A thrilling finish at the English Road Relays, a GB top ten marathon performance in Rotterdam and a truck load of road racing. What a lovely weekend for it!
Clubs from all over the country came to Sutton Park to race in the ERRA National Road Relays this weekend. For the men it was a 12-stage race and one that went right to the wire as Tonbridge AC left it until the last leg to edge a thrilling win in a time of 4:13:11, brilliantly but narrowly beating Highgate Harriers (4:13:24) and Bedford Harriers (4:14:25). Nick Goolab and Thomas Keen won the fastest leg medals.
Tonbridge AC with their ERRA 12-stage road relay trophy. Highgate were second and Bedford & County third. Nick Goolab and Thomas Keen won the fastest leg medals. pic.twitter.com/DCzqPlUk0T
— England Athletics (@EnglandAthletic) April 9, 2022
The women’s 6-stage race was a less eventful affair mainly due to a great performance from Eleanor Bolton who went out hard with a 29:40 to put Salford Harriers in the lead from the get-go – a time which proved to be the fastest of the day.
Salford held their position right the way through, resulting in a commanding victory of 2:14:46. After the second lap Highgate Harriers moved themselves up into second and finished in a total 2:14:46. Basingstoke AC took third in 2:19:25. Gemma Steel ran the fastest short leg in 17:17.
Salford Harriers crowned ERRA national relay champions. Highgate took silver and Basingstoke Mid Hants bronze. pic.twitter.com/ce8FVKWJyn
— England Athletics (@EnglandAthletic) April 9, 2022
Earlier in the week the South Yorkshire Road League had its second race of the season, with Kai Sunman of Penistone Footpath Runners the men’s winner in 26:32 and Abbie Pearse of Steel City Striders the women’s in 31:04. Team results are pending. Essex County also held their relays but we are awaiting results.
Marathon(ish) Season Continues
Abdi Nageeye became the first Dutch winner of the Rotterdam Marathon in a time of 2:04:56, a new Dutch record. Haven Hailu Desse of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:21:01.
— NN Marathon Rotterdam (@MarathonRdam) April 10, 2022
But from a GB point of view the excitement came from Steeplechaser Weynay Ghebresalilasie who recently switched to run for GB ran a brilliant 2:12:17 to take 10th place. Ireland’s Stephen Scullion was after his own Irish record. He gave us plenty to watch, running a brave start and was on pace for a good chunk of the race but finished in 2:14:32
At the Zurich Marathon Switzerland’s Tadesse Arbaham, won the race in 2:06:38. Richard Rae was the first GB male in 2:47:56. Hawas Lenjiso Demito of Ethiopia held off Switzerland’s Maude Mathys by 27 seconds, to take the women’s win in 2:33:08. A strong weekend for the Ethiopian women! The first GB woman was Laura Getzmann in 2:55:31.
Back on the domestic stage Brighton Marathon’s weekend of racing kicked of with the 10k. Natasha Cockram was just two seconds outside her personal best, taking a convincing victory in 33:28. Second went to Harriet Bloor in 33:55.3 and third to Cassie Thorp in 34:41.8.
The men’s podium was filled by Ronny Wilson who broke the tape 30:03.7, Blake Moore just behind him in 30:07.10 and Jack Hutchens in 30:37.3
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With the 10k over, all eyes were on the Marathon. Alix Ramsier’s 2:29:07 earned him the 2022 crown alongside Melissah Gibson who continues her run of back to back marathons with a 2:51:06 win. Ben Holmes (2:29:25) and (Will Green) 2:30:01 were men’s runners up and Ania Gabb (2:52:43) and Sarah Hanley (2:56:00) the women’s.
Kent Spring Marathon was won by Lee Rogers in in 2:46:37, over twenty minutes clear of the next runner. That’s quite the solo race! Lidia Jean Delport was first lady in 3:29:46. In their half marathon option, Andrew Aitken took the top spot in 76:37 and Georgiana Robitu in 1:43:49.
And finally for the marathon-moments, The Great Welsh Marathon medals went to
Oliver Webb in 2:39:07 with David Craig second in 2:43:21 and Michael Bryant third in 2:43:52. Emma Wookey was first woman in 3:10:26. Over the half marathon (also great and Welsh) it was Dewi Griffiths who won out in 78:11 and Kelly Bowen in 89:21.
On the track, Charnwood AC held an open meeting in Loughborough on Wednesday where Elliot Smith of Newcastle Staffs AC set a big PB over 3000m, running 8:58.9. William Leggatt was second in 9:49.30 and Louise Hackett took third overall in 9:49.40.
Over 3000m at the Watford Open Graded Meeting Frank Morgan of Carmarthen & District Harriers was fastest, running a season’s best of 8:34.41, Rowan Miell-Ingram (Radley AC) was second in 8:34.85 and Birchfield’s Patrick Taylor PB’d to take third in 8:37.40.
The fastest woman in the A race was Megan Davies (Sale Harriers) with 9:09.28. The B race was won overall by Holly Dixon (Cambridge Harriers) in 9:28.92. The 1500m competition saw Luca Stubbs win in 4:01.45 and Khahisa Mhlanga fastest woman in 4:27.92
On the Roads
The Terry O’Gara 5k in North Tyneside had a pleasing winning time of 15 minutes on the nose for Sam Charlton. Stephen Jackson crosse the line 14 seconds later and then then Liam Taylor in 15:32. Danielle Hodgkinson, just recently return from Kenya, ran a shiny new road PB of 16:17 to be nearly a minute clear at the lead of the women’s race. Amy Fuller was second in 17:03 and Alexandra Sneddon third in 17:17.
Mastering the 5k at the Vets AC 5K (Battersea Park) earlier this week were Chris Loudon (M35) who won in 15:51.00, followed by Raj Paranandi (M45) in 16:14.00 and Alex Gibbins (M45) in 16:17.00. Jenny Heymann (W40) topped the women’s rankings in 18:29.00 with Kay Sheedy (W35) runner up in 18:43.00 and Rachel Berry (W50) third in 19:18.00.
At the Deep RiverRock Queens 5k and 3k races in Belfast, Nick Griggs of Mid Ulster AC was first in 14:13 and Emma Mitchell of Cloniffe Harriers in 16:09 over 5k. For the 3k race Chris Pollock (Annadale Striders ) in 9:11 and Jodi Foster (Willowfield Harriers) 10:27.
RunThrough’s Chase the Sun Hyde Park race series continues and this week’s edition resulted in a win over 10k for Calum Nicol (35:12) and Clem Haxby (42:52) while the 5k win went to Sam Dodd in 17:44 and Anna Farello (3rd OA) in 18:20.
Keeping it a little punchier, the midweek South Shields Monthly Mile was won by Tom Rutherford in 4:53 (Durham City Harriers) and youngster Alexa Reid was fastest female in 6:28 (Jarrow and Hebburn). Out west, Weston Prom 5mile winner Ben Robinson broke the tape in 25:46 and Kelly Dicks grabbed the women’s crown in 29:54.
RunThrough’s crew hit the speedy domain of Battersea Park on Saturday. The 10k saw Harry Kleiman 33:44 take the win in with Mischa Balen in second (34:19) and Jacob Plummer third in (34:24). Naomi Taschimowitz raced home to first in 34:31, while Armana Rai had a brilliant run of 36:26 for the runner-up spot and Claire Haryley-Marjoram ensured a sub-40 podium with her 39:12.
Over 5k Dylan Mitchard (16:46), James Bryden (16:55) and Mungo Parker (17:07) made up the men’s podium. For the women it was Brogan Wallace (17:20), Alix Vermeulen (18:06) and Nicky Payne (19:35) who took top rankings. At their Tatton 10k Gareth Griffins and Emily Palmer were winners in 34:27 and 41:54 respectively.
Not far down the road from Battersea, Kew the Run 10k was a winning location for Jonathan Parr in a time of 33:54 and Molly Chilton in 39:38. They also had a half marathon option which which was host to a commanding performance from Scott Overall, running 69:23 ahead of James Boustead (72:14) and Roman Banias (74:56). Catriona Paterson clocked 82:57 to race home as first woman with Mimi Corden Lloyd (84:44) and Niki Densley (85:18) in her wake.
The Cambridge and Cambourne 10k was won in 34:09 by Martin Amos and 40:14 by Kanina O’Neil and the Flitwick 10k had a speedy top three thanks to Jordan Clay (31:39), David Hudson Huntingdonshire (31:58) and Jonathan Janes (32:15). Joanna Hudson kept the top spot sub 40 for women, winning 39:42.
There were great conditions for Centurion’s South Downs Way 50 on Saturday. Both podiums were completely refreshed, with no repeat performances from last year. Covering the rolling big-miles in 6:49:10 Luke Davis was first to Eastbourne, with Stuart Farmer (6:50:47) and Guy Hudson (6:52:00) following him in.
Triathlete Bethan Male ran a 100k on the South Downs last year to place 7th but ran a huge upgrade on that performance over the 50, winning in 7:12:25 and placing 11th overall. Stacey Sangster was second in 7:48:20 and Dabi Battersby third in 8:00:47.
Today’s South Downs Way 50 winners 🏆, Luke Davis & Bethan Male.
A huge congratulations from all @centurionrunner
— centurionrunning (@centurionrunner) April 9, 2022
Meanwhile on very different terrain at the Crawley 6, 12 and 24 Hour Race the results were as follows: 6 hours – Ben Carroll 49.734 miles and Fiona Davies 35.679 miles, 12 hours – Mark Bissell 80.773 miles and Lorraine McMahon 75.730, 24 hours – Wendy Whearity 137.366 and Simon Prytherch 133.851