Portsmouth performances showcase domestic talent

mcColgan winning 51

At the Great South Run, Eilish McColgan (handicap -3.5) broke the Scottish 10-mile record on the race’s 30th anniversary as she cut the tape in 51:38, shaving 22-seconds off the previous best, which had stood since 1997. 

After producing a masterclass of front running from gun to tape, the result also means Eilish McColgan is second on the all-time British list and became the first woman since Sonia O’Sullivan in 2003 to successfully defend a title in the race.

Verity Ockenden (handicap -1.8) took home second place in 55:15, closely followed by Jenny Nesbitt (handicap -1.5) who took third position in 55:18.

In the men’s race, Marc Scott (handicap -6.3) continued his good run of form with victory on his 10-mile debut in 46:57 to deny Chris Thompson (handicap -5.5) a fourth title.

Ben Connor (handicap -6.5) took second in 47:16, while Emile Cairess (handicap -5.8) broke the under-23 10-mile record, clocking 47:32 and bettering Petros Surafel’s record by 18-seconds. Results on this link


Conor Bradley (handicap -5.3) was man in form to win the senior men’s race at the annual Autumn Open Cross-Country held in bright conditions at Abbotstown, Dublin just ahead of the British University 3000m champion James Gormley (handicap -4.8)  

Bradley held back on the opening laps with Liam Brady pushing the pace with junior Efrem Gidey and Yared Derese of Carrick Aces. On the final lap, Bradley moved to the front and pushed on ahead of 3:41 1500m runner, James Gormley. Brady held on for third just ahead of Matt Bergin (handicap -4.6).

The top woman in Abbotstown was Abbie Donnelly (handicap -0.7) who finished in 20.51. Becky Straw (handicap 1.0) was 30 seconds adrift in second and Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise AC  was just behind in third (21.27).

Loughborough student, Grace Carson (handicap 1.0) was first junior woman in 15.55. 


Other results via the following links:


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