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As the dust settles on Doha our eyes turn closer to home this week with an edge of seat, jump up and down, shout at the telly finish in Cardiff Half. I didn’t get to see it live (I was otherwise engaged in running into a headwind) but it’s worthwhile watching again on the BBC iplayer (1hr 23mins in). In the US some late additions to the 10mile champs upped the ante before Chicago next weekend and then there were a raft of races happening around the UK (and one that had to be cancelled because you’d have needed a raft to get round the course). Here comes this weeks roundup-of -the roads.



We’ve had a few boring women’s races recently where the lead has been taken at the beginning and nothing has changed. This was NOT that race. Neck and neck all the way down the home straight Kenya’s Lucy Cheruiyot and Ethiopia’s Azmera Abreha were matching each other’s strides. You can see Cheruiyot (PB 1:07:23) glance to her left to see whether she was holding off the challenger as she grits her teeth and digs in to just pip Abreha to first place, though they were given the same time at the end.

First Brit through the finish was 37 year olf Manchester Marathon winner Jenny Spink (7th) of Bristol & West in a spectacular 73:26, just 25 seconds outside of her lifetime best set back in 2015. Jenny moved the Spain a while back and now coaches, is a sports massage therapist and teaches English as well as being a parent. You can read about her training here at FastRunning’s interview with her . She’s off to Frankfurt later in the year and I predict fantsatic things for her. Watch this space team GB marathoners… Spink is comin’ atcha!

  1. Lucy Cheruiyot 01:08:20

  2. Azmera Abreha 1:08:20 (1:08:19 chip time)

  3. Paskalia Kipkoech 1:08:25

  4. Perine Nenkampi 1:08:29

  5. Perine Nenkampi 1:09:25

  6. Joyce Tele 1:10:20

  7. Jenny Spink 1:13:26

  8. Polline Wanjiku 1:14:30

  9. Isgah Cheruto 1:14:37

  10. Rebecca Hilland 1:17:41

USATF 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS Hosted by the Medtronic TC 10 Mile in St Paul/Minneapolis, MN

Not content with a mahooosive PB in Berlin just one week beforehand, Sara Hall jumped into the US 10mile champs at the last minute and only went and won it. She has commented that because Berlin was so flat, her legs weren’t as beat up as they would normally, but Des Linden still mocked her for her hardcore racing schedule

For anyone attempting multiple racing this season, here’s Hall’s top tips for race-recovery measuring:

- amount of downhills
- race day conditions
- how you’re feeling going into the race
- how prepared you are
- how conditioned your legs are to pavement, competition shoes
- what you do post-race to recover

Got it? Good.

  1. Sara Hall 53:11

  2. Makena Morley 53:17

  3. Katy Jermann 53:44

HOKA NAZ Elite’s Kellyn Taylor also got a late entry after having to miss a previous NY tune-up race due to a stomach bug. She didn’t really have the race she wanted finished in 54:14

Also of interest - Teal burrell 1:00:30 from Miles to the Trials


Either people are getting faster or the records are soft because a new course record was set for the third year in a row at the oldest marathon in Europe and second oldest in the world behind Boston.
Ethiopia’s 24 year old Kumeshi Sichala won in 2:26:01. Joan Kigen was with her to 10k but then dropped off. Rionotukei stuck with Sichala through the half-way point in 1:12:43, well inside the schedule to break the course record of 2:27:16, and they were still together at 30km. Sichala started to break away from Rionotukei and went on to finish more than seven minutes ahead of her Kenyan rival. Sichala crossed the lin in 2:26:01, taking 75 seconds off the course record and almost three minutes off her PB.

  1. Kumeshi Sichala 2:26:01 ETH

  2. Chemutai Rionotukei 2:33:27 KEN

  3. Joan Kigen 2:34:05 KEN

Other results:


  1. Kabi Nassam, KEN 2:54:48 (second time in a row)

  2. Ludivine Seulin, FRA 3:09:11

  3. Inger Marit Valstad, NOR 3:10:33


  1. Katie WHITE 2:42:03 (6th OA)

  2. Kerry PRISE 2:52:31

  3. Sheena LOGAN 2:54:23


  1. Gill Bland 2:59:36
    (yeah… it me <grin>. Not the time I wanted but definitely the placing I wanted)

  2. Jen Granger 3:00:30

  3. Juliet Champion 3:02:57

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Sheer, relief!! That's what that is. Breaking the tape in 2:59:41 @RunBournemouth 😁 #medalmonday, kinda (swipe ➡️) This one's going to stay in my memory for some time. It was a team effort with Mr B giving me training time, sleep the night before and looking after the small boy on the day and our neighbours letting us stay in their flat near the start, and of course @fullpotentialcoaching @hergarunning @harrow_ac @highgateharriers @bbcclubalive and many esteemed running friend's advice all playing their part in the training ▪️ Self Indulgent recap: This turned out to be a funny old race. I think perhaps, the result is the best of both worlds. We learn more from 'bad' races and this was not a good race in that I didn't put into action many of the things I'd trained to do and I actively screwed up a couple of things (caffeine gel at wrong time!!) but I was lucky enough to get a result that was a very happy one. I had a score to settle at Bournemouth Marathon. Back in 2015 I ran it and it was a suffer fest from mile 12ish onwards. I'll be honest, I didn't settle that score - this year was much the same. I would have happily stopped at the half way mark. But training kicked in and I did stick at it anyway and it turns out I was suffering just a tiny bit less at the end than the lady in front of me who had done all the hard work and run up front from the beginning. That's all it was. Nothing more than just still being there. I wanted to run the race strong and dig in at mile 20 and test myself. As with London this year, I didn't do that (see splits ➡️) I was hanging on for sub three. One day I'll do it. I've done it in shorter and longer races, it's all a learning process. So I got the learning and the nice result. I'm a very lucky lady. Hat tips to: ▪️ Tom for the training run, without which I would have panicked big time about the wind ▪️@hannahstobbshh for being ace at her job ▪️Dr Josie Perry for her excellent book on sports psychology. Lots to learn ▪️Freebies from @teamrunderwear @medichecks @freestak which were very helpful ▪️@christians_in_sport for encouraging Christians to excel and also to ensure that we have a right view of what we do #borntoplay

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  1. Abbey van Dijk 3:01:38

  2. Johanna Sutcliffe 3:04:38

  3. Camilla Hermsen 3:04:58

LEICESTER MARATHON Was cancelled due to flooding.


  1. Jackie Skinner in 1:21:29

  2. Rachel Sweatt 1:22:50


  1. Sophie Delderfield 1:21:17

  2. Alexa King 1:21:40

  3. Sarah Hill 1:23:43


While I appreciate there’s no female racing in this event (or indeed any racing in the normal sense), it cannot be ignored that scores of cameras will be pointed at a certain Kenyan gentleman getting his zoom in in Vienna this weekend as INEO 1:59 is all systems go on Saturday morning (5am - 9am CEST) . I kind of want to ignore this and brush it off as an over funded, male-focussed indulgence aided by two questionable companies. But, that feels like trying to ignore a formula one car driving round your back garden and so I’ll be sourcing my finest matchsticks to aid me in watching the event unfold (live on BBC Sport’s website, youtube etc etc).

Nike’s legacy looms large over the pond as well with CHICAGO MARATHON being the headline event when it comes to formally approved 26.2-ing. Oregon Project athletes are the big hitters on the elite lineup and not just any NOP types but some actual Salazaar coached athlete - Farah and Rupp for the men and Jordan Hasay in the women’s race. Hasay, who is already second fastest US woman and finished first American and third female in 2:20:57 in 2017 when she last ran Chicago has been touted as ready to break the US marathon record this time. She was looking in great form coming into this race but now, well now she’s had to cut all ties with her coach just a week before the race. You’d think that would be a right kicker mentally and in training terms but Hasay spoke to Runners World about the situation here and it’s a very strange interview. Not only does she, like all the other NOP athletes we’ve heard form in Doha, seem to have been told that the Salazaar investiagtion was not going to be an issue to them but she also doesn’t really seem to be coached by the man in question. I can’t help thinking that if this is how it works then surely she’d be better off self-coaching and avoiding the negative publicitity, as she comments:

“I’m the one writing the workouts, calling up Alberto saying, ‘Okay, so this is what we’re going to do tomorrow.’ When we heard the news, the next day I had my final key workout, and he and I were in disagreement about what to do anyways. Obviously, I couldn’t talk to him, so I did the one I wanted to do.”

Not really how you’d expect interaction between Nike’s top coach and potentially top women’s marathoner to look like really, is it?


CHICAGO MARATHON (MAJOR) & iaaf gold) - full preview to come later


LES 20K DE PARIS (iaaf silver)

SOFIA MARATHON (iaaf bronze)


and with that, I’ll leave you with this little piece of wisdom from Des