22nd May 2023


Away from the Night of 10,000m PBs, Loughborough International and European Race Walking Team Championships, there was plenty of British athletes in action around the world.


Swiss Nationals, Arbon, 20-21 May

Hannah Cockroft (coach: Paul Moseley, club: Leeds) improved her T34 200m world record to 28.90 (-0.1), while Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins, Kirkby AC) and Eden Rainbow-Cooper (David Weir, Weir Archer Academy) earned superb British records in the T54 wheelchair classes.

Cockroft, who set several world records in Dubai earlier this year, continued her excellent form as she lowered the mark in the 200m on Saturday. She also posted times of 16.40 in the 100m, 54.01 over 400m and 1:46.48 in the 800m.

In the same class, there was joy for Kare Adenegan (Job King, Coventry) who improved her lifetime best in the 800m to 1:55.88, the quickest time of her career by some margin.

Also starring in the women’s T34 class was Fabienne Andre (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) who lowered her personal bests in the 200m [33.69], 400m [62.91] and 800m [2:05.22].

In one of the races of the event, Nathan Maguire improved his T54 British record even further T54 with a time of 1:28.19. He was closely followed by Danny Sidbury (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) who was just 0.03s behind in 1:28.22 which was also well inside previous British record.

Sidbury also achieved a PB in the 400m, recording a time of 46.13 to continue his best form in Switzerland.

After an encouraging start to the 2023 season, Eden Rainbow-Cooper lowered the women’s T54 5000m British record to 10:46.87, her first time under the 11-minute mark. In a distance she has not raced over often on the track, the Weir Archer Academy athlete transferred her excellent form on the roads into a fine performance in the track, improving Jade Hall’s previous best of 11:16.02.

There was success for Paralympic medallist Sammi Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) as she continued her fine form to post lifetime bests in the 200m [28.01] and 800m [1:44.19].

In the men’s T33 800m class, James Freeman (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) lowered the 800m European record to 2:05.51.



Great Manchester Run 10km, Manchester, 21 May

Marc Scott (Richmond & Zetland) was a close second place in the elite men’s race, clocking a time of 28:31, just four seconds behind eventual winner, Eyob Faniel (ITA). In the penultimate race of his career, Mo Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles) was eighth in a time of 29:11.

Hellen Obiri (KEN) won the women’s race in 31:14 ahead of Peres Jepchirchir (KEN), while Briton Calli Thackery (Hallamshire) reached the top three placings with a time of 32:51, just four seconds ahead of Steph Twell (Aldershot Farnham and District) in fourth.

Commonwealth medallist Sean Frame (Joyce Rammell, Red Star) won the men’s race ahead of JohnBoy Smith (Christine Parsloe, Sutton & District) in a time of 21:52, while Jade Hall (New Marske) was the first across the line in the women’s race in 26:27.



Hallesche Werfertage, Halle, Germany, 20-21 May

Lawrence Okoye (Zane Duquemin, Croydon) won the men’s discus competition in Halle, his 64.78m throw the best of his series.

After winning U23 gold at the European Throwing Cup in March, Serena Vincent (Mike Winch, City of Portsmouth) continued her strong 2023 campaign with second place in the U23 shot put, throwing 16.37m.

Meanwhile, Michael Allison (Tom Dobbing, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) won the U20 men’s javelin with 68.91m the furthest mark of his series.