Pole vaulter in good form in the United States as we look at action outside the Commonwealth Games

It was another busy weekend with Commonwealth Games action, the national road relays and Brighton Marathon but other highlights included…

Austin, USA, April 14

There were world indoor pole vault leads for world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie’s 5.95m and 2012 Olympic winner Jenn Suhr with 4.93m.

Garmin Great Ireland Run, Dublin, April 15

In an event that incorporated the Irish Championships, it was a competitive men’s race and just seven seconds covered the top five as England’s Ollie Lockley (30:18) won from the Irish trio of Brian Maher (30:20), Mick Clohisey (30:22) and Sergiu Ciobanu (30:23). Another English team member, Jack Grey, was fifth in 30:25.

The women’s race also saw a close race with Shona Heaslip (34:52) and Kerry O’Flaherty (35:00) giving Ireland the edge over former winner Gemma Steel’s 35:08.

Gainesville, USA, April 13

NCAA champion Grant Holloway clocked a world-leading PB of 13.16 in the 110m hurdles.

World champion Tori Bowie won the women’s 100m in 11.04 and Noah Lyles won the men’s 100m in a wind-assisted 9.86.

Boston, USA, April 14

There were close races in the 5km races that precede the marathon. Hagos Gebrhiwet won the men’s event and the winning time of 13:42 was shared by Americans Ben True and Tommy Curtin.

Buze Diriba completed an Ethiopian double with a 15:22 ahead of team-mate Fotyen Tesfay (15:23) and Kenya’s Monicah Ngige (15:24).

Knoxville, USA, April 14

World record-holder Kendra Harrison won the 100m hurdles in a windy 12.40/3.1 over 400m hurdles world champion Kori Carter’s 12.82.

Javianne Oliver won the 100m in a windy 11.04/3.5 with multi-talented 400m and 400m hurdles prospect Sydney McLaughlin second in 11.07.

Lago Maggiore, Italy, April 15

Kenya’s Daniel Kipchumba made one of the fastest half-marathon debuts in history, winning in 59:06 ahead of Mangata Ndiwa (59:07) and another debutant Josphat Boit (59:19).

Stafford Half-Marathon, April 15

Karl Darcy won the men’s race in 69:11, although curiously all athletes gun times were announced with a 13-second difference and he was given a 68:58 chip time.

Mersey Tunnel 10km, April 15

Dejene Gezimu won the men’s race in 32:14 while Helen Sahgal was first woman in 38:31

Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half-Marathon, April 15

Ash Harrell of the local club won in 69:54 while another City of Norwich athlete Mabel Beckett was first woman in 81:19.

Derby 10km, April 15

Richard Weir won a competitive race in 31:06 ahead of Joseph Kilgour’s 31:15. Kate Avery was first woman in 34:48.

» See the April 19 edition of AW magazine for much more