Britain's Gemma Steel's first competitive outing in the US proved to be a successful one as she finished in third position at the Oakley New York Mini 10k this weekend. The women-only event, which starts in Central Park, drew in a field of 5,500 runners, with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska securing a convincing victory in a time of 31:47.
Steel, who finished fourth at the Great Manchester Run last month, continued her impressive form with a third place finish that she wasn't quite expecting. Reflecting on her 32:59 performance, the Charnwood runner said: I thought maybe top-five, so top-three is so surreal. "I've seen other athletes on the telly with their flag wrapped around them, and I've thought, 'That could be me one day.' It's my day today."
The race saw fellow Brit Helen Clitheroe secure a top ten spot, coming home in 9th place with a time of 33:53. Clitheroe, however, didn't seem particularly happy with her performance, which fell below her PB of 32:11 set two years ago. The Preston runner tweeted: "Well a very disappointing race today #needtodobetter but a great event to be a part of."
Organised by New York Road Runners, the New York Mini 10K has been run annually since 1972. A total of 78 runners took part in the opening event, which was the world's first women-only road racing competition.