Keeping Track: Monday news column 3rd December

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SUCCESSFUL MARATHON DEBUT FOR TWELL

Steph Twell finished eighth in her marathon debut in Valencia. The Scot – who ran 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in April – ran 2:30.12, which is the second-quickest time by a British woman in 2018. You can find results here. There’s more detail in Athletics Weekly.

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It really is a race of two halves. Delighted to now be able to call myself a #marathoner!! 26.2 didn't disappoint and reflecting on 2:30.12, I cant complain with a 52 sec negative split on my debut. Surprisingly, I preferred the second half after I woke up from my altitude legs and residual jetlag! Now looking forward to taking the positives from a small build up after a long break and then get back at some shorter distances! Thanks for all the support and well done to all the Brits out there too either running or cheering at the course today! *Particular shout out to Craig from Bournmouth- fellow Hampshire athlete who was a legend for company and running a great race himself! Love the running community! 👣❤

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MCCOLGAN WINS PERCY PUD 10K

Eilish McColgan took victory in the Percy Pud 10K for the third year in a row. The race in the Loxley Valley near Sheffield also saw a course record set by Jack Martin of Stockport, who took victory in a time of 29:13. Read a report on the Steel City Striders website, with full results here.

FULL EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY ENTRIES ANNOUNCED

With less than a week until the European Cross Country Championships get underway in Tilburg, a full list of final entries can be viewed on the European Athletics site. They include Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who is going for a hat-trick of under 20 titles. Similarly, Yasemin Can is hoping to win the senior women’s race for the third time in a row.

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BBC TO SHOW EURO XC LIVE

The European Cross Country Championships will also be live from the Netherlands on the BBC. It’ll be on the red button and online from 0930 to 1500, with highlights on BBC Two later. Full details – along with details of the British squad – can be found here

DASAOLU RAISING FUNDS FOR SURGERY

GB sprinter James Dasaolu has so far raised £9,000 for “urgent surgery” after asking for public help to get his career back in track in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

POZZI TO RETURN TO SCENE OF GREATEST TRIUMP

Andrew Pozzi is looking forward to coming back to the Birmingham Arena for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix on 16th February. The 26-year-old won world indoor gold there in March and says it was the “highlight of (his) career”. Read his full preview.

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EUROPEAN INDOOR PERMITS SPREAD ACROSS THE CONTINENT

European Athletics has also announced that indoor permit meetings will be staged across the continent, from Iceland to Turkey and Sweden to Serbia. They are all happening in January and February before the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow at the beginning of March.

NEW ENGLAND ATHLETICS PODCAST

The second episode of the England Athletics Podcast covers what happened at the annual Hall of Fame and Volunteer Awards Night, where track and field legends like Aston Moore and Katharine Merry were celebrated, along with unsung coaches, officials and volunteers. It is available on SoundCloud and iTunes.

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First published on: 3 December, 2018 11:51 am

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