Weekend Update

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Whilst British athletes were winning medals at the World 50k Championships, there were other notable performances and events at the weekend. The Tour de Mont Blanc took place in France whilst Cardiff hosted another top level 10k road event.  

Tom Owens (handicap 1.0) had one of the best runs of his career with 4th place, at the annual week long, trail and mountain festival based in Chamonix, in the Tour de Mont Blanc.

The Shettleston man, who started 2019 barely able to run after an ankle operation, patiently bided his time and moved through the field in the final 40km, clocking 22:04:29, the highest placing by a British man since Jez Bragg (handicap 5.4) won on a shorter course in 2010.

Owens was followed home in fifth by Andy Symonds (handicap 29.0) in 22:35:15, with Harry Jones (handicap 21.6) in 15th with 24:03:53 and Paul Giblin (handicap 21.6) in 24th with 24:53:30. In the women’s race, Beth Pascall (handicap 4.3) placed fifth in 26:26:48, whilst Holly Page (handicap 4.7) finished ninth in the 100km CCC event with a clocking 13:56:37.

The Cardiff 10k returned for yet another year, with a most impressive British and Irish elite field. The largest 10km race in Wales saw a stacked women’s and men’s field battle it out for a place on the podium on a beautiful day. In the women’s race, the gold medal was retained by last year’s winner and Cardiff’s own, Charlotte Arter (handicap -1.9), in 32:45. Arter was followed by Hoka One One athlete and this year's Inter-Counties Cross Country Champion, Jenny Nesbitt (handicap -1.4), in a time of 32:52. Clara Evans (handicap 0.7) finished in 34:06 for third.

The race featured a high quality men’s field boasting plenty of sub 30-minute PB’s with four men dipping under the barrier in a close battle all the way to the line. The win went to the U23 athlete, Jake Smith (handicap -5.4), in a time of 29:30. Smith equalled his fastest ever time over the distance. In second position, and only three seconds behind Smith (29:33), was another local Cardiff athlete, Matt Clowes (handicap-5.3). Ciaran Lewis (handicap -3.4) was the third with a two second PB of 29:45.

In Rovereto, European under-23 finalist Aimee Pratt (handicap -0.8) put herself into contention for the British team for the IAAF World Championships with a huge personal best in the 3000m steeplechase in Italy. After winning bronze in Birmingham last weekend, at the Müller British Athletics Championships, Pratt flew to Italy in search of the Doha qualifying standard. It went according to plan as she took almost ten seconds off the personal best she set in Belgium in May, finishing fifth in 9:39.60 – comfortably inside the world standard of 9:40.00. 

Did you run in the last week? Many of the results are now in.

Some of the bigger races were: 

Cardiff 10K

- 6,145

Wigan 10K

- 2,458

Asda Foundation Middlesbrough 10K 

- 1,935

Bushy park parkrun

- 1,583

Maidenhead Half Marathon

- 1,569*

Waterside Half Marathon (inc NI & Ulster Championship)

- 1,451

 * Provisional

If you ran in any runbritain licensed event or parkrun, make sure you #clickyourclock on your result before 9 o'clock on Thursday to be in with a chance of winning a Polar OH1 — Optical Heart Rate Sensor in the weekly #clickyourclock competition for the 2019 summer. 

There are lots of results that have clocks to be clicked!

Remember - the #clickyourclock competition is a weekly running competition!

To enter, register for your running handicap score and then simply #clickyourclock on your result from this week.  All those that improve their handicap score are entered into our random draw to win the prize of a Polar OH1 — Optical Heart Rate Sensor.

More #clickyourclock details are on this link

Other results via the following links:


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