Gill Bland brings you the action from this weekend with plenty of PBs in the States and some quick domestic road races

California was the location for a fantastic evening of running at the Sound Running Track Meeting. The 5000m saw Sarah Inglis run a PB of 15:16.90, followed home by Jenny Nesbitt who also upgraded her best to 15:17.39. In the B race, Cari Hughes clocked 16:18.30. For the men, Patrick Dever and Josh Kerr were in action, with the former running one second shy of a PB but still a European QT, finishing ninth in 13:20.59. Kerr was 20th in 13:37.99.


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Stephen Scullion race the 10,000m, finishing in 28:42.76. Earlier in the evening Neil Gourley won the men’s 1500m in 3:38.11 and Jake Heyward was third in 3:38.55. Jamaine Coleman was in the B race and still ran a seven-second PB of 3:39.37. In the women’s 1500m, Katie Snowden ran 4:03.90 to place third in a time which qualifies her for the World Champs, while Adelle Tracey bagged a European QT to place fifth in a PB of 4:05.52. In the B  race, Georgie Hartigan was second in 4:10.7 and Holly Archer eighth in 4:16.29. Over 800m, Kyle Langford was third in 1:47.49 and Ellie Baker ran 2:02.20.

Over in Toyko, the Seiko Golden Grand Prix saw Guy Learmouth in action over 800m, running 1:47.51. Aimee Pratt of Sale Harriers won the 5000m race at the Meeting Desafio Nerja  in Spain, running a time of 15:30.72.

Elsewhere on the global stage, Erick Kiptanui of Kenya ran a 1:00:05 debut to win Lisbon Half Marathon against strong winds.  Etagegn Woldu (ETH) ran 1:11:27 to clock a three minute PB for the women’s win. Norbert Kigen of Kenya took the victory at the Prague Marathon. Conditions were reportedly very warm, so he was a way off his previous best, but won in 2:07:54. However, the heat didn’t stop the women’s winner – Bekelech Gudeta Borecha of Ethiopia who took a minute off her previous best to break the tape in 2:22:56. We are awaiting the results of GB runners.

Scottish 5km Champs

The Sri Chinmoy 5k which was also the Tru Wealth Scottish 5k Champs saw thrilling fight for fast times and a top 20 all under 15 minutes. Jonny Glen won in 14:26, narrowly beating a photo finish for runner up, in the form of Christian Graham and Alastair Hay – both of whom ran 14:28. The women’s race had a little more daylight between podium places as Annabel Simpson took gold in 16:28, followed by Sarah Calvert in 16:43 and Naomi Lang in 16:49.

Track & back on the roads

On the track, the Tonbridge AC Evening Meet, wins over 3000m went to Michael Ellis in 8:37.89 and Madeleine Barker in 10:28.03. The Trafford Grand Prix  saw countless previous bests fall. One of those belonged to Daniel Bebbington, who won the 3000m in 8:19.31, while a season’s best for Lauren Heyes made her fastest woman in 9:07.12. At the Watford Open Graded Meeting Jack Goodwin of Bedford and County ran 8:20.26 and Pippa Roessler set a new PB of 9:23.06 to be fastest woman over 3000m.

Saturday’s Sunderland City 5k had a fast field, headed up by Carl Avery (Morpeth Harriers) 14:25, Tommy Power (Hallamshire Harriers) 14:26 and Jamie Hall 14:28 (Hallamshire Harriers).  Danielle Hodgkinson (Wallsend Harriers) 16:02, Phillipa Stone (Middlesborough) 16:10 and Gemma Hillier-Moses Charnwood AC 16:42 held the women’s medal positions.

The Sunday 10k podium places belonged to Liam Aldridge 31:18, Liam Taylor 31:52 and Stephen Jackson 32:20. Gold spot in the women’s race was taken by a familiar name – Aly Dixon – in 35:44. Following her home was Imogen Bungay in 37:35 and Robyn Naylor in 40:46.

The PB 5k in Ardingly saw two U20 gents dip under 15 minutes, with Hamish Reilly taking the win in 14:35 and Raif Serif second in 14:42. Sam Wade was third in 15:02. The women’s race was a swift one too – Verity Hopkins was first to the finish in 16:35 and therefore claims gold, though on chip time Maddie Jordan-Lee ran a second faster but was not first over the line. 16:50 earned Katie Bingle third place.

At Helensburgh 10k Sonia Samuels showed fine form, winning in 34:30, ahead of Carlene Burleigh (37:08) and Katie White (37:55). Sol Sweeney was the men’s winner, running a fantastic 30:00 flat. Weyney Ghebreselassie was next in 30:57 and Matthew Turner third in 33:08.  Dean Williamson set a new course record of 30:42 to top the podium at the Colchester 10k full results will be added here soon. Alex Miell-Ingram led the charge home at the Oxford Town & Gown 10k  crossing the line in 31:40 with Emma Hodson’s 35:38 earning her a 1st class finish.

Credit: Colchester 10km

Run Gatwick winners were as follows: Half Marathon – Neil Boniface 71:06 and Helen Gaunt 80:58, 10k – Ayoub Saji 32:33 and Imogen Amos 36:09, 5k – Ben Short 15:53 and 18:05. At the Leeds Half Marathon Joe Sagar took a clear win in 68:07, beating Jack Kelly’s 71:27. Faye Kirkby topped the women’s rankings in 83:48. Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon saw Ben Goddard take victory for Woking AC in 71:17 and 85:45 for Cecilia Sirrufo for Guildford and Godalming.

Harwich 5k was won by Sam Clayton with a time of 15:30.4 and Katie King who clocked 18:18.7. Hereford Couriers 5k victories went to Charlie Jones in 15:17 and Donna Morris in17:35. Over 5k at the Bedgebury Pinetum Summer Series Matt Britton was first home in 18:55 and Amy Seager 20:15. In the 10k race is was 10k Fraser Irving in 19:48 and Lucy Martlew in 44:19. Reece Ashfield (32:19)and Millie Smith (39:08) took the wins at the Dudley Kingswinford 10k. Benromach 10K was won by Adam Baker in 31:15 and Kirstie Rogan in 39:17

Top runner at the Great Yarmouth Promenade 5 mile race went to  James Reed (Cambridge and Coleridge) in 25:41 and Lacey Bareham (City of Norwich) in 30:13.

In RunThrough racing, there were a few on offer this week. The Chase the Sun Olympic Park 5 was won by Jacob Plummer (16:36) and Abigail Cardwell (19:25) while the 10k went to  George Suthon in 32:58 and Lizzie Broughton in 39:49. At the Tatton 10k Matthew Cooper won in 34:47 and Louise Blizzard in 42:35. In Victoria Park a half marathon race saw Andrew Risk victorious in 73:40 – nearly seven minutes clear of the rest of the field. Francesca Stocco took the women’s win in 89:36. Over 10k Scott Burrel (34:27) and Imogen Mackie (39:51) went home as top runners and in the 5k Nina Griffth won overall in 17:26 beating first male Thomas O’Brien who ran 17:58.The Exeter 10K River Run also had a female overall winner, as Charlie Arnell raced home in 36:28, putting her ahead of Don Rufus who was the first gent in 38:05. Ronnie Richmond clocked 31:49 to top the podium at the Bideford 10k alongside Sammy Antell with 36:33. Jamie Barnett won the Ivybridge 10k  in 32:43 and Lauren Knox first lady in 42:25

Ultra Awesomeness

In Ultra-world, the Pennine Barrier 50 was won by Rob Payne in 07:58:49 and Jess Gray in 09:37:54. Tristan Stephenson won the Centurion Thames Path 100  in 13:59:38 and Zoe Murphy had a storming day out, finishing third overall and first woman in 16:16:50.

The British Inter-Counties Senior Mountain Race and Junior Hill & Fell Championships will publish results here when available.