17th February 2020
Barcelona Half Marathon, Barcelona, Spain, February 16
Charlotte Arter (Chris Jones; Cardiff) continued her excellent form as she took a fifth place finish at the Barcelona Half Marathon in 70:00. Having broken the female parkrun record a matter of weeks ago, she followed that success up with a solid performance on the course where she set her personal best last year to cut the tape 3:23 behind eventual winner, Ashete Bekere (ETH).
Samantha Harrison (Vince Wilson; Notts) took more than a minute off her personal best as she earned herself 13th position, crossing the line in 71:44, while there was a personal best time of 72:12 for Tracy Barlow (Tom Craggs; Thames Valley), who was the third British athlete home in 17th.
Ben Connor (Derby) was the best performing Brit in the men’s race as he clocked a season’s best 61:34 to take eighth position overall, with Kristian Jones (Swansea) clocking 63:09 for 22nd place. Josh Griffiths (Swansea) cut the tape in 63:33 in his first race of the season for 29th place overall.
Monaco Run 2020, Monaco, February 16
Nick Goolab (Craig Winrow; Belgrave) broke the British 5km road record with an astonishing 13:27 performance on the roads of the French principality, securing third position overall.
The result moves him above previous record holders Mo Farah & Rob Demnark (both 13:30) in a race that was won by Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) in 12:51, a new world record, with Jimmy Gressier (FRA) grabbing a new European record of 13:18.
BUCS Championships, Sheffield, February 14-16
Charlie Dobson (Benke Blomkvist; Colchester) stormed to the men’s 60 metres title, clocking a PB of 6.64s which moved him to seventh on the 2020 UK rankings. Having not raced over the distance since 2017, he improved his best significantly, finishing ahead of Jack Lawrence (Andy Paul; Birchfield) and Jordan Broome (Ronnie Williams; Sale Harriers Manchester) who also set lifetime bests of 6.75 and 6.76 respectively, with Andrew Morgan-Harrison (Alex O’Gorman; Kingston upon Hull) clocking a European lead of 20.66s to take the win in the 200m, moving him joint fourth on the 200m indoor list for 2020.
In the women’s equivalent, Cheyanne Evans-Gray (Paul Weston; Croydon) ran the fastest time of her career to pip Alisha Rees (Leon Baptiste; Edinburgh) to the BUCS title. She clocked a time of 7.28s to seal the gold while Rees also had to run her quickest time over the distance for silver; 7.32 the time.
In the men’s shot put, para athlete Harrison Walsh (Swansea) extended his F44 shot put world record (subject to ratification), his best throw measured at 15.89 metres, an improvement by 16cm on his previous best.
Lydia Church (Jim Edwards; Peterborough & Nene Valley) threw a season best to win the ambulant shot put, her best effort measuring at 10.92m, while Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) sealed the men’s para ambulant 60m title.
Holly Bradshaw (Scott Simpson; Blackburn) won the women’s pole vault with a best clearance of 4.65 metres, while Isabelle Boffey (Luke Gunn; Enfield & Haringey) claimed the women’s 400m title in a personal best of 53.65, beating Zoe Pollock (Nick Dakin; Oxford City) after a frantic final lap. Pollock also ran a PB of 54.38 for silver.
ISTAF Indoor, Berlin, Germany, February 14
James Dasaolu (Michael Khmel; Croydon) continued his comeback from injury with a season’s best 6.75s in Berlin as he took sixth position in the men’s 60m. Clocking the time in the heats, he produced a showing of 6.78s in the final.
Fellow Brit Kristal Awuah (Matthew Thomas; Herne Hill) came home in fourth position in the women’s 60m heats, clocking 7.41s to just miss out on a spot in the final by 0.02s.
Tyson Invitational, Fayetteville, Arkansas, February 14-15
European Under-20 Championship 400m silver and 4x400m gold medallist Amber Anning (Lloyd Cowan; Brighton & Hove) recorded a season’s best 52.22s, just outside her personal best, to notch victory and the fastest time of the day in the women’s 400m, before anchoring LSU to a two-second victory in the 4x400m in Arkansas.
2018 World Junior hammer throw finalist Bayley Campbell (Paul Dickenson; WSEH) earned his third personal best in as many weeks as he placed second in the men’s weight throw with an effort of 19.52m. On the track, Josh Zeller (Adrian Brown; Bracknell) clocked 7.94s in the men’s 60m hurdles heats, narrowly missing out on a spot in the final.
Husky Classic, Seattle, Washington, February 14-15
James West (Ben Thomas; Tonbridge) was the star performer in the United States as he took victory in the men’s mile in a season’s best 3:57.43, with Mark Scott (Jerry Schumacher; Cambridge & Coleridge) just missing out on victory in the men’s 3000m, clocking 7:46.11 for second spot.
Tim Duckworth (Toby Stevenson; Liverpool) opened up his season with a ninth place finish in the men’s pole vault with a best of 4.61m, backing it up with a third place 6.96m effort in the long jump.