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THE area cross-country relays are struggling to match the quality of the English national event and their own area road relays. The North was stronger, but there were faster runners in a university event. Certainly, all three English events

Steve smythe, results editor



Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half-marathon, Valencia, October 23

WORLD half-marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir won in 67:09 to give world No.1 Violah Jepchumba her first defeat of the season.

Despite very warm conditions, Jepchumba began at world-record pace and passed 10km in a staggering 30:57, but then she faded in the second half.

Jepchirchir overtook Jepchumba in the 12th kilometre and reached the 15km marker in 47:01. Jepchumba, suffering problems with her right foot, had fallen back drastically, passing 15km in 47:21.

Thereafter, Jepchirchir was on her own to the finish, taking 25 seconds from the course record set last year.

Jepchumba was a distant runner-up in 68:23 with Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo third (69:36).

The winner said: “I’m satisfied with my win and the pacemaker’s work. I suffered a bit when I had to perform by myself. The last kilometres were tough for me, but I managed a course record, which makes me very happy.”

Five runners broke the hour in the men’s race after the leaders passed 5km in 14:01 and 10km in 28:03.

Kenya’s Stephen Kibet won in 59:27, three seconds ahead of Morocco’s Mustapha El Aziz.

There was the same time gap to Edwin Kipsang, who was third in 59:33.

A further Moroccan was fourth as Mourad Marofit ran 59:34 to take two minutes off his 10-year-old PB

Geoffrey Yegon (59:46) was the last to break the hour.

World No.1 Solomon Yego was sixth in 60:11, while twice reigning champion Abraham Cheroben was ninth in 61:56. Men: HM: 1 S Kibet (KEN) 59:27; 2 M El Aziz (MAR) 59:30; 3 E Kipsang (KEN) 59:33; 4 M Marofit (MAR) 59:34; 5 G Yegon (KEN) 59:46; 6 S Yego (KEN) 60:11; 9 A Cheroben (KEN) 61:56; 30 ZAK TOBIAS 68:11. Women: HM: 1 P Jepchirchir (KEN) 67:09; 2 P Jepchumba (KEN) 68:23; 3 R Chelimo (BRN) 69:36

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 HOLLY BRADSHAW Why only medals are good enough now for Britain’s top pole vaulter SPOTLIGHT 18 RIO MIGHT-HAVE-BEENS The potential stars of the future who were not at the 2016 Olympics ACTION 36 GREAT SOUTH RUN Chris Thompson and Tirunesh Dibaba take fast victories on the south coast 40 SOUTHERN CROSS RELAY Highgate Harriers and London Heathside crowned champions 42 MIDLAND CROSS RELAY Tipton’s men and Telford’s women take the senior titles 44 NORTHERN CROSS RELAY Lincoln Wellington lead the way with senior double PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 Coach Insight – Andy Young 30 Circuit training without a gym 34 Hi-vis products reviewed NEWS 6 Relay boys out to make amends 8 Tom Bosworth targets 50km move RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 22 View From The Stands 24 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish