British distance running fans have a fantastic Friday with high quality fields taking to the roads in Milton Keynes and the track in Bromley
Ahmed and Owen head 28 waves of quality
At the Results Base MK5km PB Special 28 waves of 10 runners take to the roads and paths around Willen lake in Milton Keynes. With three women’s and three men’s elite waves there is plenty of action which you can follow live at the RunningLive Facebook page.
After her stunning PB of 15:45 at the Podium 5km Bronwen Owen will be the athlete to chase in the UK Endurance Conference Women’s Elite Wave A. In March Owen took over a minute off her 10km PB to finish 3rd at Trafford 10km in 33:30.
Ribble Valley’s Eleanor Bolton was another athlete taking a big post lockdown step forward at Podium where she clocked 15:56, following that up with a new 1500m PB of 4:26.86 at the BMC in Stetford just three days later.
Izzy Fry will be looking to crack the 16 minute mark after her 16:06 clocking at podium and 9:22 at Belgrave Endurance Night and she will have company in Leeds’ Claire Duck who has a road best of 15:51 set last year and 15:39 on the track from 2018.
England marathon runner and GB 50k athlete Dani Nimmock also features alongside the likes of Fast Running’s Hannah Irwin and Norwich’s Sarah Astin who clocked 16:09 at Podium 5km.
Barlow and McCall feature in ‘B’ Wave
GB Marathon runner Tracy Barlow features in the On Track Physio Elite Wave B. Barlow set a new half marathon PB of 72:12 at Barcelona Half just before lockdown and has a 5km best of 16:31. She is joined by the likes of Steph McCall of Herne Hill (PB – 16:37) and Lauren Cooper (PB 16:45).
The quality of the racing is fantastic and encompasses a third women’s elite wave sponsored by Loughborough Finance for Sport including the likes of Jen Granger, Emily Ruane and Alice Ritchie. Across the 28 waves there are women targeting sub 18 minutes with the depth illustrated by the British Trail Running Champion racing in wave T!
Ahmed, Gray and Sheldon in Men’s Elite A Wave
After a stunning 13:42 at Podium 5km Omar Ahmed is the man to watch in the Fast Running Mens Elite A Wave. Ahmed is a man who went into lockdown in fine form having set a new 10km PB of 28:39 at Telford at the end of last year.
He is joined by Jack Gray who shook off some rust at Podium 5km with 14:08 with plenty of marathon training miles in the legs. With a best of 13:47 he is likely to figure alongside Grant Sheldon. The triathlete took a huge chunk off his PB when clocking 13:51 at Podium 5km.
Linton Taylor, who ran 13:57 at Armagh earlier this year, England 10km runner Owen Hind (track PB – 13:58) and 29:45 10km man Dan Jarvis will all be looking to have a crack at the 14 minute barrier.
Packed with talent
You have to scroll back through eight waves of men before you find target times slower of 15 minutes+ and the New Levels Coaching Elite B Wave sees the likes of Jordan Rowe (track PB – 14:02), Scottish u/20 National XC Champion Freddie Carcas and GB ultra runner and 2:16 marathon man Paul Martelletti competing.
The Casa Correra Elite Wave C race includes Jack Millar and the familiar name of John Beattie who clocked 14:02 at Ipswich Twilight 5km last year.
Conditions look tough with some strong winds expected but that will not dampen the excitement surrounding such high quality racing on the roads post lockdown.
Bromley Twilight Invitational sees Scott and Yee head to head again
With stacked races from 800m to 3000m the Bromley Twilight Invitational has been put together by Mark Hookway and will be live streamed by Lloyd Kempson on the Team Project Run Instagram page.
The Men’s 3000m (four races) sees Marc Scott (PB – 7:43.37) back in racing action after is British 5km record at Podium. He will go head to head again with triathlon star Alex Yee, Oregon TC man James West (PB – 7:47.10), Leeds’ Phil Sesemann (PB – 7:55.71) and forner European U23 Cross Country Champion Jonny Davies (PB – 7:50.18).
The three Women’s 3000m races are just as stacked with quality. Leading contenders include Kate Avery (PB – 8:52.12), GB u/20 XC International Phoebe Barker,
Amelia Quirk (PB – 9:11), Gemma Kersey (PB – 9:10) and Verity Ockenden in excellent form on the back of her 15:37 at Podium 5km.
The 1500m races feature the likes of Sub 4:15 athletes Holly Archer and Beth Kidger as well as 4:03.73 GB star Jess Judd. For the men Ian Crowe-Wright (PB – 3:43.19) and Keiran Reilly (PB – 3:45.99) who competed for England at the Reykjavik International Games in February race with the likes of 3:38 man Adam Clarke and Dan Cheeseman who has a best of 3:44.38 set back in 2014 also on the start list.
Fabulous women’s 800m field
In the women’s 800m (two races) 2019 European U20 Champion Issy Boffey (PB – 2:02.92) races alongside Katie Snowden who has the fastest PB in the field with 2:00.92 set in 2017. Revee Walcott-Nolan has a PB of 2:01.74 and she joins in form Georgie Hartigan who has set three PBs in the space of three weeks most recently clocking 2:03.60 at the BMC in Stretford earlier this month.
Introducing @IsabelleBoffey to the list of elite athletes in the women’s 800m🏃♀️
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They are joined by the likes of BUCS indoor champion Louise Shanahan, 2:02.02 athlete Ellie Baker and Khahisa Mhlanga who ran a huge PB of 2:02.23 at Lee Valley last week. The women’s 800m is set to be two of the most competitive races of the night.
There are four men’s 800m races featuring 2017 Euro u23 silver medallist Daniel Rowden taking on the likes of British Indoors 1500m Champion George Mills, 2019 Euro u20 1500m bronze medallist Josh Lay, 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games 800m Champion Alex Botterill and Irish International and 1:46 man Zak Curran.
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