number three on the UK all-time rankings over 5000m indoors as she pipped Jenny Nesbitt (Chris Jones, Cardiff) to the win. For Quirk, the time of 15:27.74 was also an England Commonwealth Games qualifying time, while Nesbitt clocked 15:30.32, narrowly outside the Welsh standard, but it was a Welsh record and fourth UK all-time.



England Athletics Combined events Championships, Sheffield, 8-9 January

Junior heptathletes Murray Fotheringham (Giffnock North) and Sammy Ball (Michael Dyer, Reading) moved to second and third respectively on the UK under-20 all-time list, the former setting a Scottish U20 men’s record with 5774 points, and the latter an English U20 record of 5602 points.

Fotheringham was just 19 points outside the British U20 record, and a superb seven events saw him achieve five PBs out of his seven events.

Meanwhile, England’s Lewis Church (David Hull, Tonbridge) and Ireland’s Anna McCauley claimed the senior titles, and Seren Rodgers (Steve Shaw, Taunton) won the women’s U20 pentathlon on Saturday.

England Athletics’ report: Day One | Day Two