Highlights from events both in the UK and overseas, including the Dam tot Damloop, Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race and more
Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon, September 23
Despite challenging conditions, an estimated 10,000 runners took part to beat the wind and rain of Storm Bronagh.
Matt Clowes of Cardiff AAC won the men’s race in 65:10, followed by Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers in 69:34. Clocking 69:51 for third was Matthew Rees, the Swansea Harriers runner who famously assisted a fellow athlete over the line at the 2017 London Marathon.
Wales was also well represented in the women’s race where Clara Evans of Cardiff AAC took first in 76:26. Charlie Arnell from Torbay Athletics Club came second in a time of 77:28 and Marta Bagnati of Serpentine Running Club was third in 78:38.
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Dam tot Damloop, Holland, September 23
Israel’s Lonah Salpeter and Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei claimed victories in wet weather, clocking 50:45 and 45:15 respectively for the 10-mile course from Amsterdam to Zaandam.
Scotland’s Callum Hawkins ran 47:01 for eighth on his 10-mile race debut, while Wales’ Dewi Griffiths ran 47:20 for 11th.
Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race, Tooting Bec, London, September 22-23
Running laps of the Tooting Bec track in challenging conditions, Mike Stocks of London Heathside achieved a total of 249.110km/154.790 miles for first place and Paul Maskell of St Austell Running Club ran 247.050km/153.510 miles for second place.
Both athletes bettered the 245km distance that has been used by British Athletics as a benchmark to be considered for individual selection for GB teams.
Sarah Morwood of Mud Crew was first female with 213.080km/132.410 miles from Norway’s Hilde Johansen with 175.450km/109.020 miles. Susie Chan of Farnham Running Club was third with 164.680km/102.330 miles.
Also in action was 85-year-old Geoff Oliver of Hinkley AC who remarkably set no less than eight world age-group records.
#tooting24 One of the most inspiring men on the planet. Geoff Oliver, 85 years old, broke a few world records today when completing 77miles in our Self-Transcendence 24hr race #SriChinmoyRaces @BBCSport #ukrunchat #running @adharanand @EnglandAthletic pic.twitter.com/w6w2bQ3FJ3
— Run and Become (@runandbecome1) September 23, 2018
Oliver recorded new marks at all distances from 30 miles (6 hours, 47 minutes, 59 seconds) to 100km (18 hours, 2 minutes, 26 seconds) and intermediate distance marks at six (44.524km), 12 (74.395km) and 24 hours, with his end total being 124.410km/77.310 miles.
See the next edition of AW magazine for more on Oliver’s record-breaking feat.
With thanks to Adrian Stott for info.
Bill Dellinger Invitational, Oregon, USA, September 21
Oregon University students James West and Philippa Bowden both finished in the top 10, placing ninth and sixth respectively. Portland’s Rebecca Howard finished 12th.
Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K, September 23
Michael Kallenberg won in 32:11 from Joe Sagar in 32:50 and Joseph Newman-Billington in 33:44.
Nicola Holland claimed the women’s title in 37:46 from Elaine Livera with 38:28 and Ashleigh Barron with 39:30.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, Scotland, September 23
Mohammad Abu-Rezeq of Altrincham & District AC won in 2:22:56 from Adam Holland of Tavistock AC with 2:24:24 and Isaiah Kosgei of Victoria Park Glasgow with 2:26:37.
Women’s race winner was Sheena Logan of Fife AC in 2:451:11 from Jennifer Wetton of Central AC with 2:53:19 and Hazel Wyness of Metro Aberdeen RC with 3:00:27.
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, South Africa, September 23
Stephen Mokoka claimed a win on home soil in a course record of 2:08:31 ahead of Kenyans Albert Korir (2:09:02) and Philemon Kacherian (2:09:13).
Namibia’s Commonwealth champion Helaria Johannes won the women’s race, also in a course record of 2:29:28, from Tanzania’s Failuna Matanga (2:30:00) and Ethiopia’s Soboka Urge (2:30:31).
Buenos Aires Marathon, September 23
Unknown debutant Emmanuel Saina Kipkemboi stormed to victory in a fast South American all-comers’ record of 2:05:21 (62:53/62:28), breaking the course record of 2:09:46.
Vivian Kiplagat completed a Kenyan double, clocking 2:29:04.
» Further coverage and results in the September 27 edition of AW
» Lead photo via The Great Run Company