11th November 2019
British Athletics Cross Challenge, Milton Keynes, 9 November
Mahamed Mahamed made immediate progress on the British Athletics Cross Challenge series as he won the Milton Keynes leg with Kate Avery also victorious.
Mahamed opened up with a second behind Marc Scott in Cardiff last month but was not to be beaten in Milton Keynes as she surged to victory in 29:37.
He is clearly fond of the course at Teardrop Lakes having won on the previous two occasions and there was to be no stopping his run to a third win in a row.
Sam Stabler, who was also in Cardiff, pushed the favourite all the way but had to settle for second in 29:42 while Tom Evans and Jack Gray rounded off a top four who all went under 30 minutes.
Like Mahamed, Avery clearly likes the Milton Keynes race as she ensured it was two from two for her personally with victory in a tight women’s race.
Avery, winner last year and back out on the cross country circuit, picked up her first victory of the year at Teardrop Lakes in 20:11, pushed all the way by training partner Amy Griffiths, who was second in 20:15.
Bronwen Owen completed the top three with 20:18 while Emily Hosker-Thornhill was fourth in 20:29.
Cross Internacional de Atapuerca, Atapuerca, Spain, 9 November
Charlotte Arter continued her fine run of recent form as she finished seventh, and as the highest European, in the mountains in northern Spain.
Arter, winner of the Leeds Abbey Dash at the end of October and Cardiff 10k at the start of September, clocked 26:29 to place seventh on the continent, less than a minute behind the winner.
She was joined in Spain by fellow Brit Jenny Nesbitt, who was two places behind in ninth in 27:18 as she maintains her own good start to the winter season.
Lindsays Scottish Athletics National Short Course Cross Country Championships, Kirkcaldy, 9 November
Andrew Butchart claimed his second win of the winter, once again in Scotland, on his second appearance since the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
Butchart, victorious at the Scottish East District League in October, was once again dominant as he took on another cross country race in Kirkcaldy, winning a tight 4k race in 11:54.
The Olympic finalist was pushed all the way by Sol Sweeney, who finished second in 11:55, and Carl Avery, who was one place behind in 11:58.
Butchart’s effort also helped the senior men’s team from Central AC take victory, Jamie Crowe’s fourth also more than helpful.
In the women’s race, there was a Fife AC one-two as Annabel Simpson won in 13:57, seven seconds ahead of clubmate Jenny Selman, although Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds were the most consistent club and would take the team title.