A look at some of the top performances from the past week including a world-leading 10,000m run by Andy Vernon at the Payton Jordan Invitational

While a number of athletes were in relay action at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, there were many top performances elsewhere including a 27:42.62 10,000m by Andy Vernon at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Catch up on World Relays action with our online round-up reports and then see Thursday’s AW magazine for more. A report of Saturday’s action can be found here, while a report for Sunday is here.


Payton Jordan Invitational, Palo Alto, May 2

Andy Vernon won a top class 10,000m, which saw the first 15 break 28 minutes, in a fine PB of 27:42.62 after an injury-interrupted winter. That time puts him top of the world rankings and betters the World Championships standard of 27:45.00.

Nick Miller won the hammer with a big PB of 76.97m to move up to fourth all-time and better the World Championships standard of 76.00m. Sophie Hitchon won the women’s hammer with a throw of 69.20m.

Tom Farrell finished fourth in the 5000m with a time of 13:17.87, which is well inside the World Championships qualifying standard, and Kate Avery also qualified easily for Beijing with a big 10,000m PB of 31:44.44 which moves her from 25th to 8th on the UK all-time list.

Other world leads were set in the women’s 5000m by Kenyan Sally Kipyego with 14:57.44 and in the steeplechase by Stanley Kebenei of Kenya who won in 8:23.93. Stephanie Twell also gained a Beijing qualifier as she finished 8th in the 5000m with 15:13.82.

Austin, May 2

Shawn Barber improved his Canadian pole vault record with a world-leading clearance of 5.91m.

Mersin, May 2

Turkey’s Ali Kaya ran a European under-23 record and world lead of 27:24.09 over 10,000m.

UK Youth Development Uunder-13/Under-15 League, various, May 2

Rugby & Northampton won the Midland Premier North East fixture at Milton Keynes.

Swansea won the Midland Premier South West by just half a point from Cardiff.

Hosts Southampton narrowly defeated Blackheath and Bromley to win the Southern Premier 1 match.


Anglo Celtic Plate and UK 100km Championships, May 2

Scotland’s Ross Houston won the men’s race easily in a time of 6:43:35 with England’s Katie Samuelson winning the women’s race in 8:38:11.

England won the men’s team race while Scotland took the women’s team event.

» A fuller report and a photograph will appear in this week’s AW magazine, out Thursday May 7

Sunderland 10km, May 3

Cleveland-based Ethiopian Wondiye Indelbu, a 1500m medallist in the 2012 Paralympics, won the 10km in 32:50 while local Alyson Dixon won the women’s race in 34:50.

» Les Venmore’s report and David Hewitson’s photographs will appear in this week’s magazine

Prague Marathon, May 3

There were wins for Felix Kandie of Kenya and Yebrgual Melese of Ethiopia as they won in respective times of 2:08:32 and 2:23:49. Portugal’s Sara Moreira was runner-up in 2:24:49.

Morrison’s Great Birmingham 10km

Michelle Cope won the women’s race by three minutes in 34:27.

Cardiff Bay 5, May 4

Adam Hickey and Lauren Deadman made winning debuts while Martin Rees again improved his own world age best.

Hickey clocked 23:56, while Deadman’s winning time was 27:28. Rees bettered his own world age 62 best from 29:32 to 27:05.

Wings for Life World Run, Silverstone, May 3

The UK leg of the event was held at Silverstone and was won by Tom Payn and Kate Carter.

The catcher car passed Payn after he had run 61.09km in 4:10 which placed him 23rd overall in the world. Wimbledon Windmiler Carter was caught after 34.73km in 2:39.

Ethiopia’s Lemawork Ketema retained his world title, while Japan’s Yuko Watanabe won the women’s crown.

The Wings for Life World Run is a global running event in which athletes in 35 locations around the world start at the same time. The race has no finish line and instead the runners are followed by a catcher car which sets off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and increases its speed until the last athletes have been caught.