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ALTHOUGH the peak of the season is some way off, British athletes had one of their most successful ever weekends in the USA Conference championships. There were wins for Kieran Clements, Luke Traynor, Alex George, Alex Short and Amy-Eloise Neale. After the growing success of GB distance runners this year, you can expect demand for UK athletes to be higher in the next round of recruitment by the US colleges.



IAU Trail World Championships, Peneda-Gerês, October 29

SPAIN’S Louis Hernandez (8:20:26) and France’s Caroline Chaverot (9:39:40), were crowned world champions, although it was the French, who packed impressively in depth, who won both team titles.

Great Britain’s women’s team claimed the bronze medals in a race held over an 85km (53-miles) course in the stunningly beautiful Paneda Gerês national park in northern Portugal

The team were led home by Jo Meek in seventh in a time of 10:36:12 with Beth Pascall one place behind in 10:41:35. Meek was delighted to place so highly and lead Britain to medals. See News, p9.

Jo Zakrzewski was Team GB’s third counter, in 29th in 11:46:51.

The GP from Dumfries has now won individual or team medals at 50km, 100km and trail running for GB.

Sally Fawcett was hampered by a heavy fall early in the race that needed medical attention for cuts on both knees. She ran a brave race to complete the course in 44th, while Sophie Grant finished 52nd as she made her GB debl.

The British men had mixed fortunes. Andy Symonds ran a superbly controlled race to place ninth with 9:00:40. He started steadily and slowly moved up the field.

“Before the race I hoped to finish in the top 10,” he said. “I am really pleased with that, especially in such a high-quality field. The strength of the French and the Spanish runners is indeed impressive.”

Tom Payn and Damian Hall, both winning their first vests, ran solidly to finish 43rd and 68th respectively, which helped give Britain 11th.

Both struggled a little as the temperature climbed into the mid-twenties Centigrade through the middle hours of the day.

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SPOTLIGHT 15 50 GREATEST THINGS IN ATHLETICS We pick the best products and items from the world of athletics in our inaugural list 26 CINDY OFILI Interview with one of the unsung heroes of Rio after her fourth place in the Olympic 100m hurdles final 30 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Diane Modahl, the 1990 Commonwealth 800m champion PERFORMANCE 36 Sports science news 38 Solve your nutrition problems 40 Power up your hamstrings 42 Psychological expectations NEWS 6 Purdue lands a ‘Plan B’ PB 8 Alison Leonard over Rio upset 12 Steve Lewis gets London upgrade RESULTS & FIXTURES 44 Results, including Frankfurt Marathon and World Trail Champs 56 Previews of the Saucony English Cross Country Relays in Mansfield and the TCS New York City Marathon 57 What’s On – events coming up on road, track and cross country REGULARS 34 YoungAthlete 61 Quiz–test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish