4th December 2017
Percy Pud 10k, Sheffield, 3 December
Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall) rounded out a memorable 2017 season with victory in Sheffield, finishing an impressive second overall behind winner Andrew Heyes (Steve Vernon). Having broken the course record in 2016, McColgan had set herself a great benchmark, which she revised by ten seconds, crossing the line in 32:32 minutes. That time on a tough, undulating course was just half a minute down on her best. Local lad Heyes achieved a similar feat in the men’s race, as he took 15 seconds off the course record with an impressive 29:42 winning run.
Course de l’Escalade, Geneva, Switzerland, 2 December
Steph Twell (coach: Mick Woods) fine-tuned her preparations for the European Cross Country Championships next weekend with a fine third place finish on the cobbles in Switzerland. On a compact city centre course, the Aldershot athlete secured a podium finish, completing the 7.4km course in 24:02, just over ten seconds down on winner Helen Bekele.
In the men’s race Daniel Studley (Dave Harmer) and Jonny Mellor (Vernon) enjoyed a great battle, the former prevailing by just two seconds as the duo finished ninth and tenth in a strong field.
2017 BU Opener, Boston, USA, 2 December
After a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships two weeks ago, Alice Wright (Joe Franklin) hopped straight onto the track to all but secure her place at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Competing over 5000m against a quality field, the GB international revised her indoor personal best and was just a second outside her lifetime best with an impressive 15:46.85 clocking, good for sixth.