2nd March 2020

WEEKEND UPDATE - 02/03/2020

Boston University Last Chance Qualifier, Boston, USA, February 28

Marc Scott (coach: Jerry Schumacher; Cambridge & Coleridge) broke Mo Farah’s British 5000m record with a strong 13:08.87 performance indoors in Boston. His excellent run saw him home in second position, eclipsing Farah’s 13:09.16 clocking in Birmingham in 2017 and also moves him fourth on the British all-time list and secures him the Olympic Games qualifying mark.

In a fiery men’s 1500m competition, James West (Ben Thomas; Tonbridge) clocked a British leading 3:36.93, a fact that stood for little over a day as Chris O’Hare (Terrence Mahon; Edinburgh) eclipsed that performance with a 3:36.40 on the same track, an indoor PB for the Scotsman.



Vitality Big Half, London, March 1

Lily Partridge (Alan Storey; Birchfield) and Chris Thompson (Alan Storey; Aldershot, Farnham & District) led the auto-qualifiers for the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia as they claimed the British half marathon titles.

Jake Smith (James Thie, Cardiff), who finished in third position overall and took British silver, also revised his own British Under-23 half marathon record with a 62:00 showing. Partridge measured her race perfectly to edge out long-time leader Samantha Harrison (Vince Wilson; Notts) in 70:50, with the latter notching a time of 71:01 for a new personal best.

You can read the full report from the weekend’s action here.



England Athletics 10km Race Walking Championships & Molly Barnett Open, University of Warwick, Coventry, 1st March

Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake; Tonbridge AC) continued his perfect start to 2020 by setting his second British Record in a week when taking the England Athletics title at Coventry over 10 Kilometres. Fresh from his British record breaking exploits over 5,000 metres indoors at the SPAR British Indoor Championships last weekend, Bosworth reclaimed the record he lost to Callum Wilkinson last year.

He built up a commanding lead over training partner Cameron Corbishley (Andi Drake; Medway & Maidstone AC) and at the halfway point, he passed the halfway point in 19.42 just inside British Record pace and continued his strong performance through to break the record and take the victory in 39:10, with Corbishley setting a PB of 40:59 to take second position and moves him eighth on the all-time British list.

After the race, Bosworth said: “Last week’s race indoors took a lot out of my legs, so I am really happy to back this up with another British Record over 10 Kilometres. I am looking forward to seeing what I can do over 20km next month”.

In the women’s race, the open 10K was won by Heather Lewis (Chris Jones; Pembrokeshire) in a new personal best of 45:14 which moves her to 4th on the UK all time list, as Gemma Bridge (Mark Wall; Oxford City) was making a welcome return to racing and took the England title in 48:05, with Abigail Jennings (Verity Snook; AFD) in a new personal best of 52:26 and Natalie Myers (Helen Elleker; 2DASH) in 55:38 rounding out the top positions.

Results link to follow.


Championnats de France Elite en Salle, Lievin, France, February 29 – March 1

Adam Hague (Trevor Fox; Sheffield & Dearne) equalled his season’s best for the third time with a 5.60m clearance to take fourth position in France.

A second-time clearance at the height saw Hague secure a place in the top four, but could not clear a personal best height of 5.70m, failing with his three attempts at the height.



The American Championships, Birmingham, Alabama, February 28-29

Amber Simpson (Kevin Robinson; Deeside AAC) moved top of the British all-time women’s weight throw rankings with a 20.21m personal best in Alabama, a series that twice saw her over the 20.00m mark with her first and last throws of the competition as she finished fourth.

European U20 Championship finalist Olivia Dobson (Exeter) scored an indoor personal best performance of 3665 in the pentathlon to take fifth place in her first full competition of the season.



MPSF Championships, Seattle, Washington, February 28-29

Ollie Thorner (Alan Richardson; Yeovil) broke the British Under-20 indoor heptathlon record, using senior implements, in his second full competition out in the United States. Thorner hit personal bests in the 60m, shot put on day one, following it up with two further PBs in the pole vault and 1000m on day two as he took fifth position overall.



Big 12 Championships, Ames, Indiana, February 28-29

Ethan Brown (Lloyd Cowan; Blackheath & Bromley) opened up his 400m season with a 47.40s clocking to move sixth on the British 2020 rankings and top of the British junior standings.