An historic win by Paskar Owor was among the top cross-country league action over a weekend when the autumn road-racing season continued
2XU Surrey Men’s Cross-country League, Division One, Wimbledon, October 10
Belgrave’s Paskar Owor won his fourth Surrey League in a row to become the first man or woman to do so. He won by a single second from Andy Maud of Clapham Chasers, who the week before had run the fastest leg in the National Road Relays. Kent AC were easy team winners.
Martin Duff’s report will appear in this week’s issue.
Surrey Ladies’ Cross-country League, Roundshaw, October 10
South London Harriers’ Steph McCall won in 21:38, moving away from Gill Sanders of Ranelagh in the last 400 metres. Thames Hare and Hounds won the team race.
Martin Duff’s report and Jeremy Hemming’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.
Manchester Area Cross-country League, Stockport, October 10
World youth 1500m fourth-placer Harriet Knowles-Jones won the combined senior and under-20 women’s race in 31:54, 50 seconds clear of Hannah Brown, who led University of Manchester to team victory.
Jack Martin of Stockport won the men’s race in 29:24, eight seconds ahead of team-mate Alexander O’Gorman.
Sale Harriers Manchester won the team event.
Stephen Green’s report and Harry Shakeshaft’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.
Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League, South Shields, October 10
Morpeth Harriers’ men won the Sherman Cup held within the race and Gateshead Harriers won the Davidson Shield for the overall women’s event.
Lewis Timmins won the senior men’s race in 30:18, while Emily Stewart won the senior women’s race.
The 464 in the senior men’s race and 320 in the senior women’s field were both records.
Stewart, the 2013 British steeplechase championships runner-up, had only raced once in the previous two years – a steeplechase in May 2014 – and she defeated Rosie Smith by 12 seconds in 21:36.
Les Venmore’s report and David Hewitson’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.
Kent Cross-country League, Wilmington, October 10
National six-stage winners Tonbridge continued their winning run with another team victory in the men’s event and they were led in by one of their winning team from last week, Chris Olley in 31:27.
Tonbridge also supplied the individual women’s winner in Ashley Gibson.
Alton Sports Hampshire League, Winchester, October 10
There was a 32-year age gap between the first two women as 17-year-old Niamh Brown won in 23:21, six seconds up on 49-year-old Lucy Elliott.
The men’s race has a similarly youthful winner as National under-17 champion Mohamed Mohamed won in 32:00.
Start Fitness Metropolitan League, Claybury Park, October 10
Former national champion Richard Goodman won the men’s race while Naomi Taschimowitz won the women’s event. Both runners won silver medals in the 2011 European Championships with Goodman second in the under-20s and Taschimowitz runner-up in the under-23s.
Chiltern League, Bedford, October 10
Alex Tovey won the men’s race in 30:37 while Rebecca Murray won the women’s in 20:58.
Mark Easton’s photographs will appear in this week’s issue.
Asics Berlin 10km, Germany, October 11
Gladys Cheshire of Kenya set a world-leading time of 30:41 despite windy conditions. Kenyan Alice Nawonuna was second in 31:02. Ugandan teenager Joshua Cheptegei won the men’s race in a national record 27:50, with a 13:29 second half.
Eindhoven Marathon, Holland, October 11
Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia won the marathon in 2:05:52 to take two minutes off his PB.
Deriba Roba was second in 2:05:58 while 39-year-old Mark Kiptoo was third in 2:06:00 – the fastest marathon by any man of 36 or over.
The women’s race wasn’t of the same standard and was won by Belgium’s Els Rens in a PB of 2:38:16.
Perkins Great Eastern Half-Marathon, Peterborough, October 11
Kenyan Philip Koech won in a course record 61:40, exactly a minute clear of Ben Siwa.
Lenah Jerotich was the first woman in 73:02.
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, York, October 11
Kenyan Edwin Korir took his second victory in three years with 2:15:06. Nathan Kilcourse clocked 2:24:35 to come in second and Jackson Biwott was third in 2:31:01. The first woman home was Joasia Zakrzewski in 2:48:48, followed by Rose Nicholson in 2:49:53 with Tori Green taking third in 2:50:32.