Distance Running News, 3-5 May

Graham Rush made an impressive track running debut by finishing fifth in the 5000m at the British Universities Championship in Bedford. In Saturday’s heat the Gloucestershire student qualified for the final with second place in 14:48.72. He then returned in Monday’s final and was still in the lead pack of five until the final 800m when the pack then split, leaving Rush to finish fifth in 14:46.90. Mia O’Connell also enjoyed a successful weekend in the 1500m. Having qualified for the semi-final, the Birmingham University student finished seventh to qualify for the final as a fastest loser in a personal best of 4:36.29. O’Connell then defied the odds to finish sixth in the final with a 4:36.62 There was also a pb for Beth Hawling in the second 1500m semi-final, with the Cardiff University student finishing seventh and lowering her best time to 4:45.04, having already set a pb in the previous day’s heats. Representing Cambridge, Jane Thomas finished seventeenth in her track 10,000m debut in 41:46.44.

At the Midland League match in Coventry Dmitry Nazarenko and Alex Bampton claimed maximum points for the team as they finished first and second, with Nazarenko kicking clear at the bell to claim the win in a pb of 4:15.4 and Bampton following in 4:21.0. Dan Owen placed third on his 5000m debut in 15:37.7, with Will New third in the B string in 16:32.1. Jo Wikie impressed with second in the women’s 1500m in 5:47.5 having earlier finished fourth in the 3000m A race in 11:14.8. Meanwhile in Idaho Rhys Park set a 1500m pb of 3:58.63.

At the Cheltenham parkrun James Bingham took the win in 16:42 with Dmitry Nazarenko finishing second in 16:59. Both runners set course pbs, as did Dave Aubrey who lowered his 5k best time to 17:06 for fourth. Matt Evans placed sixth in 17:29, Alex Lee claimed seventh on his Harriers debut in 17:44, Miguel Mundinano finished ninth in 17:50 and Steve Hall came home thirteenth in 18:05.