Highlights from the first half of championships action in Malaga, plus results from the IAU World 100km Champs and more
On a busy weekend featuring the Simplyhealth Great North Run, IAAF Continental Cup and much more, the World Masters Championships continued in Spain and the IAU World 100km Championships took place in Croatia.
Here are some highlights (with more in our next magazine).
Mo Farah sped to his fifth Simplyhealth Great North Run title. Read more…
Vivian Cheruiyot regained her Simplyhealth Great North Run title. Read more…
Laura Muir and Jordan Williamsz won Great North CityGames mile titles. Read more…
Jake Wightman and Jenny Simpson won the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile in New York City. Read more…
Kenyan teenager Rhonex Kipruto just missed the 10km world record at the Birell Prague Grand Prix. Read more…
World Masters Championships, Malaga, Spain, September 4-16
The first world record of the meeting came when Britain’s Evaun Williams (pictured) bettered Rosemary Chrimes’ W80 shot put best by more than half a metre with a first-round throw of 10.07m, Martin Duff reports.
The 80-year-old then added more than five metres to the hammer mark, with 35.16m for her second world record of the championships, to go with her still standing W70 and W75 world marks. A silver in the discus followed with 22.23m.
The first day’s walks had seen favourite Ian Richards comfortably win the M70 5000m track race in 25:51.34, for what was then the second world record of the meeting, taking 10 seconds from fellow Brit Arthur Thomson’s mark.
Britain’s second walk gold came from Dominic King in the M35 5000m late last Thursday evening, when his 21:36.61 saw the double Olympian put a series of disqualifications in recent major championships behind him, to win by more than half a minute.
In the cross country, W70 Angela Copson got her six-race programme underway with a two-minute victory over New Zealand’s fancied Judith Stewart.
Despite suffering from a cold and sore throat, Steve Peters opened the British sprint squad’s gold medal count with an M65 12.56 100m victory before bettering his own British record by completing the sprint double in 24.84.
Former Northern indoor 200m champion Yvette Henry added W45 gold. She had returned to competition after five years out to take the British 200m title last month and her 12.59 here was a British age group 100m record.
The oldest competitor to ever take part in a World Masters Championships, India’s Man Kaur, is aged 101 and completed the W100 200m in just over three minutes.
Jonathan Tilt was less than a second outside the world M55 400m hurdles record with a 59.80 victory, but his time improved his own British mark by half a second.
In the field, despite being in his last year in the age group, John Watts won gold in the M75 discus with 39.53m.
See the September 13 edition of AW for further coverage.
IAU World 100km Championships, Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia, September 8
Japan’s Hideaki Yamauchi (6:28:05) retained his title, while Nikolina Sustic (7:20:34) won the women’s race in front of home fans, Adrian Stott reports.
Anthony Clark was the top British male athlete and he claimed the gold medal in the M40 category.
He finished in eighth place overall in 6:43:22 for a 17-minute improvement on his time recorded when finishing second in this year’s British Championships 100km in March.
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Rob Turner – the current British 100km champion – was the second GB finisher in 7:18:08.
Lee Grantham was the third GB runner in the team but had to dropout shortly before half way after having run with the leaders during the early stages.
British 100km champ Sam Amend led the GB women home, just missing the eight-hour barrier in 8:01:11. Carla Molinari finished in 30th place with 8:23:41 with Sue Harrison battling the rising heat and humidity to complete the GB team in 51st.
City of Stirling 10km, Scotland, September 9
Kristian Jones (29:56) and Fionnuala Ross (34:05) were winners of Scottish road titles in blustery conditions.
Swindon Half-Marathon, September 9
Matt Clowes limbered up for next weekend’s Swansea Bay 10km by winning the Swindon race in 66:00.
Lake Vyrnwy Half-Marathon, Wales, September 9
Stuart Hawkes of Tipton won in 66:44 as Clara Evans edged Kelly Crickmore to the women’s win in 77:59.
Simplyhealth Great Tees 10km, Teesside, September 8
Taking place just after the Great North CityGames elite mile races in Stockton-on-Tees, Olger Pedersen ran out winner in 33:46 as Kay Neesam took the women’s race in 39:14.
» See the September 13 issue of AW for more
» Lead photo by Tom Phillips