Weekend action sees Chris O’Hare break Scottish indoor mile record, Frank Tickner and Lily Partridge dominate at Parliament Hill and Paula Radcliffe reveal uncertainty over the future of her marathon career
Chris O’Hare went within one second of Peter Elliott’s UK indoor mile record with 3:52.98 at the Millrose Games on Saturday.
The 22-year-old’s time launches him to second on the all-time list in the UK, smashing an almost 20-year-old 3:55.43 Scottish record set by David Strang in 1994. It was also the third best performance of all-time both indoors and outdoors by a Scot over the mile.
Commenting on Twitter after the race, O’Hare said: “New collegiate record (3:52.98) I’ll take that. The support has been unreal. I can’t thank you all enough.
The result placed him fourth behind Lopez Lomong, Matthew Centrowitz and Ciaran O’Lionaird, with Lomong crossing the line first in 3:51.21.
O’Hare’s 1500m time was recorded as 3:37.25, which is well inside the British Athletics 3:42.00 qualifying standard for next month’s European Indoor Championships.
Elsewhere at The Armory, Bernard Lagat set a US indoor record of 8:09.49 in the Two Miles to dip under Galen Rupp’s mark of 8:09.72 from 2012 and secure his eighth US record. US records were also broken in the men’s and women’s 600m, with Alysia Montano crossing the line in 1:23.59 and Erik Sowinski securing the win in 1:15.61, the fifth fastest time ever.
Back in the UK, South of England Cross Country Championships action included victories from Emelia Gorecka and Ian Bailey in the junior races, while Frank Tickner took the men’s title from Neilson Hall and Darren Deed and Lily Partridge beat Steph Twell and Emily Pidgeon to the senior women’s crown.
Elsewhere, following Mo Farah’s winning run in the 3000m at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday (find our event report here), Paula Radcliffe spoke about how she believes the double Olympic champion could halt the British decline in the marathon.
This weekend Farah confirmed he will make his debut over 26.2 miles at next year’s Virgin London Marathon, running half the course this April in preparation.
But while Radcliffe, the women’s world-record holder over the distance, believes Farah’s move to the marathon could put down a real marker for the Brits, she was less certain about her own future in the event.
The 39-year-old required surgery for a foot problem that forced her to miss the London 2012 Olympic Games and now a screw is said to have come loose in her foot, requiring a further operation.
“I just want to be able to run and play with my kids,” she said.
“I’m not even thinking about getting back to running a marathon again.”