I've got a bit distracted by shorter distances, leaving a lot of races uncovered due to lack of time (I'll add to it as the week goes on though) but lets kick off with a marathon.
1st Caroline Jepchirchir (Chepkwony) 2:47:35. Caroline is a Kenyan runner from Eldoret who is now part of Project Africa Athletics and has previously featured on the Women’s Running Roundup when she won the Belfast Marathon at the start of the month in 2:41:23. Not shy of working hard then - it’s relatively rare for african runners to be running marathons so close together so I’ll be interested to see if she continues to crop up in more races soon. She has a PR of 2:27:27 under the name Caroline Chepkwony which was set in 2013.
2nd Shona McIntosh of Hunters Bog Trotters (2:49:05). Shona has been doing rather nicely lately as she was 5th Manchester Marathon in 2:45:09 and 2nd at the Inverness half earlier this year. This time was a long way shy of her PR though, which is 2:40:06, set in 2015.
3rd Tracy Millmore of Birtley AC (2:52:14). Tracy is coached by Thomas Millmore and set her PR of 2:46:09 when she won the Yorkshire Marathon in 2017 in what was only her second marathon. She has a FB page for her running and given that she talks about the end of a 5 week chest infection merely 7 days before the race, I’d hope she was rather happy with that performance. It also shows
I wouldn’t normally cover the mile (not because I think it’s easy, I’d rather run a marathon any day - much easier) but because otherwise I’d not know where to stop. However, a hat tip must surely go to The Guardian Running Blog’s Kate Carter who took home bronze in the Masters race. So, here’s the rest of the masters results
and the Senior British Athletics Results:
Just a day after the Westminster Mile was the Vitality London 10k, again on the shorter end of the spectrum, but the Women’s race was well worth the effort of watching. Despite being hailed as the one to watch, Lily Partridge didn’t retain her title from last year. Hardly surprising given that she’s just smashed it at London Marathon and is in the middle of training to race the marathon at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin on the 12th August. She still ran a highly credible 33:27 for 5th - only 24s off her 10k PR. Instead, the win went to Steph Twell of the ever dominant Aldershot Farnham and District in 33:00. Steph has recently changed coach to be trained by Geoff Wightman, formerly or Scottish Athletics which seems less odd when you remember that she comepeted for Scotland in the Commonwealth games and loves the Scottish XC circuit. 2nd went to for Gemma Steel in 33:12 and 3rd for Jo P Geoff Wightman, below – formerly the chief executive of Scottish Athletics but now best known as the man on the Tannoy at myriad events and as parent of the talented Jake avey in 33:21 as she raced for the first time in 8 months - I’m looking forward to hearing what she has planned next. Marathoner Tracy Barlow came 4th, continuing a year of PRs over shorter distances (5k in 16:31 at Falesia 5K, and Half Marathon at the IAFF World Champs in 72:35) with a PR of 33:27. In 6th was 23 year old Rebecca Murray in 33:51, who featured in the London Marathon Preview and came 12th in her first ever marathon earlier this year in 2:39:37. Another marathoner, Sonia Samuels, took 7th. Full results here
My short-distance crush, Laura Muir, was in great form, finishing 2nd at the Prefontaine Classic - read more here
The Grand Union Canal Race is one of those races that blow my mind. Last year it was won by Cat Simpson in a ladies record of 27:26 but presumably it wasn’t in the schedule again, after starting the Thames Path 100 earlier in the month (and sadly having to DNF due to a cycling injury). That left the field clear for Katrin Grieger to take the win as she covered the 145miles in 31hrs 47 with Emily Foy in 2nd in 34h 34
1st - Hayley Merrifield, Poole AC in 03:24:12
2nd - Rebecca Metin, RAF Athletics in 03:40:32
3rd - Heather Koshnevis, Littledown Harrier's in 03:41:06
Steve Way won the men's race inn2:28, a huge 20 mins ahead of the next runner.
Other races that I haven’t managed to cover…Let me know if you ran any of them!
Mont saint michel marathon
Women can marathon
Knastmarathon ‘Slammer’ MARATHON
Ottawa Marathon - where Sarah Hall ran a PB (insta)
Diamond Leagues athletics
Euro 24 h race