1st October 2018
Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Half Marathon, Glasgow, 30 September
Chris Thompson (coach: Alan Storey) was in fine form on the streets of Glasgow on Sunday morning, winning the Great Scottish Half Marathon in fine style, recoding his fastest time for six years. Returning to the roads after good runs over both 5,000m and 10,000m at the European Championships, Thompson showed his rivals a clean pair of heels, pulling clear to break the tape in 62.07, almost 20 seconds clear of the runner-up. Scot, Luke Traynor, continued his breakthrough 2018 with a third-place finish in 62.56.
World Para Athletics marathon cup champion Derek Rae (Ron Morrison) went sub-70 minutes for the first time, clocking 69:25.
Shettleston’s Fionnuala Ross was first Brit home in the women’s race, the Northern Irishwoman setting a new personal best of 74.11, good for fourth in a race won by Mare Dibaba.
In the women’s wheelchair race local favourite Sammi Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin) was a clear winner in 30.36, with her Red Star AC teammate Kyle Brotherton (Mirfin) first Brit in the men’s race in third place.
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, Wisconsin, USA, 28 September
Jamie Dee (Ricardo Santos) contested his first major cross-country event across the pond in America and wasn’t overawed by the occasion, a brilliant run bringing him home 29th in a time of 23.51 for the 8km course. Ryan Forsyth was next Brit home in 34th, whilst in only his second race since enrolling at San Francisco University, Chris Olley (Mark Hookway) was a creditable 38th off the back of a 13.55 5,000m personal best this summer. In the women’s A race Julia Paternain (Mark Vile) was in good form, leading her Penn State team home with a top 30 finish.
Stanford Invitational, California, USA, 29 September
Poppy Tank (Simon Anderson) enjoyed a huge breakthrough performance at the famous Stanford Invitational as she finished sixth in a stellar field on the fast, flat course.
Roy Griak Invitational, Minnesota, USA, 29 September
Harvard student Hugo Milner was in great form at the Roy Griak Invitational, battling for the win all the way, eventually having to settle for third place, just three seconds down on the winner. What’s more, his teammate William Battershill was sixth, to ensure Havard were on the team podium in third.