Course records fall, PBs fall and people actually fall. All in a week of women's running.
7/4 - Centurion’s South Downs Way 50 -
As predicted in Centurion’s preview, Edwina Sutton’s course record of 7:09 fell at the weekend. The race for the top three places was pretty consistent all the way through.
The record fell to the impressive running of Sarah Marwood who placed 3rd overall in the race and 47 minutes ahead of the next woman and led comfortably from the start.
Also highlighted in the preview, Annabelle Stearns placed 2nd woman (to match her previous 2nd placings in the 100mile version) and 18th OA working her way steadily up from 4th place until reaching 2nd at the 41mile checkpoint.
Contrary to my tweets at the time, Christine Howard only dropped one place to finish third, just inside the 8hr mark. Full results here and huge congrats to Claire Weustenrad, Liz Neate and Emma Hancock who are mates of mine and did sterling work this weekend. Emma is going for the grand slam so good luck for the next one!
8/4 - Greater Manchester Marathon
Dani Nimmock of City of Norwich came back from 2nd place at the 10k mark to run a huge PB of 2:38:22 (previously 2:48:16) and take the win at the Greater Manchester Marathon with a near 3 min lead on the runner up and early leader, Katie White 2:41:15 (PB). 3rd place went to with Wakefield Harriers Julie Briscoe in 2:41:35.
Marathon girl Gemma Hockett smashed her own PB to place 11th over all with 2:55:46 and Julia Mitchelmore began her 4 marathons in 4 weeks in under 4 hours with a perfectly judged 3:53:13
4/18 Paris Marathon
After Amane Gobena sadly fell when taking a drink towards they end of the race, Kenya's Betsy Saina won the Paris Marathon in her first ever completed marathon.
Saina had failed to finish Tokyo and New York in 2017. She has however recently set a PB at the Kagawa Marugame half marathon in Japan, with a time of 1:09:17 and placed fifth in the 10,000m at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She has previously run for Iowa State Cyclones and trained with Nike's Bowerman track club.
15/4 Brighton Marathon
They are expecting course records according to the press release.
Helen Davies of Ipswich Jaffa will be defending her title from last year and the weather is looking toasty warm!
Before the marathon kicks off, the BM10k, previously won by Aly Dixon (32:35 CR), Steph Twell and Gemma Steel. With Steph and Aly out in the gold coast and Gemm pulling out of the London Marathon, it will be interesting to see who is out there at the top this year, especially ahead of the European 10,000m cup at Night of the Night of the 10,000m PBs on Saturday 19th May
16/14 - Boston Marathon (cracking field, though lacking in any GB athletes - more about this soon)
22/4 - London Marathon (WR attempt - more about this soon)
19/5 European 10,000m cup at Night of the Night of the 10,000m PBs on Saturday 19th May