Results from the past week include a win for Morag MacLarty in Dundee, record-breaking performances by Seren Bundy-Davies and Tom Somers in Sheffield, plus a round-up of Fukuoka Marathon action
Fukuoka Marathon, Japan, December 7
Patrick Makau won the 68th edition of the famous race in 2:08:22, almost five minutes shy of his former world record and personal best of 2:03:38 set in the 2011 Berlin Marathon. He broke away from Mongolia’s Ser-Od Bat-Ochir, who is a member of Morpeth Harriers, at around 38 kilometres.
The first five broke 2:10 and the top European was Henryk Szost, who ran 2:10:02 in sixth.
» A fuller report will appear in this week’s edition of AW magazine, out Thursday December 11
Kosa 10 miles, Japan, December 7
Kenyan Karemi Thuku won the international division in 45:51 while Natsuo Terada won the domestic race in 46:33 which saw amazing depth as the first 20 Japanese broke 47 minutes and the leading 20 finished within 26 seconds of each other.
Montferland Run 15km, Netherlands, December 7
Eritrean Miskel Tewelde won in 43:27 while Ethiopia’s Askale Merachi claimed victory in the women’s race in 50:44.
Both world record-holders also took part, Dennis Kimetto easing back into action with 47:00 for 13th and Paula Radcliffe fifth in 52:48.
Course de l’Escalade, Geneva, Switzerland, December 6
Having recently completed a spell training in Ethiopia, Julia Bleasdale (15:52) put on a determined performance but was narrowly beaten by Kenya’s defending champ Cynthia Kosgei in a sprint finish after leading for the majority of the race.
Kosgei’s compatriot Abraham Kipyatich also retained the men’s title.
Norman Woodcock 5, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, December 6
Alyson Dixon came close to the course record when she won in 27:34, which is also just outside her PB.
Chris Parr won the men’s race by just three seconds in 24:24.
» A report and photo will appear in this week’s magazine
Northern Athletics, Sheffield, December 6
The highlights included Seren Bundy-Davies setting a Welsh indoor 600m record of 1:28.11 and Tom Somers running a British indoor under-20 300m record time of 33.37. Karla Drew won the hurdles in 8.38.
Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match, Wimbledon Common, December 6
Oxford won the gentlemen’s race with a score of 35-46 as Cambridge’s Alex Short took the men’s title, while Cambridge won the Old Blues’ race.
Cambridge was declared the winning team of the ladies’ race with no score given after course confusion meant that some runners completed a slightly shorter and easier route. Oxford’s Sophia Saller had enjoyed an early lead and although six athletes crossed the finishing line ahead of her she was declared the winner having run the longer intended course.
» More in-depth results were not available when this round-up was published. See Thursday’s AW for more
Surrey Ladies League, Cheam, December 6
A near record field of 378 contested the Surrey Ladies League and there was a victory for former Midland junior champion Hayley Munn. Belgrave Harriers won the team race.
» A report will appear in this week’s AW
Scottish West District Championships, Linwood, December 6
Tewoldeberhan Mengisteab won the men’s race in 34:28 by 12 seconds from Luke Traynor.
Michelle Sandison won the women’s race in 25:37.
Scottish East District Championships, Dundee, December 6
Murray Strain won the men’s race by 20 seconds in 30:41.
Former European junior 1500m champion Morag MacLarty (pictured above) won the women’s race by 49 seconds.
Birmingham and District League, Northampton, December 6
Phil Wylie won from a field of 267 as Loughborough won the team event from Birmingham University.
» Further details and a photograph will appear in this week’s issue
Midland Women’s League, Northampton, December 6
In a rare run on the country, Former European under-23 5000m champion and Commonwealth Games sixth placer Laura Whittle had a clear victory in 18:04.
Brooks Sussex League, Lancing, December 6
Chris Smith and Emma Macready were the individual senior winners as Lewes won the men’s team and Chichester Runners the women.
Almi Nerurkar, the daughter of former leading British distance runner Richard, won the under-15 girls race by a minute while younger brother Lucas won the under-11 race.
» A full report and photo will appear in Thursday’s AW
Apex Sports Chiltern League, December 6
There was a Luton senior winning individual double for Ian Kimpton and Rosie Keane. Bedford and County won both team events on the day.
» A full report and photo will appear in this week’s issue
Kent County Masters Championships, West Wickham, December 6
Three of England’s winners from the recent Masters International gained wins here. Chris Greenwood retained the M40 race and led Kent AC to victory, while Ben Reynolds won his first M50 crown. W50 Clare Elms won the women’s race outright and led Dulwich to W45 team victory in a quality field that saw Kent senior runner-up Alice Heather Hayes only fifth.
» A report and photographs will appear in this week’s issue
Manchester League, Boggart Hill Clough, December 6
Veterans Gareth Raven and Tessa Walker were the senior winners of the event.
Raven won by 8 seconds and led Sale Harriers Manchester to victory. Walker won in 27:36 and led Salford to a narrow one point team victory.
» A report and photographs will appear in this week’s AW
Derek Hawkins ran the fastest man’s time of the day with a 14:55 at Strathclyde. Melissa Courtney ran the fastest women’s time of 16:44 at Bushy Park.
The top age-graded performances of the weekend came from Treena Johnson. The W50 ran 19:03 at Leeds to score 91.39% to beat UK M50 10km leader Guy Bracken, who ran 16:42 at Whitley Bay.