Andrew Butchart, Laura Whittle and Eilish McColgan achieve Olympic 5000m qualifying standards in the US, while there was plenty of other action both overseas and in the UK

There was significant overseas action in the USA, plus the BUCS Championships and the Great Birmingham 10K this weekend, together with other events of note, listed below.

Track and field

Payton Jordan Invitational, Stanford USA, May 1

Andrew Butchart, Laura Whittle and Eilish McColgan all ran PBs to achieve Olympic 5000m qualifying standards.

Butchart just missed the Scottish record with 13:18.96 for second in his race, while Whittle ran 15:08.58 and McColgan 15:09.94 in a race won by Sally Kipyego in a world-leading 14:58.60.

Beth Potter also ran a PB of 15:28.32, while Kate Avery clocked 15:29.02 and Calli Thackery a PB of 15:37.44.

For McColgan it was a PB of more than half a minute in what was her first track race since August 2014 following injury problems and surgery.

“Wahhhhhh! 35 second PB and Olympic Q over the 5000m tonight. Can’t stop smiling,” wrote McColgan on Twitter. “First track race in over 22months was worth waiting for!”

In his first ever 10,000m race on the track, Bernard Lagat clocked 27:49.35 to smash the world masters record. Irene Cheptai ran a world-leading 31:13:58.

Australia’s Linden Hall ran a 1500m world lead of 4:04.47.

Guy Learmonth opened with a 1:47.08 800m for third behind Eliud Rutto’s 1:46.24.

Further results from action in the US can be found here.

BMC regional races, including Scottish 10,000m Championships, Crownpoint, April 29

William Mackay won the event in 30:36.89.

M45 Kerry-Liam Wilson was the pick of the vets with 31:33.38 in seventh.

Jennifer Wetton was the women’s winner in 35:07.44.

North East 10,000m Championships, Jarrow, April 27

Peter Newton won in a time of 29:54.3.

Emma Holt was the quickest woman in 36:09.9.

Les Venmore’s report and David Hewitson’s photographs will appear in this week’s Athletics Weekly magazine.


BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 1

Britain’s Ellie Greenwood finished third woman in 2:45:21 in a race won by Hirut Guangul in 2:39:52. Daniel Kipkoech won the men’s race in 2:21:04.

Grand East Anglian 10k, Kings Lynn, May 1

Andrew Challenger won in a time of 31:42 from top veteran Adrian Mussett’s 31:52.

Sophie Cowper won the women’s race in 34:47 from Helen Davies’ 35:07.

Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon, May 1

Jonathan Taylor was an easy winner of the 10km in 29:56.

Justina Heslop won the women’s race in 35:48. Her husband Tadele Geremew won the half-marathon in 70:23.

Michelle Nolan won the women’s race in 82:22.

A report plus David Hewitson’s photographs will appear in this week’s AW magazine.

Liverpool Spring 10km, May 1

Degene Gezimu won the men’s race in a time of 30:43 while Kirsty Longley won the women’s race in 36:43.

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