Aldershot easy winners at Southern relays

Domestic and international highlights from last weekend

Aldershot's third-leg runner, Lily Partridge (Mark Shearman)

Emelia Gorecka’s fastest leg helped Aldershot, Farnham & District to a successful defence of the women’s title at the Saucony South of England 12 and 6-Stage Relays at Milton Keynes on Sunday.

The European junior cross-country champion’s team-mate Emma Pallant clocked the second-fastest stage and they were assisted by Georgie Bruinvels, Lily Partridge, Bryony Proctor and Beth Carter. The sextet claimed a massive six-minute margin of victory over AFD’s ‘B’ team and a time of 1 hour 44 minutes 17 seconds.

The men’s race also saw a retained title as Newham & Essex Beagles came home just 32 seconds clear of Highgate Harriers in a much tighter battle. Inter-Counties and National cross-country champion Keith Gerrard (NEB) and Florien Neuschwander (Kent AC) ran the quickest short and long legs respectively.

See this week’s AW for a four-page report and pictures. In the meantine, see here for results.

Lucy Elliott, former National individual silver medallist, romped home to a 58-second win in the BMAF Cross Country Championships in Bath. Northern Ireland’s Dave Morwood took the men’s title.

See here for results and this week’s AW for a two-page report.

International round-up

Wallace Spearmon clocked 19.95, the fastest-ever 200m time at sea-level during March – the previous quickest was 20.17. Former world 400m champion Jeremy Wariner was behind him in 20.53.

Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese took the Lisbon Half-marathon for the third time in succession, clocking 59:34 on the fast course. American Shalane Flanagan ran 68:25 to take the women’s race in a course record.

Caster Semenya took an easy victory in her opening 800m of the year, running 2:03.60 in Potchefstroom.

Meanwhile at the same venue, another South African, LJ van Zyl – among Dai Greene’s biggest potential Olympic rivals in the 400m hurdles – failed to repeat his scintillating early-season form of 2011 as he was well-beaten in the 400m flat in 46.50. Last year the world bronze medallist ran 47.66 for his main event in February, which stood up to be the fastest of 2011, but last weekend he was 1.6 seconds outside his altitude best.

British round-up

Katarina Johnson-Thompson was just nine points short of Carolina Kluft’s world junior indoor pentathlon record when she recorded 4526 at a combined events international in Cardiff.

Johnson-Thompson, 19, goes to 14th on the world senior rankings for 2012 and third on the UK all-time list behind Jessica Ennis and Kelly Sotherton.

Dominic King produced an Olympic B qualifying standard when finishing a 50km walk in Dudince, Slovakia, in 4:06:34. Only seven British men have ever gone quicker.

Abi Oyepitan ran her fastest time for eight years when clocked a wind-assisted 22.75 for the 200m in Orlando.

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