The Common Runner – week 15, 2015

Herne Hill Harriers’ Mark Dooley returned to form over the Easter weekend, clocking a 10k personal best on the Isle of Man.

Following a frustrating cross country season, Irishman Dooley finished seventh in a strong field in 32 minutes, 21 seconds, while he also clocked an unofficial 5k best 24 hours later in a relay race, with a time of 15.21.

Dooley was joined in the 10k at Port Erin by club mates Jack Hiller and John Tayleur, who both ran personal best times of 33.59 and 34.40 respectively. Hillier and Tayleur also impressed in the later 5k race, posting times of 16.13 and 17.09.

Herne Hill also hosted its first open track and field meeting of the season at the club’s Tooting Bec base. The 1500m proved to be the flagship race, with Mohamed Mohamud, 14, winning in 4.21.69, while eleven-year-old Jaden Kennedy broke the line in 4.42.72 – a time that would have placed him only just outside the top-10 in the U13B rankings for 2014. Fourteen-year-old Lucy Olsen was also immensely impressive, finishing in 4.44.55, as was Maisie Collis, 11, who clocked 5.05.78. Further track action included Nicholas Atwell’s 100m and 200m double.

Notable field events results included Thomas Ashby (first in SM discus with 46.87m) and Jess Collins (equal first in U15G high jump with 1.43m). Denisha Marshall Brown threw an English Schools qualifying distance of 11.94m in the shot for her U17W age group.

Elsewhere, Sean Fitzpatrick (59.37) and Jonny Muir (59.57) were third and fourth respectively at the Caldervale Country 10-mile race in Lancashire. Simon Coombes was a winner at the Poole parkrun, clocking 16.31. Mohammed Ismail was second at Dulwich in 16.57, with Jonathan Ratcliffe sixth in 18.11.

There’s much more in this week’s Common Runner