7th October 2019

WEEKEND UPDATE - 07/10/2019

Cardiff Half Marathon, Cardiff, 6 October

Jenny Spink (club: Bristol & West) and Mohamud Aadan (Paul Oppe; Thames Valley) took the honours of being the first British athletes home at the Commonwealth Half Marathon in Cardiff.

Spink ran a good race and clocked 73:26 to take seventh position, with Rebecca Hilland (Nick Anderson; Team Bath) also earning a place in the top 10, coming home in 77:42. The Welsh title went the way of Carys Hughes (Cardiff), who stopped the clock in 78:20, a near three-minute PB.

In the men’s race, Aadan was the first British athlete past the post, taking 11th spot in 64:15, followed by Peter Le’Grice (Bristol & West) in 12th, who set a 35-second personal best in 64:21.

The Welsh title went the way of Charlie Hulson (Liverpool), who improved his half marathon time by just shy of a minute, clocking 64:28, bettering the showing he produced in Copenhagen last month.

Danny Sidbury (Christine Parsloe; Sutton & District) took a comfortable victory in the elite wheelchair men’s field despite having to repair his wheel mid-race. He crossed the line in 51:34, setting a personal best in the process. The women’s equivalent was won by Mel Nicholls (Job King; Coventry) with her winning time 63:11.



Joe Piane Invitational, Notre Dame, Indiana, 4 October

European Cross Country Championship U23 team bronze medallist from last year Poppy Tank (Simon Anderson; City of Portsmouth) helped Utah to team victory with a 16th place finish in 16:42, with Bella Williams (Rob Lewis; Lincoln Wellington) leading their charge in 16:32, good enough for 11th position.

Jodie Judd (Mick Judd; Chelmsford) who claimed sixth place over 5000m at the European Under-23 Championships in July, was Florida State’s best representative, taking 22nd spot in 16:49.

European Under-20 Championship bronze medallist Finley McLear (Kirk Salmon Exeter) took 39th position as the University of Miami (Ohio) took second position as a team.

2018 IAAF World Junior Championship finalist Katy-Ann McDonald (Philip Kissi; Blackheath & Bromley) continued her strong start to the Cross Country season by taking an individual fourth place finish in 17:06, helping Louisiana State University to tenth place overall.