The Simplyhealth Great South Run in Portsmouth this weekend was once again host to the England Athletics 10 mile Championships. High quality domestic fields in both the men's and women's races, plus the additional late entry of Storm Brian on the Friday evening meant that it was going to be hard fought battle for the national titles.
The focus this weekend was on the Simplyhealth Great South Run and the women's world half-marathon record at Valencia. Plus a look at highlights from cross country relays events for the Northern AA, Midlands AA and SEAA, plus the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and more including Stroud Half Marathon, Abingdon Marathon and Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships.
England Athletics took a team of 5 to this annual marathon event along with team coach Graeme Riley. The three men wearing England vests were Jonathan Poole, Ben Johnson and Lee Grantham and two women were Tish Jones and Anna Boniface.
England Athletics 10M champs: Chris Thompson to defend Simplyhealth Great South Run title in Portsmouth
Chris Thompson will defend his Simplyhealth Great South Run title at the world's leading 10-mile event in Portsmouth this weekend.In the women's race, Charlotte Purdue and Gemma Steel will battle it out for honours.Tracy Barlow, who also represented Great Britain over the marathon in this summer's World Championships, will challenge Purdue and Steel in a largely domestic field which incorporates the England Athletics10 Mile Championships.
Following performance at the Virgin London Marathon and England Championships last month a team of athletes were selected to represent England at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon which takes place this weekend on 22nd October.
England Athletics would like to bring to your attention some new documents regarding Throws Safety procedures that have been produced by UKA - these are relevant to officials, coaches, event organisers and facility operators.
Five athletes go sub-2:06 and Tadelech Bekele wins women's race, while Luke Traynor and Rebecca Hilland claim Manchester Half Marathon victories. Reports on the British Athletics Cardiff Cross Challenge, the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half-marathon and the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon can be found in their online events section.
England Age Group Masters runners demonstrated that age really is no barrier to performance as they took on the MBNA Chester Marathon in style. Sporting the specially designed retro-style England Age Group Masters kit the 150 strong England team covering age groups V35 through to V75 took on the 26.2 mile race, with the added challenge of competing against a Celtic Nations team.
England Athletics are pleased to announce that the English Cross Country Association (ECCA) have confirmed their International Fixtures for the upcoming season. The ECCA would also like to remind clubs that entries for the National Cross Country Relays close this Friday 13th October.
England's U23 mountain runners acquitted themselves well against world class opposition in the Smarna Gora mountain race in Slovenia on Saturday. The race was the final event in the World Mountain Running Association's World Cup series.