Gutsy gold for Alex Dunbar on day two at BUCS

St Mary’s athlete claims first BUCS title in Bedford on a day that sees Martin Rees continue his record-breaking ways in Bristol and Christine Ohuruogu start her season strongly in Kingston

Dunbar leads McLeod in 10km at BUCS 2013 (Mark Shearman)

The warmer weather on day two of the BUCS Championships set the tone for the heating up of the action on the track and in the field and the students duly delivered, writes Emily Moss.

Alex Dunbar was arguably the surprise package of the championships so far. Boasting a 10k road PB of 31:45, it was fair to say that the St Mary’s student entered the race as something of an underdog. Tracked by GB international Ryan McLeod (Loughborough) for most of the race, Dunbar was left to do much of the leading. McLeod overtook Dunbar with four laps to go, but Dunbar was rallied and got himself back in front and stretched out his lead to win his first BUCS title in 30:51.53.

The winner of the women’s 25-lap event also set a PB, with Rhona Auckland (Edinburgh) taking the title in 34:07.61 from Rebecca Moore (Cambridge), who also set a PB of 34:27.85. Loughborough’s Beth Potter was third.

The only other finals on the track were in the shortest discipline. Adeseye Ogunlewe (Essex) took the men’s 100m in 10.41, although the wind reading was slightly over the legal limit at +2.3, with Marilyn Nwawulor (Middlesex) taking the women’s honours in 11.97.

In the field, Nick Cruchley won the pole vault with a 5m clearance, whilst BUCS indoor champion Nathan Fox took victory from Brunel teammate Michael Puplampu in the triple jump (16.13m to 15.77m). St Mary’s Zane Duquemin claimed his second victory of the weekend, having taken the shot title with a CBP on day one, with a 58.82m discus throw to finish nine metres ahead of his nearest rival. Tim Williams (Loughborough) won the hammer with 58.87m.

On the women’s side, Kitan Eleyae (Queen Mary) won the long jump with 6.14m from world junior bronze medallist Jazmin Sawyers (Sheffield), who jumped 6.07m. GB international Myra Perkins (Loughborough) won the hammer with 58.20m.

Several track events are shaping up to feature thrilling head-to-heads in the final on Monday. Last year’s world junior 800m finalist Emily Dudgeon (Cambridge) takes on Ireland’s European Indoor 1500m athlete Claire Tarplee (Loughborough) in the women’s 800m, while 2011 UK number one and world championships 1500m representative James Shane (Anglian Ruskin) returns after missing the whole of last season to go head-to-head with 1:47 800 athlete Guy Learmonth in the 1500m.

Record-breaking Rees runs strong in Bristol

Martin Rees set his third M60 world record of the year with his 32:54 at the Bristol 10k on Sunday.

Taking almost 30 seconds off the previous world best, the Welsh runner added the 10km result to the half marathon and 10-mile world records he has already set in Bath and Lampeter in 2013.

That wasn’t the only record broken in Bristol, as Gemma Steele broke the women’s course record by more than a minute to cross the line in 32:15.

The Charnwood AC runner, who won the RunBritain Grand Prix series in 2011, proved she is well over her injury woes to finish strongly in what is the second RunBritain event of the series, ahead of Selam Abere (32:21) and Katrina Wooton (32:23), who took almost a minute off of her PB.

Dave Webb won the men’s race, adding Sunday’s victory to his first-Brit finish at the Reading Half Marathon in March, the first event in the 2013 RunBritain Grand Prix.

Judd and Jones in action in Pavia

Jess Judd demonstrated a fine start to the season in Italy on Sunday, the young athlete running 4:14.43 over 1500m to secure third place in Pavia behind Italians Margherita Magnani (4:12.35) and Giulia Alessandra Viola (4:12.88).

Hayley Jones was victorious in the women’s 400m, crossing the line in 53.49, with fellow Brits Laura Wake and Meghan Beesley fourth and sixth respectively (53.99 and 55.05). Luke Lennon-Ford took the men’s 400m title in 47.10.

Strong start to season for Ohuruogu

Elsewhere and overnight action saw Christine Ohuruogu record her best-ever season opener with 50.58 in the 400m at the Jamaica International Invitational.

The result is sure to bode well for the London 2012 silver medallist, who finished just behind Jamaica’s Stephanie Ann McPherson who crossed the line in 50.43. Fellow Brit Shana Cox finished sixth in 51.90.

Tyson Gay also got his season off to a great start in Kingston, the American storming to 100m victory in 9.86 (+0.2) ahead of Jamaican Nesta Carter (10.03) and American Darvis Patton (10.07).

In the women’s 100m, Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown ran 11.01 to take the win ahead of Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.06) of Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaican Carrie Russel crossed in 11.08 for third while American Allyson Felix had to settle for fifth place with 11.13.

Over in Japan and British Olympian Gareth Warburton finished fourth in the 800m in a time of 1:48.11 at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix. He was edged outside the top three by Kenyans Anthony Chemut (1:46.51) and Robert Biwott (1:46.98) and American Tyler Mulder (1:47.22).

In the 100m event Japan’s world junior record-holder Yoshihide Kiryu ran 10.40 for third place, finishing behind American Mike Rodgers (10.19) and Derrick Atkins (10.24).

» Athletics Weekly is reporting from all three days of the BUCS Championships (May 4-6), with full in-depth coverage in the May 9 issue of AW

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