Chris Thompson makes it two in a row in Glasgow

Chris Thompson makes it two in a row in Glasgow

Great Scottish Run: Mare Dibaba wins womens event in Glasgow

Olympic marathon bronze medallist Mare Dibaba won the Great Scottish Run half-marathon, with Britains Chris Thompson winning the mens event in Glasgow.

Ethiopias Dibaba, who finished third at the Rio Games in 2016, held off Rose Chelimo to win gold in one hour nine minutes and 15 seconds.

Kenyas world marathon champion Chelimo finished second in 1:10:07, with Americas Alia Gray third in 1:13:32.

The 2015 world marathon champion, who did not finish at the Dubai marathon and came seventh in London earlier this year, has Frankfurt in her sights and looked in imperious form in Glasgow. She broke the tape in 69:15, almost a minute ahead of reigning world marathon champion Rose Chelimo (70:07). American Alia Gray was third in 73:32.

Polands Marcin Chabowski was second (1:02:24), with Thompsons fellow Brit Luke Traynor third (1:02:56).

Gemma Steel made her comeback race one to remember following recent health issues, with an encouraging 34:00 win over one of her strongest distances in the Great Scottish 10k (Sunday September 30).

Since I havent raced for a long time (she was seventh in London and DNF in Dubai earlier this year), I am very happy to come first in this race, said Dibaba, who had made the early running alongside Chelimo before pulling away and spending much of the race accompanied by Para marathon World Cup gold medallist Derek Rae.

Steel revealed in an interview with Fast Running this week that she has been diagnosed with Gilberts Syndrome, a liver condition that has left her feeling wiped out and weak in sessions.

Although her time today was way off her 31:26 PB – which still ranks her third all time in the UK – it will provide the Charnwood AC athlete with a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the forthcoming cross country season.

It was the young Scot who had led the way just ahead of Thompson and Chabowski in the early stages but the more experienced athlete bided his time before moving to the head of affairs and began to really stretch his lead around the five-mile mark.

Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds Mhairi MacLennan was just 12 seconds behind in second, while fellow Scot Elspeth Curran from Kilbarchan AC took the third prize in a seasons best 35:11.

The men’s top three were divided by just four seconds in an exhilarating finish for spectators to witness. Metro Aberdeen’s Cameron Strachan sped to a 31:20 PB, just holding off Shettleston’s Dan Bradford by two seconds, while Glasgow City’s U20 star, Max Milarvie also ran a lifetime best in third with a 31:24 result.

The Aldershot, Farnham & District man shows no signs of slowing down as he advances further into his V35 category, with his time ranking him third all time behind only Mo Farah and Paul Evans.

This summer I had unfinished business on the track but I had maybe too long a break afterwards. But there is a world cross country championships next year and so I want to be in peak shape in February, not now.

He saw off strong competition from Polands Marcin Chabowski, who in the end finished about 100 metres behind in 62:24, a PB by two seconds. Glasgows Luke Traynor ran 62:56, a minute shy of his fastest time, to claim the third prize.

The diminutive Ethiopian Mara Dibaba enjoyed a close battle with Bahrains Kenyan born Rose Chelimo, with Dibaba eventually pulling away to take the win comfortably in 69:15 to Chelimos 70:07.

In the 10km contests, Adam Craig of Edinburgh AC took first place in a time of 29:43 ahead of Metro Aberdeen athlete Cameron Strachan (31:20) and Shettleston Harriers Daniel Bradford (31:22).

USAs Alia Grey was some way back in third with a 73:32 result, while Shettleston Harriers/Armagh AC and Fionnuala Ross was the first UK athlete across the line in fourth in a superb 74:11 PB.

As with his victory 12 months ago, when he saw off Callum Hawkins and Tsegai Tewelde, the 37-year-old established a commanding lead in the opening half of the race which he would not relinquish.

There cant be many races that are so utterly dominated by the home club, but that was certainly the case here when five of the top six mens positions were filled by Cheltenham & County Harriers athletes (September 30).

His finishing time in somewhat drier – albeit considerably windier – conditions on this occasion was 62:07, coming home ahead of Pole Marcin Chabowskis 62:24 and Luke Traynor (62:56).

Ben Price took the win in 69:50 ahead of Dominic James 70:16, while Alex Lee completed a podium clean sweep with a 70:39 result. Derby ACs John Parker spoiled the party with his 71:08 in fourth, while Cheltenhams Alex Pilcher dipped under 72 minutes when he clocked 71:47.

Traynor, who will look to defend his title at the Manchester half-marathon before targeting the cross country season, won the Scottish half-marathon title with his third-place finish.

While Shaftesbury Barnets Rachel Felton took the top spoils when winning the third of the four half marathons shes contested this year so far in 80:07, the womens runner up prize went to the most decorated Ironman triathlete of all time, Chrissie Wellington.

Chris Thompson was content with a job well done as he successfully defended his Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run title in convincing style in Glasgow.

In a superb race for athletes and spectators alike, Wellington returned to the event shed previously finished third in back in 2016 by going one better and improving her course best by a significant margin when she clocked 81:07 to finish second.

The womens race was won in even more convincing fashion by Ethiopias Mare Dibaba, another athlete looking to peak for a big autumn marathon.

Almost Athletes Helena Youde sliced a large chunk off her previous best when she ran a big PB of 82:55 to come a well-deserved third place.

In the latest half marathon to take to the streets of Milton Keynes, BRJs relative newcomer to road racing, David Hudson, clinched a dominant victory in a strong 71:29 on Saturday. (September 29)

Marshall Milton Keynes Stephen Tuttles 73:07 earned him the second prize in his home town, while Highham Harriers Jacob Hendrickson ran 76:17 to complete the podium.

Shenley Striders Wendy Clark sliced an astonishing six minutes and 33 seconds off her seasons best when she took the top honours in a 90:52 PB. Clark was streets ahead of her nearest rival, Redway Runners V45 Sarah Bird, who clocked 95:35 for second, while Laura Syretts 98:01 saw her finish third lady.

Aldershot, Farnham & Districts Louise Small continued her comeback from injury with a hugely dominant win in Windsor this morning when she finished more than four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor in an encouraging 77:10.

Smalls victory was her second of the weekend, the first being a successful bake of friend Steph Twells wedding cake the previous day, when her AFD club mate married fellow elite athlete Joe Morwood!

Hart Road Runners V45 Lesley Locks was second lady in 81:28, with Katie Mauthoors 85:15 good enough for third prize.

Dan Jarvis was a class winner of the mens race when he clocked a winning 67:53 to knock nearly two minutes off the Liverpool Harriers PB. It was a competitive affair in the rowing town, with South London Harriers Tom Higgs and Swansea Harriers Phil Matthews by just 22 seconds in second and third, crossing the line in 69:14 and 69:36 respectively.

The womens race witnessed fast times in the Somerset town (September 30), as Tauntons appropriately named Hannah Taunton took the win in 36:41 ahead of Tivertons Serane Stones 37:37 and Tauntons Kate Drews 37:58.

Minster Milers Dan Cahill won the mens 10k in 33:49, while the second and third placed runners were also under 34 minutes. Taunton Schools U17 ace Alex Male ran a superb 33:57 to just see off South Molton Strugglers Paul Cooke, who was given exactly the same time.

Rotherham Harriers provided yet another race winner when V40 star Fiona Davies took victory in the Yorkshire town (September 30) in 36:57. In her last year in the V40 ranks she is proving to be one of the most consistent over this distance in the country, with seven outings this year alone all well under the 40 minute mark.

Meanwhile, Denby Dales V55 Bridget Coomber provided further proof that age is no barrier to continued fast times as she finished second in 40:49, a time that sees her go second in her age rankings for the year. Petra Kubesovas 41:30 earned her the third prize in Cusworth.

Rotherham took the mens top prize too when Lee Milburn ran 32:27 to beat off competition from Traffords Jeff Prest (33:26) and Doncasters Carl Ryde (33:35).

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