Molly Huddle did a bit of racing at the " Forward Spine and Sport Labor Day Showdown" at the Newton North High School track in Massachusettes last week. Yes, it's not exactly big-stadium racing but we'll take what we can get. She finished in 15:20.80 - a time she wasn't particularly excited by (fair play - her PB is 14:42.64). The more exciting result though was a PB from Elaina Tabb who was the person who organised the whole event. Tabb runs for B.A.A's high performance team and got second place om 15:27.46.
Hot news is that Ben Rosario of HOKA NAZ Elite is working on setting up an elite marathon event in the US this winter. Rumour is that 50 men and 50 women might get a chance to give 26.2 a real bash. That would be fun. I wonder if Sarah Hall or Molly Siedel would have a second bite at the cherry after London.
The 124th Boston Marathon virtual experience took place this weekend. As I write, Beth Marzigliano has the fastest time (02:45:54). She runs for Shore AC and managed to set a new PB despite running on her own.
Normally the Great North Run would have taken place in the UK this weekend - a fast and much loved half marathon. That also took place virtually this weekend and Caroline Leighton is up at the top at the moment with a 78:29
Lily Partridge took the chance to remind the London Marathon field that she has retained her form during lock down, winning theAntrim Coast Half Marathon in 71:36. - an all-comer's record for Northern Ireland, close to her January time of 71:31 in Seville. That said, it's still a minute off her PB from 2015 and to get the Olympic selectors paying attention in the UK she'll probably need to run a 2:25 ish in London which would be a 4 minute PB over the marathon (even though it's not the official selection race this year).
The coverage waspreeeetty patchy. Frustrating, given that the organisers had nabbed Jo Pavey to be on the commentating team which normally means that we actually get some info about the women's race. That said, it's not normally a big-ticket race so we suspect they were working on a tight budget and with little prior experience. So we'll not be too grumpy! talking of grumpy - Aly Dixon's glutes got in a right grump and she had to pull out after 8 miles. She's due to be on pacing duties at London so let's hope she can get it sorted - herinsta post was very stoic about the whole thing.
Right behind Lily was Sam Harrison in 71:58 - again a way off her PB but she committed early on and really went for it. It was Welsh athlete Clara Evans who grabbed a PB and a storming race to take third in 72:21 and youngster Becky Briggs got a 72:54 PB.
Steph Davis was planning to do London marathon but she's running the World Half Marathon champs are on the 17th of October. Perhaps that's why she decided to drop out when things were not going to plan relatively early in the race. Holly Archer was on pacing duties.