Thompson retains title while Steel shows strength to claim victory in windy 10-miler
Charlotte Purdue and Andy Vernon win Reading Half – weekly round-upMarch 20, 2017
A look at some of the top performances by British athletes over the past week, including a podium place for Tom Bosworth at the Lugano Trophy
Vitality Reading Half Marathon, March 19
Andy Vernon won in very windy conditions. He was successful in a time of 63:08, breaking clear of his Aldershot team-mate Chris Thompson with a 14:48 5km from 15km.
Thompson was second in 63:39 and Dewi Griffiths third in 63:54.
Aldershot also took the women’s race through Charlotte Purdue, who was a clear winner in 72:15.
Gemma Steel was a distant second in 73:37, while Katrina Wootton, who was with Purdue at 5km, was third in 74:18.
This week’s AW magazine will feature a full report and photographs from the event.
Lugano Trophy, Switzerland, March 19
Olympic 20km race walk sixth-placer Tom Bosworth clocked his third-quickest ever time to finish second.
His time of 81:53 to finish behind Alex Wright and ahead of world champion Miguel Angel Lopez is faster than any other Briton has ever clocked for the distance.
World junior champion Callum Wilkinson made his 20km walk debut and finished eighth in a British under-23 record of 83:47 to also dip inside the London 2017 IAAF World Championship qualifying mark.
Eastleigh 10km, March 19
It was very windy in one of the traditional fast early spring 10km races and Kate Maltby won the women’s race in 34:10.
Josh Grace won the men’s race in 31:03.
Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon, March 19
Michael Kallenberg won the men’s race in 67:21, while Lesley Locke was first woman in 80:59.
Brentwood Half Marathon, March 19
James Connor was first man in 69:33 and Alexa Joel was first woman in 83:04.
Coventry Half Marathon, March 19
Tom Whitmore won the men’s race in 72:52 and Nicola Sykes won the women’s race in 81:58.
Hampton Court Half Marathon, March 19
Joe Lewis won the men’s race in 71:48 and Steph McCall, who finished fifth overall, was first woman in 79:22.
Hastings Half Marathon, March 19
Ben Fish won the men’s race by five minutes in 69:52, while Sarah Gruber was first woman in 86:36.
Wilmslow Half Marathon, March 19
Mohammed Abu-Rezeq narrowly won the men’s race in 66:27, four seconds ahead of Matt Bond.
Fanni Gyurko was the winning woman in 78:11.
Sale Harriers Open, March 19
Adam Hague won the pole vault with a 5.50m clearance.
British Masters Cross Country Championships, Wavertree, Liverpool, March 18
W40 Helen Berry was a clear women’s 6km winner in 23:45 and she was followed home in the mixed race by the first M65 Nick Rose.
The former Commonwealth 5000m silver medallist and world cross country bronze medallist won by almost two minutes in 24:12 from David Oxland.
Other winners of note were W50 Jane Wassell (25:46), W55 Monica Williamson (26:20), W65 Angela Copson (27:49) and M75 Roger Wilson (29:49).
In his first race in the M40 age group, Liverpool’s Richard Burney won the men’s 8km race in 25:35 from Paul Green and Sullivan Smith.
Paul Ward was the M50 champion in 26:21. Graeme Saker was first M55 in 28:21 and Matt Shieds first M60 in 29:45.
Ed Prickett Relays, Nottingham, March 18
Birmingham University won the men’s race by close on two minutes from Loughborough.
Former European under-23 cross country champion Jonny Davies ran the fastest leg of 11:05.
Loughborough won the women’s race.