Recent highlights include a course record win by Bekele in India, a strong sprint by Sally Pearson and a fine third by Nick Goolab at the Venta De Banos cross country
Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, India, December 17
Multi world record-holder Kenenisa Bekele won in a course record 73:48.
Eritrea’s Tsegay Tuemay was second in 74:21.
Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw won the women’s race in 86:01.
South of the Thames Cross Country Association, 7.5M Team Championship, Aldershot, Hampshire. December 16
John Gilbert regained the title that he last won in 2015 with a front-running victory over a quality field.
Tonbridge’s George Duggan made it a Kent one-two, though host club Aldershot won the team event.
Belgrave’s Sophie Harris won the women’s race with a strong second lap ahead of Nicola Taylor and Georgie Bruinvels. Defending champion Amy Clements was fourth and led Kent AC to team victory.
Martin Duff’s report will appear in this week’s AW magazine.
Nathan, Queensland, December 16
The 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson showed good sprint speed to win the 100m in a near PB 11.17.
Melbourne, Australia, December 17
Perseus Karlstrom won the Australian 50km race walk championships in a Swedish record 3:44:35.
Hofu, Japan, December 17
Two weeks after clocking 2:10:53 in the Fukuoka Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi won in a course record of 2:10:03. It was his 20th sub-2:11 clocking and his 75th sub-2:20 clocking, tying the record held by America’s Doug Kurtis.
Misaki Kato won the women’s race by more than 10 minutes in 2:28:12.
Venta De Banos, Spain, December 17
World under-18 and under-20 track champion Selemon Barega from Ethiopia won the senior men’s 10.575 km in a sprint finish from world under-20 cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda. Both athletes were timed at 31:09.
Racing for England, Nick Goolab was a fine third, one place ahead of Spain’s European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa.
Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion and world record-holder Ruth Jebet won the senior women’s 7.575km by over 200 metres ahead of world and Olympic 10,000m fourth-placer Alice Aprot, 25:45 to 26:30.
Spain’s Trihas Gebre was third in 26:52. England’s Verity Ockenden was fifth (27:25) and Katie Bingle sixth (27:41).
Berkshire Championships, Reading, December 17
Alex Tovey retained his Berkshire title and as the previous winter’s race was held in January, he gained a rare double win in the same year.
Tovey won by well over a minute in 41:24 from Matthew Seddon (42:51).
Naomi Mitchell, who ran her first sub-2:50 marathon in Berlin this year, was equally dominant in the women’s race and won by a minute in 25:05 from Charlotte Firth (26:13). She had only been fifth in January.
Holly Run, Reigate, Surrey, December 17
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Stillman (26:03) won the women’s race ahead of masters April James-Welsh (26:32) and former winners Diana Norman (26:42) and Jo Locker (27:30).
Simon Millett (31:34) narrowly won the men’s race ahead of Phoenix’s Sam Wade (31:40).
Aldershot’s Will Barnicott and Blackheath and Bromley’s Morgan Squibb won the under-15 races.
Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon, December 17
Bournemouth’s Stuart Nicolas won in 2:47:12, while Farnham Runners’ Sarah Hill won the women’s race in 2:58:33 and finished fourth overall.
Blackheath and Bromley Handicap 5, West Wickham, December 17
Former ESAA 3000m champion Jessica Keene was fastest woman with 31:50 as her father Mick was first home in the handicap.
Charlie Davis was fastest man with a time of 26:55.
Oliver Bright, who was third in the Schools International cross-country, was the fastest under-15 and third best overall with 28:04.
Sale Harriers Open Series, Sportcity, December 17
James Webb won the 600m in 1:18.90 for the third best indoor time by a Briton this year.
» Further coverage and results in the December 21 edition of AW