23rd April 2018
Virgin Money London Marathon, London, 22 April
Mo Farah (coach: Gary Lough) and Lily Partridge (Alan Storey) set new bests to take the British titles at the London Marathon while there were three victories in the Para races in the capital.
LSU Alumni Gold, Baton Rouge, USA, 21 April
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Dennis Shaver) opened his outdoor season with a bang as he made the most of perfect sprinting conditions to clock a 100m time of 10.08 seconds (+2.0m/s). That winning run shows that he has wintered well despite a small niggle and will be a force to be reckoned with over his favoured 200m distance this summer. Jake Norris (Paul Dickenson) backed up his recent 72.70m hammer personal best with a 71.72m winning effort.
Bryan Clay Invitational, Azusa, USA, 18-20 April
Josh Kerr (Joe Franklin) once again showed his class in his first outdoor race of the year, breaking the NCAA 1500m record with a stunning 3:35.01 minutes winning run. In a fast race containing the best collegiate talent, Kerr asserted his authority to win by a full second and take nearly that margin off his old best set at the same meeting last year.
This bodes well for the Edinburgh athlete, who is reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champion; he’ll look to defend that title in June. There was also an impressive 3:37.41 personal best for James West (George Gandy) in seventh place, the Oregon man knocking a full two seconds off his previous best.
Scottish 10,000m Championships, Crownpoint, Glasgow, 20 April
Lachlan Oates (John Montgomery) took his second Scottish title, having won a number of minor medals over various distances over the last few years with an impressive win over 25 laps. Going head to head with Fife’s Logan Rees (Ron Morrison), the pair were both operating inside personal best schedule thanks to the pacing of Kris Jones, with the rest of the field left to fight for bronze, which was won by Stuart Gibson.
Edging away in the closing stages, Oates prevailed in 29:48.80 with Rees crossing the line in 29:59.43, both men going sub 30 on the track for the first time.
In the women’s race Northern Ireland’s Fionnuala Ross continued her fine form over the last 12 months as she set a new 34:05.59 personal best to take the Scottish title. A Scottish resident competing for Shettleston, the same club as Oates, Ross sliced over a minute off her previous best on the track to finish ninth in a mixed race but almost three minutes clear of her nearest female competitor.
Virginia Challenge, Charlottesville, USA, 20-21 April
Discus thrower Gregory Thompson (Neville Thompson) revised his personal best to 60.81m, only his second throw over 60m, to move to second on the Power of 10 rankings at this early point in the season.