13th January 2020


Valencia 10K, Valencia, Spain, January 12

Callum Hawkins (Robert Hawkins; Kilbarchan) led the way for the British athletes at the Valencia 10K as he set a new personal best and Scottish record of 28:02 in the Spanish city.

Hawkins’ excellent performance saw him home as the third European across line in 11th place and moves him up to equal tenth on the all-time British list. He was flanked by Ben Connor (Derby), who came home in 16th position, in 28:10, taking 27 seconds off his previous best in the process.

In the women’s race, it was Wales’ Jenny Nesbitt (Chris Jones; Cardiff) who stole the show for the British contingent, taking 10 seconds off her personal best and achieving a top-10 finish with a 32:42 effort, securing ninth position.



Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Championships, Sheffield, January 12

Naomi Ogbeta (Tom Cullen; Trafford) began her 2020 season with her best indoor opening distance of her career as she propelled herself out to 13.62m to take the title and revise the championship record in the process.

Andrew Morgan-Harrison (Alex O’Gorman; Kingston upon Hull) was the pick of the performers on the track as he revised his 200m personal best to win the men’s race in Sheffield. Taking 0.01s off his previous mark, he stopped the clock in 20.95s to take the title by more than a second from Reality Osuoha (Karen Williams; Oldham & Royton).

Results link to follow.


Loughborough Students Open Meet, January 11

Bethan Partridge (Graham Ravenscroft; Birchfield) set a new personal best as she cleared 1.90m for the first time in her career to win the women’s high jump competition and add a centimetre onto her previous best.

There was more success in the field as Sophie Cook (Scott Simpson; Birchfield) cleared a new best of 4.46m to move fifth on the all-time British list, putting six centimetres onto her previous mark.

Will Grimsey (Carol Jackson; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) showed good early season form as he cleared 2.21m in the men’s high jump, just one centimetre down on his best, with juniors Sam Brereton (Fuzz Caan; Newquay & Par) and Kelechi Aguocha (Carol Jackson; Blackheath & Bromley) both clearing 2.15m for new personal bests.

World Para Athletics T38 100m silver medallist Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) was one of the standout performers on the day, lowering his 60m best from 7.47s to 7.28s with a blistering run.

Clubmate and European Under-20 200m and 4x100m champion Amy Hunt (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) opened her season with a 7.42s clocking over 60m, while Heather Paton (Benke Blomkvist; Birchfield) revised her own Scottish 60m hurdles record with an 8.28s clocking, shaving 0.06s off her previous best.

Results link to follow.


Beantown Challenge, Massachusetts, USA January 10-11

Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease; Cardiff) put nine centimetres on her shot put personal best as she won the women’s shot put and produced a personal best in the weight throw representing Havard.

Trailing by more than half a metre, Omoregie’s last round 15.55m saw her clutch the victory by one centimetre from Leeyan Redwood, before a 16.22m weight throw effort, a PB by more than three metres, placed her sixth overall as Harvard finished as runaway winners on the women’s side.

Fellow Havard teammate Sam Bennett (Steven Surety; Basildon) opened his season with a 60m hurdles effort of 8.12s, just outside his personal best, securing fourth place.