Viner sets another personal best in BUPA London 10k road race

Hannah Viner set a personal best over 10k for the second time in two weeks as a contingent of Highgate Harriers runners took part in the BUPA London road race.

Viner had broken Highgate’s women’s club record the previous Saturday, clocking 36 minutes 41.35 as the Harriers hosted their annual Night of the 10,000m PBs – and she finished in 35:46 on the streets of the capital on Monday.

The men’s race was won by Andy Vernon of Aldershot (28:38), who finished ahead of Liverpool’s Jon Mellor (29:13) – both of whom have competed in Highgate’s Night of the PBs in the last two years, with Mellor winning the latest edition.

They were followed by Harriers star Audun Nordtveit, who was 13th in 30:01, finishing ahead of noted internationals Pascar Owor – a two-time Ugandan Olympian – as well as Ryan McLeod, Nick Torry and Jonathan Hay.

Chris Rainsford was 30th in 30:54, while Shaun Dixon (31:03), Robel Bahelbi (32:17) and Danny Russell (32:44) were also well-placed.


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Laurent-Olivier Liote ran round in 34:52 and Andrew Collins beat the 38-minute mark in 37:29, while Over-70 runner John Brassington crossed the line in 1:11:48.

Elsewhere, Highgate won a number of gold medals at the Middlesex Track & Field Championships, held at Mile End and Lee Valley.

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Gemma Rous was in good form, winning the 400m hurdles in 60.8 seconds and the flat 400m in 55.82.

Terry Fawden came first in the Under-17 1500m in 4:11.88 and, in the same age group, Georgia Fear triumphed in the women’s 3,000m in 10:00.33.

Grace Mee won the Under-17 high jump with 1.70m, and her sister Clara won the Under-13 70m hurdles in 12.80 and the high jump with 1.20m.

Tyreece Rankin was victorious in the Under-13 100m in 12.98, while Ellie Gilmore won the Under-13 800m in 2:40.83 and Cecily Turner was the winner of the Under-15 800m in 2:23.22.

Alima Diabate was smooth around the bends as usual to finish second in the 200m women’s final in 27.19, and Over-40 veteran Nina Anderson picked up a bronze medal in the senior 400m race, clocking 60.0.

Martha Collins achieved two bronzes in her Under-17 events, posting 12.98 in the 100m and 26.89 in the 200m.

Jonathan Laybourn was in action in the men’s 5,000m race, having enjoyed a fine cross-country season and represented Middlesex in the inter-counties championships, and he came third in 15:58.54. Dempster Fawden was also third in the Under-17 3,000m, finishing in 9:50.17.

Highgate’s men and women will travel to Carshalton on Sunday for the second Southern League fixture of the season.

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