Results from Cardiff, Warsaw, Florida, Texas, Kingston and more
Links to coverage of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus can be found below, while reports on World Masters Indoor Championships action are here.
Here we highlight some other recent top results, from both the UK and overseas.
Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run, Wales, March 31
Charlotte Arter and Adam Clarke overcame strong fields and blustery conditions to claim hard-fought 10km victories, James Candy reports.
Cardiff AAC runner Arter led from the off as she targeted Angela Tooby’s 35-year-old Welsh record. The parkrun world record-holder looked determined to create more history on the flat course around Cardiff’s historic Bay as she passed the Wales Millennium Centre and Norwegian Church before she reached the halfway mark at the Cardiff Bay barrage in 16:07, a second inside Tooby’s standard.
A strong headwind whipping off the Severn Estuary slowed her progress, but not enough to stop her from blitzing the women’s field to take the win in 32:49 ahead of Belgium international Nina Lauwaert, who was 26 seconds behind, and Clara Evans, who ran a PB of 33:26.
“It’s brilliant to get the win, especially racing on the streets of Cardiff. The conditions were tough in those last two miles but I’m delighted to get the win,” said Arter.
“I was hoping to run a PB and I knew if I did that I would have got the record. I was on pace at the halfway mark and I was feeling good but the wind made it tough and in the end I just wanted to make sure I finished strong to get the win.
“The year has started really well, I want to keep on building momentum now, I’m heading off to America next week for a few races and an altitude camp. My main aim is to hit the 10,000m hard in May, but I just have to keep on enjoying it and keep working hard.”
The late withdrawal of men’s favourite Dewi Griffiths due to illness left the race wide open. Matt Clowes looked determined to improve last year’s second place finish as he led a tight lead group through 5km in 14:38.
Clarke bided his time alongside the much improved Jake Smith, Josh Griffiths and Ieuan Thomas before grasping his opportunity when Clowes pulled up with a hamstring injury with a kilometre to go.
The Aldershot, Farnham and District runner moved clear of the chasing pack in the home straight and took the tape in 29:28 to slash 18 seconds off his personal best. Cardiff AAC’s Smith took silver four seconds back ahead of Griffiths in third as six men ran under 30 minutes.
The race also incorporated the Welsh 10km Championships. Swansea Harrier Griffiths took gold ahead of Thomas, who finished in 29:35. Cardiff AAC’s Ciaran Lewis took bronze in a PB of 29.48.
In the women’s championship, Arter won gold while Evans took silver in front of Swansea Harrier Alaw Beynon-Thomas.
Richie Powell won the wheelchair race in 33:18, almost 10 minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
Orion 15, Epping Forest, March 30
Richard McDowell of Hercules Wimbledon won the men’s race in 91:27, while Trent Park’s Emily Jeanes claimed the women’s title in 1:55:32.
Dorney Lake Marathon Prep races, March 31
James Turner of Brighton & Hove AC ran 1:50:43 and London Heathside’s Catrin Tyler 2:11:57 to win the 20-mile event, while the 24-mile race winners were Patrick Hayes of Reading Roadrunners in 2:24:12 and Geri Taylor of Swindon Striders in 3:09:15.
16-mile winners were Crawley’s Ben Short (90:35) and Woking’s Jaydee Peters (1:52:46).
Alloa Half Marathon, Scotland, March 31
Kevin Wood and Morag Millar secured success in respective times of 68:23 and 76:55.
Chongqing Marathon, China, March 31
Aberu Mekuria and Jimma Shambel claimed an Ethiopian double, clocking a PB of 2:24:30 and 2:10:28 respectively.
PZU Warsaw Half Marathon, Poland, March 31
There was a Kenyan double in Warsaw as Gilbert Masai and Gladys Kipkoech took the titles in respective times of 61:43 and 70:19.
Turin Half Marathon, Italy, March 31
Dickson Simba won in 62:39, while Mary Wangari completed the Kenyan double as she took the women’s title in 72:45.
Florida Relays, USA, March 29-30
Britain’s Adam Gemili ran a windy 10.14 (+2.6 m/s) in the 100m to win his race ahead of Trentavis Friday with 10.15.
A Canada quartet of Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse clocked 38.34 to win the 4x100m, while a Pure Athletics team clocked 3:01.46 to win the 4x400m.
In the women’s 4x100m, Pure Athletics ran 42.92 to win, while there was a 4x400m victory for the USA High Performance team in 3:26.29.
Grant Holloway ran 13.28 (-0.5 m/s) to win the 110m hurdles and was also second in his 200m race, running a PB of 20.66 (-0.7 m/s) behind Rod Rowe with 20.60.
Texas Relays, USA, March 29-30
USA’s 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr cleared a world-leading 4.91m in the pole vault before attempting 5.01m.
There was a Grenada record as Anderson Peters won the javelin with a throw of 86.07m.
In the relays, the men’s LSU 4x100m team ran 38.41 over Houston with 38.45, while the women’s US Blue team of Kendra Harrison, Jenna Prandini, Kori Carter and Tawanna Meadows ran 43.12 over the USA White quartet of Sharika Nelvis, Ashley Henderson, Morolake Akinosun and Tori Bowie with 43.68.
In the 100m, 19-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson ran a windy 10.91 (+4.3 m/s).
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Athletics Championships, Kingston, Jamaica, March 30
After soaring out to a Jamaican under-20 long jump record of 8.05m, Wayne Pinnock returned to the track to win the 110m hurdles in 13.06, a time which puts him fourth on the world under-20 all-time list.
Oblique Seville won the boys’ 16-19 100m in 10.13, just missing the Champs record of 10.12 set by British international Zharnel Hughes’ in 2014.
» See the April 4 issue of AW magazine for more from this week’s athletics and running events