Weekend highlights include a European marathon record for Farah and bronze medals for England

Farah winning 205

An exciting weekend saw Sir Mo Farah winning his first marathon in a European record, the England team taking bronze medals in the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff and Stockport Harriers creating history by taking the national relay title for the first time. 

Chicago Marathon, Chicago, USA, 7 September

Sir Mo Farah (handicap -7.9) wrote his name into the record books once more as he broke the European marathon record to take victory in the windy city. In only his third attempt at the distance, Farah lowered his personal best from 2:06.21 set in London earlier this year, to 2:05.11, to take 37 seconds off the European mark. This was Farah’s first marathon victory with the 35-year-old pushing the pace in the final few miles to despatch of all bar one of his closest rivals, eventually using his trademark sprint finish to romp home well clear of Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew.

Of his performance in Chicago, Farah said: “I was definitely comfortable from mile 24, so I knew from that point I was just kind of pushing a bit, testing the guys out and figuring out who to go with. There was only that guy who went with me, and I didn’t know who he was, so at the time I was just like, make sure I have enough left at the finish line and then I just got away at the end easily.

“The conditions weren’t great and everyone was thinking about conditions rather than time, but towards the end we picked it up. I felt good towards the end of the race – at the beginning I felt a bit sluggish, but overall I’m very happy with it.”

In the men’s wheelchair race David Weir (coached by Jenny Archer at the Weir Archer Academy) came so close to yet another major marathon triumph, but eventually had to settle for third in a stellar field. It was a whittled down group containing eventual winner Daniel Romanchuk of the USA and his arch-rival Marcel Hug that reached the closing stages together, the American eventually proving strongest to sprint to victory. Weir crossed the line just nine seconds back in 1.31.43.

Results: http://results.chicagomarathon.com/2018/?pid=list


2018 Cardiff Half Marathon inc. the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships 

The inaugural Commonwealth Games Half Marathon Championships took place under the cold autumn sunshine in Cardiff on Sunday morning, with the crowds treated to some wonderful racing on the streets of the Welsh capital.  The highlights included bronze medals for both the men's and women's England teams along with numerous PB performances.

In the men’s race it was Australia’s Matt Rayner who set a 61.01 personal best to triumph, with Mohamud Aadan (handicap -6.1) the best placed Brit, clocking a very respectable 62.31 for seventh. Local favourite Dewi Griffiths (handicap -6.0), running for the host nation, was ninth in 62.56.

In the women’s race, Ugandan Juliet Chekwel took the spoils with a 69.45 run, with England’s Tracy Barlow (handicap -1.8) fifth and Steph Twell (handicap -2.4) seventh in times of 72.17 and 72.32 respectively, the former a personal best run. Those performances put them fourth and fifth on the Power of 10 rankings for 2018. Ann-Marie McGlynn (handicap -0.2) ,was in masterful form with 73:47 with a big PB for the Northern Ireland team, just one place and one second ahead of Gemmal Steel (handicap -0.9) .  

Results: https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events?event=3064


English National Road Relays, Sutton Park, Birmingham, 6 October

Stockport continued their fine relay form, as a blistering final leg from Ross Millington (handicap -6.1) ensured they took the national six stage road relay crown at the famous Sutton Park venue. Tenth after the opening leg, where Liverpool’s Jonny Mellor (handicap -6.0) handed over first in the second quickest time of the day, Stockport slowly moved through the field to lie third with two legs to go. A great run from Jack Martin (handicap -4.7) saw them move into a narrow lead from eventual runners-up Leeds City, before Millington delivered the killer blow on the anchor leg.

The ladies race didn’t quite bring the same drama. Aldershot Farnham and District once again asserted their authority on proceedings to win by some 90 seconds. Emily Hosker-Thornhill (handicap -0.8)  set the tone, coming home with a decent lead on leg one in a time that turned out to be the fastest of the day, but Leeds City, also runners-up in the ladies race, battled back to lead at the halfway point. Amy Griffiths (handicap -1.0) wasted no time in regaining pole position on leg three before Louise Small (handicap -0.4) produced the fourth fastest run of the day to wrap up victory.

Results: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2018/nat618.htm


Weekend results, including parkruns, road and cross country events, will be on the runbritain site here.