GB’s Douglas and Ireland’s McCormack claim overall series victories, while Hayley Carruthers and Omar Ahmed win at the Great Birmingham Run
Away from magnificent marathon action in Vienna and Chicago and the first event in the British Athletics Cross Challenge series in Cardiff, there were a number of other athletics highlights and you can find them listed below.
Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race, WMRA World Cup, Slovenia, October 12
Eritrea’s Petro Mamu and Lucy Murigi of Kenya won the Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race, the final event in the 2019 WMRA World Cup series, but overall season winners were confirmed as Britain’s Andrew Douglas and Ireland’s Sarah McCormack, who finished fourth and second respectively on the day to secure series success.
Douglas achieved a total of 525 points and McCormack scored 495 points.
Filimon Abraham, who challenged his fellow Eritrean Mamu in Slovenia, was second overall in the men’s standings with 365 points ahead of Mamu, while Murigi finished second in the women’s rankings with 210 points ahead of Britain’s Emma Clayton.
The 2019 World Cup series had begun in the French Alps of Annecy and included races in the USA, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Italy and finally Slovenia.
Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run, October 13
Hayley Carruthers and Omar Ahmed won the Great Birmingham Run, which took place on a shortened course.
In a statement released after the race, organisers said the half-marathon route had been altered to avoid Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston after being advised of a suspicious vehicle in the Cannon Hill Park area.
The event formed part of Carruthers’ preparations for the Frankfurt Marathon and on Instagram she wrote: “Happy to take the win on home soil and to run with my team-mates to test out the marathon pace for two weeks’ time.
“Shame about the course being changed due to ‘suspicious vehicle’ but still got 11 miles of marathon pace work in to end another 100 mile week.”
She won in 62:09 ahead of Lucy Reid in 63:34 and Laura Gent in 65:54.
🥇 Hayley Carruthers 01:02:09
🥈 Lucy Reid 01:03:34
🥉 Laura Gent 01:05:54
Congratulations! 💪 pic.twitter.com/QYQIlsHZ77
— Great Run (@Great_Run) October 13, 2019
Ahmed’s winning time was 52:18 ahead of Douglas Musson in 55:33 and William Mycroft in 56:41.
Perkins Great Eastern Run, Peterborough, October 13
The fun run events were won by Dylan Tomaselli and Ella Robinson but organisers were forced to cancel the half-marathon “because of Police information that a man was acting suspiciously close to the route”.
PGER race director Jon Marsden discusses the decision to cancel the racehttps://t.co/O76NLc93Jc
— Great Eastern Run (@PerkinsGER) October 13, 2019
Wiggle Manchester Half, October 13
Ben Connor and Lily Partridge claimed victory, clocking respective times of 63:11 and 73:44.
Weynay Ghebresilasie was second in the men’s race in 64:06 and Frank Baddick third in 64:18, while women’s race runner-up was Jip Vastenburg in 74:17 ahead of Elinor Kirk in 76:12.
Samuel Kolek and Ellie Page won the wheelchair races in 52:50 and 79:42 respectively.
Cabbage Patch 10, Twickenham, October 13
Steph Twell and her partner Joe Morwood won this 10-mile event in 55:03 and 50:18 respectively, with Twell’s time placing her 12th overall.
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Bubble & squeak for the rest of the week! Love returning to @cabbagepatch 10 mile road race, hosted by the amazing community that is @stragglers_running_club! Only two more marathon session to go until Frankfurt! Deffo give this race a whirl if you are looking for a beaut course & friendly atmosphere.
Rennes 10km, France, October 13
Racing for England Athletics, Danielle Hodgkinson (34:54), Hannah Irwin (35:13) and Hannah Viner (35:15) achieved a 1-2-3 for the team, while in the men’s event, won by France’s Bastien Augusto (29:55), England’s Ollie Lockley (30:07) was second, Jack Gray (30:15) fourth, Owen Hind (30:34) sixth and Alex Bampton (30:52) ninth.
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Another amazing experience representing England at the Rennes International 10k yesterday. The team, the team managers and the organisation were amazing. So happy to get the win and a team win for England for both the men and women. Having our national anthem played on the start line was such a motivator! Continuing thanks to @englandathletics @armyathleticsassociation @armymedicalservices @talentedathleteuk @wallsendhac for the continued support 🙏🙌🏃♀️
Marathon Eindhoven, Netherlands, October 13
Laban Mutai won the men’s race in 2:06:40 as Kenyan athletes filled the top eight places, while Betty Jepleting won the women’s race in 2:28:43.
B.A.A. Half Marathon, Boston, USA, October 13
Philemon Kiplimo clocked 61:58 and Brillian Kipkoech 67:40 to win the half-marathon in Boston in course record times.
FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, South Africa, October 13
Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui set an African all-comers’ record of 30:55 to win the women’s race, while Stephen Mokoka won the men’s race on home soil in 28:12.
» See the October 17 issue of AW magazine for more from this week’s athletics and running events