Jason Cherriman and Sharon Barlow win the 10km event in Harrogate, while Sarah McDonald and Andy Baddeley are among winners at BMC meet in Oxford

While all eyes were on the Müller Anniversary Games, coverage of which can be found here, and the IAAF World U20 Championships, there was plenty of other top action this past week.

Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate, July 24

Jason Cherriman and Sharon Barlow were the winners of the 10km event as celebrity stars from stage and screen joined almost 3000 runners to take part in the Great Yorkshire Run – Harrogate, in association with Theakston, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its staging.

Cherriman, of Leeds City AC and originally from Harrogate, clocked 32:55 ahead of Joe Sagar with 33:53 and Tristan Learoyd with 34:04.

“It’s a real honour to win the event on the first time that it’s been staged in Harrogate,” said Cherriman. “My family all live in the town and I come back here regularly so it’s a really good feeling.

“The course was tough but a good challenge and very worthwhile to be able to say I came first!”

Barlow won the women’s race in 37:10 ahead of Ruth Jones with 40:02 and Rhona Haslam with 41:28.

The winner, who is from Northern Ireland and runs with Darlington Harriers, said: “I am really surprised with that result, it’s amazing to be the first woman across the line.

“I knew Harrogate is hilly, but I still found the route quite tough and for that course, I think my time was really good.

“The atmosphere was incredible and it was great to see everyone cheering you on as you head down that bank.”

The even partnered with Harrogate Harriers & Athletic Club who previously staged the Harrogate Town Centre 10k and provided over 50 volunteers to assist on the day.

Runners were set on their way by Britain’s most famous WI members, The Calendar Girls, who were the event’s honorary starters. The Yorkshire ladies are famous for producing a nude calendar which has raised £4m for Bloodwise.

The course started and finished in the heart of the town which is home to exclusive shops, bars, restaurants and the iconic Betty’s Café Tearoom. Participants then headed out on a short lap towards the Stray before returning down Montpellier Hill and setting off through the Valley Gardens. Runners passed RHS Harlow Carr Gardens before returning back to the Montpellier Quarter to cross the finish line to cheering crowds that were gathered on the grassland.

Morton Games, Dublin, July 22

European junior 800m champion Kyle Langford made a big improvement to his season’s best as he won the 800m in 1:46.73, just ahead of Zak Curran’s 1:46.78. Americans dominated the miles taking the first three places in both the men’s and women’s events, with Katie Mackey’s 4:25.48 and Johnny Gregorek’s 3:55.57 the winning marks.

Alexandra Bell beat the European 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean to win the 800m in a PB 2:00.53.

Rhys Williams won the 400m hurdles in 49.50 with former world champion Jehue Gordon only fifth.

Malcolm McCausland’s more detailed report will appear in this week’s AW magazine.

BMC Grand Prix Oxford, July 23

Despite making the European 1500m final, Sarah McDonald wasn’t deemed good enough to get a Diamond league spot in London and she took four seconds off her 800m PB with a 2:01.10 win in Oxford to belatedly better the Olympic standard.

European Youths champion George Mills won the men’s race in a PB 1:48.36.

2008 Olympic finalist and former Dream Mile winner Andy Baddeley won the men’s mile in 3:59.46 to almost match Roger Bannister’s famous time from 62 years earlier. There was also a UK best time of 4:04.86 for Jermaine Mays in the rarely run 1500m steeplechase, though the time is a slower pace than Mark Rowland’s 3000m mark.

Kevin Fahey’s more detailed report will appear in this week’s magazine.

Ninove, Belgium, July 23

James Bowness was another athlete to set an Olympic qualifier a week too late as his 1:45.96 PB gained him second place to Australian Peter Bol’s 1:45.41. Jonathan Cook (3:38.64) and Robbie Fitzgibbon (3:39.03) set PBs in the 1500m.

Elmbridge 10km, July 24

There was a family double for Phil (30:38) and Emily Wicks (35:05).

Martin Duff’s report will appear in this week’s issue.

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