Distance Running News, 2 - 5 July

Julia Cooke lowered her 800m PB by over two seconds as she represented Wales in the Belfast International meeting. The 25 year old came home in sixth place in a time 2:05.38 to move up to twenty-fourth in the UK ranking lists. Meanwhile, at the British Milers Club regional meeting in Coventry Hugo Coutinho won the 800m in 1:52.9 and Graham Rush clocked 14:53.32 in the British League match in Tooting Bec.

There were Cheltenham Harriers club 3000m records for Anthony Bailey and Miguel Mundinano as the club hosted the first of its Midsummer Open Meetings at the Prince of Wales Stadium. Malawians Chauncy Master and Kefasi Kasiteni used the race as part of their preparations for the Commonwealth Games and ran clear of the field to finish first and second in times of 8:24.10 and 8:27.73 respectively before Dave Roper took third for the host club in 8:51.14. Bailey placed eighth in 9:05.89 to beat Darren Jordan’s club v40 record before Dmitry Nazarenko set a pb of 9:07.15 and John Parker placed tenth in 9:10.91. Jon Barnes (9:23.01), Will New (9:24.81) and Marc Fallows (9:28.25) filled the next three places, with Matt Crew setting a pb of 9:34.70 and Dave Aubrey (9:36.61) holding off the challenge of Roger Mullins (9:37.45). Mike Gray (9:50.86) and Andy Gore (9:52.58) were next home for the club before Mundinano set a new V45 club record of 9:52.63. Matt Evans (9:58.84), Gavin McCaugherty (10:01.21), Steve Maguire (10:02.23 followed before James Bingham (10:09.71) completed the field of thirty runners. In the B race Gareth Edwards ran well for second place in 10:22.05 on his track debut, Martin Ford clocked 10:55.49, Jessica White set a pb of 11:14.48 and Ellie Hathaway recorded 11:46.64. Vickie Wilkinson won the C race in a time of 11:19.21.