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  • 2023 OUTdoors

    As well as the Diamond Leagues and Budapest World Championships there's other big events in 2023 including the World Cross Country Championships (18 Feb), Pan American Games (Santiago, starting late Oct), Asian Games (starting late Sep, if China opens up sufficiently) and the first edition of the World Road Running Championships (Riga, 30 Sep - 1 Oct) which combines the Half Marathon World Championships with new world championships for the Road Mile and 5km.

    The Continental Tour continues to expand with 165 meetings currently on the schedule compared to 154 last year and that's even without the 4 late April/early May Japanese meetings to be added and several US meetings & a few other notable meetings so far missing. I presume the dates for those meetings have yet to be confirmed. The first Gold meeting is the Grenada Invitational on 22 April and the first European meetings on the Tour are currently Challenger meetings in Belfast and Greece on 13 May. Great Britain has a further 7 meetings on the Tour - the 5 BMC Grand Prix (all Challenger), the Manchester Silver meeting and Loughborough LEAP. New locations on the Tour are Slovenia, Portugal, Estonia & Serbia and it's noticeable how many more German meetings there are (27 in total now though 21 of them are Challenger meetings).

    I haven't counted up and compared the numbers of World Label Road Races but there's a few new stops including the Doha Marathon, MonacoRun (5km), the Ghent Half Marathon, Atlanta Women's 5km, BAA 5k (Boston), Kaunas Marathon and the Belfast Marathon as well as the restoration of all the RunCzech races to label status. One thing to note - WA have been messing with the category system again so races are now (in order of importance) Platinum, Gold, Elite or Label. Why they don't go back to a much-easier-to-understand Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, I'll never understand!! 14 races (all marathons) now have the Platinum label - the 6 marathon majors plus the Xiamen Marathon, Osaka Women's, Nagoya Women's, Seoul, Sydney, Amsterdam, Shanghai & Valencia.

    The World Cross Country Tour continues with a further 10 meetings this season plus there's the European Champion Clubs Cross Country on 5 February and a couple of other good Spanish meetings also on the live streams.

    There's currently 12 events on the World Combined Events Tour (2 of them indoors soon) with the first outdoor meeting the Multistars in Italy on 29-30 April.

    The World Race Walking Tour schedule doesn't look fully fleshed out yet but it starts on New Years' Day with a new stop at the old Tokyo New Year Race Walking Tourmanent. Although the first live streaming of the meetings currently listed probably won't be until the Dudinska 50 meeting on 25 March, there will be good action on the live streams from Spain and Japan in February & March. Also, it's an odd-numbered year so it's time again for the European Team RW Championships in Poděbrady on 21 May.

    All the Calendars for the various Tours along with Results links are available via

    January to March outdoors is dominated by the roads and cross country but there is track action Down Under with 10 Continental Tour meetings in New Zealand and Australia as well as other good Aussie meetings like the Box Hill Burn, Box Hill Classic, Vic Milers' meets & their national Championships. All are live streamed.

    To kick off 2023 there's some big events in the first couple of weeks, all on the live streams ...
    2 - 3 Jan - Hakone Ekiden
    6 Jan - Campaccio International Cross Country - World XC Tour Gold meeting
    8 Jan - Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza - World XC Tour Gold meeting
    14 Jan - Carrera Urbana Internacional Noche de San Antón (Jaén, ESP) - International 10km road race
    15 Jan - All Japan Inter-Prefectural Women's Ekiden Championship (Men's event to follow the week after)
    15 Jan - Cinque Mulini - World XC Tour Gold meeting
    15 Jan - 10k Valencia
    15 Jan - Houston Marathon & Half Marathon​​

  • #2
    Maybe they should have made the platinum marathons diamond instead, to match the DL on the track.


    • #3
      Hagos Gebrhiwet was a dominant winner of the 10km night race in Jaen, Spain, beating a good field in 27:57 on a hilly course. Birhanu Balew 2nd in 28:24, Muktar Edris 28:28.

      The women's race was a good battle with Lemlem Hailu 31:36 prevailing over Ruth Chepngetich, 31:38.

      The crowds for this race are terrific, 3 or 4 deep in many places and on the back half of the course many of them are holding flaming torches creating quite a spectacle. With people holding the torches in front of them away from their bodies, the leading athletes, trying to run the shortest line, sometimes get very close to going up in flames!

      At the Australian Selection Trials for the World XC the course near Canberra was like an NCAA course. Very disappointing! I hope the Bathurst course for Worlds is much more interesting.

      In the long races the first 3 home got an automatic spot on the team for Bathurst and the winners of the 2km races got an automatic selection for the Mixed Relay.

      M 10km: 1 Jack Rayner 29:14, 2 Matthew Ramsden, 3 Brett Robinson
      W 10km: 1 Rose Davies 33:32, 2 Leanne Pompeani, 3 Caitlin Adams (Izzy Batt-Doyle was finishing fast but Adams just held her off)
      M 2km: 1 Stewy McSweyn (Ollie Hoare not here but expected to get the discretionary spot)
      W 2km: 1 Abbey Caldwell, 2 Jess Hull, 3 Linden Hall - Caldwell just blew by Hull with about 400m to go. Very impressive.

      The number of meetings on the WA Continental Tour now totals 183 (with 6 or 7 Japanese meetings still to add, mostly Bronze) - most of the recent 18 additions are Challenger meetings.

      They break down as follows ...
      Gold - 14
      Silver - 25
      Bronze - 50
      Challenger - 94

      The Melbourne meeting on 23 February has been upgraded from a Silver meeting to a Gold meeting and renamed the Maurie Plant Meet.​ Fred Kerley is an early confirmation for this meeting.


      • #4
        67.19 HM PB for Jess Warner-Judd, placing her 4th on the UK all time list.
        Last edited by Occasional Hope; 19-01-23, 00:31.


        • #5
          Jade Lally leading the world rankings with 58.60


          • #6
            Over the Christmas period I missed that Japan have selected a team of 20 athletes for the World Cross Country Championships next month.

            Their team of 4 for the senior Women's race is a good one, headed by Ririka Hironaka & Nozomi Tanaka. They're backed up by Reimi Yoshimura, a 22yo 9:39 steepler and Momoka Kawaguchi, the veteran of these four athletes at 24yo! She has track PBs of 15:23 & 31:57, the 10k PB run just last month.

            Hironaka will certainly be getting the air miles in next month because she's also competing at the Asian Indoor Championships in Kazakhstan a week before Bathurst.

            Full team at​


            • #7
              Jade Lally improves her World Lead with 60.91 in Hastings today. Taryn Gallshewsky second with 59.07. Side note: Eliza McCartney won the PV with 4.36 of an 8 step runup.


              • #8
                Nice muddy conditions at the CrossCup de Hannut (BEL) today. A covering of snow at the venue but it's melted on the actual course.

                The first short course race - Women's 1500m - was quite fun. I could become a fan of that format.

                Women's long race due off in 15 mins (VPN now needed for altered live stream).


                • #9
                  Further to the above ...

                  The snow was coming down quite heavily by the time the Women's race started in Hannut and continued like that throughout the whole race, covering the course. And they kept them waiting on the startline for 6 or 7 minutes whilst the (slow) introduction of 6 athletes was done. Common sense obviously not applying here!

                  Anyway, it was another super race for Megan Keith, mixing it with some much more accomplished runners but just running out of legs a bit in the last kilometre or so. Rahel Daniel (winner at Campaccio & Elgoibar earlier this month) survived an early fall to take the victory though she was made to work hard for it by Keith, Lahti & Bakker for most of the race.

                  1 Rahel Daniel (ERI) 28:41
                  2 Sarah Lahti (SWE) 28:45
                  3 Megan Keith 28:49
                  4 Veerle Bakker (NED) 28:58
                  5 Chloe Herbert (BEL) 29:18 - a big surprise
                  6 Amelia Quirk 29:19
                  7 Lisa Rooms (BEL) 29:19
                  8 Elena Burkard (GER) 29:21
                  9 Sarah Astin 29:24
                  10 Lauren McNeil 29:27
                  15 Likina Amebaw (ETH) 30:20

                  Pamela Kosgei was a DNS perhaps deciding the conditions weren't for her today.

                  In the Men's race Yann Schrub took a comfortable victory over Isaac Kimeli.

                  The cross country equivalent of football's "But can he do it on a wet and windy night in Stoke?" might be something like, "But can he do it on a snowy and muddy afternoon in Hannut?" The answer for last week's Cinque Mulini winner, Gideon Rono, and for World U20 track medalist, Levy Kibet, was a definite no!

                  1 Yann Schrub (FRA) 28:29
                  2 Isaac Kimeli (BEL) 28:48
                  3 Guillaume Grimard (BEL) 28:59
                  4 Gideon Rono (KEN) 29:07
                  5 Ned Potter (GBR) 29:08
                  8 Joe Wigfield (GBR) 29:25
                  14 Levy Kibet (KEN) 29:42

                  In the U20 races, Innes Fitzgerald (15:31) won by a full minute from Rebecca Flaherty with Brits filling the top 4 places. Luke Birdseye won the Men's U20 race by 5s from Jacob Deacon. Hopes are high that Luke can become so good that he captains a Great Britain team at a major championships.​


                  • #10
                    Continental Gold Tour meetings confirmed.

                    23 February – Maurie Plant Meet, Melbourne (AUS)
                    22 April – Grenada Invitational, St. George's (GRN)
                    29 April – Botswana Golden Grand Prix, Gaborone (BOT)
                    13 May – Kip Keino Classic, Nairobi (KEN)
                    21 May – Seiko Golden Grand Prix, Yokohama (JPN)
                    21 May – USATF Bermuda Grand Prix, Devonshire (BER)
                    27 May – Los Angeles Grand Prix, Los Angeles (USA)
                    4 June – FBK Games, Hengelo (NED)
                    6 June – Irena Szewinska Memorial, Bydgoszcz (POL)
                    13 June – Paavo Nurmi Games, Turku (FIN)
                    24 June – USATF NYC Grand Prix, New York (USA)
                    27 June – Ostrava Golden Spike, Ostrava (CZE)
                    18 July – Gyulai Istvan Memorial, Budapest (HUN)
                    8-10 September – Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica, Zagreb (CRO)​

                    The biggest World Athletics Continental Tour calendar yet has been confirmed for 2023, with one month to go until the first Gold level meeting of the season in Australia


                    • RunUnlimited
                      RunUnlimited commented
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                      You know what would help athletics get more traction in the country? Having not just the Diamond League meeting(s) in Birmingham (and at the Olympic Stadium - for however long that facility will still be used for athletics, that is), but how about having Continental Tour meeting in Britain as well? Hey, how about this proposal - If the London Stadium does become just a football ground, perhaps as part of a way to compensate, there will be a Continental Tour (Silver) held at a newly refurbished Crystal Palace athletics stadium? Sounds fair to me at least.

                    • LuckySpikes
                      LuckySpikes commented
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                      There is the Manchester Silver meeting in June and now there's 8 Challenger meetings in Britain (including all 5 of the BMC Grand Prix).

                    • RunUnlimited
                      RunUnlimited commented
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                      I think that Manchester one has been downgraded to a Bronze or Challenger level this year, but it is a good thing that we are starting to see more British meets featuring international fields.

                  • #11
                    Six Japanese meetings have been added (as expected) to the 2023 Continental Tour calendar:

                    22 Apr - TOKYO Spring Challenge - Challenger (a new one to me!)
                    22 - 23 Apr - Hyogo Relay Carnival (Kobe) - Challenger
                    29 Apr - Oda Mikio Memorial (Hiroshima) - Bronze
                    3 May - Shizuoka International Meet (Fukuroi) - Bronze
                    6 - 7 May - Kinami Michitaka Memorial Meet (Osaka) - Bronze
                    30 Sep - 1 Oct - Athletics Challenge Cup (Niigata) - Bronze
                    Also probably to be added for early Dec - Distance Challenge (Kyoto) - Challenger last year

                    The middle 5 of those meetings are also usually part of Japan's GP Series which usually numbers around 12 meetings, nearly all of which are live streamed for free (mostly on YouTube).​


                    • #12
                      RunUnlimited, it's the Manchester Indoor meeting that has been downgraded to Bronze. The outdoor meeting (10 June) is still Silver. The indoor meeting is this Saturday and being live streamed on YouTube.


                      • RunUnlimited
                        RunUnlimited commented
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                        Ahh, thank you for clearing that up.

                    • #13
                      Although I struggle to remember when anyone here responded to one of my posts about Japanese athletics (other than Aussiestatman ), I'll post the following anyway. You know, just in case someone is interested ...

                      I found a good Japanese athletics news site, "Tsukuriku Online", at and it translates to English pretty well in the Chrome browser.

                      It's a good complement to JRN and is mostly original content it seems, including reports, previews & interviews/features. Given that most of Japan's athletics strength is in distance running that seems to be where much of the site's focus lies, however it does cover "the other stuff" too.​


                      • #14
                        Australia's team for their home World Cross Country Championships has been announced - (teams listed at bottom of page)

                        They should be in with a shout of a medal with that Mixed Relay team!​


                        • #15
                          Meetings continue to be added to the 2023 Continental Tour schedule ...

                          In addition to the African meetings already on the schedule - 2 Gold meetings (Nairobi & Gaborone) and 6 South African meetings (in April) - WA have added 7 more around Africa, most of them pre-existing meetings that have been part of the African Athletics Tour. They are:
                          • 17 Mar - Meeting International Djibouti - Bronze
                          • 26 Mar - Grand Prix International de Douala (Cameroon) - Silver
                          • 4 Apr - Meeting International de Dakar (Senegal) - Silver
                          • 13 May - Meeting de Bamako (Mali) - Challenger
                          • 20 May - Garden City International Grand Prix Port Harcourt (Nigeria) - Challenger
                          • 15 Jul - Meeting International de Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Challenger
                          • 16 Jul - Meeting International de Tunis (Tunisia) - Challenger
                          I don't know how easy it will be to find live streams for these though!

                          So, of the 6 active continents, 4 are now well covered. There's still work to do to address Asia and South America ...

                          For Asia there's 7 Japanese meetings currently and the Kazakhstan meeting but nothing inbetween (India maybe?)
                          However, South America has nothing so far. They do though have a decent and well-supported continental circuit of established international meetings - the Grand Prix Sudamericano - and I'm sure that WA could encourage a few of those to become Bronze or Challenger meetings. Last year, Brazil also held a couple of decent international meetings (one of them Bronze).

                          In other news, the 2023 Japan GP Series numbers 18 meetings, its largest ever - the list is at (translates nicely using the Chrome browser). These meetings are usually well-supported by the best athletes in Japan (both domestic and East African) and sometimes a few good athletes from Australia & Korea and in the early May meetings, US athletes. Based on previous years I expect at least 14 of these meetings will be easy to watch (mostly YouTube).​