14th January 2019
10K Valencia Ibercaja, Valencia, Spain, 13 January
After a minor injury setback forced him to miss the Fukuoka Marathon just before the turn of the year, Callum Hawkins (coach: Robert Hawkins; club: Kilbarchan) bounced back in style to clock a 10km personal best over in Spain. Running against a world class field, so strong that the young Scot only finished 19th, Hawkins crossed the line in 28.55, less than 10 seconds behind the leading European on the day. This run bodes well as he builds towards his next marathon later this year.
In the women’s race there was also a nice early season personal best for Jennifer Nesbitt (David Walker; Worcester), who sliced 14 seconds off her previous 10km road best as she finished 11th in 33:10.
Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza, Elgoibar, Spain, 13 January
Representing England at this high quality cross country meeting in Spain, Amelia Samuels (John Abbiss; Wolverhampton & Bilston) and Holly Page (Jason Marchant; Dartford) scored a fine 1-2 in the junior women’s race, getting the better of international opposition.
In fact all four runners finished in the top ten, with Shannon Flockhart (Mark Vile; Cambridge & Coleridge) fourth and Olivia Mason (Graeme Mason; Border) tenth. It was a similar story in the junior men’s race with Zakariya Mahamed (Peter Haynes; Southampton AC) and Euan Brennan (Andrew Henderson; Ilkley) also taking the top two spots on the podium after a race long tussle.
In the senior races, Kate Holt (Alan Morris; City of Stoke) was the best placed Brit in fifth, with marathoner Lily Partridge (self; Aldershot, Farnham & District) making a return to the country just one place back, whilst Rachel Robinson (Bashir Hussain; Marshall Milton Keynes) had a breakthrough run in eighth. Mahamed Mahamed (Haynes; Southampton AC) led home the senior men’s England team with a 12th place finish, 10 seconds and two places ahead of Jack Millar (David Bedwell; Bristol & West).
FPSG National Open, Glasgow, 12-13 January
Eilidh Doyle (Brian Doyle; Pitreavie) doubled the 200m distance she competed over last weekend, winning the women’s 400m in 53.38 to go top of the Power of 10 rankings. Also in action again were Jemma Reekie (Andy Young; Kilbarchan) and Sol Sweeney (Andy Young; Perth Strathtay) the duo both stepping down a distance from last weekend to win the 800m and 1500m respectively; Reekie raced to an indoor personal best of 2.03.06, which puts her fifth on the Scottish indoor all-time list, whilst Sweeney posted a solo 3.45.04.
Northern Athletics U17 / U20 / Senior Championships, Sheffield, 12-13 January
Andrew Robertson (Sale Harriers Manchester) improved his season’s best to 6.68 in winning the North of England title in Sheffield, Sam Miller (Leon Baptiste; Preston) also running a 6.78 season’s best to take silver. Lucy Hadaway (Matt Barton; City of York) was one of the stars of the show as she took the U20 60m Hurdles title in an 8.74 personal best, that also bettered Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s Championship Best, whilst in the senior men’s race Jason Nicholson (Janice Kaufman; Gateshead Harriers) set an 8.15 personal best to take the title.
In the field, Adam Hague (Trevor Fox; Sheffield & Dearne) unsurprisingly took top billing as he won the pole vault with a 5.40m clearance, his first outing of 2019. Naomi Ogbeta (Tom Cullen; Trafford) was also in winning form, taking the women’s triple jump title with a 13.49m effort, whilst Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson; City of York) won the men’s shot with a put of 18.74m.
Loughborough Students AC Open, Loughborough, 12 January
Loughborough University student Cameron Fillery (Michael Baker; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) made good use of his home meeting to smash his personal best not once but twice, as he won two 60m hurdles races in 7.96 and then 7.92 to take up the top spot on the Power of 10. There were also sub eight runs for Jake Porter (Andy Paul; Birchfield) and Jack Hatton (Mark Hatton; Thames Valley) who both ran 7.97 to finish runner-up to Fillery in the two races.
In the flat 60m, World Junior 100m finalist Dom Ashwell (Marvin Rowe; Shaftesbury Barnet) opened his season with a brace of 6.70 clockings, good enough for victory in both of his races, whilst U20 Amy Hunt (Joe McDonnell; Charnwood) showed her emerging talent as she set a 7.41 personal best to win the fastest women’s 60m race of the day. Meanwhile in series two Meghan Beesley (Baker; Birchfield) set a personal best of 7.51 to edge out Risqat Fabunmi-Alade (Piotr Spas; Swansea) by one hundredth.
Wolverine Invitational, Ann Arbor, USA, 12 January
Cindy Ofili (Jeff Porter; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) was back in action for the first time since August as she raced over the sprint distances with success. First running over 60m, the hurdler clocked 7.52 for second in her heat, before running 7.50 to win the final, not a million miles outside her 7.37 personal best. Later on she also contested the 200m, this time third in 24.78.
Arkansas Invitational, Fayetteville, USA, 11 January
60m man Roy Ejiakuewkwu (Sale Harriers Manchester) opened his 2019 campaign in fine style as he went within one hundredth of his personal best to win a 60m race on his home track. Having not raced since May, his 6.72 effort bodes very well for 2019 and puts him fourth on the Power of 10 rankings at this early point in the year.
Hawkeye Invitational, Iowa City, USA, 11-12 January
Young jumper Jahisha Thomas (Blackheath & Bromley) kick started her year with a bang as she set a fine triple jump personal best of 13.56m to take victory at her University’s home track and also take the top spot on the Power of 10 rankings.
Ooredoo 10K, Doha, Qatar, 11 January
In what is now becoming an annual tradition, Eilish McColgan (Liz Nuttall; Dundee Hawkhill) was in action on the roads in Doha, where she is spending a month training in warmer climes under the guidance of her mother and coach Liz. Having set a 31:53 personal best here 12 months ago, McColgan showed she is once again in a great place training wise, as she revised that personal best by a further two seconds, crossing the line in 31:51. That performance saw her win the women’s race and finish 10th outright.