11th February 2019
Barcelona Half Marathon, Barcelona, Spain, 10 February
Charlotte Arter (coach: Chris Jones; club: Cardiff) underlined her class as she moved to eighth on the British all-time list for the half-marathon, slicing a full two minutes off her previous best. Making the most of the seasonal Spanish conditions, the Welsh and British international finished fifth on the day and first European by over two minutes. She becomes the second Brit to move into the top 10 all-time in the space of week, after Charlotte Purdue’s run last weekend. Arter and Purdue naturally sit one-two on the Power of 10 rankings for 2019.
Also in the top 10 on the day were Sonia Samuels and Lily Partridge, remarkably the pair both running exactly the same time, 72.20, for ninth and tenth.
The men’s race also saw great British depth, with five Brits inside 65 minutes, Dan Studley (Alex Hains) leading the way with an impressive 63.58 personal best for 17th place. Dominic Shaw (Stephen Shaw; New Marske) was next home in 64.29, with Lucian Allison (Mark Baddeley; Lincoln Wellington) just one second behind.
NYRR Millrose Games, New York, USA, 9 February
Competing in the famous Wanamaker Mile, Scot Josh Kerr (Danny Mackey; Edinburgh AC) was in great form as he finished fourth in a truly world class field. Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha made an incredible attempt on the world record, in the end missing out by an agonising one hundredth of second.
That was to the benefit of Kerr, who was in a battle for second throughout and rewarded with a 3.53.65 personal best to go top of the Power of 10, finishing in fourth overall. Passing through 1500m in 3.38.75, he also tops the UK rankings for that distance.
David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Boston, USA, 8-9 February
Marc Scott (Jerry Schumacher; Richmond & Zetland) showed that he has been working hard this winter as he set an outright 5,000m personal best of 13.21.97 as he finished second to teammate Sean McGorty. Not only does that performance put him top of the UK rankings but it is also one of the two required IAAF World Championship qualifying standards.
Don Kirby Invitational, Albuquerque, USA, 8-9 February
Long jumper Jacob Fincham-Dukes (Zivile Pukstiene; Leeds City) extended his lead at the top of the Power of 10 rankings with a leap of 7.87m, a season’s best at altitude in New Mexico.
Iowa State Classic, Ames, USA, 8-9 February
Young Morpeth Harrier Scott Beattie (Mike Bateman; Morpeth) set a fantastic 5,000m personal best indoors in Iowa, as despite only finishing sixth he crossed the line in 13.59.42, one of the best performances of his career to date.
Husky Classic, Seattle, USA, 8 February
There were some strong British performances over 3,000m over in the states, Chris Olley (Mark Hookway; Tonbridge) setting a season’s best of 7.58.17 as he finished second in his race, just one second shy of his personal best. Hannah Nuttall (John Nuttall; Charnwood) was in personal best form, the GB cross country international ninth in 9.08.40.