It was a great weekend of running and athletics, which saw Georgia Bruinvels regain her Greater Manchester Marathon crown, and a number of GB athletes, including Eilish McColgan achieve World Championship qualifying standards.
Greater Manchester Marathon, Manchester, 2 April
Georgia Bruinvels and Pat Martin were victorious in the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday.
In his first marathon Stockport Harriers Pat Martin was the first to cross the line, in an impressive time of 2:22:37. 2015’s leading woman Georgie Bruinvels proved that she was up to the challenge, and put in an excellent performance to regain her crown, crossing the line in 2:37:03.
Cardiff Bay 10K, Cardiff
Welsh athlete Dewi Griffiths won the Cardiff Bay 10k in 29.07, crossing the line almost a full minute ahead of his nearest competitor.
Tom Scott Memorial 10 (including Scottish Championships), Motherwell
London Marathon bound, Derek Rae ran a 10 mile personal best to win the Scottish Championships. His 53:38 time was 22 seconds faster than last year’s race.
GB athletes competing in the USA
Stanford Invitational, California, USA
In a high quality field, Scotland’s Eilish McColgan finished third, running inside the qualifying mark for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London. In what was her 10,000m debut she crossed the line in 32.10.59.
In the same race Charlotte Taylor finished one second behind McColgan in forth place, and also achieving a qualifying time for London. Taylor took a huge 74 seconds off her personal best time.
In the 5,000m Alex George finished fifth, comfortably inside the European U23 Championships qualifying standard. In the women’s 5,000m, Amy Eloise Neale won on her debut in a time of 15:39.30.
Ieuan Thomas recorded an impressive 8:33.68 3000m steeplechase PB to finish second in the A race.
In the men’s 1500m, Michael Rimmer did not finish after getting caught up in a collision with an official and pacer Pat McGregor.
Florida Relays, USA
In the 3000m steeplechase Zak Seddon claimed victory in a time of 8.30.17, achieving a World Championships qualifying standard and setting a new PB in the process.
In the women’s 800m, Marilyn Okoro was also victorious, winning in 2.02.50.
Carlsbad 5000, USA
Andy Vernon finished in fourth place in a time of 13:53. Adam Clarke and Tom Lancashire finished in 11th and 13th in times of 14:25 and 14:31.