Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Liz Yelling (Bedford and County AC) will head for the Berlin Marathon on 24 September in confident mood after clocking 70 minutes 51 seconds for second place in the Fresh n Low Great Scottish half marathon in Glasgow on Sunday 3 September. “I ran it at the pace I wanted, picked off a group of Kenyans in the closing stages and still had something left at the end,” she said after finishing just 6 seconds behind winner Caroline Cheptangi (Kenya).
After Berlin, Yelling plans to have an operation on a shoulder injury that has troubled her since she fell during the Great Edinburgh cross country international in January. Then she intends to mount a challenge for a place in the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team at the European Cross Country Championships in December. “I aim to start cross-training pretty soon after the op, even if I shan’t be able to run for a while,” she added.
Among the other GB internationals behind her in Glasgow were Susan Partridge (City of Glasgow) 32nd in 72:40, Natalie Harvey (South London Harriers) 36th in 73:59 and Birhan Dagne (Belgrave Harriers) 39th in 74:21.
The Men’s race was won by Jason Mbote (Kenya) in 61:36, the same time as runner-up Hendrik Ramaala (South Africa). Tomas Abyu (Salford Harriers) finished sixth in 65:21, Michael Coleman (Medway and Maidstone) seventh in 65:48, Dominic Bannister (Shaftesbury Barnet) eighth in 66:02, Dave Wardle (Thames Valley) ninth in 66:23 and Gareth Raven (Sale Harriers Manchester) tenth in 67:04.
Commonwealth Games 5000m silver medallist Jo Pavey (Exeter Harriers) finished a super second to the former world 10,000m record holder Berhane Adere (Ethiopia) in the Hydro Active Women’s Challenge in London’s Hyde Park.
Pavey, who will race the 5000m for Team European at the IAAF World Cup in Athens in a fortnight’s time, covered the 5km in 15:26, sprinting home a second ahead of Rita Jeptoo (Kenya).
Mara Yamauchi (Harrow) dropped down the distances to finish eighth in 16:19 with 17-year-old Steph Twell (Aldershot, Farnham and District) ninth in 16:34 and Under 23 Faye Fullerton (Havering Mayesbrook) 10th in 16:43. Paula Radcliffe, who started the race and then ran wearing a heart rate monitor to ensure she did nothing to harm the baby she is expecting, was 23rd in 18:51, four minutes slower than the world record she set over the same course in 2003.
Marathon ace Tracey Morris (Valley Striders) led home the UK contingent at the Liverpool leg of the Hydro Active Women’s Challenge, clocking 16:49 for third place behind Tegla Laroupe (Kenya), who won in 16:32 and Sonia O’Sullivan (Ireland), who clocked 16:38.
Consistent veteran Lucy Elliott (Winchester) got among the overseas internationals at the Hydro Active Challenge in Birmingham, finishing second in 16:56, 26 seconds behind Victoria Mitchell (Australia).