By Owen Morgan
A number of Wales’ endurance athletes produced eye-catching performances on the road over the weekend.
Olympic 1500 finalist Jake Heyward finished third at the prestigious New York Fifth Avenue mile, while a group of athletes enjoyed top 10 finishes at the 40th edition of the Great North Run.
Charlotte Arter followed up her Welsh record-breaking performance at the Cardiff 5K last month with another great run on the streets of Newcastle.
The Cardiff athlete finished sixth in 1:11.11 behind Kenya’s world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri, who crossed the line in 1:07.42 and fellow Brit Eilish McCoglan, who finished just six seconds behind Obiri on her half marathon debut.
Swansea Harrier Verity Ockenden was eighth in 1:12.56, while Welsh marathon record holder Natasha Cockram, of the Micky Morris Racing Team, was just behind in 1:12.59.
Arter’s Cardiff club mate and training partner Clara Evans was 10th in an impressive 1:13.22, considering she has been recently nursing a calf injury.
The men’s race saw Cardiff-based Jake Smith finish in a highly creditable fourth place in 1:01.54 behind winner Marc Scott, who crossed the line in 1:01.22.
Across the Atlantic, tennis sensation Emma Raducanu wasn’t the only British sports star hitting the headlines in New York.
Absolutely loved my first Great North Run! Chuffed to come away with 10th after some difficult weeks due to a calf Injury.
Great to see so many Welsh girls in the elite field
Thanks @great_run for putting on a great race pic.twitter.com/3Tj92yG38e
— Clara Evans (@ClaraEvans4) September 12, 2021
Cardiff’s US-based middle distance star Heyward was part of a strong British contingent running at the Fifth Avenue Mile.
The Welsh mile record holder finished a close third, sharing the same time as second placed American athlete Oliver Hoare, who crossed the line a fraction ahead of Heyward in 3:50.4.
Sunday’s race was won by Heyward’s fellow Olympic 1500m finalist Jake Wightman, who broke the tape in 3:49.6.
The women’s race was won by Wightman’s fellow Scot Jemma Reekie, whose perfectly timed kick brought her home in 4:21.6.