Blackheath & Bromley Harrier Scott Overall pulls out of Berlin Marathon injured

PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 October 2013

Scott Overall was forced to retire from the Berlin Marathon with a calf injury. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

Scott Overall was forced to retire from the Berlin Marathon with a calf injury. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

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There was disappointment for Scott Overall at the BMW Berlin Marathon at the weekend.

The Blackheath & Bromley athlete had gone into the race hoping to improve on the time of 2.10.55 which he set at the same event in 2011. This had given him an automatic place at the London Olympics.

Unfortunately on Sunday a calf injury forced him to pull out before half way.

Better news for past president Ian Wilson who coaches Rugby and Northampton’s Angela Copson. She was the first over 65 to finish. There is some debate as to whether this is a world best performance but she already holds six world records on the track.

Meanwhile in the United States, Alex Bruce Littlewood continued his strong start to the winter cross country season by finishing in second place in the McNeese Cowboy stampede classic at Lake Charles - he timed 19.52.92.

Gareth Evans is the club five mile cross country champion. He won what is one of the oldest races in the world in a time of 30.47 - nearly 50 seconds clear of Fintan Parkinson who was second in 31.35.

Promising youngster Calvin Fuss was third in 32.53. Calvin was also the first junior with Tom Desborough second and Will Fuller third.

Jennie Butler is the women’s champion. She won the title in 35.47 with Carole Penlington second and Jane Bradshaw third.

The race incorporated the second of the nine Bennett Handicap races which take place over the winter months.

Nick Barber was the winner here with Claire Austridge in second and Jane Bradshaw third. Austin Adams leads the current overall standings with Carole Penlington second and Jennie Butler third.

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