Another prize for golden boy Rutherford

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

Grand slam winner Greg Rutherford shook off tough opposition from the other nominees to be awarded the 2015 European male athlete of the year at a ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mo Farah was amongst the nominees who included other Europeans winning World Championship titles at Beijing in August.

Part of the citation for Rutherford’s award read: “Long jumper Rutherford, 28, became only the fifth British athlete to hold the Grand Slam of outdoor major titles at the same time when he won gold at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.

“His victory, sealed with a fourth round jump of 8.41m, saw him join Daley Thompson (decathlon), Linford Christie (100m), Sally Gunnell (400m hurdles) and Jonathan Edwards (triple jump) as Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champions.

“Rutherford received his award from the newly elected IAAF President Sebastian Coe, who was present for the entire duration of the Convention.”

There were two excellent performances on the roads from MMKAC.

Liam Smith placed 15th in the Birmingham Half Marathon with a club leading time of the year, 71.26, over 2 minutes quickest than the next best. Gary Blaber ran a PB of 2hours 46. 21 finishing 8th in the Abingdon Marathon. This is the third best time by a MK runner this year and moves Gary 13 places up on the all-time rankings to 43rd. Katie Penrose placed 364th and clocked 3:38.58 at Abingdon, 5th best time by a MK lady this year.

Geoff New ran the Amsterdam Marathon and finished just short of his target time of 3:20 with 3hours 20.59. In the half-marathon, Karen Bugai and Vanessa Stride ran 2:04.03 and 2:08.50 respectively whilst in the 8km race Mel Wright and Jack Comerford clocked 36.05, a PB for Mel.

There were age group successes on the cross-country scene for Brent family and Di Farmer. At the annual Ampthill event(5miles) , Debra Brent was first W50(41.25) and Di first W55(43.04). Martin Brent placed 37th overall in 36.59. In the junior races Alex Brent placed 2nd under 13 boy and Montana Edghill 4th under 15 girl.