23rd May 2022


Away from the Muller Birmingham Diamond League and Loughborough International, there were several notable performances across the globe from British athletes as the season starts to ramp up.


Great Manchester Run, 22 May 2022

Eilish McColgan (coach: Liz Nuttall, club: Dundee Hawkhill) broke Paula’s Radcliffe’s British and European 10km record after a superb run on the streets of Manchester.

The Scottish athlete has been in remarkable form so far in 2022, and her performance in the north west continued her record-breaking run which has seen her shake up the UK record lists.

The time of 30:19 was two seconds quicker than Radcliffe set in back in 2003. She finished second in the race behind Kenya’s Hellen Obiri who won in 30:15.

David Weir (Jenny Archer) and Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer) made it a Weir Archer Academy double in the wheelchair races.

Weir, who competed in the 800m at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday, recorded a time of 21:48 to win comfortably ahead of Sean Frame (Joyce Rammell, Red Star), while Rainbow-Cooper finished just three seconds ahead of Shelly Woods (Peter Wyman, Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde) in the women’s contest.



Halle Throws, 21-22 May

Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson, City of York) threw the second furthest shot put mark of his career with a best of 20.92m in Germany. The distance was a European qualifying standard and just 18cm shy of the world championships standard for Eugene.

Elsewhere, Serena Vincent (Mike Winch, City of Portsmouth) won the women’s U23 shot put with a best of 16.28m.



Track Night NYC, USA, 20 May

Olympic finalist Lizzie Bird (Pat McCurry, Shaftesbury Barnet) ran a European and Commonwealth Games qualifying standard as she won the women’s 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:30.57.

Meanwhile, Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow, Guildford & Godalming) ran a fine season best of 2:00.79 in the women’s 800m.


Tucson Elite Classic, 19-21 May

Nick Miller (Tore Gustafsson, Border) threw a UK lead in the men’s hammer of 75.61m as he finished fifth overall in the event in Arizona. Compatriot, Joe Ellis (Jerry Clayton, Blackheath and Bromley) improved his personal best to 74.52m in seventh position.



USTAF Distance Classic, Walnut, USA, 19 May

2019 world finalist Neil Gourley (Ben Thomas, Giffnock North) is rounding into great shape as he posted a time of 3:35.43, inside the European standard, over 1500. He was just 0.43s outside the world standard, but he won the race well in California.



Castiglione International Meeting, Grosseto, Italy, 22 May

UK lead Reynold Banigo (Matt Barton) won the men’s long jump competition with a best jump of 7.94m. The Sale Harriers Manchester athlete improved his PB to 8.04m in Cyprus last week and continued his good form in Grosseto.

Morgan Lake (WSEH) was tied fourth in the women’s high jump with a best clearance of 1.85m, with Emily Borthwick (Wigan & District) in joint eighth with 1.80m.

Paralympic silver medallist Ali Smith (Benke Blomkvist, Guildford & Godalming) opened her season with a time of 13.53 (-1.1) in the 100m.