Athletes race for British mile titles on sunny day in London
Jenny Simpson wins and Laura Weightman runs British road mile best in New YorkSeptember 10, 2017
American races to a record sixth victory at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, while Nick Willis takes men’s title ahead of Chris O’Hare
Jenny Simpson and Nick Willis claimed victory at Sunday’s New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, where Laura Weightman ran a big PB to break the British road mile best.
USA’s multiple global 1500m medallist Simpson clocked 4:16.6 for a record-extending sixth win, her time matching the course record run by PattiSue Plumer in 1990, while New Zealand’s two-time Olympic medallist Willis won his fourth men’s title in 3:51.3.
Behind them, British athletes claimed both runner-up spots, with world sixth-placer Weightman running 4:17.6 for the fastest ever road mile by a British woman and world finalist O’Hare clocking a Scottish best of 3:52.0.
“What a finish to the what has been an amazing season …. 2nd in @nyrr 5th Ave mile 4:17.62. British road mile best,” Weightman wrote on Twitter.
— Laura Weightman (@LauraWeightman) September 10, 2017
Simpson said: “I thought the course record would have been out of reach for my whole career, so I’m really proud to have equaled it.
“I’ve had all the range of emotions before on 5th Avenue. I’ve finished this race before and cried because the season felt so long. I’ve finished this race before and hoped there was another race the next week. I feel so appropriately in the middle of those two emotions right now.”
Behind Weightman and O’Hare, other British athletes also impressed as Jessica Judd ran 4:18.3 to place third and move to second on the UK all-time list, while Eilish McColgan finished fifth in 4:19.20. Sarah McDonald was 15th in 4:29.
Jake Wightman was eighth in 3:52.90.