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Stanford, Benson and Taylor-Brown excel on the run
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 10th March 2013


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Another weekend with some stand-out triathlon-related performances in the running world. Here’s a quick roundup, more to be added later we suspect…

Inter-Countries Cross Country Championships,
Saturday 9th March 2013, Birmingham

The McCain Inter Counties XC Champs saw a superb run from European Junior Triathlon Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown, representing Greater Manchester, who took the bronze medal (20:13) in the Under-20 event, the race won by Emalia Gorecka (Surrey). Georgia recently finished fourth in the English National XC Champs Juniors, that event also won by Gorecka. Taylor-Brown now looks certain to be selected for the GB World Cross Country Championships Team, the event in Bydgoszcz, Poland on 24th March.

Another great performance in the Men’s Under-20 race too, as Gordon Benson (Yorkshire) took the silver, just four seconds behind winner Jonathan Davies (Berkshire). Like Taylor-Brown, Benson may well be on his way to Poland too.

Recent winner of the Welsh Cross Country Championships, Andrea Whitcombe finished 15th in the Senior Ladies race (28:20), the win going to Louise Damen (26:58). In the senior men, Duathlete of the Year in the recent 220 Awards, Phil Wylie was 18th (35:22), with winner Frank Tickner crossing the line in 33:54 - a very competitive result from Phil.

Trafford 10km
Sunday 10th March 2013

ITU World Under-23 Triathlon Champion Non Stanford showed fine early season run form when winning the Trafford 10k in a swift 32:41 (32:39 chip time). That is a great early season performance and bodes well for her prospects on the elite ITU circuit later in the year.

David McNamee, silver medal winner at the 2011 ITU World Under-23 Triathlon Champs can also be happy with a ninth place finish (30:36 / 30:35 chip time) at the same event.

Cambridge Half Marathon
Sunday 10th March 2013

While she went from second place last year to third this time around in the second running of the event, British and European Duathlon Champion Lucy Gossage still managed PB figures in what were absolutely freezing conditions in Cambridge today. Thankfully for Lucy, getting warm after the event is helped by the fact that she lives around 100 metres away from the finish line. 1:18:31 / 1:18:29 chip, were her times today.

In the men’s race, winner of the inaugural British Cross Triathlon Championship and XTERRA Japan in 2010, Ian Leitch took second place in a very swift 1:07:43, despite feeling he lost lots of time on the second lap weaving in-and-out of back markers. Jon Pepper (1:06:14) was the even swifter winner, perhaps wanting to get back to the finish and warm as soon as possible!

Lucy Gossage and Ian Leitch

There were plenty of other triathletes running in this One Step Beyond organised event, including Paul Lunn (Racetime Events), who set a PB (1:16:42),the morning after setting one of the fastest bike times at Saturday's Dambuster Duathlon - a solid weekend of work for Paul.

For more from the Cambridge Half Marathon CLICK HERE for full coverage via Run247.com including race highlights video


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