Kenyan confirms status as world’s premier marathon man while Steve Jones’ British record falls to third-placed Farah
Athletes see out 2017 in style – weekly round-upJanuary 1, 2018
Agnes Tirop and Muktar Edris claim BOclassic wins as Steph Twell finishes third, while Laura Weightman and Marc Scott secure Ribble Valley 10K titles
There was plenty of road race action taking place as athletes saw out 2017 in style both in the UK and overseas. Here are some of the highlights.
BOclassic, Bolzano, December 31
World 5000m champion Muktar Edris was a clear winner of the elite men’s New Year’s Eve 10km as he retained his title in 28:45.
Morocco’s Soufiane Bouqantar (29:07) and Hicham Amghar (29:08) were second and third respectively, while Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa was first European athlete, clocking 29:25 for fourth ahead of Norway’s European marathon record-holder Sondre Nordstad Moen. Britain’s Andy Vernon was ninth in 30:22.
Agnes Tirop won the elite women’s 5km in 15:30 from Margaret Kipkemboi with 15:58 as Britain’s Steph Twell finished third in 16:03 (pictured above on the podium), just ahead of Emelia Gorecka in fourth in 16:09.
Ribble Valley 10K, Clitheroe, December 31
Laura Weightman won in a fast 32:31 in her 10km race distance debut that moved her to second in the UK rankings for 2017, just missing the course record.
The World Championships 1500m sixth-placer had a clear win over British 10,000m track champion Beth Potter, who was 21st over the 25 lap distance in at the Worlds in London. Potter set a PB 33:00.
Another UK World Championships representative Marc Scott was a clear men’s winner in 29:37 as he won by around 100m from double Olympic triathlon medallist Jonathan Brownlee.
Corrida de Houilles 10km, Houilles, France, December 31
Julien Wanders narrowly won the 10km with a time of 28:02 from Ethiopia’s Jemal Mekonnen, improving his own Swiss record.
Ben Connor (pictured below) was the leading Briton in sixth in 29:03. Luke Traynor was 11th in 29:29, while world marathon fourth-placer Callum Hawkins was 12th in 29:32. Jonny Mellor was 15th with 30:02 and Robbie Simpson 24th with 30:46.
Kenyan Stacey Ndiwa was the first woman in a time of 31:35.
World Championships steeplechaser Rosie Clarke finished fourth in a PB 33:04, while Katrina Wootton was sixth in 33:33.
San Silvestre Vallecana, Madrid, Spain, December 31
Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka won in 30:55 ahead of Portugal’s Catarina Ribeiro with 32:41 and Britain’s Alyson Dixon with 32:57.
Sonia Samuels was sixth in 33:26.
Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the men’s race in 27:34 for the event’s third fastest ever time.
Britain’s Chris Thompson was ninth with 28:57.
Nos Galan Road Races, Mountain Ash, Wales, December 31
Local athlete Ieuan Thomas claimed the title for the first time since 2012, clocking 14:29, while Alaw Beynon-Thomas won the women’s race in 16:49.
We Run Rome, Italy, December 31
Poland’s Karolina Nadolska won the women’s 10km in 33:35 as Britain’s Lily Partridge was third in 33:53, while the men’s race was won by Kenya’s James Kibet in 29:03.
» Further coverage and results in the January 4 edition of AW