Ugandan teenager runs 26:41 in Spain, while Kris Jones and Jenny Nesbitt win the 60th anniversary Nos Galan Road Races

San Silvestre Vallecana, Madrid, Spain, December 31

Ugandan teenager Jacob Kiplimo ran the fastest ever road 10km, clocking 26:41 in Madrid.

The slightly downhill point-to-point course means the mark can’t count as a world record but the world under-20 cross country champion’s impressive performance takes 13 seconds off the previous race record set by Eliud Kipchoge in 2006.

There was also a course record in the women’s race as Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei ran 29:54, improving Gelete Burka’s previous record mark by a minute.

In the men’s race, the first two kilometres were covered in 5:24 before half way was passed in 13:12.

Kiplimo, the 2018 world under-20 10,000m silver medallist and 2016 bronze medallist (pictured top), went on to win by 13 seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis, with Uganda’s Mande Bushendich third in 27:24.

The women’s race saw Kosgei and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri pass 3km in 8:46, eight seconds ahead of Ethiopian star Tirunesh Dibaba, and the leaders clocked 14:40 at half way.

Kosgei won by four seconds ahead of Obiri’s 29:59, while Dibaba was third in 30:40.

The top European athletes were Spain’s Juan Antonio Pérez in sixth in 28:16 and Trihas Gebre in fourth in 31:40. Britain’s Lily Partridge was 10th in 33:35.

Nos Galan Road Races, Mountain Ash, Wales, December 31

Kris Jones and Jenny Nesbitt claimed victory as the event celebrated its 60th anniversary, Alex Donald reports.

The races were founded by the late Bernard Baldwin in 1958 and traditionally offer athletes a last racing opportunity of the year. The race that was originally held over four miles and through the turn of midnight, boasts a list of previous winners that include Tony Simmons, Dewi Griffiths and Charlotte Arter.

It was another famous winner, David Bedford, that along with Welsh rugby star Sam Warburton and Paralympian Rhys Jones were the mystery runners this time.

International orienteer Kris Jones had previously won here in 2016 and began as a pre-race favourite with returning champion Ieuan Thomas the most likely to cause an upset.

This time however, Jones led from gun to tape, only increasing his lead as he covered the new four-lap course in 14:19.

“I’m happy with that,” he said. “I went out hard and got a little gap, so I just decided to keep on pushing and make it a hard race.”

Cardiff AAC’s Thomas was unable to retain his title but was the next best on the night, overcoming club-mate Dan Nash to finish second in 14:49.

After Nash, Ciaran Lewis was the fourth man home, also running for Cardiff AAC, with Newport Harrier Abed Teweldebrhan finishing fifth.

Nesbitt was a convincing winner in the women’s race with the Worcester AC athlete taking victory in 16:31.

Cardiff’s Clara Evans had shown recent form with a 34:00 10km PB in Telford at the start of the month and was next home in 16:50, with Swansea’s Caryl Jones third in 17:17.

Swansea Harrier Alaw Beynon-Thomas was another defending champion in action finishing fourth this time with Parc Bryn Bach AC’s Lauren Cooper fifth.

BOclassic, Bolzano, Italy, December 31

Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola and Netsanet Gudeta secured success in Italy, clocking 28:12 for the 10km event and 15:46 for the 5km race respectively.

Tola won ahead of Kenya’s Jairus Birech with 28:24 and Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo with 28:50, while Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris was fourth in 29:01 and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson, who set the fast early pace, was fifth in 29:17.

Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa was eighth in 29:23 and GB’s Ross Millington 10th in 29:51.

Gudeta claimed the women’s title ahead of Kenya’s Janet Kisa in 15:49 and Vohla Mazouronak of Belarus in 16:08. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean was fourth in 16:20 and Italy’s Margherita Magnani was fifth in 16:37, with GB’s Elinor Kirk 13th in 17:39.

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