Claire Hallissey, who made such a big impression at this year's London marathon, stepped up her Olympic preparations with a strong performance at the New York Mini 10K on Saturday (June 9). In a field packed with international stars - seven will be heading to London this summer - Hallissey secured 10th position in a time of 33:33.
The all-female road race, which was celebrating its 40th anniversary , saw over 6,000 runners head to Central Park. Reigning world champion Edna Kiplagat took first position in a commanding 32:08, with Aheza Kiros second (32:18) and Hilda Kibet third (32:34).
Fresh from securing her Olympic slot at London Marathon, Hallissey recorded her strongest 10k time of the year. The Bristol and West runner is part of the Olympic team that includes Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi, and will have looked upon the New York race as an opportunity to work on her speed leading up to her big August race date.
Hallissey's club mate at Bristol and West, Kate Reed, also placed well, coming in 15th with a time of 34:23.