13th February 2023
WEEKEND ROUND-UP (10-12 FEBRUARY 2023)
Millrose Games (World Indoor Tour Gold), New York, 11 February
Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) secured a big win in the Wanamaker Mile at the prestigious Millrose Games as she ran 4:20.15, and there was also a victory and a Scottish indoor record for Olympic medallist Josh Kerr (Danny Mackey, Edinburgh AC) in the men’s 3000m.
As Muir secured her second win in the USA this month, Katie Snowden (Herne Hill) was the next British finisher in the mile race, and she recorded a personal best of 4:21.19 – an English indoor record – for third place.
Revising his career best for the 3000m, Kerr secured a time of 7:33.47 on his way to top spot in the men’s 3000m, just finishing ahead of Guatemala’s Luis Grijalva. His time was also four seconds quicker than the previous Scottish indoor best set by Andrew Butchart.
In the men’s mile, Neil Gourley (Ben Thomas, Giffnock North) continued his excellent indoor season form as he clocked a lifetime best with a time of 3:49.46 to secure second place behind Yared Nuguse (USA).
ISATF Indoor (World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver), Berlin, Germany, 10 February
Daryll Neita (Marco Airale, Cambridge Harriers) and Reece Prescod (Marco Airale, Enfield and Haringey) moved up the UK all-time lists after producing exceptional performances at the ISTAF meeting in the German capital.
There was also a fantastic time of Daryll Neita as she moved to second on the UK all-time list in the women’s 60m clocking 7.05 to win the women’s 60m. Dina Asher-Smith ran 7.04 in Karlsruhe last month.
Reece Prescod moved joint fifth on the UK all-time lists (alongside Colin Jackson and Richard Kilty) over 60m as he clocked PB of 6.49 to win in Berlin. The Enfield & Haringey athlete has been in excellent form so far during the indoor season, and dipped under 6.50 for the first time in his career as he moved to the top of the European rankings for 2023.
There was another British race victory in the 60m hurdles as David King (Tim O’Neil, City of Plymouth) ran a time of 7.68, while Jazmin Sawyers (Aston Moore, City of Stoke) was close to her season best with 6.69m for third in the women’s long jump.
Dubai Marathon, 12 February
Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer) was in excellent form as she secured a personal best over the marathon distance to win the women’s wheelchair race in Dubai.
Taking 12 seconds off her previous best set in London last October, the Weir Archer Academy athlete recorded a time of 1:47:15, winning by over nine minutes from Patricia Eachus (SUI).
BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Boston, USA, 10-11 February
Sarah Inglis (Lothian) became only the second British athlete after Laura Muir to run sub 15 minutes over 5000m indoors. At the meeting in Boston, the Scottish athlete recorded a time of 14:59.65 which was also an outright PB.
Tiger Paw Invitational, Clemson, USA, 10-11 February
There was a significant PB for Tade Ojora (Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) in the men’s 60m hurdles as he ran inside the European Indoor Championships qualifying standard with a time of 7.53 in Sacramento. It was the quickest time of his career and it came in the semi-finals at the meeting. He clocked 7.66 in the final.
Tyson Invitational, Fayetteville, Arizona, USA, 10-11 February
Nicole Yeargin (Boogie Johnson, Pitreavie) continued her fine start to the 2023 season by running her second UK best over 300m in a matter of weeks. She improved the UK best to 36.80 having run 36.89 in Iowa back in January.
There was also a season best for Cindy Sember (Chris Johnson, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) who posted a time of 8.11 for second place in the women’s 60m hurdles final.
World Indoor Tour Bronze, Dortmund, 12 February
Imani-Lara Lansiquot (Ryan Freckleton, Sutton & District) continued her strong start to the 2023 season as she won the women’s 60m in Dortmund in a time of 7.21, just 0.04 outside her PB.
In the men’s 400m, Ben Higgins (Stewart Marshall, Sheffield & Dearne) secured the win in an indoor PB of 46.55, while there was a season best for Ama Pipi (Marco Airale, Enfield and Haringey) in the women’s 400m as she crossed the line in second place in a time of 52.57.
England Athletics U20/U17 & U15 Championships, Sheffield, 11-12 February
There were plenty of highlights at the age group championships in Sheffield as records fell and PBs were set.
Medwin Odamtten (Gladys Bird, Woodford Green Essex Ladies) matched his PB set earlier in 2023 with a time of 6.67 which he set in both the U20 60m semi-final and final.
There was a British U17 record for Thea Brown (Joanne Harding, Sale Harriers Manchester) in the 60m hurdles, her time 8.39.
Taipei 24-Hour event, 12 February
Jo Zakrzewski (Durham) set a new World 48 Hour Record at the Taipei 24-Hour event, with a final distance of 411.458km/255.66 8miles.
She achieved the total by running 654 times around a 0.6282 km lap of Huabo Freshman Park park in the Taiwanese capital.