A look at some of the top performances from the past week including podium places for British athletes at the IAAF Cross Country Permit meet in Spain and a British teen indoor heptathlon best by Tim Duckworth

The penultimate meeting in the British Athletics Cross Challenge series took place in Cardiff this weekend and here are some other highlights from athletics action over the past few days.

Cross country

Elgoibar, Spain, January 24

Kenya’s Irene Cheptai was an easy women’s winner at the IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, while the men’s race was narrowly won by Aweke Ayalew of Bahrain who edged Tamirat Tola by two seconds to gain his second win in a week following his Antrim success.

Jennifer Nesbitt’s 11th and Jonathan Taylor’s 13th were the top British efforts in the senior races.

In the junior races, Mahamed Mahamed (pictured), Stephen Ferroni, Gemma Holloway and Lucy Pygott all gained top three places.

Veterans AC Cross Country Championships, Wimbledon, January 23

Paul Cheetham won the men’s race in 25:16 while Anna Critchlow won the women’s race in a W45 course record of 29:46.

A report and photographs from Jeremy Hemming will appear in this week’s AW magazine.


Hirson, France, January 23

Briton Allan Smith won on count-back in the high jump meeting with music thanks to a third attempt clearance at 2.26m.

Rod McCray Memorial, USA, January 22-23 

Tim Duckworth scored the best ever indoor heptathlon by a British teenager with 5695 points. The 19-year-old ran 7.01 in the 60m, jumped 7.45m in the long jump and threw 11.27m in the shot before a high jump of 2.12m, 60m hurdles of 8.49, pole vault of 5.00m and a 1000m time of 3:02.02.

Reykjavik, Iceland, January 23

Dwain Chambers won the 60m in 6.86.

Cardiff, January 23

Chris Baker won the high jump with a 2.24m clearance.

Aubonne, France, January 24

European indoor silver medalist Dimitri Bascou won the 60m hurdles in 7.61, well clear of British Olympic finalist Lawrence Clarke’s 7.76.

Birmingham, January 23

Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won the 200m in a world-leading 20.57. It was the quickest time indoors by a British athlete since 2003. Felicia Brown won the women’s 200m in 22.88.

South Bend, January 23

Briton Cindy Ofili set a 8.04 PB in the 60m hurdles and also ran 7.42 in the 60m sprint.

Rouen, France, January 23

The 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe won the pole vault in an indoor PB 5.84m.

Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie finished fourth, only clearing his opening height of 5.70m. World champion Shawn Barber finished fifth on the same height.

Beijing bronze medalist Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou of Greece won the women’s event with 4.71m.

JP Durand’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.


Canterbury 10, January 24

South of England junior cross-country champion Abel Tsegay won the men’s race in 51:36 from top veteran Chris Greenwood. W45 Maria Heslop won the women’s race in 62:36.

Dubai Marathon, January 22

Tesfaye Abera was only the 18th fastest on paper but he set a five minute PB of 2:04:24 to just miss the men’s course record after the race was on world record pace for much of the distance. The women’s race also produced the second-fastest winning time as 2013 winner Tirfi Tsegaye regained her title with a PB of 2:19:41.

Britain’s John Smith claimed the men’s T54 title in 1:35.56, while Megan Dawson-Farrell won the women’s race in 2:03.30.

Gran Canaria, January 23

Commonwealth bronze medallist Jade Jones won the 10km wheelchair race in 26:52.

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