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Hellen Obiri debuts Zevenheuvelenloop

Four-time world champion Hellen Obiri will be at the star to watch at the NN Zevenheuvelenloop that will be held on Sunday 21 November in Netherland.

 The 31 year-old who has less experience on the road compared to running on the track.

Obiri made her half marathon debut at the Istanbul Half Marathon last April where she ran an exceptional 1:04.51 making her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time.

Last month she ran away with Great North Run title in a time of 1:07.42 beating European Indoor bronze medallist Champion Eilish McColgan from United Kingdom who crossed the line in second place.

Obiri successfully defended her 5000m title at the 2019 World Championships, in Doha, setting a new championship record.

In 2017 Obiri was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine.

Eilish McColgan destroys two major records at the Great South Run

Scotland’s Eilish McColgan ended her season in a perfect style as she smashed almost half a minute off Paula Radcliffe’s United Kingdom National Record for 10 miles at the 30th edition of the Great South Run that was held on Sunday (17) in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

The British 5,000m record holder went on again to destroy a nineteen year old Course Record of Sonia Sullivan by lowering it down by 17 seconds.

The 30-year-old also took nearly a minute off her personal best of 51:38 setting two new records in a time of 50:43.

Radcliffe’s national record of 51:11 was set in 2008 shortly before she won the New York City Marathon. This is not the first of Radcliffe’s records that McColgan has broken this year either. In August she beat Radcliffe’s UK 5000m mark with 14:28.55 in Oslo.

Jess Piasecki came home in second place in 51:50 while Verity Ockenden closed the first three podium finishes in ateima of 54:07.


  1. Eilish McColgan   (SCO) 50:43
  2. Jess Piasecki          (BRT) 51:50
  3. Verity Ockenden   (BRT) 54:07

Laura Muir named Scottish Athlete of Year

Tokyo 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir was  named Scottish Athlete of the Year for 2021 at the 4J Annual Awards that were held on Saturday (9) night in Glasgow.

“We’re more than two months on from Tokyo but it still feels very odd,” said Muir, whose coach Andy Young won Performance Coach of the Year. “When you work so hard for something for so long and then you finally achieve it there is a sense at times that it is not real. I look at the medal sometimes and it is very strange.

Muir was competing against the short-list of fellow Olympic medallist Josh Kerr as well as training partner Jemma Reekie and Eilish McColgan.

Laura Muir to run for Scotland at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Scottish Olympic medallists Laura Muir and Josh Kerr have had their Commonwealth Games places confirmed. Eilish McColgan, Jemma Reekie, Jake Wightman and Andy Butchart will also be in the Birmingham 2022 team after their summer achievements in Tokyo.

The event runs from 28 July to 8 August next year. In a hectic 2022 schedule, the World Championships are in Oregon from 15-24 July, while Munich stages the European Championships from 11-21 August. Muir smashed the British record to finish behind defending champion Faith Kipyegon in the 1500m in Japan.

Kerr finished third over the same distance in a personal best time, while Wightman also made the final. Reekie ran her fastest race to date in Tokyo but had to settle for a fourth place over 800m after she was caught on the line.

McColgan failed to qualify for the 5,000m final after being clipped by opponents but went on to reach the 10,000m final, coming in ninth. Butchart was the only British athlete to make the men’s 5,000m final, finishing 11th.

Can Wightman make it a Commonwealth collection?

 Wightman has a 1500m bronze from the 2018 Commonwealth Games after coming fourth in the 800m on the Gold Coast. Butchart missed out with a broken foot, while Muir did not compete because she was concentrating on her veterinary medicine exams. McColgan finished sixth in the 1500m and 5,000m in Australia, having also come in sixth when competing in the steeplechase at Glasgow 2014.

Last month, she beat her personal best over 10,000m in winning the Great Manchester Run in 30 minutes 52 seconds. And, after winning silver and bronze medals for Great Britain, the 30-year-old believes it’s “the perfect time” to win one for Scotland. “I certainly feel more motivated than ever to win a medal for Scotland,” she told BBC Scotland. “It’s not going to be easy but after the year I’ve had, I feel I’m in the best shape of my life.”

Kerr and Reekie will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts in Birmingham. “I have no doubt the atmosphere will be electric and I’m looking forward to bringing a medal home to Scotland,” said Kerr.

Hellen Obiri wins the Great North Run half marathon

Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri won the 40th edition of the Great North Run half marathon that was held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut at the Istanbul Half Marathon last April where she ran an exceptional 1:04.51 making her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time.

Obiri has been defeated three times recently on the track by Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba including the recent race in Zuric Meet where she finished second and called it a day on the track events as she now puts her energy on road races which has paid off as she fought off to claim the GNR title in a time of 1:07.42.

Obiri was followed closely by European Indoor bronze medallist Champion Eilish McColgan from United Kingdom, who crossed the line six seconds later.

Eilish McColgan (L) Hellen Obiri (C) and Charlotte Purdue from UK pose for a photo after the race. PHOTO: GNR

The third place went to the 2013 European Cross Country bronze medallist Champion, Charlotte Purdue from Britain who pulled 1:08.49.

Galen Rupp to battle Bashir Abdi at Great North Run

The 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist in 10,000m Galen Rupp will be the star to watch at the 40th edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 2016 Rio marathon bronze medallist is coming off of an eighth place finish in the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo last month.  A veteran of seven half-marathons, the former Oregon Duck carries on his shoulder a personal best of 59:47 that he got at the 2018 Roma-Ostia half-marathon in Italy.

The 35 year-old American will battle for the top honors as he faces off with the recently crowned bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympics,  Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi who knows this streets well having participated in this race in 2018 where he finished in third place in 1:01.42. The 32 year-old has a personal best of 1:01.50 that he got in 2017 at the Lille Half Marathon in France.

Other established athletes slated to run are Britain’s Marc Scott who has a personal best of 1:00.35 and Jake Smith of 1:00.31 and Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi of 1:02.59 are also competing on the men’s side, as is Britain’s Charlotte Purdue (1:08:23).

This year’s race has the inclusion of several track athletes making their half-marathon debuts. Those include Stewart McSweyn, the Australian record holder for both the mile (3:48.37) and 10,000m (27:23.80); Eilish McColgan, the British record holder for 5000m (14:28.55); Edward Cheserek, the Kenyan record holder for the indoor mile (3:49.44); and Dominique Scott, the South African record holder for 3000m indoors (8:41.18).

The assembled elite athletes will be fighting to try and lower the race course record of 58:56 that was set in 2011Kenya’s Martin Mathathi.

Laura Muir wins 1500m gold in European Championships

Laura Muir enjoyed the breakthrough of a first major outdoor title on a glorious night for Scottish athletics in Berlin.

Muir stormed to European Championships 1,500m gold with an incredible display of utter domination and, minutes later, Eilish McColgan won a silver medal in a remarkable 5,000m. It was a first ever victory for Great Britain in the event and ended Muir’s wait to land a big one, 12 months after the agony of a hair’s breadth fourth place in the London world championships.

The 25-year-old from Milnathort, who is a double European indoor champion at 1,500m and 3,000m and took world indoor 1,500m silver earlier in the year, produced an awesome display of front-running to decimate the field, with team-mate Laura Weightman taking the bronze medal.

It was the perfect end to a trying season for Muir, who qualified as a vet after completing final exams which saw her miss the Commonwealth Games. Just a few weeks ago she suffered the disappointment of missing out on Zola Budd’s 33-year-old British mile record when she finished fifth at the London Anniversary Games.

The best of Europe had no answer for Muir’s class, however, as she made the break at the halfway mark. A lightning fast middle 800m in 2.03 had the Scot in firm control, with Weightman tucking in behind in what turned into that rarest of things – a true run middle distance race in a major final. With 200m to go it was clear that Muir had made no misjudgment as she streaked away for a brilliant gold in a swift time of 4:02.32.

Weightman yielded silver to Sofia Ennaoui of Poland but the gritty Northumbrian, who along with the great Dame Kelly Holmes was the only Brit to have won a European 1,500m medal, held off Ireland’s Ciara Mageean to join Muir on the podium.

“I just knew the girls had a good finish so the longer I left it the riskier it would be so I just ran as hard as I could for the finish line,” said Muir. “It was great Laura could get in behind me too. “It was probably the most pressure I’ve been under in terms of the level of expectation to win, it was something new for me and I think I’ve handled it really well. “I’m just thankful for the support I’ve had from back home and here as well.”

Muir Strengthens Her Lead atop the Diamond League Standings With Season’s Best In Lausanne

Laura Muir (club: Dundee Hawkhill, coach: Andy Young) was the standout British performer as she claimed second place in a season’s best in a highly competitive women’s 1500m in Lausanne.

Muir ran a smart race and kicked with 250 metres to go, leaving a trail of four runners in her wake, only to be caught by Shelby Houlihan (USA) in the closing stages, who set a new meeting record and personal best of 3:57.34.

Muir held off the challenge of the rapidly advancing Sifan Hassan (NED) to clock 3:58.18 and earn herself seven Diamond League points in the process to maintain her lead at the top of the women’s 1500m standings.

After the race, Muir said: “I knew it was going to be a fast race that the girls had asked for. I was happy to sit in on the first half, work hard and use my strength in the second half.  I felt a lot better than I did in the race a couple of weeks ago so it’s a step in the right direction.

“I could see Tsegay was tiring so I thought I had to go at that stage and not leave it to a sprint finish. I just wanted to run as far as I could. I nearly got the win so I’m really pleased with that.”

Fellow Brits Laura Weightman (Steve Cram, Morpeth) and Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill, Liz Nuttall) recorded season’s bests of 4:01.76 and 4:01.98 respectively to take the final two spots in the points.

Commonwealth Games medallist Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark, Poole AC) could not make her way into the points, finishing tenth in 4:06.27.

In the field, Shara Proctor (Rana Reider, Birchfield Harriers) was the best of the Brits in the women’s long jump, claiming four Diamond League points with a best of 6.62m (wind: 2.0m/s). Malaika Mihambo (GER) saved her best jump until last as she matched Ivana Spanovic (SRB) with a mark of 6.90m (1.3m/s), taking victory via countback.

Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson, Thames Valley Harriers) could not replicate her world leading mark of 7.05m set at the Muller British Athletics Championships, finishing seventh with a best effort of 6.48m (-0.1m/s) set in the third round.

Proctor assessed: “It was OK.  I was consistent but not as good as some days.  I have a number of things to work on but I have two weeks before London.  I’m excited to be going back for more training and some technical work.  I made some mistakes tonight and I will fix them for next time.”

Following her jumps, world lead Ugen added: “I was a little bit flat after all the stress I put my body through last weekend, getting the PB. It was hard getting my body going again and jumping that far. I probably need to get back into training and to have a cool down before I get back up again. It was a good competition and I had fun out there, hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be back on top form.”

Lynsey Sharp (Terrence Mahon, Edinburgh AC) clocked a new season’s best of 2:01.22, as she claimed one point in a fast women’s 800m, won by Francine Niyonsaba (BDI) in 1:57.80.

Jack Green (June Pews, Kent) made the most of being promoted from the B-race into the Diamond League race by clocking 49.52. Abderrahman Samba (QAT) won the race in 47.42 – his seventh victory on the circuit this season.

Green added: “They’re fast boys!  This event has really stepped up so it’s about time I did as well.  I have lots of work to do.  It’s hard to race here just after the trials but if you’re seeking excellence, this is the kind of thing you need to be able to do and get better at.  This is a very long year, starting with the Commonwealths. I’m still holding on, just.

“Samba is impressive, being able to put together races back to back, 46 seconds one week, then 47. He is consistently there all the time, he’s obviously put the work in. But it is not just that because he’s executing races, whatever the conditions – which in 400m hurdles is really hard to do. I’m looking forward to being in more races with him and hopefully watching him against Benjamin next year.”

Martyn Rooney (Graham Hedman, Croydon) took victory in the men’s 400m B-race in 46.16, a shade outside his season’s best, with Owen Smith (Matt Elias, Cardiff) third in 46.90.

Marcel Hug (SUI) claimed a closely fought men’s wheelchair 1500m in a tight finish in 3:19.87 with Great Britain’s Richard Chiassaro (Jennifer Banks, Harlow AC) fourth in 3:20.75.

Niall Flannery (Matt Elias, Gateshead Harriers) came home fourth in the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.57, behind Luke Campbell (GER) who clocked 49.54 to take victory, with Jodie Williams (Stuart McMillan, Herts Phoenix) producing a good run to finish fourth in women’s 200m in 22.85, a race won by Gabrielle Thomas (USA) in 22.47.