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Jess Judd and Melissa Courtney impress in Watford – weekly round-up

Jess Judd and Melissa Courtney impress in Watford – weekly round-up

Pair move into the top 15 on the UK all-time 3000m list

On a busy weekend most eyes were on the Simplyhealth Great North Run, the Great North CityGames, Joyciline Jepkosgei’s world 10km record at Prague and the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile (reports here) but other action included the following.

Watford Open Graded Meeting, Watford, September 6

In the 3000m both Jess Judd and Melissa Courtney moved into the UK all-time top 15.

Judd did her first sub-8:50 with 8:43.24 and half a second back, Courtney went inside nine minutes for the first time with a breakthrough of 8:43.72 for a Welsh record. Courtney went on to surprisingly win the mile at Newcastle.

Ahead of them and second in the race was England under-17 champion and ESAA and Schools International winner Thomas Keen. His PB time of 8:24.87 went top of the under-17 rankings for 2017 by the margin of six hundredths of a second. Robert Warner won in 8:24.48.

Southern U15/U20 Inter County Championships, Horspath, September 10

Essex were clear winners of the under-20 event with a score of 140.5 points with Kent (112) and Middlesex (105) completing the top three.

The under-15 match was much closer with Kent (124.5) winning just ahead of Sussex (123.5) and Essex (107).

Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medallist Amber Anning made a rare excursion to the 100m and after a 12.00 PB heat, she won the final in 11.79 to go second in the 2017 under-17 rankings.

Amelia Quirk won the under-20 1500m by over 10 seconds in 4:31.37.

Morgan Squibb won the under-15 race in 4:37.14.

England under-15 discus champion Zara Obamakinwa improved her PB and UK lead to 39.60m.

Doing likewise, another England champion Kenneth Ikeji increased his lead at the top of the under-15 hammer rankings with a 62.08m PB. He won by over 15 metres.

DécaNation, Angers, France, September 9

USA won with 122 points, with France (103) second and Poland (95) third.

Sam Kendricks won the the pole vault with 5.75m while Jimmy Vicaut won the 100m in 10.05.

Munster Marathon, September 10

Paul Maina won in 2:11:22 on his debut.

The women’s title was claimed by Rose Maru in 2:33:05.

PKO Wroclaw Marathon, September 10

Abel Kiprop missed the course record by eight seconds to win in 2:13:36.

Stellah Barsosio won the women’s race in 2:28:14 for an almost 10-minute victory.

Fukui, Japan, September 8/9

Yoshihide Kiryu became the first Japanese runner to go below 10 seconds for the 100m, clocking a time of 9.98.

City of Sterling 10km, September 10

Grant Sheldon was a narrow winner in 30:31.

Fionnuala Rees was the first woman in 33:59.

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon, September 10

Jonny Mellor won in 64:57 with Ben Fish second in 65:51.

A much closer women’s race was won by Elizabeth Renondeau in 81:17, a second ahead of Sara Willhoit with Alison Lavender a close third in 81:26.

Chinese National Games, Tianjin, September 5-9

There was a Chinese 200m record by London 100m semifinalist Xie Zhenye who ran 20.20.

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