ROAD NEWS: Women's Running Roundup w/ending 27/5/2019

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It’s pretty quiet on the Marathon front at the moment. In the UK all eyes were on the Westminster Mile and Vitality 10k races. You can find a full write up here at Fast Running. Steph Twell set the world record for ‘fastest mile holding hands’ with her husband on the Saturday (more at Runners World) and then went on to run a PB in the 10k race on the Sunday. Jess Piasecki was second and Verity Ockenden came third. Verity is a chef and poet who has recently contributed to an anthology about mental health called We Run Through The Dark Together (see here). The women’s mile was a dead-heat… except with a winner. Melissa Courtney and Sarah McDonald ran 4:31 and Laura Muir ran 4:32.

On to the longer stuff and it was mainly Canada where the action was this weekend…

SCOTIA BANK OTTAWA MARATHON (IAAF Gold)

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In Ottowa 26 year old Tigist Girma ran a 10s PB to take the win and had been chipping away year on year to take 6 mins off her debut time back in 2016. The lead pack was together through half way but after 28k Girma took the lead and kept it. Betelhem Moses has been in the marathoning game longer, but has have never quite recaptured her 2015 best.

Top Canadian was 33 year old Dayna Pidhoresky (https://www.instagram.com/daynapid/) who finished in 6th place in 2:37:18 less than a month after placing 1st at the Vancouver half marathon in 1:13:07 . It’s a bit of a boost after DNFing at Chicago last Autumn and was 1 better placing than her 2017 showing at the same race, when she was also 1st Canadian, but not really what she’d trained for.

  1. Tigist Girma, ETH, 02:26:33.8

  2. Betelhem Moges, ETH, 2:26:59

  3. Etaferahu Temesgenm ETH, 2:28:43

SCOTIABANK CALGARY MARATHON

  1. Leanne Klassen, Calgary 2:51:01

  2.  Sarah Hutchings, Calgary 2:56:55 and

  3. Jedidah Wanjiru Karungu , KEN 3:03:00

EDINBURGH MARATHON, UK

Winchester’s Melanie Wilkins ran a HUGE marathon PB of nearly 35mins to take the win in Scotland. It wasn’t a total surprise though as she ran 76:28 at the big Half in March, but it does chase away a DNF at London earlier this year. Second place went to Scotland’s own Megan Crawford of Fife and then completing the Eng, Scot, Wales trio it was Carys Hughes in third.

  1. Melanie Wilkins , 2:42: 56

  2. Megan Crawford 2:53:52

  3. Carys Hughes  2:53:07

MOUNTAIN TO BEACH MARATHON, USA

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  1. Gwendolen Twist (CA), 2:51:49

  2. Lauren Duisberg , (GA) 2:52:03

  3. Apryl Campbell, (AZ) 2:53:42


IN OTHER NEWS

Fast Running reports that the England Athletics teams have been announced for this year’s Autumn Marathons,. They have a development standard of 2:44:00 for the marathon, though athletes can use other distances to qualify. Charlotte Fisher, who is Team Leader for Toronto is a key part of the EA pledge to get 5 English women inside 2.30, 20 English women inside 2.40 and 100 English women inside 2.55 by the start of the Commonwealth Games of 2022.;

Toronto Marathon Team:

Johanna O’Regan (Riverside Runners) 3 marathons in April, all under 2:50 - 2:42:15 Manchester, 2:49:38 Brighton, 2:48:55 London
Louise Small (Aldershot Farnham & District, Mick Woods) 2:39:43 London 2019 (debut)
Team Leader: Charlotte Fisher
Team Coach:  Allison Benton

Frankfurt Marathon Team:

Hayley Carruthers (2:33:59) -ran Toronto last year
Jenny Spink (2:35:19)- ran Toronto 2015
Team Leader: Andy Hobdell



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