Aldershot athlete starts off 2017 with a win in New York, while Steph Twell finishes fourth at BOclassic

NYRR Midnight Run, USA, December 31

Andy Vernon was a clear winner in the 4-mile race, clocking 18:27 from Daniel Winn’s 18:49.

American Sarah Pagano was first woman in 21:06 to retain her title, while Hannah England was sixth on her return after injury.

Photographs of the event will appear in this week’s AW magazine.

BOclassic, Italy, December 31

Steph Twell clocked 16:28 to finish fourth behind Kenyan Agnes Tirop and Ethiopians Gelete Burka and Etenesh Diro. Elinor Kirk was fifth and Lauren Howarth seventh.

Jonny Mellor placed eighth in a men’s race won by Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.

Serpentine Last Friday of the Month 5km, Hyde Park, December 30

Former European under-20 champion Emelia Gorecka in her first road race for over 14 months was first woman by 97 seconds as she won in 16:32.

The men’s race was much closer with Owen Hind winning by inches from Nick Torry in a time of 14:58.

More details in this week’s magazine.

Nos Galan 5km, Mountain Ash, December 31

Kristian Jones won the elite race in 14:11 from Ieuan Thomas who ran 14:13 and Alex George (14:18).

Charlotte Arter was first woman in 16:00.

San Silvestre Vallecana Internacional, Madrid, Spain, December 31

Chris Thompson finished fifth in the downhill 10km in 28:33. Eritrea’s Nguse Amlosom won in 28:09 ahead of European 5000m champion Ilias Fifa (28:11) and Antonio Abadia (28:26). Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 32:07.

Serpentine New Year’s Day 10km, January 1

Jonathan Hay won the men’s race in 30:11 from James McMurray’s 30:31.

Emma Pallant won the women’s race in 35:04.

W60 Sally Musson’s 43:43 was the top age-graded performance of the race at 92.7%.

Broadstone Quarter Marathon, January 1

Phil Gale won the men’s race in 35:50, while Serena O’Connor was first woman in 39:51.

Steve Way was first veteran in third in 36:07.

parkrun, January 1

Alex Yee ran the fastest time on New Year’s Day as he won by two minutes 37 seconds at Dulwich in a time of 14:32 to equal Paul Martelletti’s course record.

The previous week Martelletti had won parkruns on successive days at Hackney and Greenwich despite running over 60 miles on the two days and this week he was in Australia and set course records at West Beach (15:14) on New Year’s Eve and then Mount Barker (15:15) and Strathalbyn (15:28) on New Year’s Day.

Portobello Promethon, Edinburgh, January 1

Grant Sheldon won the men’s race by a single second from Andrew Douglas in 18:43.

Rachael Dunn won the women’s race in 22:10 from Gillian Palmer (22:43) and Shona McIntosh (22:57).

Morpeth 11km, January 1

Peter Newton returned from injury to win in 33:28 while Jane Hodgson was first woman.

Les Venmore’s report and David Hewitson’s photograph will appear in this week’s issue.

Lee Valley New Year Open, Lee Valley, January 1

After a disappointing opening 60m round of 6.77 which saw him trail Emmanuel Stephens’ 6.72, Dwain Chambers responded with his fastest 60m for almost three years as he was timed at 6.64 in the second round to Stephens’ 6.68.

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