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Athletics- Glasgow Half marathon
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Once again the African turnout for Glasgow's Great Scottish Run Half Marathon produced a seat edge finish.
Peter Kiprotich won the two man sprint for the line, beating fellow Kenyan Jasan Mbote into 2nd while South Africa's Abner Chipu, dropped with early pace setter Jimmy Muindi with 200m to go, snatched 3rd.
"I thought I would win," said last year's runnerup Mbote.
And Kiprotich agreed.
"I did not expect that, " he said. "Three times he has beaten me. Now I have beaten him."
The going had been perfect.
The two were given the same time of 61m49s - the fastest for both and just three seconds outside Joseph Kibor's 1997 course record.
Glen Stewart accepted the African challenge, but after 4 miles he was dropped to run with Russia's Leonid Shvetsov.
"I went with it, but died a death," said the former Scots road, track and country champion, back again from injury and a low key summer.
He finished 9th in 66m17s, the first Scot for the 3rd year in a row and the first British runner home after beating Bradford's AAA marathon champion Chris Cariss by one place and 16 seconds.
"That was my aim," he said.
Scots champion Steve Wylie, carrying a cold, was 11th in 66:50.
Kenya's Caroline Kwambe, 3rd last year and 2nd in the Glasgow 10km in May, won the women's race in 17th place overall.
Japan's Fumi Murata led briefly at 11 miles after Kwambe slowed to test the opposition.
Then the African accelerated past, thinking, "Lets make it tough from now on."
Kwambe won in 70m56. Murata took 2nd just 20 metres down.
"She just has too much speed," said Murata. "I knew she would outsprint me at the finish."
Cross-country champion Susan Partridge was first British finisher in 6th place after winning her own private battle with former European junior medalist Colette Fagan.
"I was there until maybe 12 miles and then all of a sudden there was a gap," said Fagan, who was running the distance for the first time.
Partridge finished comfortably clear but disappointed with her fastest ever time of 75m19s.
"I was down on target after three miles, She reported, "and I told myself forget it and just race."
Cleveland's Stephen Hepples, a man with a sub-65m  half marathon best, won the inaugural 10km event in 30m17s with Glasgow's Jill Knowles first woman home in 36:35.
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Athletics- Great scottish Run- Glasgow
Half marathon-
Men
1 P Kiprotich (Kenya) 61m49s
2 J Mbote (Kenya) 61:49
3 A Chipu (S Africa) 61:55
4 J Muindi (Ken)  61:58
British-
9 G Stewart (Edinburgh RC) 66:17
10 C Cariss (Bradford) 66:33
11 S Wylie (Cambuslang) 66:50
Women
1 C Kwambe (Ken) 70:56
2 F Murata (Jap) 71:02
3 H Omninami (Jap) 72:37
British
6 S Partridge (Glasgow) 75:19
8 C Fagan (Glasgow) 76:04
9 T McIntosh(Stirling Uni) 76:35
Wheelchair-
1 K Herriot (Aberdeen) 52:36
2 T Gray-Thomson (Wales) 66:00
10km
1 S Hepples (Lofthouse AC) 30:18
2 C Thomson (Cambuslang) 32:13
3 K McCoy (Victoria park) 32:59
Women-
1 J Knowles (Glasgow) 36:35
2 L MacNeill (Shettleston) 37:08
3 S Finch (Glasgow) 37:50
Junior 3000m Run
Girls E McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill) 11:55
Boys R Toole (Kilbarchan) 10:05
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An English invasion of Fort William is planned to carry off prize silverware.
Ben Nevis is Britain's highest summit and Saturday's, 10 mile race to the 4409 foot summit and back has once again attracted a strong entry from over the border.
"It brings a lot of fell runners from Yorkshire and the Lake District," says Lochaber's World Championships team select David Rodgers who also runs this weekend.
They usually win.
Kenny Stuart, the Keswick man who went on to be a British marathon internationalist, set the course record.
It is an afternoon climb for ordinary mortals but in 1984, he ran to the top and back in 1h 25m 34s.
His clubmate Pauline Howarth set the women's best time of 1h 43m 25s that same afternoon.
Last year Bingley's Andy Peace won from a 500 strong entry.
Three times winner Rodgers finished third,two minutes down.
"I just wasn't fit enough," he admits. "When I won the year before I was more motivated and had trained harder during the summer."
The Ben Race dates from 1937, starting and finishing in the town centre.
The timing watch was locked in the butcher's shop drawer for safe keeping.
Now it starts at New Town Park at the foot of Glen Nevis.
Runners follow the tourist path at first but not for long.
"The cut off follows the Red Burn, up the Corrie to the summit plateau," says Rodgers' clubmate and fellow internationalist John Hepburn.
"The weather can be bad up there," adds Rodgers, "High winds, rain sleet and pretty cold."
Then it is back down again the same way but straighter.
"It's tough and stoney," says Hepburn. "The best descend at a hell of rate. First to the top isn't always first to the bottom".
That's the exciting stuff that bruised bones, cuts and blisters are made of.
But this Saturday Scots are expected to turn out in numbers to counter the English challenge.
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Athletics- Nevis trophy goes south again
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The Ben Nevis Mountain Race trophy went south of the border once again yesterday.
Bingley's Rob Jebb, first to the 4409 foot summit and first to the finish clocked 1h 29m 32s for the 10 mile race at Fort William.
Borrowdale's Simon Booth was 2nd once again in 1:30:09 while Aberdeen's British orienteering internationalist Jon Duncan finished 3rd in 1:30:45.
Cumberland's Kate Beaty was first woman home in 1:54:54.
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Athletics 3- Bee wins tough ten
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Fife junior Graham Bee, named this week for the World Mountain Trophy in
Alaska, won the inaugural Pitreavie 10km Forth Road Bridge Race.
Over a tough climbing course from N Queensferry Bee clocked 33m41s to beat
edinburgh veteran Alan Robson into 2nd by 38 seconds.
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Scttish record holder Susan Scott won the 800m at the Glasgow Open Graded
Meeting in the city's Scotstoun Stadium.
Scott has spent a frustrating summer losing out for gold in the AAA
championships and failing to find her sub-2 minute form from the
Commonwealth Games as she bid to qualify for next week's World
Championships.
Yesterday, away from the pressures of taking on top world class opposition,
she clocked a very respectable 2m 03.3s.
Glasgow cubmate Jane McKay, the scottish silver medalist was next fastest in
a separate heat with 2m 06.59s.
Former New Year Sprint winner Roddy Pitt (Pitreavie) won the 100m  clocking
10.70s into the wind.
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Darren Ritchie produced his best legal jump of the season to win at the Leon
Buyle Memorial meeting in Belgium.
In Glasgow last month, the Gala man leapt 8.06m but was helped by a strong
tail wind.
In perfect conditions at this weekend's Flanders Cup event he landed at
7.90m, just 3cms down on his 2002 Scottish record.
There was victory too for 400m champion Carey Marshall who finished well
clear of the opposition in 53.75s..
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Perth's Richard McDonald made a 400m hurdling comeback to finish 3rd for
english club Shaftesbury at the British Athletics League Jubilee Cup match
in Bedford.
McDonald who hurdled for scotland at last year's Commonwealth Games
attempted a switch to 800m running this season but failed to manage a break
through.
In Bedford he clocked 53.6s for his one lap hurdling outing - a time good
enough to put him on top of the scottish rankings.
Scottish spirnt champion Nick Smith (West Fife) was 3rd in the 100m clocking
10.61s.
And Anglo Kevin Nash won the 3000m steeplchase for Belgrave ducking inside 9
minutes with 8m 59.86s.
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Scottish 400m champion Carey Marshall finished runnerup over the distance at the Nivelles International in Belgium yesterday (FRI).
Anita Mormand of France won what developed into a head-to-head with Marshall clocking 52.66s.
The Scot lost ground down the home straight to take 2nd in 53.89s.
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Long jumper Darren Ritchie cleared 7.82m to finish 2nd at the Leo Calewaert Memorial Meeting in Belgium yesterday.
Ignisious Gaisah of Ghana won with 8.16m
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Athletics- Lewis head to head with Kluft
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Olympic champion Denis Lewis, making her first heptathlon appearance since
Sydney, comes head to head with Swedish wonder girl Carolina Kluft in Tallin
this weekend.
Lewis, back from the injury, competed only in individual events in 2001,
claiming  2nd in the British rankings in the long jump, 3rd in the shot and
7th in 100m hurdles.
Last year she did not compete but continued her recovery while having a baby
in April.
Meanwhile, the ebullient, crowd raising Swede swept to the top of the world
rankings.
Notably, she came from taking the World Junior title in Jamaica last year,
to win the European championship in Munich.
The confrontation in Lithuania where they compete in the First League of the
European Multi Events Cup promises some tantalising competition.
Lewis holds the Commonwealth record with 6831 points while Kluft has a best
of 6602.
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Athletics- Stuart wins 400
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Scots champion Allan Stuart headed the barrowload of good Scots results
gleaned at the AAA Under-23 Athletics Championships in Bedford yesterday
with his win over 400m.
For the best part of 24 hours, he headed the Scottish rankings for this
season after ousting Ian Mackie from the top slot with his heat winning time
of 46.72s - a learning disablility world record.
Mackie regained supremacy with his 46.13s run at the Norwich Union
International in Scotstoun.
But the Shettleston man ensured his place in the British team for the
European U-23 Championships when he won the final again stopping the clock
at 46.72s
National champions Nick Smith and Chris Baillie will probably both gain
selectors approval for Poland despite being beaten into second for they have
the requisite qualifying times over 100m and 110m hurdles respectively.
Smith clocked a personal best 10.30s to win his 100m semi but lost out in
the final to former AAA junior champion Tyrone Edgar who clocked 10.28s to
Smith's 10.42s.
Baillie, beaten again by Rob Newton, was timed at 13.97s into the wind - a
shade inside the qualifying time.
Scott Thompson won the discus with a personal best 55.27m to take the title
and move into 3rd place in the British senior rankings for this season, then
took shot putt silver with 16.20m.
Steeplchase champion Andrew Lemoncello knocked 8 seconds from his previous
best to take silver with a time of 8m 47.32s.
Anglo Scot Jamie Creighton took highjump silver with a personal best 2.09m
And Kirsty McGuire was runnerup in the polevault with 3.80m.
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Edinburgh's former British internationalist Chris Black won the M50 age group hammer title at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Puerto Rico.
Black, still the Scottish record holder with his 1983 throw of 75.40m and national number three last season with 60.97m, landed the 6kgm hammer at 61.35m to finish three metres up on the field.
Musselburgh's Bill Gentleman took M60 (5kgm) hammer silver missing out on the title by 41 cms with his throw of 49.72m.
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Shettleston's Scottish 400m champion Allan Stuart becomes the first paralympian to gain full British team selection for a major championship.
Stuart who won the AAA u-23 championship and British team trial on Sunday is the only Scot named in the first wave of selections released yesterday for the European Under 23 Championships in Poland in three weeks time.
Stuart was 400m silver medalist in Sydney in his learning difficulties class - a group that will be excluded from the next paralympics following  revelations of cheating by a number of teams who included able competitors in their squads in Australia.
The Glasgow man's title winning time on Sunday was a personal best 46.72s.
That equalled his semi-final winning time from Saturday - the fastest by a Scot since 1994 until superceded by Ian Mackie's 46.13s timing at Scotstoun on Sunday.
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Athletics- McConnell second best
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Lee McConnell lines up for the 400m at this weekend's Spar European Cup match in Florence ranked 2nd only to Russia's Svetlana Pospelova amongst the opposition.
The Russian, a former European indoor champion with a best of 50.47s, is ignominiously famous as the first track athlete to fail a drugs test at the Sydney Olympics when stanazabolol was found in her urine sample.
She had already left for home after finishing 4th in her heat behind Britain's Donna Fraser.
She is back from a two year ban which ended last September.
European bronze medalist McConnell, with an overall best of 50.82s,  has a time of 51.93 this season, a time recorded last weekend at the British League Match in Eton.
Pospelova, only the 4th fastest of the Russians this season, clocked 51.82s at the IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Tula two weeks ago.
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Athletics- Ian Mackie
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"Don't mess with the Fifer," warns Ian Mackie, the Atlanta 100m olympic
semifinalist turned 400m man this season.
The Dunfermline 27 year old spoke with the changeover hurli-burli of a World
Championships four lap relay in mind.
But Britain's 400m best should take notice when Mackie says, "I'm big
enough. I think I could hold my own."
Mackie expects to do just that at next week's  Norwich Union International
in Glasgow's Scotstoun Stadium where he will be out to lay an early claim
for Paris selection - at least for the relay squad.
"I haven't raced any of the world class British 400m men so far," he says,
"and I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to run against these guys."
Mackie discounts any suggestion that he switched because the British 100m
opposition is too tough these days blaming instead his injury record.
"The 100m has always been hard," he says.
"I'm making a decision that is best for me. After the draught of the last
few years I'm sorry I didn't make the change earlier."
"To be honest," he admits," I was fed up last year."
One lap running, he agrees, is hard going.
"When you cross the line  your hamstrings feel like they are being ripped
off your leg."
But while those legs proved so injury prone under the  pressure of 100m
sprinting -"Every muscle and sinew straining as you burst from the blocks,"
as he puts it -
they can take the punishment of 400m racing.
And he believes his body is suited to the event.
"It takes me about 10 minutes to recover, but I think that's quick," he
claims. "I'm not sick like some."
Mackie isn't saying how fast he thinks he can run the distance.
""I've set no targets whatsoever this year," he says, "but I've written
down a time and put it away in a drawer."
If he makes it he could finish his year astride the British rankings.
"Every race is part of the learning process," he says underlining that a
good run next week could gain him the races he needs for just that.
"A good time in Glasgow could open doors for me across Europe," he says.
With that scenario Mackie believes a 45.5s world champs qualifier is a
possibility.
"I'm hopefully," he says.

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Scotland's two sporting Susans, middle distance ace Susan Scott and sprinter Susan Burnside race for high stakes in Florence this weekend.
Both Scottish champions will have World Championship selection in mind as they run for the British team for the first time outdoors at the Spar European Cup match.
It is the start of an action packed week for the pair for they will also race at the Norwich Union International in Glasgow seven days later when Britain takes on Russia and the USA.

Scott broke the 32 year old Scottish 800m record with her British rankings topping 1m 59.30s run at the Manchester Comonwealth Games, and now must run that fast again.
"I need to go sub-2 minutes to qualify for the world championships," she points out.
"Doing it last season makes it psychologically easier," she says.
"I ran close (2m 1.85s) in Slovakia last weekend. It was my first my first ever Grand Prix and that's the sort of opposition I need."
"I was so disappointed," she says of her time and 5th place behind European champion Jolanda Ceplak. " My tactics were wrong, I ended up running wide, and had nothing left for the finish."
But she knows that in this first world class season she is there to learn.
"It's going to take time to get used to racing world quality opposition," she says. "I'm out to take each race as it comes and progress."
She is confident.
"I've got more to come," she says, adding, "I'm trying not to put myself under pressure. I have until August 11th to get that qualifying time."
And she is enjoying the excitiment of it all.
"This is my first British vest and my biggest race so far, she says of Florence. "I'm looking forward to it and to next week in Glasgow."
At Scotstoun strong Russian opposition plus Kelly Holmes is expected.
"To take on Kelly is excellent," says the Scot relishing the prospect.

Current British number one Joyce Maduaka - enjoying her best early season to date - sprints for Britain in Italy.
But Burnside expects to make the relay squad on the back of her fastest ever 100m from Lougborough just two weeks.
"Making the World Indoors team was my main aim this year, "she says, "I did that. Anything more is a bonus."
But running in Munich has not blunted her ambition.
"I want to break into the senior team," she says with next years Olympic in mind. "The relay squad is a way to get there."
She hopes a 100m guest spot in Glasgow will follow along with a consolidating appearance in the end of match relay against the Russian and US sprint relay giants.
"If everything goes well this weekend there is no reason that won't happen," she says adding that a fast time could come in Glasgow.
"So far it been one-off races. Two of them and one my 11.56s pb. It will be good to go out and get two runs together."
 

The team for Glasgow is chosen this week but Scott, Burnside, Lee McConnell, long jumper Darren Ritchie and Olympian Ian Mackie have all been assured guest spots at the very least.
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Tommy Murray, Inverclyde's British internationalist and multi Scottish champion on track, roads and country over many years, ended his athletics career with victory in the Frank Sinclair Memorial 10km Road Race in Greenock.
"That's me finished," he said. "Finito. The end. I've had enough."
True to form Murray broke clear of the opposition yesterday some 2km into the race and came home to win half a minute clear in 32m05s.
"I've been considering retiring for some time," said Murray, "I ran today because it is a club race. I won but it was hard going."
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Athletics- Scots in Loughborough
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A Scottish hammer record from Shirley Webb was the best of the Scottish highlights at yesterday's six way Loughborough International where Scotland finished 3rd on 137.5 points behind the International Select (168) and Loughborough University (157).
Commonwealth Games champion Lorraine Shaw won for the international select side with a British record beating 68.93m and Webb was lying 2nd until guest thrower Zoe Durham threw her furthest ever 61.24m in the last round.
But Webb's best of 61.09m bettered the mark she set at the District Championships in May by 90cms to edge closer to the World Student Games qualifying mark.
Long jumper Darren Ritchie, winner with a British rankings leading 7.82m  in Slovenia last weekend took revenge for intercounties defeat by beating Louis Burgess into 2nd with 7.61m.
Hayley Ovens lived up to expectations by winning the 1500m in 4m 16.63s snatching victory in a dip for the line finish from World Junior Championship finalist Lisa Dobriskey (Loughborough).
Anglo Scot Kevin Nash won the steeplechase by all of 20 metres with a personal best 8m 50.86s - good enough to squeeze into the Scottish all-time top twenty.
And in the relays, the Scots squad of Gary Carr, Nick Smith, Bret Rund and Brian Doyle won in 40.88s.

Ian Mackie, Iwan Thomas and Mark Hylton were all in 400m action but it was Daniel Caines who stole the British  weekend headlines with his rankings leading 45.42s run in Seville on Saturday.
That was only good enough for 4th as Marc Raquil won with 44.80s to put Mackie's bid to break into the international sphere of one lap running into perspective.
Yesterday, running in the invitation race he lost out to Bedford Games winner Conrad Williams who ran his fastest ever to beat Mackie by most of two metres.
The Pitreavie man, who scored his personal best of 46.83s in Slovenia clocked 47.50s.
But a blustery wind had sprung up that made for hard going and Mackie was in good company for in the match race former Commonwealth and European champion Iwan Thomas and internationalist Mark Hilton finished 2nd and 5th respectively in 48.03s and 48.60s while Scots champion Allan Stuart took 6th in 48.60s.

There was 2nd place too for sprint champion Susan Burnside in the 100m as she was beaten again by Bedford winner Jeanette Kwakye, both scoring personal bests with the Edinburgh woman clocked 0.02s down in 11.56s.
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Olympian Ian Mackie took the first serious strides in his projected 400m career in Ljubljana yesterday and came away well pleased with the experience.
Running as a guest as Scotland took on Slovenia, Italy, Hungary and Croatia he clocked 46.83s, the fastest time by a Scot since Brian Whittle in 1985, and moved into fifth place in the Scottish all-time rankings.
The only disappointment in Mackie's day was manufactured by Slovenia's Matija Sestka who won the race in 46.30s while Mackie claimed second.
But the signs are that there is better still to come for lack of experience showed as he started out starting out slowly and finishing with something still to give.
Taking on sides from host country Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Italy, Scotland men finished 4th and the women's side 5th.
British international hurdlers Chris Baillie and Sinead Dudgeon , both racing for the first time this season, collected top points for Scotland
Baillie, the three times Scottish 110m champion, showed promise for the season ahead as he won over 110m clocking a British rankings topper 13.85s - just 3/100th outside his best of two years ago.
Dudgeon, a Commonwealth and European Championship finalist, finished first of the team counters but she was 30m down Sandra Glover of the USA.
Guest runner Glover clocked 55.21s while the disappointed Dudgeon crossed the line in 58.33s.
Team Results-
Men 1 Italy 56, 2 Slovenia A 41, 3 Hungary 39, 4 Scotland 32, 5 Slovenia B 30, 6 Croatia 26.
Women 1 Slovenia A 46, 2 Italy 45, 3 Hungary 41, 4 Slovenia B 31, 5 Scotland 23, 6 Croatia 21.
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Fife's national and district 100m champion Nick Smith won the Intercounty Championship title for the East of Scotland on the first day of comeptiton in Bedford yesterday clocking his fastest ever legal time of 10.32s.

Lying marginally down 10 metres from the line, Smith, who won his semifinal in a wind aided 10.26s, snatched victory from London based Australian internationalist Matt Shrivington in the dip for the line.
Both men were given the same time - good enough to move the Scot into 7th place on the Scottish all-time list behind Doug Walker and good enough to see him qualify for July's European Under-23 Championships.
Three Scots made the final.
West's Brian Doyle finished 7th in 10.63s after clocking a windy 10.44 in his heat.
And Anglo Gary Carr finished 8th in 10.81s.
Collette Fagan, who opted out of last week's Glasgow women's 10km road race on instruction from coach Liz McColgan showed the benefits of her lay-off as she led the 5000m from start to finish to win in 16m 39.98s.
And in the women's hammer, Districts champion Shirley Webb failed to find the 60m form she showed in Edinburgh two weeks ago but was good enough to take the title with 58.97m.
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Athletics-  Runners versus money controversy
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Over 9000 finished yesterday's Britannic Assett Management Women's 10km behind Kenya's Lornah Kiplagat but strangely road racers, arguably the strength of the sport in Scotland,  are poor second cousins to fellow track running athletes when is comes to funding.
First Scot home, Susan Partridge says she will have to turn to track racing to win the lottery funding she needs to improve.
Kiplagat took the title for the 4th time in a row clocking 31m37s.
Building on an uphill break at half way she beat Russia's  Yelena Burykina into second by 70 metres and 12 seconds.
"I waited until the top and then tried to catch her. It was a mistake," says Burykina, well content with her fastest time for the distance.
Another Kenyan, Caroline Kwambei, was third as last year but in a faster time of 32m05s.
This was a high class trio.
Kiplagat was fastest woman in the world for 10km over the roads until Paula Ratcliffe bettered her by 11 seconds in San Juan earlier this year with her 30m 21s victory.
Burykina won the Moscow half marathon winner last weekend in another personal best time and Kwambei has won twice in Germany in recent weeks.
Behind them two more Russians and three Kenyans filled the next five places.
All of them are regular European circuit professional runners and benefit from altitude workouts.
"I've been training hard the whole of April at altitude." says Burykina.
Little wonder then national cross-country champion Partridge, the best of the Scots was back in 11th place in 35:24. The best of Scotland's walking wounded it might be said.
While Commonwealth Games athlete Gillian Palmer and Collette Fagan had both opted out nursing injury, Partidge herself almost did not run due to a racent ankle injury.
And Stirling's Toni McIntosh, who finished 12th in 35:42 after going with the fast early pace, has had a knee injury for the last eight weeks.
Partridge knows she would benefit form high altitude training but knows  too that it costs money.
To get that she will have to run on the track.
"I consider myself a road runner," she says, adding that she will try to run a world half marathon qualifier In Glasgow in September.
But she says, "To get Lottery funding I have to do a sub-34 time on the track."
Interestingly, for all her road running success, Kiplagat wants to test herself against the "fastest in the world" at the Paris World Championships.
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Dunfermline's former British internationalist Trudi Thomson was first woman home in yesterday's Belfast City Marathon winning for the second year in a row.
her time of 2h 45m 48s beat Wicklow's Lucy Brennan into 2nd by just under 5 minutes.
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Athletics- Walker aiming for comeback
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Former European 200m champion Doug Walker says his track career is ready for restart this season.
Following his two year ban after failing a drug test, Walker encountered injury problems which have ruined his last two seasons.
But, the Edinburgh athlete is preparing for a summer comeback, joining the Scottish warm weather training squad in Portugal.
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Max Colligan beat a field of 284 to win yesterday's Dunbar Boundary 10km road race for the second year in a row.
Colligan who helped Racing Club Edinburgh to Scottish Road Relay success last weekend moved away from clubmate David Bagley in the closing stages to win by six seconds in 32m32s.
And a close finish to the women's race saw former track internationalist Sue Ridley (Edinburgh Woollen Mill) beat Portobello's Janet Laing by just five seconds with a time of 37m24s.
Lothian and Carnegie won the men's and women's team prizes.
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Edinburgh Racing Club may have lost their famed Mizuno sponsorship but they have lost none of their grip on the Scottish running scene.
At Livingston on Saturday, they won the Scottish Six Stage Road Relay Championship for the ninth time clocking 2h 14m 27s for a course comprising three 3.15ml alternating with three 5.8ml laps.
National cross-country champions Ron Hill Cambuslang helped make the race a thriller but finished runnersup and 11 seconds down, while title holders Shettleston Harriers were a distant 3rd.
The women's four stage title went to East District and National cross-country championships winners Carnethy Hill Runners who led from start to finish.
Trace Brindley set them up with a 200m lead on the first lap, recording a 17m51s day's fastest despite feeling under the weather.
Lynn Wilson and Jill Tait extended their lead.
Former British cross-country champion Angela Mudge brought them home over 4 minutes clear in 1h 46m 45s with the fastest long lap time of 33m34s.
Title holders City of Glasgow took 2nd, just over a minute clear of City of Edinburgh in 3rd.
"This year we have got four fit people out together," said Mudge revealing the secret of Carnethy's success. "We twisted a few arms at the beginning of the year."
The men's race, however, was a close run affair with Racing Club's Dave Gardiner and Ken Chapman finishing first and then second from sprint finishes to the first two laps before 1500m silver medalist Andy Renfree opened a 39s gap on lap three.
The race seemed over when AC Muir extended the lead by 50 metres.
But then Cambuslang's Neil Wilkinson turned in a stormer clocking with a day's fastest 15m14s and outsprinting Max Colligan up the home straight.
Then it all came down to a last lap duel between Scotland's top two.
After 1.5mls, Glen Stewart opened a gap on Cambuslang's Steve Wylie.
"I ran as hard as I could," said Wylie, "but he got away."
"I couldn't have gone faster," confessed Stewart.
But he had time to wave to the crowd as he came up the home straight.
The pair posted the two fastest long lap times of the day, Stewart 28m32s, Wylie 28:45.
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Athletics- Scottish Road Relay Championships, Livingston.
Men 3X 3.1mls/ 3 X 5.8mls
1 Edinburgh Racing Club
(D Gardiner 1st, K Chapman 2, A Renfree 1, AC Muir 1, M Colligan 2, G Stewart 1) - 2h 14m 27s
2 Ron Hill Cambuslang 2:14:38s
3 Shettleston Harriers 2:19:11
Fastest laps-
Short 1 N Wilkinson (Cambuslang) 15:14 2 G Reid (Clydesdale) 15:29 3 R Quinn (Kilbarchan) 15:39
Long 1 G Stewart 28:32 2 Wylie (Cambuslang) 28:45 3 A Adams (Clydebank) 28:47
Women 2x3.1ml/ 2X 5.8ml
1 Carnethy Hill Runners
( T Brindley 1, L Wilson 1, J Tait 1 A Mudge 1) 1:46:45s
2 City of Glasgow 1:51:02
2 City of Edinburgh 1:53:52:

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North runners dominated the Police Cross-country Championships at Irvine in Scotland.
Preston police woman Alison Crook won the British Police Cross-country Championships title despite being a relative newcomer to the sport.
The Penwrotham woman who finished 10th in the North of England championships is already the holder of the police 10 mile, and European Police marathon titles.
Running at Irvine in Scotland, Crook was in a class of her own, taking the lead part way through the first lap of two and running on to win over 50m clear of the opposition.
Over a hilly 4 mile course she clocked 26m 02s to beat Londoner Katherine Reeves into 2nd by 15 seconds.
"I only took up running 18 months ago," she said.
And in the men's 7.5 mile race Lancashire's Darren Hale finished third behind Cheshire's Malcolm Fowler and Dick Weatherall.
Fell runner Fowler took the title for the 2nd time in 10 years finishing almost 100m clear in 39m24s with Weatherall, back from injury taking 2nd in 39:38.
Hale, dropped on the 2nd lap of three was claocked at 40:19.
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British Police Cross-country Championships, Beach Park, Irvine.
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1 M Fowler (Cheshire) 39m24s
2 D Weatherall (Cheshire) 39:38
3 D Hale (Lancs) 40:19
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1 A Crook (Lancs) 26:02
2 K Reeves (London Met) 26:17
3 C Howard (Derbyshire) 26:29
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Commonwealth games team runer Gillian Palmer (Edinburgh Uni) ran her fastest ever 5000m to take the women's prize at yesterday's Dunky Wright road race in Clydebank stopping the clock at 15m50s.
"I'm really pleased with that," she said after beating a disappointed Collette Fagan Glasgow) into 2nd by over a minute and bettering her best ever on the track by three seconds . "I haven't felt that good lately but I had a rest yesterday."
Steve Wylie continued his build up for the Scottish half marathon championships with overall victory in 14m42s after breaking the opposition with a burst just under 2km form home.
His new Camuslang clubmate Jamie Reid came through from 5th to push Clydesdale's Alan Adams into 3rd by two seconds with a time of 14:48.
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British selectors have failed to give Scots cross-country champion Susan Partridge due reward for effort missing her out of the lineup for World Cross-country Championships in Lausanne as they name only two runners for the the 8km long distance title race.
The Glasgow woman finished 4th in three of the UK Cross Challenge Series, was 8th in the trial, and took a impressive 6th in the Cinque Mulini International in Italy on Sunday.
But with Paula Radcliffe opting out of the championships, the selectors have decided not to send a full 8km team and have named only Hayley Yelling and Lousie Damen who qualified automatically at the trial.
With a number of runners opting for the 4km short championship Partridge would have certainly been included in the top six for the long distance team.
But, a full men's team is being sent despite their less than spectacular results - no one in the top 40 last year and the team back in 10th place.
A good road run from Kathy Butler in Southampton on Sunday sees her join Freya Murray in the 4km lineup.
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Scottish championship winner Freya Murray (Edinburgh WM) staked a strong claim for World Cross-country Championship selection taking UK 4km CHampionship bronze in Brighton yesterday.
Intercounties championn Hayley Yelling (WSE) and European junior champion Charlotte Dale (Envicta) broke clear at the start and raced on to finish 1st and 2nd in 12m56s and 13:03 respectively.
"I knew they would go off fast but I was running hard at the start and could not have gone quicker," explains Murray.
She passed Coventry's Maxine Baker over the last 200m into the wind to finish 3rd in 13:28.
"I thought I'd go out and give it my best shot, enjoy the race  and running against a quality field," she says, overjoyed with her success. "I didn't expect to be up there."
"Scottish 12km champion Graeme Reid saw fellow US college athlete Steve Deron win the men's 4km title in 11m 40s - the same time as Aldershot's Chris Thomson in 2nd position.
Reid "suffered a bad patch at halfway" and finished 14th in 12m02s.
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The foot injury which saw Jon McCallum drop out of the AAA 3000m last weekend keeps him from the British 4km Cross-country Championship in Brighton tomorrow (SAT).
Two Scots, National 12km champion Graeme Reid (Clydebank) and double junior title holder Freya Murray (Edinburgh WM), travel south today with realistic hopes of making the British World Short Distance Championship lineup.
They face strong opposition in their bid to finish in the medals.
But Glynn Tromans, Rob Birchall, Spencer Barden  Hayley Yelling, and European junior champion Charlotte Dale are already selected for the long distance teams and are unlikely to be contenders for a second team place.
Former junior champion Mohamed Farrah, AAA 3000m winner last weekend, and former Commonwealth 5000m champion Rob Denmark will be hard to better if Reid is below his best but Scottish 4km championship winner Murray is amongst the favourites to make the squad.
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Commonwealth pole vault champion Okkert Brits is included in the four strong S African lineup for the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham despite failing a recent drugs test.
The five times African champion tested positive for ephedrine at the Absa Series meeting in Potchefstrom  on January 31st.
Ephedrine is the drug which famously cost British sprint champion Solomon Wariso a four month ban after he took the apparently legal stimulant "up you Gas"..
Brits blames a nutritional supplement taken to control his "fat/muscle ratio" claiming that extensive internet research failed to disclose that it contained any banned chemical.
"I deeply regret that I took a product not knowing that it contained ephedrine," he said.
S African athletics demanded the return of his prize money.
But they stepped back from imposing a ban which would have kept him from the championships.
A "public warning" allows Brits to compete for S Africa in Birmingham.
Commonwealth high hurdling champion Shaun Bownes,former Olympic 800m silver medalist Hezekial Sepeng, and sprinter Morne Nagel.
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Yvonne Murray's Scottish indoor 1500m record could come under threat in Birmingham this weekend when Edinburgh based, Kirkcaldy trained Hayley Ovens bids for World Indoor Championship selection at the AAA Indoor Championships.
Commonwealth semi-finalist Ovens has gone from strength to strength since squeezing her way into the Games squad last summer.
In her first indoor outing this winter she knocked six seconds from her best to win the East 1500m title in 4m 19s. from a "solo" run.
Then last week at the Norwich Union Euroepan series meeting in Birmingham she bettered that time by over five seconds as she clocked 4m 13.56s - the fastest Scot at the distance since 1989.
Her improving confidence is likely to see her go faster still in either Saturday's heats or Sunday's final with a similar improvement taking her inside Murray's 4m 9.15 record mark from 1987.
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World title holder Daniel Caines meets Batman over 400m at this weekend's AAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
Australian number one Dan Batman comes fresh from his fastest ever outdoor 400m when he clocked a winning 45.02s in Canberra and includes the AAA championships in his buildup to the world championships.
"I'm out to get Darren Clarke's indoor national record of 46.40s," he says.
Fellow Australian Victor Chistaikova starts as favourite in the pole vault with an outfoor best of 5.90m
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It is back to the US for new Scottish Cross-country champion Graeme Reid (Clydesdale), who says he must go there to find the calibre training company he needs to fulfill his athletic ambitions.
Home in December from a five year college stint near New York, he made his mark on the Scottish scene in quick order picking up the indoor 3000m title two weeks ago then winning the national at Linwood on Saturday.
"Scots just set their sights too low," says the 23 year old. "What they are doing (in training) isn't tough enough for me."
To put his claim in perspective Reid seemed well beaten half way through Saturday's 12km title run when British internationalist Phil Mowbray (Hunters BT) touched the accelerator and left Reid settling for silver.
Mowbray finished the second lap of three some 40 metres clear of Reid  who was feeling the effects of four weeks reduced training and 80 miles this past week.
But then a stitch ruined Mowbray's day and he faded to finish 6th.
"A lack of hard races," he suggested. "Maybe I didn't give him enough respect."
Reid went by to win in 40m06s with West District champion Steve Wyle and Fife's Dan Leggate picking up the minor medals.
That was my longest race ever," said the new champion, "but I'm in good shape and I'd come here to win."

There was no such drama in the women's 8km race.
Susan Partridge (Glasgow) put the confidence gained from mixing it with Britain's best this season to good effect burning off the bulk of the field after the first half mile and dropping title holder Gillian Palmer (Edinburgh U) at the end of lap one.
Palmer, back from injury decided just on Thursday to run and did not regret her decision.
Partridge gave a superb solo performance to finish 200m ahead in 29:00 with Palmer 2nd and last year's junior title winner Collette Fagan (Glasgow)  3rd.
"I'm just so much more confident," said Partridge. "I felt I had another gear and could get away and I did."
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Double sprint champion Susan Burnside has turned down the chance to compete in Friday's Energiser European Indoor Series meeting in Birmingham as she continues her buildup for the AAA Championships and British team trials at the same venue the following weekend.
"My coach left the decision up to me but he says there are still a few cards he'd like to play in training," she says.
Burnside put herself in the reckoning for World Indoor Championship team selection with her 7.36s Scottish 60m record equalling run at the Norwich Union International in Glasgow and her 23.67s native record breaking run to take the Scottish 200m title.
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Commonwealth 1500m finalist Hayley Ovens (Edinburgh WM) joins the high quality lineup at tomorrow's Energiser European Indoor Series meeting in Birmingham.
Current world number 2 Natalya Gorelova, winner in Stockholm on Tuesday with 4m 04.42s heads the field.
Ovens joins fellow British atheletes Hayley Tullett and and Kelly Holmes.
The Scot ran her fastest for the distance at the recent District championships clocking just over 4m 19s but she did so out on her own and is sure to improve in the 10 strong field in Birmingham.
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Common wisdom claims that things ain't what they used to be in athletics were questioned as records fell at the DM Hall Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow.
Susan Burnside, fresh from her first British senior outing at the Norwich Union International last Sunday, topped the list bettering Irish race favourite Caira Sheehy to win the 200m.
Sheehy came with a best of 23.62 from the European Indoor Championships semi-finals and Burnside knew she was literally the woman to watch.
"Tactics," she explained shamefaced after finishing 2nd to Sheehy in the semis to get a lane two draw inside her rival in the final. "I knew if I was going to beat her I had to see what she was doing."
Using her advantage to the full, she levelled with Sheehy  on the second bend and outpaced her down the straight to win two metres clear in 23.67s - her fastest ever for the distance, bettering Mel Neef's native record by 0.06 secs.
But Burnside denies she now has serious 200m interest.
"I really enjoy running them," she says, "but my heart is with 60m."
Sadly then that a dubious start in the 60m final saw her "hesitate" in her blocks before racing as never before to pass Glasgow's University's champion Claire Rooney almost on the line.
She won in 7.38s, just outside the 7.36s national mark she equalled last weekend.
Rooney, pleased with her 7.43 best, was giving no quarter. "I went with the gun, " she said.
But Burnside was furious.
"It made me mad," she said. "I was trying for a fast time and it put me off."
And knowing looks greeted Allan Scott's flying start in the 60m hurdles.
It left title holder Chris Baillie to chase him home - nursing another injury - and gave him the wings to claim Ross Baillie's native mark with a time of 7.78s..
Importantly, Scott, the younger man,  feels he has broken clear of Chris Baillie's shadow.
"I used to be nervous in a race like that," he says. "Now I just take it as it comes."
In the long jump, Commonwealth Games finalist Ruth Irving slapped every take off plumb on the board and despite a nagging hamstring, took the native record with her 6.09m opener and gradually work up to a last round 6.27m landing which  erased Myra Nimmo's 6.21m national record after 27 years.
But that was not good enough for Irving.
"I was after 6.40," she said reporting that she recently jumped 6.50m from marginally over the board. "I didn't realise the record was a possibility until I heard the announcer."
She went on to win the triple jump, down on her 12.64m best with 12.46m.
Scottish men's polevaulting seems set to gain a measure of respectability with Falkirk 20 year old Richard Hurren leading the way.
He bettered the native record by half a metre with his winning 5.05m and just missed Graham Eggleton's 5.10m 1983 record.
And Kirsty McGuire (Edinburgh WM) beat Manchester Games pole vaulter Gillian Cooke into 2nd to win with a native record bettering 4.70m.
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