13 May

Track Stars Shine

Jo Pavey

Four British athletes clinched their places at this summer's European Championships by running the qualifying times at Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000m PBs event in North London on Saturday. Conditions were windy and wet, but with a knowledgeable and passionate crowd allowed onto the track from lane four outwards, it created a unique atmosphere in which athletes thrived.

The outstanding performer was European and Commonwealth silver medallist Jo Pavey. Now 40 and in her first race since giving birth for the second time last September, she won the women's race in 32:11.05, well inside the qualifying time for the Europeans and a UK record for over 40s.

Second was French athlete Sophie Duarte in 342:36.32 with 22 year old Scot Beth Potter third in 32:45.68, simultaneously booking her place in the GB team for the Europeans and the Scottish team for the Commonwealth Games.

In the elite men’s race Andy Vernon won in 28:26.29 ahead of former European silver medallist Chris Thompson in 28:49.77 as both clinched their placed at the Zurich-hosted Europeans. In total, there were 110 racers across five races, one of the largest turnouts of 10k runners on a British track for many years.