Laura Weightman made one of the biggest impacts of her career with a brilliant performance as she finished third in the Parelloop 10km in Brunssum in the Netherlands on Sunday.
As Evaline Chirchir led a Kenya one-two from Carolyne Jepkosgei, both in 31:17, Weightman moved to fifth on the British all-time list for the distance in 31:40. No wonder the Steve Cram-athlete tweeted how “delighted” she was because it another great run for the European 1500m bronze medallist.
She was easily in third ahead of Kenya’s Cynthia Kosgei (32:08) with the Netherlands’ European 10,000m silver medallist Susan Krumins fifth in 32:14.
Delighted to run another big 10km PB today of 31.40 in Brunssum at the Parelloop 10km! https://t.co/TDpmiueJAb
— Laura Weightman (@LauraWeightman) March 24, 2019
Weightman's mark was the quickest time by a British woman since SPAR European Cross Country champion Gemma Steel’s 31:26 in 2014 and puts her fourth on the British all-time lists behind Paula Radcliffe (30:21), Liz McColgan (30:39), Steel (31:26) and Wendy Sly (31:29).
Weightman also moves to fourth on the 2019 European lists for the distance behind Meraf Bahta (31:09), Krumins (31:11) and Trihas Gebre (31:35).
In this long year, with the IAAF World Championships in Doha not until September, Weightman has a brilliant foundation to build on. She also won a competitive 10km in Trafford a fortnight ago, clocking 31:59 on a windy morning and was second to Sifan Hassan over 5km on a sunnier day in Monaco in February in 15:28.
Former world U20 champion Llano breaks Norwegian hammer record
With the non-stop tumbling of national records by Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Karsten Warholm over the last few years, the lists need rewriting again – and this time in a field event by another of the country’s leading young stars.
Competing in Tempe, Arizona, Beatrice Nedberge Llano broke the near-eight year-old hammer mark with 71.43m, eclipsing the 70.43m set by Mona Holm in 2011.
At 21, Llano was the world U20 champion in 2016 in Bydgoszcz, a year before winning bronze in the same venue at the European U23 Championships. With this distance etched onto the record books, Llano can look to the summer knowing she will be one of the favourites again at the next staging of the European Athletics U23 Championships in Gavle, Sweden, in July.
And Llano was not the only Norwegian youngster making a mark at the weekend. At home in Stange, Henriette Jager ran 24.08 for a national U18 200m indoor record.
National cross country, road and race walking titles decided across Europe
As the cross country season draws to a close ahead of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus on Saturday, there was a close race in the 8km at the Hungarian Championships in Kecskemet, with Benjamin Kovacs winning by a second in 22:41 from Bence Bicsak as Lilla Bohm took the women 5km in 15:48.
In Olsztyna, Tomasz Grycko won the Polish cross country title over 10km in 33:08 with Katarzyna Kowalska the women's champion over 8km in 29:40. At the Slovenian Championships in Velenje, Matjevz Planko ran 26:16 and Klara Ljubi clocked 18:28 to win the senior 8km and 5km titles respectively.
Eric Ruttimann and Nicole Egger won the Swiss 10km titles in Uster in 29:44 and 34:04 respectively while Fabienne Schlumpf’s attempt to break her national record of 32:01 from 2017 fell narrowly short as she finished in 32:10. Schlumpf is currently preparing for her marathon debut in Rotterdam next month.
"My face says it all: yesterday was tough. Not every race goes according to plan. That's life and that's sport," she said on social media after the race.
It was a busy weekend in Ukraine with the Winter Race Walking Championships in Ivano-Frankivsk.
On the opening day, Serhiy Budza won the men’s 35km in 2:34:49 and Olena Sobchuk finish first in the women’s in 2:54:23. Ihor Honcharenko, in 44:55, and Daryna Kasyan, in 50:25, were the 10km champions in 44:55 and 50:25.
The following day, Ivan Losev (1:21:50) and Inna Kashyna (1:32:17) took the victories over 20km on the road to the European Race Walking Cup in Alytus, Lithuania on 19 May.
At the Italian 20km Race Walk Championships in Cassino, Francesco Fortunato won the men’s race in 1:22:39 and Eleonora Dominici won the women’s equivalent in a personal best of 1:30:35.
Elsewhere, Mikhail Anastasakis won the hammer at Greek Winter Throwing championships with 76.63m in Thessaloniki and Germany’s European U20 5000m champion Miriam Dattke won the Bavarian 10,000m title in Regensburg in 33:29.08 to secure the standard for the European U23 Championship.