20 Mar

Brits At Best In Big Apple

Leading British athletes were in good form at the New York half marathon at the weekend as they all took significant bites out of their best times in the Big Apple. In the men's race European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson proved he is in fine fettle clocking a PB of 61:23 as he finished seventh.

Right on his tail was eighth-placed Scott Overall in 61:25. The Londoner is already selected for the 2012 Olympic marathon and proved he is heading in the right direction by also setting a new personal best. The race was won by Kenyan international Peter Kirui in a course record of 59:39.

In the women's race, GB cross country international Freya Murray placed 17th in a PB of 72:23, two places up on Claire Hallisey in 72:58. The duo are set to take part in April's London marathon where they will be gunning for the one remaining women's marathon place in Team GB for this summer alongside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi.

The women's event was won by Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado in another course record of 68:35. There were 15,336 finishers at Sunday's race, nearly 4,000 more than have ever completed the race before.