Laura Muir (Andy Young, Dundee Hawkhill) and Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman, Edinburgh) completed their 2022 competition seasons with a flourish with a GB victory sweep at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York on Sunday 11th September.
Following their successes at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships Sunday’s victory capped a fine season with impressive wins over the quality fields.
In the women’s race Muir’s kick shortly after halfway took her clear of the pack to take the title in a course record time of 4:14.8.
Reigning champion Jemma Reekie (Andy Young, Kilbarchan) finished fourth with 4:18.3, but she is already part of an impressive group of previous GB title winners including Wendy Sly (1983), Kirsty Wade (1987), Paula Radcliffe (1996, 1997), Lisa Dobriskey (2008) and now Muir.
At the men’s race, in winning with 3:49.6, Wightman became one of only two British men to win three titles in New York (2018, 2021, 2022) after Peter Elliott (1987, 1989, 1990). The strong field also included GB teammates Jake Heyward (Mark Rowland, Cardiff) and Josh Kerr (Danny Mackey, Edinburgh) for company with Kerr unfortunately hampered by a slip at the start. Wightman ran away from the field in impressive form to cap his fantastic season.
*Photo credit: British Athletics