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Course record for Zak Seddon as he opens 2023 season

Course record for Zak Seddon as he opens 2023 season

We report on a number of festive events including a 5km and 10km in London’s Hyde Park highlighted by Olympic steeplechaser’s success

SERPENTINE NYD 10km, Hyde Park, London, January 1

The 2019 world steeplechase finalist Zak Seddon won in his debut 10km in a course record of 30:05 ahead of London cross-country bronze medallist Seyfu Jamaal’s 30:26.

World 1500m champion Jake Wightman interestingly won this race in 2015 as a 20-year-old in a then PB of 31:44.

Annie Birch was fastest woman in 36:03 as she led home Nina Griffith and Rose Penfold.

Overall: 1 Z Seddon 30:05; 2 S Jamaal 30:26; 3 C Sandison 30:44; 4 J Breivold 30:53

M50: 1 A Mussett 34:02

Women: 1 A Birch 36:03; 2 N Griffith (W35) 36:16; 3 R Penfold 36:54

Annie Birch (Cliff Hide)


Overall: 1 L Clarke 35:26; 2 T Corbin 35:28; 3 D Wilmore 35:53

Women: 1 M Rasch 39:30; 2 L Baker-Little 42:58; 3 K Wilkinson 38:21

PODIUM 5km, Barrowford, January 1

Despite the windy conditions, the 2020 English Schools cross-country champion Olivia Mason was fastest woman on this renowned fast course in 16:40 ahead of Eleanor Bolton’s 16:52.

Seventeen-year-old Chris Harper improved his PB by seven seconds to be first man in 14:39.

Overall (A): 1 C Harper Giff N 14:39; 2 G Cunliffe Ross 14:44; 3 T Hodgson Hali 14:58

M40: 1 C Stanford Warr 15:29

Overall (B): A Budding Ilk U20 16:04

Women: 1 O Mason Bord 16:40; 2 E Bolton Salf 16:52; 3 L Elms Kent 17:44; 4 E Platt E Ches U20 17:45; 3 H Smith Salf W35 17:49

Overall (C): 1 J Mcleod Accr 17:23

M60: 1 J Convery Bing 17:44

Women: 1 B Reid Chor U20 17:46

KNACKER CRACKER, Boxhill, Dorking Surrey, January 1

Nathanial Booker, a former member of local club Dorking & Mole Valley, crossed the line first in this event billed as ‘Britain’s Toughest 10km’, Martin Duff reports.

With South of England Masters M50 cross-country runner-up, Steve Winder a close second, there was speculation as to where runners Benjamin Hall and Patrick Wightman might have finished after going wrong while in the leading group.

A spokesman said: “Due to last-minute changes to the course due to flooding, two male leaders – Benjamin Hall and Patrick Wightman – at around 8km took a wrong turn and added substantial distance to their route, through no fault of their own.”

Hall recovered to finish third but more than four…

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