Ellie Wallace and Kurt Taylor claim England crowns at Mid Cheshire 5k as Watson sets V45 record

The 2022 Mid Cheshire 5k played host to the England 5km Championships as elite athletes, club runners and first timers alike enjoyed the fast course and great racing conditions last Friday. 

Ellie Wallace (Julian Emery, North Somerset) claimed the women's title in a closely fought race with Lauren McNeil (Keith Whitelam, Hallamshire). Wallace's time of 15:48 represented a big PB coming off the back of her first senior England vest at the Home Nations 5k the previous weekend. Ellie talked through her experience after the race:

Video: Ellie Wallace's reaction after winning the Mid Cheshire 5k. Watch on YouTube.

Wallace was pushed all the way to the line by McNeil who claimed the England silver medal with a new PB of 15:50 taking 23 seconds off her previous best. McNeil is set to represent England at the 2022 Copenhagen Half Marathon.

Third place in the race went to Dutch athlete Jip Vastenburg (Stockport) in 16:06. The bronze medal went to Isabelle Jones (Wolverhampton & Bilston) in a stunning performance which saw her move to 2nd on the all-time list for an under 17 over 5km running 16:14 — just one second off Kate Avery's British record.

Kurt Taylor runs the Mid Cheshire 5k

Kurt Taylor (Bristol & West) was crowned England Champion in the men's race running 14:15 to set a new road PB after a fine season which includes a 5000m PB of 14:02.59 in June. Taylor finished six seconds behind overall race winner Scot Addam Craig (14:09). The silver medal went to Ben Brown (Peter Haynes, Southampton AC) as he ran the 4th fastest under 20 time of 2022 with 14:18. The bronze medal went to another under 20 athlete, James Knockton (Trafford, Richard Goddard) in a time of 14:27.

Alastair Watson (Notts AC) smashed the British V45 record, finishing in 6th with a time of 14:29 to take 15 seconds off Mick Hill's record set in April 2021.

The next England Road Championship takes place at the Big Half on Sunday 4 September.