November 2013, Brooks Brighton 10k

18 Nov Weekend Review – 16/11/2013 – 17/11/2013

Holmfirth’s Mark Buckingham raced to a two second victory in near-perfect conditions on the south coast at the Brooks Brighton 10k.

Buckingham, with a 29:39 best from the same race three years ago, hit the front and was pursued by Brighton & Hove’s Kevin Rojas and Southend’s Paul Whittaker from the second kilometre.

The trio were separated by just four seconds at the finish, with Buckingham coming out on top in 30:48, Rojas (30:50 PB) second and Whittaker running 30:52 for third.

Gloucester AC’s Gemma Turtle enjoyed success in her first race of 2013 to take victory in the women’s race. The twenty seven year old crossed the line in 34:41 to win out by nineteen seconds ahead of Emma Macready.

Full results HERE

Matty Hynes led thirteen men inside 30 minutes at the Leeds Abbey Dash incorp England Athletics 10k Championships on Sunday, with his 29:23 PB-winning performance seeing him move up to fifth in the 2013 UK rankings.

The Yorkshire event can rightly claim to be the most-competitive 10k road race in the UK as a further twenty three men went inside thirty one minutes and six of the fastest times of the year were posted.

Tipton’s Josh Lilly (29:25) ran seven seconds quicker than twelve months ago but had to settle for second once again, seeing off the challenge of leading U23 Callum Hawkins (29:26). GB World Junior XC representative Gordon Benson was the first U20, running a PB of 30:25 for 25th.

English National XC champion Louise Damen showed her return to form with a close victory ahead of Belgrave’s Tish Jones in the women’s race. Damen took almost twenty seconds off her previous best to clock 33:04 and with it moved up to fourth in the 2013 UK rankings.

Jones, second in the previous two Run Britain Grand Prix races in Cardiff and Swansea, had to settle for second once again but was rewarded with another PB of 33:10. Cornwall’s Emma Stepto finished third – and first V40 – in a PB of 33:23.

Full results HERE

GB’s Julia Bleasdale continued her comeback from injury with a 21st-place finish at the Cross Internacional Atapuerca in Burgos, Spain.

The thirty two year old – eighth in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 Olympics – endured an injury-hit summer and finished outside the top-20 in a quality race won by Ethiopian Olympic steeplechase finalist Hiwot Ayalew.

The IAAF Cross Country Permit event has a reputation for gathering the world’s best distance talent and proved it once again in the men’s race as Daegu World 10,000m bronze medallist Imane Merga returned to win for the third successive year, edging out Emmanuel Bett and 2010 World XC silver medallist Teklemariam Medhin for victory.

Full results HERE

Photo from the start of the Brooks Brighton 10k by Sussex Sport Photography