Scroll down for interviews with Desi Linden, Sarah Sellers, Krista Duchene, Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan.
There are so many shorter races I have missed out from here and I wanted to do a longer comment on Boston and the CWG's and to find out how Canada's marathon entrants into the CWG compared with the field for Boston, and who the top UK athletes were in Boston and whether any of those running London this Sunday have ever run Boston. Why do UK elites seem to shun it? And then there's the UK Boston marathon with the intriguing Fiona Davies who seems to be brilliant all the way from 50k to 50miles. BUT London is imminent and time is flying so here's a brief roundup.
15/4 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Marathon
The headlines have been with the Callum Hawkins situation in the Men’s race. Other than that though, both men’s and women’s were relatively straight forward races with lead packs fairly consistent.
Namibia’s Helalia JOHANNES who placed 19th at the World Champs last year in London won comfortably in 2:32:40 ( PR 2:26:09 at London in 2012). The Aussies showed the benefit of home advantage with Lisa WEIGHTMAN coming 2nd and Jessica TRENGOVE 3rd (That’s *gove* not *grove*, BBC commentary team).
The GB team will be possibly slightly disappointed time-wise but pleased given the conditions, to place 5th and 6th for Sonia and Aly.
For Wales, Caryl JONES placed 8th, (+11:18 and a good way off her PR) and Elinor KIRK, 15th. Scotland and NI didn’t field any athletes
15/4 Brighton Marathon (Athletics weekly report here)
The top three ladies were well spread out, with Helen Davies successfully retaining her title in 2:38:41 with a 10min lead and a 4 min improvement on last year, with Sarah Webster 2:49:02 and Sarah Bird 2:52:21 in 2nd and 3rd.
Brighton Marathon Weekend BM10k
Charlotte Arter (Cardiff) won in 32:19 breaking Aly Dixon’s CR of 32:55 while Aly was over in the Gold Coast.
2nd Phoebe Law 33:14
3rd Fay Fullerton 33:22
Special shout to Leigh Lattimore from my club, Harrow AC who came 10th in 35:44
Boston Marathon - Lincolnshire, UK
Taking place the day before the US version and slightly less glam, Boston Marathon UK style had a strong showing from the more mature marathon runners. Rotherham Harriers’ talented runner Fiona Davies (F40-49) came back after a year’s break from the race (to run London) to regain her title and win in a 4 min PR of 2:50:41 with the runner up being an F50-59 - Julie Warner - with a storming time of 2:56:51 which was a good 20 minutes ahead of Mablethorpe Running Club’s Paula Downing in 3rd.
Boston Marathon, MA, US
Well, you’ll only have not heard about that if you’ve been hiding under a rock. Despite all the anonymous experts over at LetsRun pretty much going for Huddle or Flanagan to win, Desi Linden shocked most people by running the way she does best - just getting on and doing it. You can see her talk about it below:
Yes it was solid, but it was also gutsy in those horrific conditions, Huddle sadly looked like she was treading water by the end. I was sad that Hasay had to pull out with a stress reaction in her foot, as it would have been to see if the same fire was there as last year for the race. But, a wise call.
Shalane found it tough:
She had to make a couple of bathroom breaks (yep, that’s news) and ended up 7th.
In fact, with Krista Duchene of Canada finishing 3rd, you can see that the amount of Elite DNFs means that 2nd and 4th, 5th, 6th went to non-elites.
Sarah Sellars has been making all the headlines as the Canadian nurse anaesthetist who came second after only running one marathon before (albeit a marathon which she won) to qualify for Boston.
Krista also talks about her placing here:
and Molly Huddle (who now has to have emergency root canal surgery) :
The rest of the top 15 was dripping with USA runners - only three came from elsewhere. Why do no elite brits go out there? it seems so strange. Congratulations to Amy Sole who ran in full wet weather gear and came 4th brit. I’m trying to find out who was first, but the site is down so you’ll have to go and check yourselves. Meanwhile, I CAN tell you that of UK residents who entered, 95.8% finished. There’s some other nice stats here
22/4 - London Marathon (WR attempt )
Here's some coverage of the press conference:
19/5 European 10,000m cup at Night of the Night of the 10,000m PBs on Saturday 19th May