British success in the mountains, Leeds and Charnwood claim relay titles – weekend recap


James Rhodes brings you all the action from a busy weekend

Wonders of Mansfield

The English Cross Country Relay at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield provided plenty of action and great racing, with some of the country’s best athletes battling for their clubs, alongside some athletes making a welcome return from injury.

Despite some quick legs from a number of teams, there was a decisive win in the senior men’s race for Leeds City, finishing with a 48-second margin over the rest of the field (61:30). Their quartet of David Mullarky (15:16 split), Phil Sesemann (15:25), Graham Rush (15:47) and Emile Cairess, the latter recording the longest leg split (15:03), has well run to finish ahead of Cambridge & Coleridge (Callum Elson, Tom Keen, Jack Gray and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips), who themselves finished just five seconds ahead of Aldershot, Farnham & District (Ben Bradley, Ricky Harvie, Ellis Cross and Joe Morwood).

Gemma Steel’s fantastic return to form saw the Charnwood athlete deliver excellent performances on the road and in the cross country, and Saturday saw her anchor the Charnwood trio to victory in the senior women’s race. Taking the course after Mia Atkinson (9:49 split) and Hannah Nuttall (9:41, the fastest stage of any competitor), Gemma’s 10:04 stage saw Charnwood finish 35 seconds ahead of a team of Leeds Wellington composed of Rochelle Harrison, Sophie Wallis and Abbie Donnelly). The first three were completed by Aldershot, Farnham & District (Nancy Scott, Kate Estlea and Steph Twell).

It was heartening to see Max Burgin and Sarah McDonald make a welcome return to racing at Mansfield, the latter in just her second race since the 2019 World Championships.

The age group races saw victories for students from Loughborough (young women), Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (girls under 17), Aldershot, Farnham & District (girls under 15) , Birtley (girls under 13), Cambridge & Coleridge (junior men), Rotherham (boys under 17), Tonbridge (boys under 15) and Wolverhampton & Bilston (boys under 13) .

World Mountain and Trail Running Championships

From Mansfield to the mountains. Those of Chang Mai in Thailand, to be precise, which hosted the first World Mountain and Trail Running Championships over the past three days.

It was an unforgettable championship for the British team, with great success both individually and in team competitions. It would be remiss of me not to start with the Junior mountain race uphill and downhill, where Jess Bailey and Rebecca Flaherty pulled off a stunning double to win gold and silver over a 6.4km course with 224m of elevation gain. Jess (26:27) finished well over a minute ahead of Rebecca (27:45), with teammates Ellen Weir fourth (28:28) and Emily Gibbins 18th (31:49). With three to score, it was a comfortable victory for the tag team title.

The junior men also raced well on the same course, securing team bronze thanks to Finlay Grant finishing fifth (23:26), Fraser Gilmour tenth (23:58), William Longden 19th (24:45) and Edward Corden 26th (26:04). It was a Ugandan podium lockout, led by Leonard Chemutai (21:07).

Want to run 8.5 km and climb more than 1,065 m? This is what awaited the athletes on the first day of the Championships of the Uphill mountain race. It was a course that suited the British women, with eleventh, fourteenth and sixteenth places for Scout Adkin (59:45), Ruth Jones (1:00:54) and Holly Page (1:01:46) respectively providing a silver team. They were joined by Kate Avery who rode well to finish 20th (1:02:16) in a race comfortably won by American Allie McLaughlin.

The men’s quartet of Chris Richards (51:04, 15th), Joe Steward (51:06, 16th), Jacob Adkin (52:23, 22nd) and Daniel Haworth (58:51, 41st) finished fifth on the same journey.

The 3:13:05 of Jonathan Albon in the 38km Short trail run, over a course with 2,400m of elevation gain, secured him individual bronze, with the race won by Norweigan’s Stian Hovind Angermund in 3:08:29. Fifth place for Kris Jones (3:17:47) and 25th for Billy Cartwright (3:36:26) earned Team Britain another team bronze medal, with Brennan Townsend 42nd (3: 46:48) and Thomas Adams. 46th (3:54:21).

It was also a team bronze for the women, with Eleanor Davis (3:58:06), Sharon Taylor (4:01:27) and Nichola Jackson (4:10:59) finishing eighth, ninth and 18th. The British contingent was completed by Catriona Graves (4:16:21 22nd).

Over double the distance and double the elevation, the best performance of the Long track race came from Harry Jones (7:54:10 11th) and Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn (9:47:35, 29th).

Finally, the Uphill and downhill mountain race provided Scout Adkin, Holly Page and Kate Avery with their second Championships medal and a second team silver medal. Strong performances from Scout (50:19) to finish fifth, Holly eighth (50:52), Naomi Lang 25th (53:53) and Kate Avery 26th (53:55) saw the team finish just four points behind. Switzerland.

The men’s quartet of Andrew Douglas, Ross Gollan, Chris Richards and Alexander Chepelin finished fifth.

Back to the mud

Back to cross-country but leaving for Scotland and the Lindsays Short Course XC in Kirkcaldy, where Megan Keith and Ben Potrykus took victories in the respective senior races. Impressive performances for both as the two fields were subjected to record finishers at 260 and 484 respectively.

It was a close finish in the senior men’s race, with just five seconds separating the top three over the 4km course. Ben Potrykus (11:11) crossed the line just two seconds ahead of Tom Graham-Marr (11:13), himself just three seconds ahead of teammate Ben MacMillan (11:16). It was a different story in the women’s race, with Megan Keith (12:34) finishing 24 seconds ahead of Kirsty Walker (12:58) and Jenny Selman (13:01).

As at Mansfield, it was good to see some injury returns especially for Erin Wallace, her first race since the World Indoors in March.

Around the road

A number of races have yet to report results as of this writing but, dare I say it, it looks a bit quieter on the road racing front this weekend. This does not mean that there are no competitions to offer you!

Some close races at Billericay 10k saw Gus Withers (30:59) get the better of Ben Felton (31:11) and Scott Cousins ​​(31:13), while Lindsey Colman (37:12) finished over a minute behind. ahead of Sophie Cowper (38:30) and Stéphanie Migliorini (38:38).

There were also wins for Anthony Bradley (34:30) and Brighton Phoenix’s Alison Moore (41:14) at the Beckley 10kLindsay Skinner (36:44) and Oliver Donkins (34:54) at The Deepdale Dash 10kJordan Howes (28:01) and Amy Seager (31:49) of South Kent Harriers at the Deal Castle 5 Mileand Lisa Finlay (67:26) and James Waldie (56:41) in the Templeton 10 miles.

RunThrough continues to provide running opportunities, including both Victoria Park and Taton Park This weekend. In the Run the Tatton Half Marathonit was the turn of Natasha Convey (86:00) and Luc Burnip (73:14) to take the wins, with the associated 10k going to Omar Ahmed (30:34) and Philippa Stone (35:04).

Let’s go to London where Victoria Park saw Sophie Raadford (84:12) and James Wootton (73:04) cross the finish line first in the half marathon, along with Dean Williamson (31:04), Sharon Wright (40:42), Olga Ralko ( 21:33) and Michael Hurley (17:22) does the same on 10k and 5k respectively. The Richmond Park Half Marathon the results are not yet published.

The Hayling Island 10 saw British 5k champion Kurt Taylor claim victory in 51:21 in a close race with Andrew Penney (51:36) and Harry Smith (51:44). Cassie Thorp took the women’s victory in 58:27 ahead of two flying master athletes in 2nd and 3rd. Third-placed Jacquline Rockcliffe ran the 13th fastest V50 ever over 10 miles with 62:20 but was still beaten to 2nd by another V50, Lucy Elliot, who ran 62:07!

End on the other side of the pond

I’m typing this shortly after watching the NYC Marathonwhere debutant Sharon Lodeki (2:23:23) and fellow Kenyan Evans Chebet (2:08:41) scored victories in unusually hot weather on one of the toughest courses in the major marathon.

It wasn’t the only racing action of the weekend in the United States. On a course that ends at the marathon finish line, Holly Archer won the open division of the Abbott Dash at the 5k line with 4:12 p.m. (the race also included the USA 5k Champs). Perhaps the highlight, however, was Tom Anderson’s victory in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Half Marathon (63:34), his first outing over 13.1 miles this year.

Varsity cross-country competitions continue, with a number of Britons taking their spikes. There were wins for Ellen Mary Kearney of Wirral (17:29 over 5k) and Bryn Woodall of Colwyn Bay (24:27 over 8k) at the AC Appalachian Cross Country Championships in South Carolina, with Will Stockley of Belgrave second (24:40).

Running for Missouri State, but Newark at home, was also second for Amber Owens at MIAA Championshipscompleting a 6km course in 20:51, while Grace Burrell took third place in the South Atlantic Conference Championships in North Carolina (22:21 on 6k). Finally, after a strong summer in the UK which included a first 14 minute break for the 5000m, Cameron Allan finished fourth in the RMAC Cross Country Championshipsin his third race for Adams State United.

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