Easter weekend update

Gold Challenge launches in the UK

There have been plenty of exciting performances in the USA over the last two weekends, no more so than the breakthrough 1500m performance from Will Paulson who ran the fastest outdoor time of the year. Scott Overall and Alyson Dixon took to the roads in Boston. Closer to home the Scottish 10,000m Championships saw impressive wins from Lachlan Oates and Fionnuala Ross.

Over at the Bryan Clay Invitational, California, a host of British athletes were in PB action at Azusa University. The pick of these included Will Paulson (handicap -5.8) from Stroud, with a 3:38.35 PB performance to top the outdoor 1500m rankings thus far. Verity Ockenden (handicap -1.1) ran the 5,000m in a lifetime best of 15:40.48, which also puts her top of the outdoor 5000m rankings.

At the Mt. Sac Relays, California, Alice Wright (handicap -0.8) was in personal best action over 5,000m, setting a time of 15.45.51 to put her one place behind Verity on the rankings.

The Boston Marathon took place on Monday 15th April and, at 40 years of age, Alyson Dixon (handicap -0.8) proved age is just a number as she ran 2.35.43, to move to fourth on the runbritain rankings. Scott Overall (handicap -4.8) was first Brit home in the men’s race, clocking 2.17.37.

The Scottish 10,000m Championships at Crownpoint in Glasgow  saw Lachlan Oates (handicap -4.3) set a personal best of 29:40.79 to take the Scottish 10,000m title on Friday night. First woman home was Northern Ireland’s Scottish resident Fionnuala Ross (handicap-0.2). Elspeth Curran (handicap 0.0) took silver, her 34:47.82 time a solid debut.

Some of the bigger UK races were:

North Tyneside 10K 

- 1,843*

Bushy parkrun

- 1,516

Elswick Harriers Good Friday Relays

- 1,127

Maidenhead Easter 10

- 1,088*

Poole parkrun

- 955

Southampton parkrun

- 939

* Provisional

Other results via the following links:


Road/multi terrain


Cross country (XC)