15th March 2015 – Ugandan international Thomas Ayeko (UGA) regained the Antrim IAAF Cross Country title he won two years ago with a hard fought victory in Northern Ireland.
Having had to settle for second last year Ayeko was in no mood to be denied again and pushed the pace over the final kilometer of the 10km course to build up a healthy lead and nullify the sprint finish of former Olympic 5000m medallist Edwin Soi. Thomas crossed the line in 31:27 to take victory by 13 seconds.
In the womens race Steph Twell (GBR) was pleased with her final outing over the country this year with a fine second placed finish.
Around the world PACE athletes are starting to open their outdoor campaigns and one athlete who is already in great form is Magdalyne Masai (KEN). A week after setting a new 3000m steeplechase PB, Maggie was at it again this week over 5000m. Running in a largely Australian field at the Sydney Classic she took a dominant win in 15:10.46.
Over shorter distances but still stepping up for them Kemar Bailey-Cole (JAM) and Usain Bolt (JAM) were in action at the GC Forster Classic in Kingston, Jamaica. Kemar chalked up a victory and new personal best for 200m (20.68) and Usain won his 400m section in 46.38.