15th October 2018
Manchester Half Marathon, Manchester, 14 October
In his first race since a fifth place finish on the track at the European Championships, Andy Vernon (coach: Nic Bideau; club: Aldershot, Farnham & District) showed his rivals a clean pair of heels on the streets of Manchester as he broke the tape in 63.36.
Competing over 13.1 miles, Vernon got the better of in-form Scot, Luke Traynor (Giffnock North), who finished second in 63.59, with Kieran Clements (Shaftesbury Barnet) third on his half marathon debut, with a 64.31 run. The women’s race saw a local victory, Leigh Harriers’ Lauren Howarth (Steve Vernon; Leigh) stopping the clock in 74.13, just over a minute clear of Calli Thackery (Joe Franklin; Hallamshire).
Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon, Peterborough, 14 October
Lincoln Wellington filled four of the first five positions in their local half marathon, showing great strength in depth with all four men inside 67 minutes, Lucian Allison (Mark Baddeley) leading the way with a 65.27 personal best.
Wisconsin Pre Nationals, Wisconsin, USA, 13 October
With such outstanding strength in depth the men’s event is split across two races, the men’s white race and the men’s cardinal race, with times easily comparable on the flat, fast golf course that plays host to the event. To the fore throughout in the men’s white race was Chris Olley (Mark Hookway; Tonbridge) and in a blanket finish he finished in an outstanding third place, covering the 8km course in 23:54.9, tied on tenths of a second with the runner-up. In the cardinal race Colorado student Ryan Forsyth led the way with a top ten finish, crossing the in 24.01, with James West (George Gandy; Tonbridge) 17th, just over 10 seconds back.
Kent League, Nonnington, 13 October
The local cross country leagues kicked off in earnest this weekend and down in Kent it was Corey De’Ath (Mick Woods; Tonbridge) who showed great early season form to get the better of Ryan Driscoll (Mark Hookway; Tonbridge) and Abel Tsegay (Peter Mullervy; Invicta East Kent).
Metropolitan League, Claybury, 13 October
International steeplechaser Adam Kirk-Smith (London Heathside) showed a great turn of pace to win the opening round of the Met League by just one second from Robel Bahelbi (Highgate Harriers). In the ladies race Naomi Taschimowitz (Charlotte Fisher; Shaftesbury Barnet) was a runaway winner, over a minute clear of her nearest rival.
Penn State Nationals Open, Pennsylvania, USA, 12 October
Competing for the hosts, Julia Paternain (Mark Vile; Cambridge & Coleridge) produced a crowd pleasing victory, edging out her Michigan State rivals to score her third victory of the season. In the men’s race Liam Dee (Ricardo Santos; Shaftesbury Barnet) was best of the Brits in ninth.